Storage managers are hitting a crossroads in 2006. Data in virtually every organization continues to grow at a breakneck pace -- and to keep up, storage networks continue to be built out. This effort is juxtaposed against the storage manager's need to keep it all manageable and keep costs under control.
Storage Decisions 2006 in Chicago, May 16-18 tackled these challenges head-on. Below is a full listing of sessions from the show and the slide presentations that go with those topics.
As in the past, Storage Decisions was a multi-track event. The tracks, and their themes:
TRACK 1: EXECUTIVE, "Scale Storage, Manage Costs"
C-level technology executives not only need to know the status of their current operations but meticulously plan for the future. Our "Executive track" sessions give these technologists an idea of where their storage should be and ideas on where it's headed. Sessions also key on ways to integrate new technologies, processes and ideas without going over budget.
Downloads included in this track:(click title to download slides)
SAN Is Dead!? Long Live Virtualized Grids?
Speaker: Robert Gray, IDC
Description: Robert Gray presents IDC's latest user research insights on storage in tomorrow's data center. He examines the three emerging stages of storage development that will soon be driving more and more buyers of storage systems into grid-based, virtualized storage infrastructure. Learn the key unfulfilled promises of SANs and the benefits of a new storage world order.
For more information: Grid computing quietly takes over the storage world
Digital Archiving: A Long-term Approach to Storage
Speakers: Steve Duplessie, Enterprise Strategy Group
Description: 50 years from now, will your data be accessible? How about 20 or 10? Will you even be able to get that data back with the systems you use in the future? These types of questions are driving digital archiving for each of the major data types -- structured, unstructured and semi-structured. To help provide answers, Steve will draw from extensive Enterprise Strategy Group research what you can expect from digital archiving and when. He will also discuss who is making the technical archiving decisions.
For more information: Tech Roundup: Archiving tools
To Protect and Encrypt: Safeguarding Stored Data
Speaker: W. Curtis Preston, GlassHouse Technologies
Description: There are cost-effective ways to encrypt storage containing sensitive data. This session shows you how protect your data and keep your company from making the wrong kind of headlines.
For more information: Crash Course: Disk encryption
Passing the Storage Bar: Understanding the Legal and Regulatory Landscape
Speaker: Michael Clark, EDDix LLC
Description: In this session, Michael A. Clark discusses the need for converged storage and data-mining strategies and solutions. In the context of multiple data stores in a multi-vendor environment, he explores the implications for the end-game -- federated search and retrieval from a corporate document discovery console -- with take-aways that may change the way you think about projects on this year's to-do list.
For more information: Where to focus your compliance efforts
The Future of the File System
Speaker: Tony Asaro, Enterprise Strategy Group
Description: File system storage is being used for primary applications, databases, e-mail, backup targets and digital archiving. This session discusses next-generation systems, clustering technologies, virtualization, search, data de-duplication, WORM, retention policies, data protection, performance and scalability. Additionally, this session will discuss the market impact of file system storage today and what this means to the future of storage.
For more information: Dispelling myths: WAFS and remote backup
Living in a Virtual World: Optimizing Data Center Operations
Speaker: Brad Wood, Corrections Corporation of America
Description: Brad Wood details the components of a truly resilient infrastructure, based on server and storage virtualization. Brad addresses the key issues that must be addressed to achieve continuous data protection and systems availability in a virtual computing environment
For more information: Virtualization user bounces back from failure
TRACK 2: SMART SHOPPER, "Simplify, Scale and Save"
Very few storage managers have carte blanche when it comes to storage spending. Because of this and the harsh demands of data growth rates, managers need to spend budget wisely. Sessions in our "Smart Shopper track" help managers get the most bang for their storage buck. Talks on negotiating with vendors, looking at different product sets and emerging technologies fall in this realm.
Downloads included in this track: (click title to download slides)
Spending More to Save More -- Building a Cost-Effective Storage Model
Speaker:Richard Scannell, GlassHouse Technologies
Description: Richard breaks down the thought process of the executive evaluating such a budget decision, identify the information necessary to facilitate it and leverage real case studies to demonstrate success.
For more information: Learning Guide: Low-cost storage
Why the Safe Storage Buy Isn't Always the Best Storage Buy
Speakers: Marc Staimer, Dragon Slayer Consulting
Description: In this session, Marc Staimer argues that there are serious flaws with both the premises and the rationales that can lead some IT organizations into dead ends, inflexible storage architectures and bottomless money pits.
For more information: Build a winning storage budget
What Storage Managers Are Buying
Speaker: Rich Castagna, Storage Magazine
Description: Storage magazine's semi-annual survey details the spending plans of 500 corporate storage managers. Rich Castagna, Editor-in-Chief of Storage Media Group at TechTarget, tells you how much storage managers are spending, how they're spending it and why.
