Technology Trends: A Storage Vendor’s Perspective

Douglas Santry, Member Technical Staff at NetApp


The storage industry has changed substantially since 1956. The entire landscape, with their attendant assumptions, is shifting underneath the feet of storage vendors. There are many opportunities – and pitfalls- in the near future. This talk will briefly survey some of the driving trends keeping company strategists up at night.


Doug Santry earned his Ph.D. from Cambridge University. He is best known for the Elephant file-system. He is also an original member of the Xen hypervisor team at Cambridge. Taking a break from systems he worked as a quant for a leading investment bank where he formed strong opinions on the fitness for purpose of modern storage systems. His research interests at Netapp focus on making modern storage systems more useful for scientific and mathematical computation; he believes that in the very near future the relationship between applications and the storage stack will change forever.