Headed to SNW? Critical meetings you MUST attend

Monday, April 12, 2010

9:20 am – 10:05 am:  Executive Overview and Current Topics on Solid State Storage

Speaker
Rob Peglar, Senior Fellow, Xiotech

Description
This tutorial provides introductory material and discussion of solid state storage. A comprehensive overview of the technology, from components to devices to systems, is provided along with an overview of several current topics surrounding the integration, deployment, use and application of solid state storage. The material is intended for those who are not familiar with solid state storage in the enterprise and wish to develop a working understanding of the technology and its usage.

11:10 am – 11:55 am:  A New Storage Model for the Cloud

Speaker
Richard Lary, Corporate Fellow, Xiotech Corporation

Description
Despite an explosion of data being stored, the technologies to manage all that data have changed little since the advent of the Storage Area Network (SAN) a decade ago or even since the advent of RAID well before that. Cloud computing promises to make it easier to get more value out of all that data, but only if we adopt a very different storage architecture. Today’s SANs are complex. They require significant attention. And, they are not elastic enough for the decapitalized business model of cloud computing. This presentation will discuss why it’s time for the industry to rethink storage by deconstructing the storage array. By adapting a more flexible, element-based approach to storage, organizations eliminate large periodic capital expenses, benefit from self-management of basic storage functions, and gain the flexibility to use the storage management functionality their unique needs require.

Storage Virtualization I & II – Implementing and Managing Storage Virtualization

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm and 1:55 pm – 2:40 pm

Speaker
Rob Peglar, Senior Fellow, Xiotech

Description
Storage Virtualization is one of the buzzwords in the industry, especially with the near-ubiquitous deployment of Storage Networks. But besides all hype, there is a lot of confusion, too. Companies are using the term virtualization and its characteristics in various and different forms. This tutorial describes the reasons and benefits of virtualization in a technical and neutral way. The audience will understand the various terms and will receive a clear picture of the different virtualization approaches. Links to the SNIA Shared Storage Model and the usage of the new SNIA Storage Virtualization Taxonomy will help to achieve this goal. This tutorial is intended for IT Managers, Storage and System Administrators who have responsibilities for IT infrastructures and storage management tasks. Learning Objectives • Understand the definition of storage virtualization and its taxonomy • Learn about the three categories/methods of storage virtualization and their architectures • Understand which storage virtualization techniques apply to various new and existing infrastructures and potential benefits to storage management.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

4:05 pm – 4:30 pm Executive Interview — Exploding Data and Imploding Budgets: Can Technology Really Shrink this Elephant in the Room?

John Gallant, Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer, IDG Enterprise
Jim McDonald, Chief Strategy Officer, Xiotech
Garry Olah, Vice President, Business Development, Citrix Systems

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