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Jason Basler

Jason Basler is a portfolio architect for IBM Spectrum Protect™.  He has been part of the development team for over 24 years, and has expertise in various Spectrum Protect technologies as well as related storage technologies. He is the architect responsible for the IBM Spectrum Protect blueprints with a focus on scalability and publishing best practices derived from experiences in the test labs.

James Damgar

James is a software engineer with over 11 years of experience working in IBM Storage. For the past 7 years James has specialized in performance analysis and development for Spectrum Protect, with prime experience in the areas of the OC GUI, VMware support, object storage support, and cloud blueprint guidance. He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Computer Science with Georgia Tech. James lives in Tucson, Arizona and enjoys staying active and practicing photography as a personal passion and hobby.

Colin Dawson

Colin is a portfolio architect for IBM Spectrum Protect™.  He has been with the product development team for 26 years.  While always in development, he has performed many roles from development of new code, product support, and architectural leadership.  His primary focus has been on the server and Operations Center. Most recently, his role has been to work closely with offering management and architects to help provide the best product possible.

Del Hoobler

Del Hoobler is a Principal Offering Manager for the Spectrum Protect portfolio. He was worked on Spectrum Protect for more than 25 years, primarily as a developer. For the past five years, he has spent time working with clients, business partners, and field teams to better understand their business requirements in order to help shape the roadmap and future directions of Spectrum Protect. He lives in the Boston area and enjoys being outside and spending time with his family.

Dominic Mueller Wicke

Dominic joined IBM and the Spectrum Protect development team 12 years ago. Today he is a development architect for Spectrum Protect and Spectrum Protect Plus. In the past years he gathered some experience with integrating Spectrum Protect and Spectrum Scale for backup, HSM and disaster recovery. Dominic enjoys spending time with his four kids and restoring old German cars. 

Wolfgang E. Nagel

Wolfgang E. Nagel has started the Center of High Performance Computing (ZHR) at Technische Universität Dresden in 1997.Today, he holds the Chair for Computer Architecture in the department Computer Engineering and is the director of the Center for Information Services and High Performance Computing (ZIH). He is chairman of the Gauß-Allianz e.V. (coordination of the HPC related activities in Germany), and since 2014 he is leading the national Big Data competence center “ScaDS– Competence Center for Scalable Data Services and Solutions Dresden/Leipzig”, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The orientation of the ZIH on parallel and data intensive computing is based on its capable system for high performance computing and data analytics. Its focus is on the development of new methods and algorithms for solving the growing challenges of science and research. Moreover, ZIH also covers important research challenges in data acquisition, handling, and exploitation of large data sets for a broad spectrum of users. Its endeavours to optimize the overall performance of applications closely respond to the critical demands of energy efficiency.

Jim Smith

Jim Smith is the IBM Spectrum Protect architect responsible for Spectrum Protect Plus and Spectrum Protect virtual server data protection (VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V), unstructured data and large file systems (Backup-Archive client). Jim is a thirty-year veteran of the storage industry with IBM and has authored several technical papers relating to data protection. He is also an IBM Systems Master Inventor. Jim lives in Northern California.