Leaders in the storage world offer
valuable advice for making more effective
architecture and technology decisions.
By mache cReeGeR, moDeRatoR
FEATURING SEVEN WORLD-CLASS storage experts, this
roundtable discussion is the first in a new series of
CTO Forums focusing on the near-term challenges
and opportunities facing the commercial computing
community. Overseen by the ACM Professions
Board, the goal of this series is to provide working
IT managers expert advice so they can make better
decisions when investing in new architectures and
technologies. This is the first installment of the
discussion, with a second installment
slated for publication in the September
Recognizing that Usenix and ACM
serve similar constituencies, Ellie
Young, Usenix Executive Director, graciously invited us to hold our panel during the Usenix Conference on File and
Storage Technologies (FAST ‘08) in San
Jose, Feb. 27, 2008. Ellie and her staff
were extremely helpful in supporting
us during the conference and all of us
at ACM greatly appreciate their efforts.
— Stephen Bourne
Steve Kleiman—Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist, Network Appliances.
Eric Brewer—Professor, Computer
Science Division, University of California, Berkeley, Inktomi co-founder (
acquired by Yahoo).
Erik Riedel—Head, Interfaces &
Architecture Department, Seagate Research, Seagate Technology.
Margo Seltzer—Herchel Smith Professor of Computer Science, Professor in the Division of Engineering and
Applied Sciences, Harvard University,
Sleepycat Software founder (acquired
by Oracle Corporation), architect at
Greg Ganger—Professor Electrical
and Computer Engineering, School of
Computer Science, Director, Parallel
Data Lab, Carnegie Mellon University.
Mary Baker—Research Scientist, HP
Kirk McKusick—Past president,
Usenix Association, BSD and FreeBSD
Mache Creeger—Principal, Emergent Technology Associates.