Supplemental guide to Storage Decision 2005

Supplemental guide to Storage Decision 2005

More than 500 IT directors, managers, systems architects and engineers descended upon the city of Chicago to take part in SearchStorage.com and Storage magazine's Storage Decisions 2005 Spring conference.

This 2.5-day event included a mix of both practical and conceptual sessions led by recognized independent experts, authors and analysts in the field of enterprise storage.

Editors from SearchStorage.com and Storage magazine covered the event. A collection of session reviews and reports appear here, along with links to view each speaker presentations. Additional white papers and pre-show content can be found here.

Other Storage Decisions shows
Storage Decisions, Spring 2004, NYC
Storage Decisions, Fall 2004, Chicago

Wednesday's sessions:

Examining tiered storage
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For more information: Setting up a cost-effective tiered storage strategy

SAN School I
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For more information: SAN School

Structured data archiving
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For more information: Selecting database archiving tools

Vendor performance and spending data
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For more information: Survey -- IT spending back from the dead

Backup School I
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For more information: Backup School

SAN School II
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For more information: SAN School

Compliance beyond e-mail
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For more information: Compliance archiving: Regulation made easy

Tiered storage options
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For more information: Smart planning moves many to tiers

Backup School II
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For more information: Backup School

Storage Management School
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For more information: Storage Management Survival School

Best practices in purchasing storage
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For more information: Storage Purchasing -- Will Today's Choices be Viable Tomorrow?


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Richard Scannell, Senior Vice President, North America Consulting, GlassHouse Technologies Richard Scannell answers the question -- just what problems are we trying to solve? Stephen Foskett, Director of Strategy Services, GlassHouse Technologies This session focuses on the storage topics and concepts that we in the industry sometimes take for granted. Greg Forest, Vice President of Application Archiving & Deployment Services, Contoural Greg Forest's diverse background gives him a unique perspective on the role of information technology as a strategic differentiator in the success of any business. Ken Male, CEO and Founder, TheInfoPro This session focuses on: ratings, spending data, time series, storage markets and future technology adoption or avoidance. W. Curtis Preston, Vice President of Services Development, GlassHouse Technologies One of the leading backup experts, W. Curtis Preston, explains in this first part of his 2-part series the top ten ways that people misconfigure backup systems. Stephen Foskett, Director of Strategy Services, GlassHouse Technologies This session focuses on IP storage and iSCSI in particular. Foskett discusses the various IP SAN protocols, differentiates them from more established technologies and discusses how to bring iSCSI into your data center. Mike Casey, Vice President of Data Policy and ILM Services, Contoural E-mail is actually the easiest part of the electronic-records compliance problem and currently the most visible. But other data types will face similar scrutiny, and they present different risks and more difficult problems. Stephen Foskett, Director of Strategy Services, GlassHouse Technologies This session focuses on the practical application of tiered storage concepts. We will discuss the case for tiered storage and two common methods of implementing the concept. W. Curtis Preston, Vice President of Services Development, GlassHouse Technologies In the second part of this two-part series, W. Curtis Preston, will build upon the foundations built in Backup School Part I. Where Part I covered how not to design backup systems, this part covers how to design them correctly. James Damoulakis, Chief Technology Officer, GlassHouse Technologies This session serves as an overview introduction to the world of storage management from basic topics, such as organizing your storage management team, to an overview of tools that can provide key metrics and help to streamline common tasks. Bill Peldzus, Director of Storage Architecture, GlassHouse Technologies In this session, you learn the questions you should be asking of all of your storage vendors, and other important tips and techniques for writing an airtight RFI or RFP (they are different!). Birds of a feather Moderated by TechTarget editors, Robert Stevenson, Neilsen Media Research/Tampa Bay SNUG and Ed Puente, Hewitt Associates/Chicago SNUG This session is open only to end users like yourself, no press nor vendors allowed, so feel free to discuss any topics that come to mind, such as best practices, vendor negotiations, new technology ... the sky's the limit.

Thursday's sessions:

RFID: The real ILM
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For more information: Storage strategy and planning

Restructuring backup for tiered storage
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For more information: Tiered storage and disk backup budgeted for '05

Roll your own ILM
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For more information: Best practices in data classification for ILM

Integrating iSCSI
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For more information: Has iSCSI arrived?


