Supplemental guide to Storage Decisions Spring 2005 Chicago

More than 500 IT directors, managers, systems architects and engineers participated in the SearchStorage.com and Storage magazine's Fall Storage Decisions 2005 conferences.

More than 500 IT directors, managers, systems architects and engineers participated in SearchStorage.com and Storage magazine Storage Decisions 2005 Spring conference in Chicago.

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.

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

Storage Decisions, Spring 2005

These sessions are from Storage Decisions Spring 2005 in 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

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

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
This was first published in December 2005
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