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Storage Networking World Spring 2012: Cloud angles everywhere

Cloud storage and virtualization products made the biggest headlines at this year’s spring Storage Networking World event.

DALLAS -- The Storage Networking World Spring 2012 show attracted more than 1,100 attendees over four days with a range of topics and session tracks that included "big data," storage tiering and the future of Fibre Channel.  But the big emphasis was on virtualization and cloud storage. Lon Anderson, vice president of corporate information technology at ICF International, delivered a keynote address in which he credited a public cloud strategy with saving the company $250,000 annually, and a virtualization project with trimming $1.5 million in IT spending.

For more on the ICF case study, and other SNW show news, check out our special events coverage below.

SNW Podcast: Cloud coverage and tornado warnings

SNW Spring 2012 News and headlinesExecutive editor Ellen O’Brien speaks with senior news writer Sonia Lelii as she touches on important user insights and announcements from the spring 2012 SNW conference.

Listen to more Storage Networking World coverage in this week’s podcast.

Professional services firm saves with cloud, virtualization

ICF International saved over $2 million in a data center upgrade by using virtualization and cloud technology. Lon Anderson, vice president of corporate information technology, told SNW attendees the change was made during a three-year period of growth in which the company was aggressively acquiring companies and adding employees, making the successful upgrade even more impressive. “We started focusing on virtualizing what we could virtualize quickly, and started to place applications into the cloud,” Anderson said.

Click here for ICF International’s data center investment case study.

StorSimple announces cloud storage appliance upgrades

StorSimple used the crowd at SNW to its advantage by creating buzz around its cloud storage appliance upgrades. The improvements included usable local capacity scaling to 50 TB for its 5520 model and  100 TB for the 7520. The company also upgraded to automatic data tiering and snapshots for its management software.

Read details of StorSimple’s SNW conference news.

Amplidata upgrades AmpliStor one year after first product launch

Amplidata launched AmpliStor XT at SNW, giving users an optimized version of its object storage software designed for cloud archiving of media and entertainment files, and big data file storage. The Belgium-based vendor said the new software enhances its BitSpread erasure coding software.

Continue reading about AmpliStor XT at Storage Networking World 2012.

SNW threatened by Texas tornado

For a few hours on Tuesday, SNW attendees got a close up look at a disaster. Senior news writer Sonia Lelii was on hand for the tornado that disrupted the show for a brief time.

Read Sonia’s first-hand account of the tornado’s impact on SNW.

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