Mass Storage: What the Future Holds / CNSV Annual meeting

Tuesday, Dec 14, 2010 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm PST          


Note: the talk will be preceded by the CNSV Annual meeting and election of 2011 officers.

Mass data storage for digital electronic systems plays a vital role in contemporary life, providing non-volatile and rapid data access for business, government, academic, military, and consumer applications The properties of these technologies may be illustrated in a Tiered Storage Hierarchy pyramid, with the lower capacity, highest performance and most costly technologies at the top, down to the highest capacity, lowest performing, and least costly at the base.

This presentation will provide highlights from the latest bi-annual iNEMI Mass Storage Roadmap on technology developments in solid state memory, hard disk drives, magnetic tape and optical storage. The current roadmap of this report, like previous roadmaps beginning in 1996, includes participation and input from a broad spectrum of participants in the mass data storage industry, government, and academic organizations.

This talk will give perspective on the current status and outlook for all key mass storage technologies: Solid State, Magnetic and Optical Storage, as well as integrated storage systems.


About the speaker, Tom Coughlin, Coughlin Associates

Tom Coughlin is a widely respected storage analyst and consultant with over 30 years of experience in the data storage industry. His company Coughlin Associates provides market and technology analysis – including a newsletter and reports on several digital storage technologies and applications – as well as Data Storage Technical Consulting services.

Dr. Coughlin has many publications and six patents to his credit. His 2008 book Digital Storage in Consumer Electronics: The Essential Guide was the subject of a previous CNSV talk that he gave.

Tom is active with SMPTE, SNIA, IDEMA, the IEEE Magnetics Society, IEEE CE Society and other professional organizations. He is the founder and organizer of the annual Storage Visions conference (a partner to the International Consumer Electronics Show), as well as the Creative Storage conference. He is also a Leader in the Gerson Lehrman Group Councils of Advisors, a CNSV member and an IEEE Senior Member.

This year’s iNEMI Mass Storage Roadmap committee was chaired by CNSV members Roger F. Hoyt and Tom Coughlin.


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