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Cloud Computing and Storage - More Than a File System in the Sky

23 Nov
Tuesday, 11/23/2010 7:00am to 8:00am

Erik Riedel
EMC Corporation

Computer Science Building, Room 150/151

Faculty Host: Prashant Shenoy

The talk will outline a framework for managing compute + data at cloud-scale. These technology innovations have allowed "the cloud" to blossom.

Cloud computing represents a major computing and communications technology shift. Users no longer need control over the technology or infrastructure that is "in the cloud" to support them. This new model for delivering information technology is based on the Internet and provides for management of web, data, and compute resources. It is massively scalable to support large, geographically dispersed content and users.

Cloud storage provides more than a cheap and deep tier N+1 storage option - it's a dynamic platform allowing applications to orchestrate storage needs beyond just filling a remote bit bucket. This talk will discuss the importance of app-owned policy management at cloud scale and how it brings increased agility and scalability. It will also discuss some of the technology challenges that might be barriers to meeting the promise that we all read about daily.

The speaker, Dr. Erik Riedel, brings insights into the problems and solutions for the dynamic storage that underlies the cloud and places new demands on data and communications. He is Senior Director of Technology & Architecture for cloud infrastructure at EMC and previously worked on novel storage devices and systems for Seagate Technology. Erik is an active researcher and presenter on the key "cloud" concerns of scalability, performance, robustness, policy and security.


Erik Riedel, Ph.D. is Senior Director of Technology & Architecture in the Cloud Infrastructure Group at EMC in Cambridge, MA. The group is working to build cloud storage technology for deployment in private and public clouds. Focus areas include scalability, robustness, metadata-informed policy, multi-tenancy and security.

Before joining EMC, Erik was Director of Interfaces & Architecture at Seagate Research in Pittsburgh, PA. The group he founded and led focused on novel storage devices and systems with increased intelligence to optimize performance, improve security, improve reliability, and enable smarter organization of data. The technology targeted both large-scale enterprise storage clusters and ad-hoc collections of consumer and mobile storage devices working together.

Erik was an appointed and elected member of the SNIA Technical Council, and has helped lead industry-wide education, technology promotion and standardization efforts for that organization for many years.

Previously, Erik was a researcher in the storage program at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, CA. He has authored and co-authored eleven granted patents and a number of pending patent applications, as well as numerous technical publications on a range of storage-related topics.

Erik holds B.S., M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University. His thesis work was on Active Disks as an extension to Network-Attached Secure Disks (NASD).

Iomega Drive to be raffled off by EMC at the talk.

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to outreach@cs.umass.edu.