Storage Decisions Session Downloads: Storage Systems & Storage Management Track (Chicago 2009)

With spiraling capacities the norm, managing storage systems has become a challenging task. Traditional SRM tools are often adept on keeping tabs on the state of your storage infrastructure, but more focused applications are becoming increasingly available. Storage virtualization also promises to ease storage management and improve disk usage, but there are inherent issues that need to be fully understood before embarking on a virtualization project. Traditional methods of operational data protection such as RAID tend to be complex and difficult to configure and manage, but some storage vendors are offering compelling alternatives. In this track, we'll also examine power conservation for storage systems, a new requisite for most storage shops struggling to balance increased capacity and soaring energy costs.

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TRACK: STORAGE SYSTEMS & STORAGE MANAGEMENT
With spiraling capacities the norm, managing storage systems has become a challenging task. Traditional SRM tools are often adept on keeping tabs on the state of your storage infrastructure, but more focused applications are becoming increasingly available. Storage virtualization also promises to ease storage management and improve disk usage, but there are inherent issues that need to be fully understood before embarking on a virtualization project.

Traditional methods of operational data protection such as RAID tend to be complex and difficult to configure and manage, but some storage vendors are offering compelling alternatives. In this track, we'll also examine power conservation for storage systems, a new requisite for most storage shops struggling to balance increased capacity and soaring energy costs.

Downloads included in this track: (click title to download slides)

New Developments in Scale-out vs. Scale-up Storage
Speaker: Brian Greenberg, President and CEO, General System Dynamics
Description: Scale-out disk storage systems are built using nodes or modules that, when linked together, act as a single system. They allow companies to start small and grow incrementally, adding nodes as they need them, without having to worry about the limits of a single standalone storage system. They offer the advantage of cost-effective manageability, high availability, and reliability. Predictions are that the new wave of scale-out systems could mount a more serious challenge to traditional scale-up systems, now that major vendors are standing behind them. This presentation explores the distinctions between scale-out and scale-up systems, major use cases for this technology and an assessment of new scale-out/clustered storage systems from major vendors.

Tools to Help You Manage Capacity
Speaker: Brian Greenberg, President and CEO, General System Dynamics
Description: Knowing how much disk capacity you have allocated, how much is actually being used and what's left and available are basics for disk system management. But the tools you get with your storage arrays are often inadequate or simply don't provide all the details you need to make smart and effective decisions. In this presentation, you'll find out about the tools and best practices that are key to managing disk capacity.

Right-sizing Primary Data
Speaker: Anne Skamarock, Research Director, FOCUS
Description: Most companies allow far too much data to reside on expensive primary storage, often the result of business units or government compliance regulations insisting that the data is always available. However, there are ways to reduce the amount of data on Tier 1 (and Tier 2) storage systems while providing adequate access for users. In this presentation, the most effective methods for reducing and managing the data footprint on primary storage are described -- including tools and techniques.

The Truth about Virtualizing Storage
Speaker: Marc Staimer, Founder and CDS, Dragon Slayer Consulting
Description: This presentation provides a "roll up your sleeves" look at the technical details of implementing storage virtualization. Learn about the practical benefits of storage virtualization, including how to assess your environment to determine the cost-effectiveness of virtualization.

Using Thin Provisioning to Your Best Advantage in the Data Center
Speaker: Jeff Byrne, Senior Analyst and Consultant, Taneja Group and Christine Taylor, Analyst, Tenaja Group
Description: Thin provisioning is not new, but there is still confusion about how it works and how to best use it in the data center. One reason is that no two vendors accomplish thin provisioning in the same way. Another reason is that thin provisioning serves disparate business needs ranging from capacity management to virtualization support to the green data center – and more. This variety of usages makes for a powerful technology but a confusing message.

This presentation outlines the various approaches and technologies behind thin provisioning. Discover the major business needs that thin provisioning meets and find out about the major vendors in the space.

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Other tracks
Backup Technologies Track
Disaster Recovery Track
Data Retention & Retrieval Track
Managing Storage Networks Track
Management/Executive Track

This was first published in June 2009

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