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For more information: Tech Report -- Nonstop data protection

Innovations in storage
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For more information: The scoop on SATA and SCSI

Data inventories and classification & DR
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For more information: Information Lifecycle Management Not Your Mother's ILM

ILM aware B/U restore
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For more information: Evaluating information lifecycle management: A practical approach


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For more information: Storage management pricing a headache

Justify your investment
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For more information: Managing costs in data protection

Storage management -- one pane or several layers?
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For more information: Storage Management Survival School

Building tiered storage access infrastructures (local, metro, WAN)
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For more information: Simplifying tiered storage


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For more information: Tech Report -- Flexible RAID arrays

Disk-to-disk shootout
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For more information: Tech Roundup -- D2D backup


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Steve Duplessie, Founder, Enterprise Storage Group RFID has big implications for the retail industry, but perhaps even bigger implications for the storage business and those who manage information. Craig Taylor, Associate Director, Enterprise Technology Open Systems, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. This session will examine how the CME took charge of unpredictable growth, data center requirements, regulation, performance, disaster recovery and capacity planning by reshaping its backups. Arun Taneja, Founder, Taneja Group This session will teach you how to identify your business drivers for ILM, and set up a repeatable methodology for finding the right set of technologies and vendors to solve the right ILM infrastructure challenges. Randy Kerns, Senior Partner, Evaluator Group Kerns explains the the two types of usages of iSCSI and the general storage tiers in use in the different market segments. SMART SHOPPER: Rate the data vendors Peter Gerr, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group Go a level deeper than where to use disk or tape formats for your storage needs. Find out which specific products work the best (or worst) and which vendors are the best (or worst) to work with. This session combines a panel discussion of your peers, and insights from Gerr. Walk away with first-hand accounts and aggregated research to help make informed decisions in the all-important area of data protection. Pete Gerr, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group This session is focused on providing insight to specific innovations, including technologies, features and architectures related to storage systems. Brad O'Neill, Senior Analyst and Consultant, Taneja Group This session will provide an overview of data classification technologies, how they can be applied to various business problems, who the players are and when you should or should not invest in them. We will also look at real-world deployment scenarios and explore the economic impact of data classification in the context of ILM. Marc Staimer, President, Dragon Slayer Consulting ILM by itself is neither a B/U restore nor a DR solution even though many people think that it is. Traditional or legacy, B/U restore is not ILM aware, causing massive IT headaches in an ILM environment. That's why Staimer explores ways to get in front of this situation and solve it before it becomes an urgent problem. SMART SHOPPER: Rate the storage management software vendors Nancy Hurley, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group A panel of end users, moderated by Hurley, discusses their recent experiences choosing a storage management vendor for their SAN environment. Brad O'Neill, Senior Analyst and Consultant, Taneja Group This session will provide a methodology for enterprise storage managers, department leaders and senior executives who are challenged with finding unique, compelling ways to present storage investment business cases. James Geis, Director of Storage Solutions, Forsythe During this session, Geis explores mainstay storage protocols, including SAN and NAS and innovative new protocols like iSCSI. Marc Staimer, President, Dragon Slayer Consulting You've heard the terms WAN, MAN, LAN and SAN along with tiered storage, ILM, SAS and SATA, among others. Learn how to leverage and align these and other storage access technologies to work for you to meet your specific needs. SMART SHOPPER: Rate the disk array vendors Tony Asaro, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group A panel of end users, moderated by Asaro, discusses their recent experiences choosing a storage systems vendor for their environment. Panelists discuss their current storage environment, their requirements and their criteria for purchasing a storage system solution. Phil Goodwin, President, Diogenes Analytical Laboratories, Inc. Diogenes Analytical Laboratories will present the results of its apples-to-apples testing of D-to-D solutions, comparing four leading solutions in both standard operations and vendor-specific features and functions. Find out how each stacks up. Birds of a feather Moderated by TechTarget Editors and Wendy Betts, Hewitt Associates/Chicago SNUG This session is open only to end users like yourself, no press nor vendors allowed, so feel free to discuss any topics that come to mind, such as best practices, vendor negotiations, new technology... the sky's the limit. Bring extra business cards to add to your Rolodex when you get back to the office.

Friday's sessions:


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For more information: Checklist -- How to buy a switch

Business continuity
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For more information: Guidelines for business continuity plan

Purchasing intentions survey results
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For more information: 2004 purchasing intentions survey results

Storage Decisions, Fall 2004

These sessions are from Storage Decisions Fall 2004 in Chicago.

