Free Webinar on Local Storage Set for 22 February

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 31 January, 2011 – The IEEE Computer Society and Symform are hosting a free webinar exploring future storage models. The hour-long webinar, “Aggregation of Local Storage to Build a More Reliable Virtual Global Datacenter,” is set for 22 February at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT/19:00 GMT. To register, visit

During the talk, Synform co-founders Praerit Garg and Bassam Tabbara will explore an alternative storage solution that redistributes the cloud back to the edge of the Internet where storage resources are cheap, and power, cooling, real estate, and bandwidth are already paid for. Symform’s patented technology disperses data across thousands of geo-distributed devices, providing the security, performance, and reliability of cloud storage in a more sustainable and cost-efficient way.
The speakers will cover some of the lessons learned from building a decentralized cloud storage system over the Internet. The webinar will be moderated by IEEE Computer Society Sales and Channel Development Manager Chris Ruoff, who holds an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Prior to becoming president of Symform, Garg was a senior director in Microsoft's Server and Tools division, where he built and managed the Dynamic Systems Platform & Tools team. He is a co-inventor on 14 US and international patents and a co-author of IETF RFC 3645, Web Services WS-Trust, and WS-Secure Conversation specifications. He holds an MS in computer science from Purdue University and a BE (with Honors) from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India.

An avid technologist, Tabbara has worked on many diverse projects relating to Web platforms, databases, the Semantic Web, operating systems, distributed systems, and systems management. Prior to becoming CTO at Symform, he was a senior engineer at Microsoft, where he co-invented the Web platform, which continues to be used today by MSN, MSNBC, and
He also served as co-founder and a lead architect on the Dynamic Systems Initiative team, where he was responsible for implementing the model-based technology (SML) at the core of DSI. Tabbara is a co-inventor on 24 US and international patents. He received his BS in computer engineering from the University of Florida.

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