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Dennis Hahn | Senior Analyst, Data Center Storage, Omdia

Dennis covers data center storage technologies, including SAN, NAS, DAS, cloud storage, NVMe over Fabrics (NVMeOF), and software-defined storage (SDS). He has more than 25 years of broad storage industry technology experience, which includes storage systems design, product and project management, corporate and product strategy, and storage innovations development and market insight.

Specializing in storage technologies, Dennis has created winning products, such as the MetaStore SAN, which grew to $60 million in annual revenue. He also holds patents in storage systems design, data caching, and hybrid cloud data migration. He is certified in Agile development practices and cloud solution architectures.

Before joining Omdia (formerly IHS Markit) in 2018, Dennis worked at NetApp and contributed to the E-Series product line, which is worth $1 billion. He also held positions at Symbios Logic, Engenio, and LSI.

Dennis earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering at University of Wisconsin-Platteville, US and MBA from Wichita State University, US.

Sue Troy | Editor in Chief, ITPro Today

Sue Troy is Editor in Chief for Informa's She has spent more than 25 years writing and editing IT-focused content, with long stints at companies such as TechTarget and Ziff Davis Publishing. Before joining Informa in May 2017, she was Editorial Director of TechTarget's CIO, IT Strategy and Channel Media Group.

Greg Schulz | Senior Advisory Analyst, StorageIO Consulting


Alex McDonald | Chair, SNIA Cloud Storage Technologies

Specialist in current and advanced storage technologies. Thought leader & educator, playing a key role in industry standards groups & promoting adoption of storage standards & new technologies. Speaker at and organiser of global conferences. Currently directs and chairs groups on Cloud and Network Storage in the US and EMEA.

Karen Schwartz | Contributing Editor, ITPro Today

Karen D. Schwartz has been writing about technology for more than 20 years. During that time, she has written about every conceivable type of technology, from storage and cybersecurity to mobile computing and social networks. Currently, she covers both storage and cybersecurity for ITPro Today, as well as writing unbylined white papers and other content for tech companies and high-tech content creation firms. She can be reached at [email protected].

JB Baker | Computational Storage Technical Working Group and SNIA Computational Storage Special Interest Group

JB Baker is a twenty year storage industry veteran with a proven track record in driving the market introduction and strategic planning of enterprise SSDs.  Mr. Baker holds a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from Cornell University. He is a member of the SNIA Computational Storage Technical Work Group and the SNIA Computational Storage Special Interest Group. 

Steffen Hellmold | Founder, DNA Storage Alliance; VP of Strategic Initiatives, Western Digital

Steffen Hellmold is Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Western Digital. He is responsible for identifying & leading incubated disruptive innovation projects in support of storage adjacent growth opportunities. His current area of focus is Archive Storage with an emphasis on driving tape and DNA Data Storage innovation to address the growing demand for cloud-scale accessible and deep archive solutions providing improved density and longevity as well as lower product acquisition and operating costs.

Before joining Western Digital in 2013, Hellmold was Vice President of Marketing at Everspin Technologies. Prior positions include executive management at SandForce, Seagate Technology, Lexar Media (a subsidiary of Micron), Samsung Semiconductor, Fujitsu and SMART Modular Technologies.

Hellmold has been deeply engaged in various industry trade associations as well as industry standards organizations such as JEDEC, IEEE, USB-IF, CFA, SDA, and MMCA. He co-founded the USB Flash Drive Alliance and served as their president from 2003 to 2007.
Hellmold holds an Economic Electrical Engineering degree (EEE) from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.

Steve McDowell | Senior Technology Analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy


Dr. Narasimha Reddy | Site Director, Center on Intelligent Storage

Narasimha Reddy received a B.Tech. degree in Electronics and Electrical Communications Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in August 1985, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 1987 and August 1990, respectively.

Reddy is currently a J.W. Runyon Professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University as well as the Associate Dean for Research with the Texas A&M Engineering Program and the Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives & Centers with the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station.

Reddy’s research interests are in Computer Networks, Storage Systems, Multimedia Systems, and Computer Architecture. During 1990-1995, he was a Research Staff Member at IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose where he worked on projects related to disk arrays, multiprocessor communication, hierarchical storage systems and video servers.

Reddy holds five patents and was awarded a technical accomplishment award while at IBM. He received an NSF Career Award in 1996. He was a Faculty Fellow of the College of Engineering at Texas A&M during 1999-2000. His honors include an Outstanding Professor award by the IEEE student branch at Texas A&M during 1997-1998, an Outstanding Faculty award by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering during 2003-2004, a Distinguished Achievement award for teaching from the Former Students Association of Texas A&M University, and a citation "for one of the most influential papers from the 1st ACM Multimedia Conference".

Reddy is a Fellow of IEEE Computer Society and is a member of ACM.

Lisa Schmeiser | Senior Editor, ITPro Today

Lisa Schmeiser is the senior editor at She moved from coding to covering consumer and enterprise technology in the 2000s, writing multiple books on web development and producing award-winning tech features prior to joining Informa.

Marc Staimer | President, Dragon Slayer Consulting


Pete Renneker | Technical Resilience Leader, Deloitte

Pete, a managing director at Deloitte & Touche LLP, serves as the Technical Resilience leader for the Cyber Risk Services Infrastructure practice of Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory. In this role, he helps clients improve their ability to withstand technology disruptions and cyberattacks.

Pete has served as a board director for the Disaster Recovery International Foundation, and is a frequent speaker and author, most notably in the recent Ransoming government: What state and local governments can do to break free from ransomware attacks. Pete is also a self-proclaimed BBQ pitmaster and a proud graduate of the University of Dayton.