SMART SHOPPER: Rate the switch vendors Brian Babineau, Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group A panel of end users, moderated by Brian Babineau, Analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group, discusses their recent experiences choosing a switch vendor for their SAN environment. Pierre Dorion, Business Continuity Consultant, Mainland Information Systems This session explains how to leverage business continuity Planning to categorize data to take advantage of tiered storage. It also describes how storage tiers can become part of a business continuity strategy. Mark Schlack, Editorial Director, Storage Media Group

Monday's sessions:

Data center of the future
Speaker: Steve Duplessie, Founder and Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group
Description:Steve Duplessie takes a forward look at the data center of the future.
For more information: Expert predicts the future of data center storage

Storage Management School
Speaker: Stephen Foskett, GlassHouse Technologies, Inc.
Description: This session serves as an introduction to the world of storage management, from basic topics like organizing your storage management team to an overview of software products that can help streamline common tasks.
For more information: Storage Management Survival School

Toward enterprise-wide storage management
Speakers: Arun Taneja, Founder and consulting analyst, The Taneja Group
Description: This session discusses a large project to move a global company toward a single standard set of management tools and metrics.

  • How do they choose them? How do they get buy in?
  • What have the results been? How do you create such a program in your shop?
    For more information: What storage management tools can't fix

    Strategies for archiving
    Speaker: Dianne McAdam, Senior Analyst and Partner, Data Mobility Group
    Description: In this session, Dianne McAdam, Senior Analyst and Partner at Data Mobility Group, discusses the differences between backing up data and archiving data, what hardware solutions are available and the cost of archiving to different media.
    For more information: Is WORM media necessary for archiving?

    Panel discussion -- Rate the backup vendors
    Speakers: Peter Gerr, Senior Research Analyst, Enterprise Storage Group, Robert Stevenson, Technology Strategist, Neilsen Media, Chris Collins, Manager, Infrastructure Planning, AIS, Greenville
    Description: Go a level deeper than where to use disk or tape formats for your storage needs. Find out which specific products work the best (or worst) and which vendors are the best (or worst) to work with. This session combines a panel discussion of your peers, insights from Peter Gerr, Senior Research Analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group, and exclusive research results from Ken Male, CEO and founder of TheInfoPro.
    For more information: Experts: Top five backup products

    **For survey results presented by Ken Male, CEO and Founder, TheInfoPro -- please e-mail Ken directly.

    Managing a compliant infrastructure -- processes and procedures
    Speaker: Mike Casey, Principal Analyst, Contoural Inc.
    Description: Compliance is a process, not just a goal, and it's one that the storage group is deeply involved in implementing. Here's a framework for moving compliance from a fire drill to an ongoing SOP.
    For more information: Compliance advice

    Where IP and FC fit in your enterprise
    Speaker: Randy Kerns, Senior Partner, Evaluator Group
    Description: Despite the intra-industry hype, most companies will wind up with both protocols for storage networks. Randy Kerns shows you how to use them efficiently and safely, tells you where they fit, how they integrate, and how to manage multiprotocol storage nets.
    For more information: Crash Course: iSCSI

    Immediate relief With disk backup
    Speaker: W. Curtis Preston, VP of Services Development, GlassHouse Technologies
    Description: This session led by W. Curtis Preston, VP of Services Development with GlassHouse Technologies, focuses on the disk backup technologies that can be readily integrated into your environment to provide smaller backup windows, faster restore and 24x7 backup operations.
    For more information: Integrating disk into backup

    Backup School
    Speaker: W. Curtis Preston, VP of Services Development, GlassHouse Technologies
    Description: W. Curtis Preston, is your teacher for this two-hour session dedicated to exposing you to all of the aspects of backup and how to optimize your backup environments.
    For more information: Backup School

    Creative negotiating and financing
    Speaker: Bill Peldzus, Director of Storage Architecture, GlassHouse Technologies, Inc.
    Description: In this session, you learn the questions you should be asking of ALL of your storage vendors, and other important tips and techniques for writing an air-tight RFI or RFP (they are different!).
    For more information: Best practices for buying storage

