Event description

Unleashing scale, resilience and performance for the challenges of hybrid cloud and data intensive workloads.

On 27th April 2016, clients, partners and analysts from across the world came together at London’s prestigious Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET) to hear us announce the expansion of our flash storage portfolio.

We introduced our two new family members designed to make fast storage simple…

These additions to the IBM Flash Storage portfolio provide the micro-latency, scalable performance and operational efficiency needed to unlock insights from massive volumes of data. Make fast storage simple.

All the presentations are now available to download.

Agenda

13:00

Arrival and Registration: Flowers Room, IET. Light lunch served

14:00

Welcome: Tosca Colangeli, Vice President Systems Hardware, IBM UKI

14:10

Flash is Everywhere: Transitioning to the all-flash datacentre - Simon Robinson, 451 Research

14:50

Total Cost of Ownership and Improved Application Performance - KwangSung Lee, CIO, Prudential Life Insurance, Korea

15:00

Storage in a Cognitive Era - Michael Kuhn, Vice President Storage Solutions, IBM

15:20

IBM FlashSystem: The Launch - Kevin Powell, Director IBM Flash & Cloud Optimised Storage

15:40

A Customer Experience, Christian Esswein, Corporate Sector Information Systems and Services, Bosch

15:55

Break: Flowers and Lovelace rooms

16:25

A Night At The Cinema with IBM and Microgaming - Leon Turner, Head of IT, Microgaming

16:40

Science behind the Speed - Andy Walls, IBM Fellow, CTO and Chief Architect

17:10

Moderated Panel Discussion: Simon Robinson, Andy Walls, Leon Turner, KwangSung Lee

17:30

Andy Green: "The Fastest Man on Earth"

18:00

Reception: The Maxwell Library with Andy Green. Drinks and canapes served

Andy Green

Andy Green
Wing Commander , Royal Air Force
Guest speaker

Andy Walls

Andy Walls
Chief Architect and CTO for IBM’s Flash Systems Division, IBM

Kevin Powell

Kevin Powell
Director and Business Line Executive, IBM

Kwangsung Lee

Kwangsung Lee
VP and CIO, Prudential Life Insurance, Korea

Leon Turner

Leon Turner
Head of IT, Microgaming

Michael Kuhn

Michael Kuhn
VP & Business Line Executive IBM Systems, Enterprise Storage Solutions, IBM

Simon Robinson

Simon Robinson
Research Vice President, 451 Research

Leon Turner

Leon Turner is Head of IT for Microgaming, one of the world’s foremost gaming software developers.

Microgaming Products include Casino, Multi-player, Mobile, Poker, Bingo, Land-based, Sportsbook, Live Dealer, Business Solutions and Quickfire. The company have created more than 800 unique casino games, including over 1,200 variants.

Leon is responsible for the infrastructure platform, application service availability, datacentre hosting and the IT budget. This includes the translation of IT technical requests into CFO summaries to perform return on investment investigation and due diligence execution.

Microgaming has, over the past year, begun the journey to All-Flash datacentres as part of a commitment to stay on the leading edge of technology in order to provide high levels of availability and response to its customers.

Andy Green

Wing Commander , Royal Air Force
Guest speaker

Wing Commander Andy Green is a Royal Air Force fighter pilot and holder of the World Land Speed Record. He is ‘The Fastest Man on Earth’.

Since 1997 he has held the World Land Speed Record at 763mph, making him the only person in history to drive faster than the speed of sound.

With Bloodhound SSC, the car created to reach a new goal of 1000mph and a New World Land Speed Record.

Andy Walls

Chief Architect and CTO for IBM’s Flash Systems Division, IBM

Andy Walls is Chief Architect and CTO for IBM’s Flash Systems Division. He is also an IBM Fellow, IBM’s most prestigious Honor.

Andy is a pioneer in enabling MLC flash in the enterprise and has developed an infrastructure for servers and storage which achieves the highest performance while still providing the endurance and availability that the enterprise and data center require.

