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Laz Vekiarides

For over 20 years Laz Vekiarides has served in key technical and leadership roles delivering breakthrough technologies to market. Most recently, he served as the Executive Director of Software Engineering for Dell’s EqualLogic Storage Engineering group, where he led the development of numerous storage innovations and established the EqualLogic product line as a leader in host OS and hypervisor integration.

Laz joined Dell from EqualLogic, which was acquired in early 2008, where he was a member of the core leadership team – playing a key role in the company’s early success as a Senior Engineering Manager and Architect for the PS Series SAN arrays and host tools. Prior to EqualLogic, Laz held senior engineering and management positions at several companies including 3COM and Banyan Systems.

An occasional blogger, Laz frequently speaks at industry conferences, particularly in the areas of virtualization and data storage. He holds several storage technology patents, as well as a BSEE from Northeastern University, and an MSCS from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
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Recent Posts by Laz Vekiarides

Disaster Recovery in the Hybrid Cloud Era: 4 Pitfalls to Avoid

Posted by Laz Vekiarides on 2/2/17 1:00 PM

Is your disaster recovery (DR) strategy inhibiting your company’s growth?

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Topics: Bringing the Cloud to Primary Data , Founder's Perspective


How the Storage Industry Survived: Solving Data Management Problems

Posted by Laz Vekiarides on 11/7/16 9:00 AM

It wasn’t long ago when I heard the news: storage was “dead,” or at least in the process of dying, and those in the industry would need to dramatically shift focus in order to survive.

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Founder's Perspective


3 Ways Machine Learning and AI Depend on Storage

Posted by Laz Vekiarides on 10/13/16 2:00 PM

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been a hot topic since Stanley Kubrick introduced us to the HAL 9000 in “2001: A Space Odyssey.” 

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Topics: Accelerating Machine Data Analytics, Founder's Perspective


5 Questions to Ask Before Moving Apps to the Cloud

Posted by Laz Vekiarides on 9/26/16 10:00 AM

As companies put hybrid cloud strategies into action, there are a few lessons they tend to learn the hard way. For example: there’s no silver-bullet way to move applications to the cloud. Certain workloads thrive on premises but lag behind in the cloud; others are ideal for a public cloud environment. Learning the applications that fall into each category requires a time-honored, highly scientific process: trial and error.

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Topics: Bringing the Cloud to Primary Data , Founder's Perspective


Feeling the Undercurrents at VMWorld 2016: Incumbent Vendors, VCs and the Future of the Public Cloud

Posted by Laz Vekiarides on 9/12/16 3:00 PM

Like many others in this field, every year for the last 10 years, I have had to recluse myself from the last full week of the summer to attend VMWorld.

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Topics: Founder's Perspective


#StorageDebate: Is the Data Center of the Future a Colo Site?

Posted by Laz Vekiarides on 8/15/16 3:00 PM

Ask a room of IT pros about long-term goals for their companies, and you’re likely to hear a common theme: cut down our data center footprint. As primary IT functions become available as a service and the need to depend on physical infrastructure wanes, nearly every industry is looking to downsize. After all, from real estate to maintenance, data centers demand major investments.

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Topics: Bringing the Cloud to Primary Data , Founder's Perspective


The Evolution of Edge Computing

Posted by Laz Vekiarides on 7/21/16 1:00 PM

We have been talking about the notion of edge services, or more recently, edge computing, for quite some time. When Ellen and I were conceptualizing what the next generation of infrastructure might look like, we kept revisiting network concepts – users are on one end of a powerful network, and compute and data can flow seamlessly from the cloud to locations proximal to users.

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Topics: Architectural Deep Dive: Global Storage Network, Accelerating Machine Data Analytics, Founder's Perspective


It Turns Out the Internet and the Subway Have a Lot in Common

Posted by Laz Vekiarides on 4/8/16 9:00 AM

Perhaps it's unconventional thinking or perhaps it’s just that I am getting old and cantankerous, but there are some parts of the digital economy that do not wear well on me. In particular, the great granddaddy of all things shared - the internet – continues to come up regularly when I discuss the ClearSky architecture. We here at ClearSky Data have taken an unconventional and necessary view of network connectivity. Simply put, we leverage private transport networks for data. This approach still occasionally raises questions, and it’s not unexpected as public IP transit is the way the majority of people have connected for two decades.

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Topics: Architectural Deep Dive: Global Storage Network, Founder's Perspective


It’s Your Box That’s Dead, Not the Storage Industry

Posted by Laz Vekiarides on 1/28/16 1:18 PM

Every now and then I run across something in a blog that is so aligned with what we are thinking, it feels like I couldn’t have written it better myself. It happened two weeks ago, when no sooner had we finished our session with Steve Herrod about the future of storage (“Is Storage Dead?”) that I read a post by storage guru, and aspiring rock guitarist, Steve Duplessie, who seemed to be reciting from a very similar hymnal.

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Founder's Perspective


Is Storage Dead?

Posted by Laz Vekiarides on 1/7/16 3:45 PM

The year 2015 turned out to be quite an interesting year for enterprise storage. Between the profusion of newly minted unicorns, a few IPOs and a relentless string of big merger and acquisition news, one would think that storage was the epicenter of all that is exciting in technology. It turns out that this isn’t the way things are perceived at all. After Dell hammered out an agreement to acquire EMC at the end of the year, the chorus of insiders proclaiming the death of data storage has become deafening.  

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Founder's Perspective