    Where FC is headed
    Speaker: Marc Staimer, Founder, Dragon Slayer Consulting
    Description: The near future will see a lot of confusion in FC bandwidth options, with 4, 8 and ultimately 10GB coming on the market. At the same time, HBA prices are under pressure. What's being done to improve HBA manageability and interoperability? Marc Staimer, Founder of Dragon Slayer Consulting, examines these issues and more.
    For more information: Fast guide to Fibre Channel Basics

    Enterprise message management and archiving
    Speaker: Peter Gerr, Senior Research Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group
    Description: Peter Gerr discusses the deployment of an EM archiving solution delivers tangible and intangible cost savings and business, financial, and operational benefits.
    For more information: Round-table discussion on compliance

    Virtualization
    Speaker: John Blackman, Independent Storage Consultant
    Description: This session looks at the many flavors of virtualization from the standpoint of how they reduce or increase the complexity of managing storage.
    For more information: Product roundup: Virtualization

    The Storage Control Center -- SRM, performance monitoring and operations
    Speaker: Jen Fields, Senior Consultant, GlassHouse Technologies
    Description: This session by Jen Fields, explores the opportunity to implement proactive storage management practices that facilitate smooth operations of the storage control center. We define techniques to enable reporting, monitoring and management of complex heterogeneous storage environments.
    For more information: Storage management tips

    Rate the Disk System vendors
    Speaker:Presented by Tony Asaro, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group
    Description: Tony Asaro teaches you the following:

  • Advancements that have taken place in terms of new features and functions
  • How new technologies have helped other users and what the result has been
  • What is in store for storage system solutions in the near future (and a peek at the long term)
  • Also included -- exclusive research results from Ken Male, CEO and founder of TheInfoPro
    For more information: Product roundup: Disk subsystems

    **For survey results presented by Ken Male, CEO and Founder, TheInfoPro -- please e-mail Ken directly.

    Tuesday's sessions:

    Building a coherent storage strategy
    Speaker: Richard Scannell, Senior Vice President -- North America Consulting, GlassHouse Technologies
    Description: In his keynote address, Richard Scannell examines these dynamics and presents his view of how the storage market and the role of storage manager will evolve over the coming years.
    For more information: Essential storage primer

    SAN School 101
    Speaker: Marc Farley, President, Building Storage
    Description: If you are implementing your first SAN and need implementation and migration help -- SAN School is for you. If you are far along in the SAN process and need to extend your SANs or connect SAN islands -- SAN School is for you.
    For more information: SAN School online

    ITIL and other best practices frameworks
    Speaker: James Damoulakis, CTO, GlassHouse Technologies
    Description:Is there value in trying to adapt ITIL to storage? What are the specific requirements for a storage-focused framework? Are there any models to follow? Jim Damoulakis, CTO of GlassHouse Technologies and Storage magazine columnist, presents a brief overview of ITIL and other frameworks along with some insights.
    For more information: Data Management Info Center

    Disk storage -- What are your options?
    Speaker: Randy Kerns, Senior Partner, Evaluator Group
    Description: New RAID schemes, SATA, SAS, fat drives, 2.5 inch drives -- the options keep coming. Each brings with it tradeoffs among capacity, performance and reliability. Randy Kerns, Senior Partner with the Evaluator Group, tells you what you need to know about specifying your disk choices.
    For more information: Essential RAID primer

    What to ask and what to avoid in storage provisioning tools
    Speaker: Stephanie Balaouras, Senior Analyst, Yankee Group
    Description:The session examines the technologies currently available to support storage provisioning, the different ways provisioning tools are integrated into other products such as management consoles and SRM suites, and which platform architectures offer the best approach.
    For more information: Best practices for provisioning storage

    Intelligent archiving -- Toward an ILM World
    Speaker: Arun Taneja, Founder and consulting analyst, The Taneja Group
    Description: You've established a robust archiving facility for compliance or other reasons. Now that you're gathering some of the right metadata and safely storing the actual data, how do you leverage that with other parts of your infrastructure to make sure your primary storage is only holding what you need it to? Arun Taneja shows you how.
    For more information: Important issues to resolve when building an enterprise data archive

    Where data protection is headed
    Speaker: Pierre Dorion, Business Continuity Consultant, Mainland Information Security
    Description: What will backup look like five years from now? Will new data replication technologies replace backup as we know it? How will disk-based appliances enable alternative approaches for protecting data? New technologies are emerging that provide an opportunity to redefine traditional approaches to data protection.
    For more information: Learning Guide: Backup/recovery

    The adoption of intelligence in the fabric
    Speakers: Presented by Nancy Hurley, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group; Chris Collins, Manager, Infrastructure Planning, AIS, Greenville; Greg Graham, CEO, Shotel
    Description: Nancy Hurley reviews some of the key findings and talks with a few of the users who participated in the survey about their experience with fabric-based services and the benefits they have realized by utilizing "intelligence in the fabric."
    For more information: Where should storage intelligence reside?

