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Riding the Wave of Virtualization: Is File Virtualization the Next Great Wave?

File virtualization and its similarity and differences from server virtualization

This session will define and present the elements of file virtualization and its similarity and differences from server virtualization. The session will include different approaches to achieve file virtualization and the pros and cons associated with these approaches. Tom will also explain from the technical perspective how file virtualization technology is being used as a solution to broad-based storage management challenges. Finally, drawing on his unique experience from having successfully implemented both the Linux based and the Windows based file virtualization appliances, Tom will share his vision for the future of file virtualization as it expands from the data center to the edges of customer networks and eventually to the laptops of the mobile users. At the end of the sessions, the attendees should be able to judge whether File Virtualization is indeed the next Great Wave.
 
Speaker Bio: Thomas Wong is VP of Engineering at Attune Systems. He has more than 25 years of engineering and management experience in both early-stage and established technology companies. Prior to joining Attune, Wong founded Frezweb.com, a Web2.0 file system technology company. Previously, he was the co-founder and VP of Engineering at NeoPath Networks, a file virtualization vendor, where he built and led the NeoPath Engineering function from the ground-up, delivering alpha, beta and two successful product launches on schedule. He has also worked in various engineering and management capacities at Ingrian Systems, Sun Microsystems, Healtheon/WebMD, Tandem Computers, and Wang Laboratories.
 
At Ingrian Systems, Wong designed and implemented the switching software for the Ingrian Level 7 Secure Content Switch appliance. At Sun, he the project lead in the SunOS file system (ufs) group and also wrote the CDROM file system (hsfs) for SunOS and Solaris. He was also a project editor for the European Computer Manufacturers Association TC 15 committee and a project editor for the International Standards Organization SC 15 committee (ISO/IEC/JTC1/SC15). Tom wrote the European Standard (ECMA 168) and the International Standard (ISO/IEC 13490) on recordable compact disk format. In addition, he has twenty U.S. patents issued along with ten published U.S. Patent applications in the file system and computer networking areas. Tom received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and engineering from M.I.T. and a Master's degree in Software Engineering from the Wang Institute at Boston University.

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Service-oriented architectures (SOAs) have evolved over the past few years out of the original vision of loosely coupled web services replacing constrained, stovepiped applications throughout enterprise IT. Every major enterprise technology vendor today has developed its own SOA strategy, supported by innumerable mid-size companies and start-ups offering specific SOA aspects or entire solutions. This explosive growth in SOA technology is in response to a global demand--IDC estimates that spending on SOA services alone will grow from $8.6 billion to more than $33 billion by 2010.
 
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The colocation of SOA World Conference & Expo 2007 West and Virtualization Conference & Expo delivers the most relevant content to IT and business. Conference attendees will be able to choose from four great tracks at this year's event. Mix and match all you want, or slot into your favorite topic for the duration! The tracks include:
 
• Web 2.0/AJAX and SOA
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• Real-World SOA
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• Virtualization
• Specially Selected Hot Topics
 
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