Storage Decisions

Storage Decisions Session Downloads: Architecture Track (NYC 2006)

TRACK 3: ARCHITECTURE, "Tiered Storage"
More than 70% of the attendees of Storage Decisions say they are setting up or evaluating a tiered storage architecture. Featured in this track will be the popular Tiered Storage School sessions along with other sessions that can help any manager set up or administer new architectures.

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Tiered Storage School 101
Speaker: Greg Forest, Contoural, Inc.
Description: This session covers the key to a successful tiered storage strategy by helping you define the requirements of your business data. Before you can design your new storage tiers, you need to understand your application catalog and how your business uses it. This requires looking beyond the traditional IT metrics of recovery time objective and recovery point objective. Focusing on a broader set of key business drivers will allow you to use your storage tiers to offer the appropriate service levels to your business units, while reducing overall costs. For more information: View the Tiered Storage School webcast series

Tiered Storage School 201
Speakers: Greg Forest, Contoural, Inc.
Description: The second hour of Tiered Storage School assists you in tiered storage design. This session covers application classification, defining and executing a migration plan, and establishing a framework for storage provisioning, reporting and/or chargeback.
For more information: Data management overview: Chapter 3 - Tiered storage

Large Scale SAN Consolidation
Speaker: Tim Hesson, Kindred Healthcare Inc.
Description: Under the leadership of SAN manager Tim Hesson, Kindred Healthcare consolidated its SAN environment from dozens of switches to two new SANs with just four modular directors. Along the way, the storage team learned some crucial lessons that helped it to drive this highly successful SAN consolidation.
For more information: Is there any value in storage consolidation?

Understanding File Management
Speaker: Brad O'Neill, Taneja Group
Description: With the proliferation of file data we have seen an explosion in the number of ways IT teams can manage unstructured content. In this session, Brad O'Neill explores the types of file management technologies that make sense for particular environments. Topics include: How and when to choose a unified namespace solution, when and why to classify content and options for integrating remote office file content into the enterprise management framework. Brad will focus on helping attendees develop a step-by-step evaluation process aiming to help navigate an increasingly complex vendor landscape.
For more information: Taming NAS sprawl and file management

iSCSI Moves to the Mainstream
Speaker: Tony Asaro, Enterprise Strategy Group
Description: This discussion with ESG's Tony Asaro includes practical real world issues, early adopter experiences on how iSCSI is being used today and plans going forward. Research also focuses on the viewpoints of planned adopters and non-adopters. Tony also discuss performance, reliability and other aspects of iSCSI, as well as the future impact of this technology and how it could change the storage landscape in major ways that create a leap in efficiency.
For more information: iSCSI, iFCP and FCIP: How do they stack up?

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This was first published in October 2006

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