EE380 Computer Systems Colloquium

Storage Industry Current and Future Trends Challenges of Deploying Storage Infrastructure at Scale
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Gates B01
Russ McElroy and Farid Yavari (ebay)
Abstract / Description: 

In this talk we explore the different trends in modern storage architecture and challenges of deploying storage solutions at scale. The talk covers current and future storage media technologies as well as a view into the storage infrastructure for hyper-scale companies.

The paradigm of storage has and will continue to shift in even more dramatic ways in the next few years as NAND advances and storage class memory comes onto the scene.

Now is the time for infrastructure providers, suppliers and developers to plan for the all-digital data center by incorporating solid state storage technology in even the most historically challenging areas.

We will address storage technology on the basis of Total Cost of Ownership ("TCO") inflection points, the legacy challenges around using flash as flash, and how these technology trends will be critical to scaling out data centers now and in the future.

Farid Yavari is the Sr. Storage Architect for Global Platform and Infrastructure at eBay. Farid's decades of experience includes architecting hyperscale storage solutions and deploying enterprise class data center infrastructure at scale. Farid has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1987, where he started off his career as a systems programmer. Over the years, Farid has been actively sharing his views and experience with his peers by participating in University events and industry forums. Farid and his team's involvement and contributions to the storage community has earned eBay a number of industry awards, and has established eBay as a technology leader and an industry influencer.


Russ McElroy is a Sr. Storage and Data Infrastructure Manager responsible for storage architecture, strategy and vision for eBay Inc. including eBay Marketplaces and PayPal. He has 18+ years in e-commerce and payments DevOps. In previous roles, he took on eBay's scaling challenges in search, analytics and cloud environments. His current focus is on converging all of eBay Inc.s storage intensive environments including big data and high volume transactional workloads onto the cloud while leveraging open source, distributed ultra-dense storage, flash and next generation storage class memory. He has a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from UC Davis.