    **For survey results presented by Ken Male, CEO and Founder, TheInfoPro -- please e-mail Ken directly.

    Building a tiered storage infrastructure
    Speaker: Brad O'Neill, Senior Analyst and Consultant, Taneja Group
    Description: As you sort out which disk options are right for you, how do you make those decisions at the subsystem level? Should all your SATA drives be in one box and your FC drives in another? Should you mix and match? How do you move data between tiers? How does tiered storage change DR? Brad O'Neill helps you find answers.
    For more information: Tiered storage, the next wave

    Building an affordable practice for regulation compliance
    Speaker: Marc Farley, President, Building Storage
    Description: Farley shows you:

  • How to select the appropriate storage tools to match the requirements of specific regulations
  • How to implement policies and tools that will work today and well into the future
  • How to plan for cost-effective ways to be in compliance
    For more information: Low-cost storage alerts

    Rate the Storage Management Software vendors
    Speakers: Nancy Hurley, Enterprise Strategy Group; Mark Dixon, Vice President of Technical Services and Enterprise Infrastructure, Chicago Board of Trade; Jerome Wendt, Storage Administrator, First Data Resources
    Description: A panel of end users, moderated by Nancy Hurley, Senior Analyst with the Enterprise Strategy Group, discusses their recent experiences choosing a storage management vendor for their SAN environment.
    For more information: Top 10 tips on storage management

    **For survey results presented by Ken Male, CEO and Founder, TheInfoPro -- please e-mail Ken directly.

    SAN Math for core/edge SANs
    Speaker: Norman Owens, Independent Storage Consultant
    Description: Norman Owens presents the 5 variables (S., P., I., C., and E.) and 2 premises that lead to the topology, bill of materials and milestones for the implementation of a successful Core/Edge SAN migration.
    For more information: Can a database get too big for its SAN?

    Roles and responsibilities in the Storage Group
    Speaker: John Webster, Senior Analyst and Founder, Data Mobility Group
    Description: What would an IT manager do if one was to form a storage management group within the IT department? One could start by dividing responsibilities into categories: data and infrastructure. In this session, John Webster discusses issues involved.
    For more information: How many admins does it take to manage a terabyte?

    Get the most out of replication, snapshot and point-in-time copy
    Speaker: Dorian Cougias, CEO, Network Frontiers
    Description: An increasing variety of software allows you to provide better data protection and to streamline operations through the use of these techniques. Dorian Cougias, author of "The Backup Book," teaches you how to use them to improve backup, DR and to start to manage your data's information lifecycle.
    For more information: Crash Course: Snapshots

    Rate the switch vendors
    Speakers: Nancy Hurley, Enterprise Strategy Group; NTim Arland, SAN/Storage Architect, Acxiom; Chris Collins, Manager, Infrastructure Planning, AIS, Greenville; Robert Stevenson, Technology Strategist, Neilsen Media.
    Description: A panel of end users, moderated by Nancy Hurley discusses their recent experiences choosing a switch vendor for their SAN environment. Panelists discuss their switching requirements and the processes they went through to choose their switch and director vendors, including developing RFPs, cost analysis and experiences with in-house evaluations. At the end of the session, the panelists rate the vendors, giving their opinions on who the best vendors are and why. Vendors evaluated include McData, Cisco, Brocade, CNT and Q-Logic.
    For more information: Know your switch options

    Wednesday's sessions:

    Building a storage WAN for enterprise DR
    Speaker: Marc Staimer, Founder, Dragon Slayer Consulting
    Description: More and more SANs will require a distant twin for DR purposes. That will require using a mix of FC and IP, campus fibre and public services and some sophisticated communications technology to meet the demanding requirements of long-distance storage networking. Marc Staimer, Founder of Dragon Slayer Consulting, discusses best practices so you have a better understanding of what your organization needs to stay ahead of the curve.
    For more information: The cost and technicalities of connecting SANs