For more information: Cheap storage tactics
Swimming with Sharks: Negotiating the Storage Buy
Speaker: Bill Peldzus, GlassHouse Technologies
Description: Based upon real case studies and successful customer engagements, this session will explore: How to successfully navigate an RFI or RFP; getting the most out of vendor negotiations; understanding where you have the most leverage (and where you don't); uncovering and avoiding common pitfalls in the purchasing process and more.
For more information: Take back the power from resellers
Battle of the Network Stars: iSCSI vs. Fibre Channel
Speaker: Brian Garrett, Enterprise Strategy Group
Description: Brian Garrett, the Technical Director for ESG Lab, presents the results of hands-on tests that compare the performance of iSCSI and FC-attached storage systems.
For more information: Battle brews between iSCSI and FC
Rating the NAS Vendors
Speaker: Rich Castagna, Storage Magazine and Phil Goodwin, Diogenes Analytical Labs
Description: Who is the king of the hill when it comes to NAS? The answer may surprise you. The top NAS systems -- according to a jury of your user peers -- will be announced, along with an analysis of the findings. The survey-based evaluation for NAS products is the fifth in the Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Award series. For the NAS evaluation, as well as for the previous four categories, hundreds of users rated leading storage products in five categories: sales competence, product features, initial quality, reliability and product support. For more information: NAS in a nutshell
TRACK 1: ARCHITECTURE, "Tiered Storage"
More than 70% of the attendees of Storage Decisions 2005 said they are setting up or evaluating a tiered storage architecture. Featured in this track will be the popular Tiered Storage School sessions along with other sessions that can help any manager set up or administer this new architecture.
Downloads included in this track: (click title to download slides)
Tiered Storage School 101
Speakers:Mike Casey and Greg Forest, Contoural, Inc.
Description: This session covers the key to a successful tiered storage strategy by helping you define the requirements of your business data. Before you can design your new storage tiers, you need to understand your application catalog and how your business uses it. This requires looking beyond the traditional IT metrics of recovery time objective and recovery point objective. Focusing on a broader set of key business drivers will allow you to use your storage tiers to offer the appropriate service levels to your business units, while reducing overall costs.
For more information: View the Tiered Storage School webcast series
Tiered Storage School 201
Speakers: Mike Casey and Greg Forest, 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: Fast guide to tiered storage
Data Classification: Realizing the Benefits of Tiered Storage
Speaker: James Damoulakis, GlassHouse Technologies
Description: This session, based on real-world examples, discusses approaches to accomplishing data classification including alternative approaches, potential pitfalls and key elements for success.
For more information: Special report on data classification
Building a Better File System
Speaker: Brad O'Neill, Taneja Group
Description: With the proliferation of file data we have seen an explosion in the number of ways IT teams can manage unstructured content. In this session, Brad O'Neill explores the types of file management technologies that make sense for particular environments. Topics include: How and when to choose a unified namespace solution, when and why to classify content and options for integrating remote office file content into the enterprise management framework. Brad will focus on helping attendees develop a step-by-step evaluation process aiming to help navigate an increasingly complex vendor landscape.
For more information: File services frenzy
Intelligent Information Management
Speaker: Brian Babineau, Enterprise Strategy Group
Description: IIM is a set of processes and underlying technology solutions that enable organizations to understand, organize and manage all sorts of data types (e.g., general files, databases and e-mails). While information lifecycle management (ILM) is a popular catch-phrase in the industry, it hasn't found commercial success largely because it doesn't address the idea of intelligent data management. IIM does. This session will discuss IIM, criteria that organizations should use when evaluating IIM solutions and the economic justification necessary to spur an investment decision.
For more information: Five tips in five minutes: Tiered storage and ILM
Soaking Up the Data Deluge: Reigning in Explosive Data Growth
Speaker: Mark Diamond, Contoural, Inc.
Description:Companies are being hammered by explosive data growth rates. Storage professionals face the challenge of managing more and more data with the same staff resources and a flat or shrinking budget. The daily work of managing this deluge of data is often crowding out other important IT initiatives. This talk highlights the activities and approaches that have proven most effective and will also identify the seemingly sensible approaches that typically fail to deliver the promised results in controlling the data explosion.
For more information: Top five storage forecasting tips
TRACK 4: ENGINEERING, "Building Enterprise Storage Networks"
To keep up with the demands of data and business requirements, managers need to engineer the most flexible and complete storage network. This track looks at SAN and NAS issues, distance demands, remote offices and how to build out systems.
Downloads included in this track: (click title to download slides)
SAN School 101
Speaker:Stephen Foskett, GlassHouse Technologies
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.
For more information: View the SAN School webcast series
SAN School 201
Speaker: Stephen Foskett, GlassHouse Technologies
Description: Hour two of SAN School focuses on IP storage and how Windows-based storage is impacting the industry.
