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Quick guide: Fall Storage Decisions '04

Whether you're at our conference, or just wish you were, here's some quick entries to our session content and other goodies.

If you're among the 500 IT directors, managers and other storage professionals joining us this week at our Storage Decisions conference here in Chicago, welcome! We can enhance your experience by offering you our online conference proceedings for handy reference during and after the conference. Share them with your storage team when you return to the office.

If you were unable to attend the conference, these presentations will have some value, but nothing beats the live sessions, where you can network with peers and where you can ask industry experts directly how they can guide you through the toughest storage problems. Luckily for you, we'll be holding three Storage Decisions conferences next year in Chicago, New York and Las Vegas, so be sure to apply – aside from your travel expenses, conference attendance is free to qualified applicants.

Here's a sampling of some of our sessions during the week:

  • Backup School
    Speaker: W. Curtis Preston, VP of Services Development, GlassHouse Technologies
    Description: W. Curtis Preston, is your teacher for this two-hour session dedicated to exposing you to all of the aspects of backup and how to optimize your backup environments.

  • Where FC is headed
    Speaker: Marc Staimer, Founder, Dragon Slayer Consulting
    Description: The near future will see a lot of confusion in FC bandwidth options, with 4, 8 and ultimately 10GB coming on the market. At the same time, HBA prices are under pressure. What's being done to improve HBA manageability and interoperability? Marc Staimer, Founder of Dragon Slayer Consulting, examines these issues and more.
    For more information: Fast guide to Fibre Channel Basics

  • Selecting SRM tools
    Speaker: Stephanie Balaouras, Senior Analyst, Yankee Group
    Description: More and more SANs will require a distant twin for DR purposes. That will require using a mix of FC and IP, campus fibre and public services and some sophisticated communications technology to meet the demanding requirements of long-distance storage networking. Marc Staimer, Founder of Dragon Slayer Consulting, discusses best practices so you have a better understanding of what your organization needs to stay ahead of the curve.
    For more information: Storage management tools matrix

Click here to view all of our presentations.
Click here to view the schedule for the week

Also, keep an eye on our news page for breaking news during the conference.

Don't forget to take advantage of our Birds of a Feather sessions. This is your chance to rub elbows with peers, discuss burning enterprise storage issues and even make some connections from user groups. All storage professionals are welcome:

  • -Sunday night, September 19, from 5 p.m to 7 p.m. This will moderated by Wendy Betts and Joel White,'s Chicago Storage Networking Users Group (SNUG).
    Located in Joliet Room and Marquette Room, floor 3.

  • Tuesday, September 21, from 1 p.m to 2 p.m. This will be moderated by Joel White, Tim Arland and Gary Pilafas from the Chicago Storage Networking Users Group (SNUG). This discussion will be geared for the executive level.
    Located in Lake Ontario, floor 8.

  • Tuesday, September 21, from 3:10 p.m. to 4 p.m. This will be an open session in which you can discuss the day's sessions with your peers. Editorial staff will be on hand to moderate and keep the discussion on track.
    Located in the Grand Ballroom, floor 2 and in Continental A, B and C, lobby level. and Storage magazine editors will be recognizable by our fashionable light-blue oxford shirts. Please introduce yourselves and tell us how we can better serve your information storage needs.

Enjoy the week!

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