    Selecting SRM tools
    Speaker: Stephanie Balaouras, Senior Analyst, Yankee Group
    Description: More and more SANs will require a distant twin for DR purposes. That will require using a mix of FC and IP, campus fibre and public services and some sophisticated communications technology to meet the demanding requirements of long-distance storage networking. Marc Staimer, Founder of Dragon Slayer Consulting, discusses best practices so you have a better understanding of what your organization needs to stay ahead of the curve.
    For more information: Storage management tools matrix

    Storage magazine purchasing intentions survey results
    Speaker: Mark Schlack, Editorial Director, Storage Media Group
    Description: What are the top 500 storage managers looking to do with their budgets? This survey has the answers.

    Storage Decisions, Spring 2004

    These sessions are from Storage Decisions Spring 2004 in New York City.

    Monday's sessions:

    Extracting value from reference information
    Speaker: Steve Duplessie, Founder and Senior Analyst, Enterprise Storage Group
    Description:Steve Duplessie takes a forward look at how to cut storage costs, improve manageability and streamline operations by extracting value from reference material.
    For more information: The pros and cons of content-addressed storage (CAS)

    Integrating disk into backup for faster restore
    Speaker: W. Curtis Preston, President and CEO, The Storage Group
    Description: Disk backup offers some great opportunities to streamline backup and make your tape infrastructure more efficient, but there are at least three main ways to do it. Some require using virtual tape, where disk mimics a tape library, yet others involve using file system-based targets for traditional backup (such as ATA disk arrays and NAS filers). W. Curtis Preston helps you sort out these issues.
    For more information: Integrating disk into backup

    Panel discussion -- Rate the switch vendors
    Speaker: Nancy Marrone-Hurley, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Storage Group
    Description: A panel of end users, moderated by Nancy Marrone-Hurley, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Storage Groups, discusses their recent experiences choosing a switch vendor for their SAN environment.
    For more information: Brocade's long-term viability questioned

    Tiered storage -- process is key
    Speaker: Stephen Foskett, GlassHouse Technologies, Inc.
    Description: Focusing on process maturity as a key success factor, Stephen Foskett discusses the components of a tiered internal storage utility.
    For more information: How to set up a storage mangement group

    How to build trouble-free large SANs up to thousands and thousands of ports
    Speaker: Marc Staimer, Founder, Dragon Slayer Consulting
    Description: Marc Staimer discusses the issues and headaches of scaling SANs, what to look for and how to avoid common mistakes.
    For more information: Blunders in building big SANs

    The remote office conundrum -- effective backup architectures
    Speaker: Dorian Cougias, author of "The Backup Book"
    Description: You have to securely back up your remote offices to ensure data protection. You do it because it makes sense, and sometimes it is even the law. But that doesn't mean it has been easy. This session covers remote office backup architectures, costs and management headaches.
    For more information: Backup school

    What to ask and what to avoid in a storage resource management RFP
    Speaker: Jamie Gruener, Senior Analyst, The Yankee Group
    Description: Jamie Gruener looks at the top five priorities you need to consider when evaluating storage resource management (SRM) tools. He explains how these priorities translate into questions you need to ask vendors as part of an RFP.
    For more information: RFP Workbook

    The storage reports that answer your most important questions
    Speaker: Norbert Haag, independent storage consultant
    Description: Learn how to utilize storage reporting to answer some of your most pressing questions. Find out what storage reports are most important to get a grip on your storage environment.
    For more information: Improve your actual storage utilization

    How to build a compliant storage infrastructure
    Speaker: Mike Casey, Principal Analyst, Contoural Inc.
    Description: Tackling compliance issues means evaluating your organization's use of data from many angles. New laws and regulations require companies to retain more types data; to keep it for longer periods; and to protect it from alteration, deletion or unauthorized disclosure. In this session Mike Casey covers key compliance requirements and reviews storage policies and infrastructure capabilities that can support your company's compliance initiatives.
    For more information: Compliance advice

    Case studies -- What to do about Windows?

