Storage Valley Supper Club


Our Charter/Purpose is three-fold:

To promote fellowship among the participants in the storage industry.
• To provide a informal forum for and to foster the continuing development of storage technology.
• To Eat, Drink, Be Merry, and Network!

Because it's ALL about STORAGE!

Who is eligible to attend participate:

Anyone with present or past affiliations in the storage arena—including components, drives, systems and software: optical, magnetic, and solid state.

Thursday October 11th at Dave and Busters, The Great Mall, Milpitas, CA
Limited Seating so Register Early!!     Register NowRegistration Ends October 9th!


6:00 pm Arrive, Register, No-host bar, Networking

7:15 pm Dinner

Fire grilled salmon served over sauteed spinach
Italian rosemary roasted chicken
(Eggplant Parmesan by special request)
Honey glazed baby carrots
House salad
Spicy rice medley
Garlic herb roasted potatoes
Fresh baked rolls with butter
Unlimited coffee, tea and sodas

~8 pm After Dinner Program

Paul Chapman

Paul Chapman, Senior V.P. Of Technology, FotoKem

Storage – a Hollywood perspective from 9 GB to 4TB in 15 years

From the earliest use of disk drives in the Hollywood community we have found that computers and storage are essential to making Movies and Television. Early uses of digital storage were often just for storage of process decisions, but as capacity has increased and costs have dropped many new and innovated uses for storage have been discovered. Over the years disk storage has become essential to the making of all forms of entertainment in Hollywood. Flash memory has become a mainstay in content capture and making inroads into post-production. The earthquake in Japan had a profound affect on the availability of Videotape, which in turn forced users to turn to other options for media storage such as hard drives and digital magnetic tape. Now use of disk and digital tape storage for all aspect of production in Hollywood is standard, with flash providing a performance accelerations layer. As a consequence multi-petabyte facilities using an evolving tiered storage architecture are becoming the norm.

The talk will be a retrospective on how the Hollywood community has embraced digital storage, a discussion on how it is used now and a gaze into the future of what may be coming in the next five years.


Paul Chapman is Senior V.P. Of Technology at FotoKem, one of the largest Film Laboratory and Post Production facilities in the World. Paul has a degree in Computer and Cybernetics from The University of Kent at Canterbury in England. He has worked in the Post production industry in Hollywood for over 25 years, holding various engineering leadership positions at Rank Cintel, Compete Post and Unitel Video. He was an expert in file to tape transfer (telecine) and also led the design of several state of the art video facilities. Most recently at FotoKem he has been working on infrastructure design and engineering for various file based projects and also conceived and designed an intra-company network linking various FotoKem facilities in Los Angeles and San Francisco using leased dark fiber at 10Gig speed.

Paul is past section chair of SMPTE Hollywood, past President of the Society of Television Engineers and is currently a governor for SMPTE Hollywood region

Remember, The only way to influence the future is to participate fully in the present.

~9 pm Meeting Ends

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