Storage Decisions New York 2008 Session Downloads

Download all the sessions that were presented to storage professionals at the recent Storage Decisions 2008 conference in New York 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 New York 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

  • Storage & Capacity Management

  • Storage Systems & Networking

  • Executive/Management

    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:

  • Testing...One, Two, Three
    Presented by Jeff Harbert, Storage Consultant, GlassHouse Technologies
  • Stand and Deliver Data Protection SLA's: Strategies for developing Data Protection Service Level Agreements
    Presented by Brian Greenberg, Data Protection Services Manager and Architect
  • Making Virtual Backups Real
    Presented by W. Curtis Preston, VP Data Protection Services, GlassHouse Technologies
  • Deduplication: The perfect solution to the perfect storm
    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
  • The Right Way to Test Storage System Performance
    Brian Garrett, Technical Director of ESG Lab, Enterprise Strategy Group
  • Deep Dive into Email Archiving Products: 11 Essential Attributes of Email Archiving Systems
    Stephen Foskett, Director of Data Practice, Contoural

    Click to download Disaster Recovery 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:

  • Optimizing Storage in VDI Environments
    Presented by Jeff Byrne, Senior Analyst and Consultant, Taneja Group
  • The Rise of Primary Storage Optimization
    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 Server 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:

  • The State of Enterprise Solid State Disk
    Presented by George Crump, Founder and Senior Analyst, Storage Switzerland
  • IP and Fibre Channel in SANs
    Presented by Howie Goldstein, President, Howard Goldstein Associates
  • Storage Networking -- The Path to Performance
    Presented by Howie Goldstein, President, Howard Goldstein Associates
  • Identifying Performance Bottlenecks: Tips and Tools to Help You Say It's Not Your Fault
    Presented by Ed Delgado, Storage Administrator, RiskMetrics Group
  • Storage and the WAN: What Are the Options?
    Presented by Marc Staimer, President and CDS, Dragon Slayer Consulting

    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: The Art of Project Justification
    Presented by Scott Matey, Managing Director, GlassHouse Technologies
  • Purchasing 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
  • Green and Environmental Friendly Storage: Practical Ways to Achieve Energy
    Presented by Greg Schulz, Founder and Senior Analyst, StorageIO

    Click to download Management/Executive Track sessions

    Past Storage Decisions shows
    Storage Decisions, Spring 2008, Chicago
    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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