Flash Forward - conference agenda takes shape

16 top flash and SSD vendors already signed up.

IT specialist event organiser EVITO has unveiled the initial agenda for FLASH FORWARD, the brand new, one-day conference and expo about flash and SSD technologies that will take place on 14th June 2016 in London. Signed up to participate to date are: EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, HGST, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, Kaminario, Micron, NetApp, Nimble Storage, SanDisk, SolidFire, Tegile, Tintri , Toshiba, Violin Memory, Virtual Instruments.

Among the speakers and panellists to date are:
Architecting.IT/Langton Blue: Chris Evans, founding blogger/co-founder
Evaluator Group: Randy Kerns, senior strategist
IDC: Carla Arend, program director, European software
SNIA Europe: Alex McDonald, vice-chair
Storagebod: Martin Glassborow, founding blogger
The Register: Chris Mellor, storage editor
VMware: Christian Dickmann, VSAN lead developer & architect

End user speakers sessions will include:
Always where you need it; new approaches to traditional device memory and storage Comparative deployment scenarios for flash and SSD flash technologies
Future directions and impacts on datacentres and application time to market
The impact of flash and SSD on application performance/deployment
Where and when to deploy flash and SSD solutions in your environment.

Len Rosenthal, Virtual Instruments chief marketing officer, said “We are excited to participate in such a unique event focused on helping IT organisations better understand flash storage. We look forward to exhibiting at FLASH FORWARD and educating the UK storage community about how to utilise our Load DynamiX storage performance analytics platform to help them fully understand their storage workload profiles and be more intelligent about purchasing and deploying flash storage products.”

“The mind-set of storage customers today is rapidly switching to a flash-first mentality and FLASH FORWARD is yet another testament to flash becoming the default choice for storage,” said Martin Cooper, director of systems engineering, international, at SolidFire, now part of NetApp. "With technologies like guaranteed Quality of Service and scale-out, all-flash storage empowers organisations to build next-generation data centres and ensure they can respond to ever-changing business demands with speed and agility.”

"Flash storage is a game-changing technology that enterprises can rely on to achieve tremendous business acceleration coupled with very compelling economics; it has created a true inflexion point for computing as a whole. Tegile are proud to be sponsoring FLASH FORWARD, bringing together key industry players and audiences in one place to go through issues and insights to drive the industry forward," commented Naresh Chouhan, Tegile EMEA Marketing Director.

Paul Trowbridge, event director, EVITO said “While end user spend in the EMEA hard disk array market is dropping, All Flash Arrays (AFAs) sales are topping 150% annually. FLASH FORWARD aims to support end users looking for answers that will help them through the decision-making and purchasing processes and give them access to almost 20 of the key players in the market under one roof for the first time this year.”

FLASH FORWARD London 2016 will take place at the Kensington Close Hotel, Wrights Lane, London, W8 5SP, UK on 14th June. Dates in other European cities are currently being discussed. IT professionals wishing to attend and vendors interested in sponsorship opportunities can find further information at: www.flashfoward.io. You can also find regular updates about the event at www.twitter.com/ssdflashforward
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