  • Rob's presentation
  • Rick's presentation
    Speakers: Rob Gallini, Architecture Manager, ITS, Meijer and Rick Hulsey, Manager Midrange Engineering and Support, Southwest Airlines
    Description: Both Rob Gallini and Rick Hulsey review the struggle to manage end-user file storage.
    For more information: Managing Windows-based storage tips

    Storage disaster recovery/business continuity over long-haul WANs
    Speaker: Marc Staimer, Founder, Dragon Slayer Consulting
    Description: Connecting data centers through the WAN or MAN can be done with a variety of links and protocols,from dark fibre to SONET and DWDM. Marc Staimer teaches you about the costs of these various options and how to choose which one is right for you.
    For more information: DR, BC, BIA: What's the difference?

    RFP workshop -- Tape libraries
    Speaker: Dianne McAdam, Senior Analyst and Partner, Data Mobility Group
    Description: In this workshop, Dianne McAdam helps you learn common mistakes most storage managers miss on tape-related RFPs and how to avoid them; learn the critical elements that must be included within the RFP; learn if virtual tape systems should be part of your RFP.
    For more information: Tape RFP workbook

    RPF workshop -- switches
    Speaker: John Webster, Senior Analyst and Founder, Data Mobility Group
    Description: Building a SAN requires careful and detailed attention to the SAN switching environment. Switches now come with many options, multiple protocols and many different ways to manage them. In this workshop, John Webster helps your sort it all out.
    For more information: Switch RFP workbook

    Panel discussion -- Beyond Sarbanes-Oxley: Best practices for enabling and maintaining compliance
    Speakers: Peter Gerr, Senior Research Analyst, Enterprise Storage Group, Jay Cohen, The MONY Group, Shaun Mahoney, Citigroup, Randal Wilson, Essex Investment Management Company
    Description: In this session, Peter Gerr, Senior Research Analyst, Enterprise Storage Group discusses how to address corporate governance and compliance from an organizational perspective and highlights the trends, pitfalls, and future relative to corporate governance and information protection in regulated industries.
    For more information: Round-table discussion on compliance

    Tuesday's sessions:

    Fixing what storage management tools can't
    Speaker: Richard Scannell, Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy, GlassHouse Technologies, Inc.
    Description: Richard Scannell takes a pragmatic view of the industry as it stands, examining the real issues as they pertain to IT managers and attempt to segment the facts from the fiction and the fears from the foolishness.
    For more information: Featured topic: Fixing what storage management tools can't

    Designing a backup architecture that actually works
    Speaker: W. Curtis Preston, President and CEO, The Storage Group
    Description: In this session, W. Curtis Preston teaches you how to design a backup architecture that works for your environment, at the right cost and with the least administration.
    For more information: Session workbook

    Panel discussion -- Rate the disk vendors
    Speakers: Tony Asaro, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Storage Group, Robert Bellanti, Key Bank Rick Hulsey, Southwest Airlines, Michael Passe, Care Group , Jerome Wendt, First Data
    Description: What disk technologies have been deployed that have made a real difference to supporting storage? What is on the horizon? This panel explores that.
    For more information: Disk & disk subsystems products of the year

    Low-cost technologies and approaches to storage networks
    Speaker: Marc Farley, President, Building Storage, Inc.
    Description: Marc Farley explores the emerging role of inexpensive disk products such as serial ATA, storage arrays and products less than $20,000. Where are they best suited? When does it make sense to incorporate these into your existing architectures?
    For more information: Guide to low-cost storage

    Keys to optimizing Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM)
    Speaker: John Merryman, Storage Consultant, GlassHouse Technologies, Inc.
    Description: John Merryman shows you how to diagnose and optimize your TSM environment.
    For more information: TSM exposed

    Panel discussion -- Industry leaders discuss archiving challenges
    Speakers: James Damoulakis, CTO, GlassHouse Technologies, Inc., Lars Linden, State Street Global Advisors, David Giambruno, Pitney Bowes, Inc., Joe Viviano, Bear Stearns and Co., Inc., Scott Zimmer, Cisco
    Description: GlassHouse clients join James Damoulakis to discuss emerging challenges of archiving. Panel participants represent a cross section of industries and functions with varying and complex requirements.
    For more information: E-mail archiving: Planning your strategy

    RFP Workshop -- Backup hardware
    Speakers: Arun Taneja and Brad O'Neill from The Taneja Group
    Description: This session will help answer the following questions about D2D products:

  • When do you need D2D products? Is your environment ready?
  • What D2D products are available in the market and how they are different from each other?
    For more information: Backup hardware RFP workbook

