Flash. Is this the light on my camera, a plugin for my browser, or a superhero that runs really fast? If you’re in IT, flash likely refers to something else: flash memory of some sort. But even then, the term is both ubiquitous and vague. The solid-state drive in your laptop; the new memory in your z14; your new “all flash” storage array. These all boast “flash” technology that promises to make everything faster. Flash technology is not new but reductions in price and advancements in capacity are exploding adoption. There are many compelling arguments for flash – but is this the silver bullet for all storage bottlenecks? Take a stroll with John as we slow down the hype to explore the various implementations of flash technology and which, if any, can best speed up your datacenter. And don’t worry; I won’t be wearing a red, spandex suit.
Stream: Storage Management
Time: 10:15 - 11:15
John Baker, Senior Consultant at IntelliMagic, has been working with mainframes for over 25 years, both as a customer and consultant. His primary focus has been on system and application performance. As a customer, John designed, implemented and maintained many critical projects such as WLM Goal Mode, GDPS/Data Mirroring, and merging datacenters. As a consultant, John has assisted many of the world's largest datacenters with their z/OS performance challenges. John is a frequent and much appreciated speaker at industry events like SHARE, CMG, GSE and IBM conferences. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Computer Measurement Group (CMG) and currently volunteers with the MVS Performance Project (MVSP) at SHARE. In his spare time, John enjoys pool, motorcycles, his dog, old port and a spirited political debate. He lives with his family near Toronto, Canada.