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Supplemental guide to Storage Decisions Fall 2005 NYC

More than 550 IT directors, managers, systems architects and engineers participated in SearchStorage.com and Storage magazine Storage Decisions 2005 Fall conference in New York.

The events included a mix of both practical and conceptual sessions led by recognized independent experts, authors, analysts and power users 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.

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Storage Decisions, Fall 2005

These sessions are from Storage Decisions Fall 2005 in New York City.

Wednesday's sessions:

Keynote: Rethinking tiered storage
Speaker: Richard Scannell, Senior Vice President, North American Consulting, GlassHouse Technologies Inc.
Description:Join Richard as he talks about tiered storage and its impact on the economics of information management and what parts of the puzzle remain unsolved.

Real-world tiered storage
Speaker: Craig Taylor, Associate Director, Enterprise Technology Open Systems, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.
Description: 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. Attendees will learn how starting with backup lead the way to a tiered storage architecture that meets the needs of today, and the growth of tomorrow.
For more information: Tiered storage with SATA

High performance storage
Speaker: Le My, Independent Storage Analyst
Description: In this session, experienced storage analyst and architect Le My shows you how to leverage storage performance tools to accommodate storage strategies today, and in the future.
For more information: Fast Guide: Advanced Fibre Channel

Backup School, I
Speaker: W. Curtis Preston, Vice President, Data Protection Services, GlassHouse Technologies Inc.
Description: In the first hour of Advanced Backup School, W. Curtis Preston starts to deconstruct the common backup system and points out the mistakes that may be hampering your backup operations. This hour will help you to find out if your systems have too much or too little power and why you MUST consider multiplexing and multi-streaming to build efficient systems.
For more information: Fast Guide: Advanced backup

Backup School, II
Speaker: W. Curtis Preston, Vice President of Data Protection Services, GlassHouse Technologies Inc.
Description: In this session Curtis goes beyond the limits of today's traditional backup techniques to expose you to some of the burgeoning backup technologies. He takes a look at three technologies in-depth: snapshots, continuous data protection, archiving, security and data reduction, which are sure to be working their way into your data center and remote office environments. He'll examine the pros and cons of each, where these technologies will make the most sense and why they'll comprise the future of backup. Curtis also answers your questions during this hour.
For more information: Backup School online

SAN School, I
Speaker: Stephen Foskett, Director, Strategy Services, GlassHouse Technologies Inc.
Description: This session focuses on the storage topics and concepts that we in the industry sometimes take for granted. Stephen starts with an overview of the various components and terms, such as the difference among SAN, NAS and DAS, and continues with RAID levels and how they are commonly used. He wraps it all up finishes with an overview of the major storage devices.
For more information: SAN School online

SAN School, II
Speaker: Stephen Foskett, Director, Strategy Services, GlassHouse Technologies Inc.
Description: This session focuses on IP storage, and iSCSI in particular. Stephen discusses the various IP SAN protocols, differentiates them from more established technologies and discusses how to bring iSCSI into your data center.
For more information: Fast Guide: Advanced SAN

Building a data security plan
Speaker: Jon Oltsik, Senior Analysts, Enterprise Strategy Group
Description: This session will outline a pragmatic approach toward storage security, examine storage security technology and process vulnerabilities, and provide guidance on how to remediate these issues Jon will also look at several examples of organizations that have implemented various security technologies to determine what problems were solved, what tradeoffs were made and how security investments were justified to upper management.
For more information: The new vendor conundrum

Virtualization
Speaker: Arun Taneja, Founder, Taneja Group
Description: How many different types of virtualization are there and what are their pros and cons? Should virtualization be done at the fabric level? At the storage, or host level? Arun and a panel of storage users will examine these and other approaches to virtualization using examples of products and vendors supporting them.
For more information: Storage virtualization – V is for victory

Storage Quality Awards
Speaker: Phil Goodwin, President, Diogenes Analytical Laboratories, Inc. and Rich Castagna, Executive Editor, Storage magazine
Description: The Diogenes, Storage magazine Quality Award endeavors to quantify those factors by giving storage pros a chance to share their hands-on experiences related to several key storage product categories. In the inaugural installment of the Quality Award process, respondents completed surveys on enterprise-class storage arrays. This session reveals the winners of the awards, the process to determine the winners and which arrays and backup software offer the highest level of quality in five categories: sales competence, features, quality, reliability and technical support.
For more information: Which backup software if best?

A practical approach to large scale SAN migrations (Presentation not available)
Speaker: Alan Grantham, Storage Architect, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.
Description: During this session Alan will cover: The important architectural questions you need to answer BEFORE your migration; primary practical methods available for large-scale migrations, what will cause the migration to fail, where your technical risks are and how to lower them, where and how you can speed up your migration, how to test your migration strategy, what to learn from your mistakes, the time of migration (when your plan meets the enemy), how to triage your migration when it goes wrong and aftercare .
For more information: Ten best practices for moving data files to a SAN

Thursday's sessions:

The New Data Protection War
Speaker: Steve Duplessie, Founder, Enterprise Storage Group
Description: According to Enterprise Strategy Group founder Steve Duplessie, continuous data protection (CDP) might be that very product line. In this talk, Steve will cover the technical merits of CDP, where CDP should be deployed and how it can change the backup landscape.
For more information: CDP: An overview

