Interesting vendor news and throngs of users made this spring's storage shows memorable. I like storage shows. This season has been a good one thus far. Business is booming once again, technologies are moving forward and many fledgling vendors have moved up the ranks to become legitimate contenders. Last spring I attended Storage Decisions in Chicago, which is a show I really like. It always gets hundreds of real IT folks and has smart nonvendor speakers talking about interesting things. Categories range from tactical how-tos to more ethereal future-oriented concepts. Real users talk about real problems; semireal people discuss real solutions. Vendors like it because users mob the tradeshow floor.
Steve Duplessie is the founder and senior analyst for the Enterprise Strategy Group in Milford, Mass.