DataSys: Data-Intensive Distributed Systems LaboratoryData-Intensive Distributed Systems Laboratory

Illinois Institute of Technology
Department of Computer Science

Really Big Data - Storing a Zettabyte (a billion Terabytes) Chris Gladwin

Dr. Chris Gladwin
President and CEO


Stuart Building 201
Thursday, September 8th, 2011
11:30AM - 12:30PM

Abstract: As amount of digital information accelerates, the size of future storage systems will scale to almost unbelievable levels. Chris Gladwin, the founder and CEO of Cleversafe, will outline the revolutionary new technologies required to store data at this scale. 

Bio: Cleversafe is led by Chris Gladwin, who has created and managed a series of successful new technology companies. Chris founded Cleversafe in November, 2004 and wrote the algorithms for the first Dispersed Storage software prototype.  Chris was previously the creator of the first workgroup storage server at Zenith Data Systems and was a Manager of Corporate Storage Standards at Lockheed Martin. Before Cleversafe, Chris was the founding Chairman, President and CEO of MusicNow (initially known as FullAudio) and built the company to 100,000 customers before its acquisition by Circuit City. MusicNow, whose venture financing was led by New Enterprise Associates, was one of the largest digital content storage and distribution systems in the world and provided white label digital music services marketed by distribution partners including Best Buy, Clear Channel, Microsoft, SBC, Charter Communications and Earthlink. Prior to MusicNow, Chris developed the wireless thin client and then was the founding Chairman, President and CEO of Cruise Technologies, which became the dominant supplier of wireless thin client technology. Cruise Technologies provided wireless thin clients that were marketed by distribution partners that included Motorola, IBM, Wyse, Telos and Zenith Data Systems. Chris has created over 300 issued and pending patents related to Dispersed Storage™ technology, wireless remote interface and Internet service technology. Chris’s work has been recognized by 32 industry awards for the products, services and companies he has created. Chris holds an Engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.