Storage Technologies: What's hot, what's not
Speaker: Ken Male, Founder and CEO, TheInfoPro Inc.
Description: In six months "waves" TheInfoPro (TIP) conducts hundreds of in-depth interviews with Fortune 1000 midmarket and European storage professionals. This session will compare the results of the last two waves where the likes of Pfizer Inc., Citigroup, BellSouth Corp. and Boeing detail their planned adoption/avoidance of more than 40 technologies, discuss the vendors poised to deliver, detail their budget allocations and give candid feedback on how current vendors are performing in their environment.
For more information: Strategic Vendor Series library

Innovations in storage
Speaker: Tony Asaro, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group
Description: This session is focused on providing insight into specific innovations, including technologies, features and architectures related to storage systems. The presentation will also include the benefits of the above and how customers are applying them in their environments. Among the topics to be covered include: network clustered storage, storage virtualization, deduplication of data, distributed file systems covering SAN, NAS and object-based storage.
For more information: Products of the Year 2004

Ten reasons why your DR plan may fail
Speaker: James Damoulakis, Chief Technology Officer, GlassHouse Technologies Inc.
Description: This session provides a DR reality check. James Damoulakis, chief technology officer, GlassHouse Technologies gives you the top 10 reasons why your DR plan may fail as well as a look at alternative recovery services and how and where to cut DR costs.
For more information: DR checklist

Tiered Storage School, I
Speaker: Mike Casey, Vice President, Data Policy and Information Lifecycle Management Services; and Greg Forest, Vice President, Application Archiving and Deployment Services, Contoural Inc.
Description: Tiered Storage School will help you to understand which technologies are available to help you implement a successful tiered storage strategy. This session will cover the key to a successful tiered storage strategy by helping you define the requirements of your business data. Also, the second half of the first hour of Tiered Storage School will help you align your business goals with your storage goals.
For more information: Tiered Storage School

Tiered Storage School, II
Speaker: Mike Casey, Vice President, Data Policy and Information Lifecycle Management Services; and Greg Forest, Vice President, Application Archiving and Deployment Services, 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: Cut costs with tiered backups

Best practices in purchasing storage
Speaker: Bill Peldzus, Director, Storage Architecture, GlassHouse Technologies Inc.
Description: In this session, you will learn the questions you should be asking ALL of your storage vendors and other important tips and techniques for writing an air-tight request for information (RFI) or request for proposal (RFP) (they are different!).
For more information: Eight no-nonsense steps to buying storage products

Tech Report: E-mail archiving
Speaker: Jerome M. Wendt, Independent Storage Analyst
Description: This session, with independent storage analyst Jerome M. Wendt, details the design, implementation and installation of these product suites. Jerome does an apples-to-apples comparison of the major e-mail archiving products in a format ripped from the pages of Storage magazine.
For more information: Tech Report: E-mail archiving

Extending storage networks
Speaker: Marc Staimer, President, Dragon Slayer Consulting
Description: This session assumes basic to moderate knowledge of storage and storage networking (SAN and NAS) practices and technologies. By attending this session you gain a better understanding of topics, including a look inside the mysterious generic networking cloud for metropolitan area networks (MAN) and WAN. Topics covered include LAN, MAN, WAN, SAN, along with IP, iSCSI, FC, serial-atttached SCSI, SATA, FICON, WiFi, NAS, wide-area file services, virtualization and routing.
For more information: SAN/NAS technical tips

Disk-to-disk shootout
Speaker: Phil Goodwin, President, Diogenes Analytical Laboratories, Inc.
Description: 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.
For more information: Tech Roundup -- D2D backup

Disk-to-disk shootout
Speaker: Phil Goodwin, President, Diogenes Analytical Laboratories Inc.
Description: You don't have the time to test eight disk-to-disk products, but you don't want to make a purchase mistake, either. We've done the testing for you and the results of these tests will be displayed during Storage Decisions' first-ever product shoot-out. Diogenes Analytical Laboratories will present the results of its apples-to-apples testing of disk-to-disk solutions, comparing four leading solutions in both standard operations and vendor-specific features and functions. Find out how each stacks up.
For more information: How to create a business continuity plan

Building a successful services architecture
Speaker: Dave Kaercher, IT Executive, Allianz Life
Description: In this session with Dave Kaercher, IT executive at Allianz Life, he explains how his services orientated architecture was formed and is maturing. For more than a year, Kaercher and his team have been working within a service structure and have seen benefits of the architecture.
For more information: The business case for service-oriented architecture

Friday's sessions:

Understanding long-term archive
Speaker: Mark Diamond, CEO and Founder, Contoural Inc.
Description: New regulations and aggressive enforcement, combined with other business requirements, continue to raise the bar on data retention. Litigation discovery strategies also play a key role in setting data retention and archiving policy. In this session you will learn how to manage the long-term problems archiving brings to the table.
For more information: Data archives: What are your options?

Data protection management
Speaker: Brad O'Neill, Senior Analyst, Taneja Group
Description: This session will provide an overview of the key issues and players in the emerging data protection management software category. Brad will explore how traditional product-specific backup reporting has evolved into a new category driven by third party technology vendors.
For more information: HP steps up its game in data protection

View the presentations from the most recent Storage Decisions show here. Find out more about upcoming shows here.


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