Storage Decisions Chicago 2008 Session Downloads

Download all the sessions that were presented to storage professionals at the recent Storage Decisions 2008 conference in Chicago on topics including DR, SANs, backup, storage virtualization, storage management and green storage.

In 2008, storage managers are still struggling with many of the same issues you've dealt with for years. But things have changed, and constantly fighting fires is no longer a viable plan. However, there are answers. Storage managers are applying "new" management concepts like data classification, data management, data protection and storage tiering with successful results. And the last wave of technology innovation -- VTLs, CDP, data deduplication, storage virtualization, archiving, data encryption and CAS -- are ready for prime time as the leading technology providers have either established a track record and financial stability or been acquired and integrated into larger vendors' suites.

At Storage Decisions Chicago 2008, the world's leading independent storage experts gave you an in-depth look into the practical application of these "new" technologies and concepts -- as well as provide the latest tips and advice on more traditional storage technology and practice.

Download the materials from those sessions here. As in the past, Storage Decisions is a multi-track event. The tracks include:

  • Backup Technologies

  • Disaster Recovery

  • Data Retention & Retrieval

  • Storage & Capacity Management

  • Storage Systems & Networking

  • Management/Executive

    Data protection continues to be Job #1 for most storage managers -- a job that only gets more complex as each year companies add up to 50% more storage capacity. The good news is that newer technologies can help in this uphill battle, but you still have to determine the right tools for the job, how they will work within the context of you storage environment and whether they provide the level of protection that your company requires. Among the topics covered in this track are data deduplication, virtual tape libraries, the newly integrated backup suites, matching data protection levels to business needs and how archiving fits into a data protection scenario.

    Sessions included in this track:

  • Negotiating the Backup and Recovery Maze
    Presented by Henry Johnson, Senior Team Lead, Fortune 500 Healthcare Services Organization
  • Making Virtual Backups Real
    Presented by W. Curtis Preston, VP Data Protection Services, GlassHouse Technologies
  • Testing... One, Two, Three...
    Presented by Jeff Harbert, Storage Consultant, GlassHouse Technologies
  • De-Dupe and Disk Backups -- What You Need to Know Before Taking the Plunge
    Presented by W. Curtis Preston, VP Data Protection Services, GlassHouse Technologies

    Click to download Backup Technologies Track sessions

    Disaster recovery isn't just about being able to resume business as quickly as possible after a catastrophic incident. It's also about avoiding the situations that could jeopardize your company's reputation and good standing -- like the loss of customer data. But DR isn't a one-size-fits-all affair, with different company assets requiring varying levels of protection and recoverability. We'll look at some of the new tools for testing DR readiness, DR issues related to specific types of data and how virtualization can affect a DR plan, among other topics.

    Sessions included in this track:

  • DR Testing Programs -- How Useful Are They?
    Presented by Jon Toigo, CEO, Toigo Partners International
  • Virtual DR -- Disaster Recovery Planning for Virtualized Environments
    Presented by Ray Lucchesi, President, Silverton Consulting
  • Tiered Disaster Recovery - DR SLAs That Work
    Presented by Bill Peldzus, VP Data Center Services, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, GlassHouse Technologies
  • Stand and Deliver -- Data Protection SLAs
    Presented by Brian Greenberg, Data Protection Services Manager and Architect

    Click to download Disaster Recovery Track sessions

    Call it regulatory compliance, legal vigilance, good disk management or just plain common sense -- regardless of your company's motivation, a sound system for retaining and disposing of data is one of the modern requirements of storage management. Developing a consistent, repeatable and practical set of data retention policies is the first step in the process. Tools such as data classification applications can help automate the process of sorting through the reams of structured and unstructured data to determine its appropriate disposition. While storage managers may consider this a business unit function, as keepers of company's data they are very much in the mix. And, as such, they need to know about the legal implications, the types of systems best suited for retained data and how encryption can help ensure that data is kept intact in its original form.

