Nexenta is the inventor and global leader of Software-Defined Storage solutions. They also have brilliant guest speakers at their SDx conference.
The Nexenta Vision
The Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) is not just hype, but a critical ingredient enabling organizations to deal with the latest trends in Social Media, Mobility, the IoT, Big Data or Cloud Delivery. To fully achieve it, you need a Software-Defined Infrastructure (SDI) vision from server/storage/network to the end-user and everything in between.
With Software-Defined Everything (SDx), the computing infrastructure is virtualized and delivered as a service. In an SDx environment, management and control of the storage, networking, and data center infrastructure is automated by intelligent software rather than by the individual hardware components of the infrastructure.