For more information: The nuts and bolts of SAN
Using WAN Technology to Centralize Remote Office Data
Speaker: Marc Staimer, Dragon Slayer Consulting
Description: Up until now, TCP/IP WAN limitations have hampered performance. But new technologies and applications are tackling these issues and making ROBO location irrelevant. From distributed backup and distributed continuous data protection to wide-area file systems, WADM, DRO and WAN optimization, there are various methodologies that are reducing cost and significantly improving performance. This session will tackle these new methods.
For more information: Bridging the gap: Choosing storage-over-distance network technology
Pumping Up Array Performance
Speaker: Ray Lucchesi, Silverton Consulting
Description: As data wends it ways from hosts, through the fabric and to the array, it encounters many potential bottlenecks. But that also means there are a number of ways to improve storage subsystem performance. The key to the tuning process is a thorough understanding of your application requirements. This session uncovers those helpful tips and tricks.
For more information: Listen to Ray's podcasts on this topic
Storage on Steroids: Alleviating Network Bottlenecks
Speaker: Greg Schulz, StorageIO
Description: This session looks at networked storage bottlenecks that have an impact on backup, archiving, disaster recovery and business continuance as well as day-to-day functions. Learn how to diagnose various symptoms and how to prescribe applicable and alternative treatments.
For more information: Download Greg's podcast on this topic
TRACK 5: DATA PROTECTION, "Back Up, Build Out"
Quite possibly the top issue in storage is how to protect your data. Backing up, restore and making that process seamless is critical. This track covers everything backup. Also covered here are sessions on disaster recovery and business continuity.
Downloads included in this track:
Backup School 101
Speaker:W. Curtis Preston, GlassHouse Technologies
Description: W. Curtis Preston deconstructs the common backup system and points out the mistakes that may be hampering your backup operations. Because of its performance benefits, backing up to disk before tape is making a huge impact on the way backups are done. With the advent of low-cost ATA-based RAID, organizations can improve backup and recovery performance -- and do it more cost effectively. Curtis explains what options you have in creating a disk-based system and the steps you need to take before implementing it.
For more information: View Advanced Backup School webcast series
Backup School 201
Speaker: W. Curtis Preston, GlassHouse Technologies
Description: In hour two, Curtis takes a look at five 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 will examine the pros and cons of each, where these technologies will make the most sense and why they will comprise the future of backup.
For more information: View Learning Guide on Backup
Panel discussion: DR Lessons Learned
Speaker: Rob Stevenson, TheInfoPro & Panel of End Users
Description: It takes a lot of work to determine which applications are most critical, which applications are interdependent and the corresponding storage components that need to be most heavily protected. Despite the pain DR may cause, a thought-out discovery process is essential to determining data recovery times, data recovery points, data synchronization constraints and how multiple failback contingencies are addressed. Based upon real DR deployments from a panel of end users, this session will explore DR in-depth.
For more information: Download DR planning podcasts
VMware -- Changing the Face of Recovery
Speaker: Tom Becchetti, Moneygram
Description:As most storage managers know, a few minutes of downtime can equate to millions of dollars in lost revenue. Safeguarding against those outages and getting your business back up and running is critical to a company's success. Host-system virtualization brings many new choices to improve recovery times. In this session, Tom Becchetti, MoneyGram's senior capacity planner shows you what his company is doing with VMware to ensure his systems are always available and easily recoverable.
For more information: Tech Report: Virtualization
Surviving Disaster: A DR Tale from Hurricane Alley
Speaker: Ben Weinberger, Ruden McClosky
Description: This session discusses the DR project in detail; focusing on objectives, alternatives considered, implementation and results. Weinberger details success factors and recommendations for companies currently researching DR products and plans. He will also explain Ruden's testing strategy, recoverability prior to the hurricane hitting and how the "failover" worked when the hurricane hit his office.
For more information: Expanding the reach of disaster recovery
Get It All Back: Efficient Recovery Management
Speaker: Arun Taneja, The Taneja Group
Description: This session explores how users can coordinate a range of data protection technologies such as VTL, CDP, traditional backup, replication and data protection management software to create more recoverable infrastructures. Restructuring your recovery methods can also help you recover the right data at the right time and in the right manner. The session will also cover which vendors are enabling these recovery technologies over the next 12 months. Attendees will learn how to assemble and evaluate their own needs in building a recovery-centric data protection infrastructure.
For more information: Disaster recovery approaches for your VTL
The ABCs of CDP
Speaker: Presented by Phil Goodwin, President and Founder, and Jeff Wells, Vice President of Research Operations and Co-founder, Diogenes Analytical Laboratories, Inc.
Description: As IT organizations consider adding continuous data protection (CDP) systems to their data protection strategies, they naturally want to know how to maximize the value of the investment. This session details how to quantify CDP resource requirements and how to interleave them with existing backup/recovery infrastructure. Phil Goodwin and Jeff Wells from Diogenes Analytical Labs will pull from their extensive experiences and lab tests with Symantec Backup Exec 10d and Microsoft Data Protection Manager.
For more information: Tech close-up: CDP