    Panel discussion -- iSCSI early adopter experiences
    Speakers: Randy Kerns, Senior Partner, The Evaluator Group, Eric Koffie-Asare, Sawtel, Thomas Reynolds, Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Ken Walters, PBS
    Description:Randy Kerns covers results from company deployment of iSCSI solutions and requirements that drove them to choose an iSCSI implementation.
    For more information: Guide to implementing iSCSI

    Keys to optimizing Veritas NetBackup
    Speaker: Jeff Harbert, Storage Consultant, GlassHouse Technologies, Inc.
    Description: Jeff Harbert presents real-world client examples and discusses best practices for diagnosing and optimizing backup environments using Veritas NetBackup.
    For more information: Bargain hunting for NetBackup

    RFP Workshop -- Disk subsystems
    Speaker: Dianne McAdam, Senior Analyst, Data Mobility Group
    Description: In this workshop, Dianne McAdam helps you answer the following questions:

  • What information do you need to make an informed storage array purchase?
  • What types of storage systems are available?
  • What features/ functions are available, and which ones do you really need to have?
    For more information: Disk RFP workbook

    Panel discussion -- Rate the SRM/Software management vendors
    Speakers: Nancy Marrone-Hurley, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Storage Group, Robert Bellanti, Key Bank, Steven Rubinow, Archipelago Holdings, LLC, Robert Stevenson, Nielsen Media Research, Jerome Wendt, First Data
    Description: A panel of end users, moderated by Nancy Marrone-Hurley, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Storage Groups, discusses their recent experiences choosing a storage management vendor for their SAN environment.
    For more information: Fast guide to SAN management

    Keys to optimizing Legato NetWorker
    Speaker: Natalie Mead, Storage Consultant, GlassHouse Technologies, Inc.
    Description: Learn how to optimize backup environments using Legato NetWorker with Natalie Mead.
    For more information: EMC makes Legato a backup threat

    Panel discussion -- Backup and restore
    Speakers: Arun Taneja, Founder and Consulting Analyst, The Taneja Group, Trent Bateman, Industrial Light and Magic, Jesse Correll, Met Life, Joe Crawford, Digex, Peter Popovich, Epicore Software
    Description: Arun Taneja shares what users are experiencing and what their perceptions are for next-generation backup and restore solutions. The panel members share their individual company experiences and add color to Arun's comments.
    For more information: Fast guide to backup

    Buying storage -- The questions your vendors don't want you to ask
    Speaker: Bill Peldzus, Director of Storage Architecture, GlassHouse Technologies, Inc.
    Description: In this session, you learn the questions you should be asking of ALL of your storage vendors, and other important tips and techniques for writing an air-tight RFI or RFP (they are different!).
    For more information: Best practices for buying storage

    What storage managers need to know about security
    Speaker: Jon Oltsik, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Storage Group
    Description: Jon Oltsik describes storage security in the context of enterprise security. This session also includes a brief security tutorial.
    For more information: Best principles for storage security

    Wednesday's sessions:

    Panel discussion -- Rate the backup vendors
    Speakers: Tony Asaro, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Storage Group, Scott Collins, J. Craig Venter Science, Jim Green, Western Gas, Dave Port, NFL, Michael Passe, Care Group
    Description: Arun Taneja shares what users are experiencing and what their perceptions are for next-generation backup and restore solutions. The panel members share their individual company experiences and add color to Arun's comments.
    For more information: Nine rules for better backups

    Internal recovery -- Is it right for you?
    Speaker:David Edborg, Director of High Availability Solutions, Corigelan
    Description: David Edborg presents a methodology for examining your existing continuity capability and its requirements, developing economic models of internal vs. external recovery, and identifying the leveragability of internal test and development, as well as dedicated resources for use in a disaster.
    For more information: Library of backup/DR tips

    Storage magazine's 2004 purchasing intentions survey results
    Speaker: Mark Schlack, Editorial Director, Storage Media Group, TechTarget
    Description: Storage's semi-annual survey details the spending plans of 500 corporate storage managers. Mark Schlack, Editorial Director of the Storage Media Group at TechTarget, tells you how much storage managers are spending, how they're spending it and why.
    For more information: Storage magazine

    For more information about the Fall Storage Decisions 2004, September 20-22 in Chicago, click here. For any questions about the presentations, E-mail us.

  • This was first published in April 2005

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