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Storage Decisions 2003 conference proceedings

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Editor's note

Over 500 IT directors, managers, systems architects and engineers descended upon Chicago in early September to take part in TechTarget's fifth enterprise storage conference, Storage Decisions 2003.

The 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.

The sessions covered multiple tracks designed for different experience levels and interests. Tracks included:

  • 'Rate the vendor' panels for areas including backup vendors, disk vendors and switch vendors
  • RFP workshops, complete with workbooks
  • User consolidation case studies for both SAN and NAS installs
  • Learning Curve workshops, expert workshops and panels
  • Editors from both of TechTarget's storage media properties, SearchStorage.com and Storage magazine covered the event. A collection of their session reviews and reports appear here, along with links to view each speaker's presentation online.

    Speakers covered a lot of ground for attendees -- from tips for negotiating with your vendors (see keynote presentation by Gartner's Nick Allen) to the best place to deploy disk-to-disk staging methods (see "Integrating disk into backup," by W. Curtis Preston). Also covered was the best use of emerging technologies such as iSCSI and 10Gb Ethernet (see "10 GB emergence in the data center," by Marc Staimer).

    If you are in need of information from the experts or your peers to help you make better storage decisions, I urge you to take advantage of this rich collection of resources.

    Sincerely,

    Michele Hope
    Senior Site Editor,
    SearchStorage.com

    P.S. Are there other storage topics you'd like to see us cover in future storage conferences? Let us know. Be sure to also check the Web site to register or learn more about the next Storage Decisions conference.


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    Keynote address
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    Get the most from your storage network
    Speaker: Nick Allen, vice president and research director, Gartner Group, Inc.
    Session review
    Presentation slides
    News coverage

    Rate the vendor sessions
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    Panel: Rate the backup vendors
    Session review

    Panel: Rate the switch vendors
    Session review
    News coverage

    Panel: Rate the disk vendors
    Session review

    RFP sessions: How to create storage requests for proposal (RFP)
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    Planning for a storage array purchase and developing an RFP
    Speaker: Randy Kerns, partner, The Evaluator Group
    Session review
    Presentation slides
    Workbook: Storage array RFPs and distributed storage

    Writing a switch RFP: All we want is everything we can get
    Speaker: John Webster, senior analyst and founder, Data Mobility Group, Inc.
    Session review
    Presentation slides
    Workbook: RFPs for switches

    RFPs for storage resource management (SRM) & policy-based management
    Speaker: Jamie Gruener, senior analyst, The Yankee Group
    Session review
    Presentation slides
    Workbook: SRM vendor selection criteria

    Creating RFPs for SAN management solutions
    Speaker: Marc Farley, independent consultant and author, Building Storage, Inc.
    Session review
    Presentation slides
    Workbook: SAN management RFPs

    Creating RFPs for tape libraries
    Speaker: Dianne McAdam, senior analyst and partner, Data Mobility Group
    Session review
    Presentation slides
    Workbook: Preparing tape-related RFPs

    User case studies
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    Consolidation strategies that work: Storage area networks (SAN)
    Speaker: Norman Owens, storage network engineer and consultant, Carlson Companies
    Session review

    Consolidation strategies that work: Network-attached storage (NAS)
    Speaker: Steve Curry, storage operations manager, Yahoo
    Session review
    Presentation slides

    Other main conference sessions and workshops
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    Panel: Storage and the future of the data center
    Session review

    Designing a backup architecture that actually works
    Speaker: W. Curtis Preston, founder and president, The Storage Group
    Session review
    Presentation slides
    Workbook: Designing backup architectures

    Integrating disk into backup for faster restores
    Speaker: W. Curtis Preston, founder and president, The Storage Group
    Session review
    Presentation slides

    Disk cost busters - How to leverage low-cost disk solutions
    Speaker: Ron Lovell, storage practice director, Greenwich Technology Partners
    Session review
    Presentation slides

    Keep data at a distance: Disaster recovery for the 'new realities'
    Speaker: Damian Walch, vice president of consulting, T-Systems
    Session review
    Presentation slides

    Aligning storage management tools with operational processes
    Speaker: Stephen Foskett, senior consultant, storage management strategies and integration, Glasshouse Technologies
    Session review
    Presentation slides

    10 GB emergence in the data center
    Speaker: Marc Staimer, founder, Dragonslayer Consulting
    Session review
    Presentation slides

    iSCSI - The new storage interconnect on the 'block?'
    Speaker: Sean P. Derrington, consultant, enterprise storage and servers, Appergy, Inc.
    Session review
    Presentation slides

    NAS and gateways: Considerations for file storage
    Speaker: Randy Kerns, Partner, The Evaluator Group
    Session review
    Presentation slides
    NAS workbook

    The pros and cons of content-addressed storage (CAS)
    Speaker: Arun Taneja, founder, The Taneja Group
    Session review
    Presentation slides

    From regulation to desperation: A life sciences case study in compliance
    Speaker: Richard Scannell, vice president of corporate development and strategy at GlassHouse Technologies, Inc.
    Session review
    Presentation slides
    News coverage

    Panel: Regulatory compliance - The effect on information management and the storage industry
    Session review
    Presentation slides
    News coverage

    Results from Storage magazine's 2004 purchasing intentions survey
    Speaker: Mark Schlack, Editor-in-Chief, Storage magazine
    Session review
    Presentation slides

    SNIA: Providing answers to storage questions
    Speaker: Sheila Childs, chairperson, board of directors, Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)
    Session review
    Presentation slides


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