    Sessions included in this track:

  • Everything You Need to Know About Data Classification
    Presented by Jeff Boles, Technology Analyst, Taneja Group
  • Green Storage -- Practical Ways to Reduce Power Consumption
    Presented by Greg Schulz, Founder and Senior Analyst, StorageIO
  • Deep Dive into Email Archiving Products
    Presented by Stephen Foskett, Director of Data Practice, Contoural
  • Storage and the Law -- Backup, Recovery and Depositions
    Presented by Brian Babineau, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group and Greg Buckles, Founder of Reason-eD and Experienced Litigation Support Specialist

    Click to download Data Retention & Retrieval Track sessions

    With spiraling capacities the norm, managing storage systems has become a challenging task. Traditional SRM tools are often adept on keeping tabs on the state of your storage infrastructure, but more focused applications are becoming increasingly available. Storage virtualization also promises to ease storage management and improve disk usage, but there are inherent issues that need to be fully understood before embarking on a virtualization project. Traditional methods of operational data protection such as RAID tend to be complex and difficult to configure and manage, but some storage vendors are offering compelling alternatives. In this track, we'll also examine power conservation for storage systems, a new requisite for most storage shops struggling to balance increased capacity and soaring energy costs.

    Sessions included in this track:

  • Leveraging Capacity Optimization Technologies Against Primary Storage
    Presented by Eric Burgener, Senior Analyst, Taneja Group
  • Clustered Storage -- From SMB, to Scientific, to Social Networking and Web 2.0
    Presented by Greg Schulz, Founder and Senior Analyst, StorageIO
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Virtualization -- In One Hour
    Presented by Stephen Foskett, Director of Data Practice, Contoural
  • The Hidden Storage Gotchas of Sever Virtualization and How to Avoid Them
    Presented by Marc Staimer, President and CDS, Dragon Slayer Consulting

    Click to download Storage & Capacity Management Track sessions

    The core of any networked storage infrastructure is the basic hardware components: storage arrays and the fabric that links them to client servers and other services. Over the past few years, the trend has been to networks built around director-class switches -- but how those directors are used is the key to whether they're just consolidation points to replace core-edge architectures or if they actually put more intelligence into the network. Storage systems, too, have undergone considerable change. iSCSI storage arrays have steadily increased their presence in data centers and remote locations, and as iSCSI technology and implementations mature, their impact is certain to become more profound. And on the leading edge of storage are systems that eschew or greatly reduce the role of spinning disks, replacing them with solid state devices that run cool, use far less power and take up less space. In this track, we'll look at the implications of these recent developments.

    Sessions included in this track:

  • Integrating iSCSI and FC SANs
    Presented by Howie Goldstein, President, Howard Goldstein Associates
  • Storage and the WAN -- What Are the Options?
    Presented by Marc Staimer, President and CDS, Dragon Slayer Consulting
  • Storage Networking -- The Path to Performance
    Presented by Howie Goldstein, President, Howard Goldstein Associates
  • The Right Way to Test Storage System Performance
    Presented by Brian Garrett, Technical Director of ESG Lab, Enterprise Strategy Group

    Click to download Storage Systems & Networking Track sessions

    Sometimes technology alone won't solve storage-related issues. You also need to be adept about the business of acquiring storage systems. As a storage manager, you will be called on to develop storage solutions to satisfy evolving business needs -- always with an eye on the key financial acid tests for any storage purchase: ROI and TCO. This track addresses the essential parts of the storage system procurement process, including how to craft an RFP, negotiating from a position of strength, evaluating systems and getting the support of your company's management.

    Sessions included in this track:

  • Business Buy-In
    Presented by Scott Matey, Managing Director, GlassHouse Technologies
  • Buying Storage -- What the Vendors Don't Want You to Know
    Presented by Bill Peldzus, VP Data Center Services, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, GlassHouse Technologies
  • What Storage Manager's Are Buying
    Presented by Rich Castagna, Editorial Director, Storage Media Group
  • Managing the Four C's -- Cost Containment, Compliance, Continuity and Carbon Footprint
    Presented by Jon Toigo, CEO, Toigo Partners International

    Click to download Management/Executive Track sessions

    Past Storage Decisions shows
    Storage Decisions, Winter 2007, San Francisco
    Storage Decisions, Fall 2007, New York
    Storage Decisions, Spring 2007, Chicago
    Storage Decisions, Spring 2007, Toronto
    Storage Decisions, Fall 2006, Las Vegas
    Storage Decisions, Fall 2006, New York
    Storage Decisions, Spring 2006, Chicago

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