He was responsible for the Texas Memory Acquisition and defined the architecture for the very popular Flash System 840 and 900 and V9000. He is defining next generation products that can be used in traditional SAN environments as well as the cloud and by emerging workloads.

He is widely recognized as an expert in storage and Flash and has designed ASICs, PCBs, firmware stacks and systems. Known as an innovator, he has applied for or filed over 100 patents.

Andy has worked for IBM his entire 34-year career and holds a BSEE from UC Santa Barbara.

Kevin Powell

Director and Business Line Executive, IBM

Kevin Powell is the Director and Business Line Executive for IBM’s Flash & Cloud Optimized Storage division. Kevin oversees all aspects of IBM’s FlashSystem, XIV and Spectrum Accelerate portfolio as well as the broader IBM solutions built around IBM’s FlashCore Technology.

Overall Kevin has spent the past 15+ years in the IT industry in consulting, marketing, strategy and management roles.

Kevin earned his MBA from Duke University and holds a BS in Computer Science from Cornell University.

Michael Kuhn

VP & Business Line Executive IBM Systems,
Enterprise Storage Solutions, IBM

Michael Kuhn is Vice President and Business Line Executive for IBM Enterprise Storage within IBM’s Systems business unit. He is responsible for defining the business strategy and the worldwide execution of IBM’s enterprise storage business, including its portfolio of flash optimized solutions, cloud storage solutions and enterprise class storage systems.

Through product development and strategic acquisitions, he is leading IBM’s strategic initiative to invest $1B in flash solutions, the creation of IBM’s Flash business unit and the launch of the FlashSystem brand. He is responsible for advancing the storage and systems portfolio with new technologies and innovative solutions designed for the data-centric, cloud-enabled workloads of the new era of IT.

Prior to assuming his current assignment, he was Vice President of Lab Services and Technical Training for IBM’s Systems & Technology Group. In this role, he had business responsibility for a technical services business unit, with 1,500 IT Consultants focused on helping clients deploy solutions in their data centers while accelerating the adoption of new technology from IBM’s world-class systems development labs. He also led a technical training services business which helps clients understand how to maximize the investment in their IT infrastructure by developing skills around systems and storage management technologies and industry best practices.

Prior to this position, Mike held the positions of Director, Technical Sales & Support Centers for STG, Director of Product Marketing for Mainframe Systems (now IBM Systems z) and Director of Strategy & Operations for IBM’s Enterprise Server business. He also held the positions of Program Director within IBM’s UNIX (now IBM Power Systems) business in Austin, TX, IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, NY and IBM’s Corporate Headquarters in Armonk, NY. He began his career as an analyst in Endicott, NY.

Mike graduated from Penn State University (BS), University of Scranton (MBA) and The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business (Executive Development Program). He is married with two children and resides in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Simon Robinson

Research Vice President, 451 Research

Simon runs the VotE Infrastructure practice at 451 Research, managing a team that delivers end-user insight around the rapidly changing nature of enterprise datacenter infrastructure. VotE Infrastructure offerings include VotE Storage, VotE Servers and Converged Infrastructure, and VotE Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI).

Based in the UK, Simon joined 451 Research in 2000, and has played an instrumental role in developing the firm’s storage industry practice, as well as pioneering research reports in areas such as storage virtualization, object storage, hyper-converged Infrastructure and cloud storage.

Prior to joining 451 Research, Simon was a Senior Reporter and Editor at UK tech publications house VNU, and also worked on the City Desk at the UK’s Press Association. He has a degree in Economics.

Kwangsung Lee

VP and CIO, Prudential Life Insurance, Korea

Kwangsung joined Prudential Life Insurance of Korea(POK) in January 2005 and is now the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in charge of IT planning, IT budgeting, infrastructure operation, system development and information security.

Kwangsung has recently implemented IT control processes and security technologies to protect IT resources, including customer information.

Prior to POK, Kwangsung worked for Samsung Life Insurance Company for 12 years in system development and analysis of the policy administration system.

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