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May 15, 2015 12:26 ET

Hedvig CEO and Executives Discuss Distributed Systems-Based Approach to Building Software-Defined Storage Solutions

Co-Founder and CEO Avinash Lakshman Will Deliver Keynote Presentation at International Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology (MSST); Executives to Present at MSST and OpenStack Summit

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - May 15, 2015) - MEDIA ALERT

Hedvig, a company rearchitecting software-defined storage, announced a series of industry presentations from Hedvig CEO, Avinash Lakshman; Vice President of Marketing, Rob Whiteley; and Senior Director of Marketing, Eric Carter at the upcoming International Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology (MSST) and the 2015 Openstack Summit Vancouver.


  • The International Conference on MSST is a week-long event dedicated to computer storage technology. Hosted on the campus of Santa Clara University, the conference gathers architects, operators, researchers and vendors to share knowledge on storage innovation. Experts will discuss building and securing the world's largest storage systems for high-performance computing, web-scale systems and enterprises.
    • At The International Conference on MSST, Avinash will share lessons learned from his experience in inventing and operating two notable distributed systems: Amazon Dynamo and Apache Cassandra. At the event, he'll also participate in a panel discussion on software-defined storage, alongside industry experts. Eric will share Hedvig's vision for modern storage in a "Lightning Talk" at the event.
  • The OpenStack Summit is a five-day conference where developers and users of OpenStack software can network and exchange ideas about OpenStack deployments. Technical discussions and workshops will focus on inspiring the OpenStack community.
    • At OpenStack Summit, Rob will discuss why the adoption of software-defined storage is critical to the success of any OpenStack deployment during a vBrownBag TechTalk. He will also share real-world best practices on adopting and managing a software-defined storage platform.

When & Where:
Massive Storage Systems and Technology Conference

  • Avinash's keynote, "Lessons learned from distributed systems and applied to modern storage platforms," will take place on June 3, 2015, 2:30 p.m. PT at Santa Clara University, School of Engineering.
  • The panel on software-defined storage will take place on June 3, 2015, 3:00 p.m. PT at Santa Clara University, School of Engineering.
  • Rob and Eric's Lighting Talk on Hedvig will take place on June 3, 2015, 4:45 p.m. PT at Santa Clara University, School of Engineering.

The OpenStack Summit Vancouver

  • Rob's vBrownBag TechTalk, "Building hyperscale OpenStack clouds with software-defined storage," will take place on May 20, 2015, 11:45 a.m. UTC, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, room 106.

Modern distributed systems have been around for a decade or more, but the convergence of several trends -- reliable, powerful commodity infrastructure; flash and high capacity drives; 10 and 40 gig Ethernet -- make distributed systems a reality for enterprises, and not just web giants. However, current approaches to storage are broken. They can't keep pace with the rate of change in today's modern business. Business are storing more data, analyzing more data, and embracing newer apps that generate more data. As a result, IT can't even predict storage requirements 3 months out, never mind the 3-5 years that typify storage refreshes. Hedvig has re-architected storage using modern, distributed systems capabilities. In these presentations, Hedvig executives will highlight how its distributed systems heritage and experience can be applied to building more scalable and flexible storage platforms.

About Hedvig
Hedvig is re-architecting software-defined storage. Hedvig accelerates data to value by collapsing disparate storage systems into a single platform, creating a virtualized pool that provisions storage with a few clicks, scales to petabytes and runs seamlessly in both private and public clouds. Built by software engineers of the world's largest and most successful distributed systems, Hedvig delivers modern storage for any enterprise compute environment running at any scale. The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform is unconstrained by traditional thinking and existing architectures, resulting in the only software-defined storage incorporating true distributed systems capabilities. Built to keep pace with scale-out applications and the velocity of change in today's business climate, the Hedvig platform gets better and smarter as the system scales, transforming commodity hardware into the most advanced storage solution available today. Customers such as Intuit, Dovilo, Van Dijk and Paul Hastings LLP use the Hedvig platform to transform their storage from a box where data resides to a fundamental business enabler.

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