Sessions in Detail

Disaster Recovery Requirements for Software-Defined Data Centers

Presenter
Jon William Toigo, CEO and Managing Principal, Toigo Partners International

For all of the hype around virtualization, cloud and software-defined storage, the need for data protection and continuity planning persists. In fact, for companies embracing these "cutting edge" technologies, the need for common sense protection and recovery strategies has never been greater. Join Jon Toigo for this overview of the state of SDDC and IaaS to learn where the strategies are showing promise and where gaps persist in technological and operational models that must be addressed by a well-defined DR strategy.

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More Than Just a Backup App

Presenter(s)
George Crump, President and Founder, Storage Switzerland

Backup applications have evolved well beyond basic backup. In this interactive session, George Crump, Lead Analyst at Storage Switzerland, discusses what else your backup application should be giving you other than simple backup and recovery. For example, some backup applications can now offer similar recovery capabilities to replication, clustering and disaster recovery solutions. Others can provide storage management functionality like snapshot management. Still others can provide an indexed archive suitable for long term retention. But no solution can do it all, in this session find out what the capabilities are beyond backup and how to select the best solution for your data center.

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Cloud DR - the Best (and Cheapest) DR Ever

Presenter
Andrew Reichman

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What's Really so Special about Purpose-Built VM Storage?

Presenter(s)
Howard Marks, Founder and Chief Scientist, DeepStorage.net

Until a very few years ago, hypervisors had to run on top of storage systems designed to support physical servers. While the legacy vendors continue to promote their decades old designs as the best solution for hosting a hypervisor, pioneers have been developing storage systems that really are optimized for the VM. These new systems shift the management paradigm from the LUN to the virtual machine or replace the traditional SAN with software right on the host.

Is VM specific storage really faster, easier to manage and/or cheaper?

Will VMware's vVols make any storage VM aware?

The answers to these and other questions will be provided at this exciting session.

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Inside-Outside: Build a Hybrid Cloud Storage Infrastructure

Presenter
Mike Matchett

Most companies are reluctant to depend on public cloud storage for obvious reasons – loss of control, oversight, security, compliance and cost just to name a few of them.  But the cloud offers compelling economics and elastic computing opportunities that has some businesses bypassing IT altogether. Come find out how IT can practically and efficiently harness the cloud on behalf of the business – when it makes good sense serving key applications, as a storage tier for global sharing or archive, or to support DR/BC schemes.

We’ll also look at how to determine the right blend of in-house, private and public cloud storage--and what it takes to get them all working together, assuming of course that you are committed to becoming an internal service provider.

Come join Mike Matchett, Sr. Analyst with Taneja Group as we line up and walk through how to build an effective Hybrid Cloud Storage Infrastructure.

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All-Flash - Looking Beyond the Bling

Presenter(s)
Randy Kerns, Senior Strategist, Evaluator Group

Originally, flash arrays would fall into two categories: VERY high performance with little traditional array functionality and lower performance with familiar enterprise array features. That no longer holds true, as flash technology and storage systems have evolved. The economics have changed and the expectations of system capabilities have increased as systems have matured. Hybrid storage arrays were early to market and continue to have successes.

In this session, we highlight the current state of all flash storage systems with recent development. The technology progression underway is relatively clear up to a point. How the different solutions available today fit IT operations is included along with the opportunities to plan for the developments in progress.

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The Fast Lane to the Cloud

Presenter(s)
Marc Staimer, Founder and CDS, Dragon Slayer Consulting

There are several alternatives to build your company's on-ramps to yourcloud service, including appliances, software with built-in hooks to cloud storage APIs, and hybrid private-public cloud integration. This session will survey several of the options available, detail their effective use cases, explore how tough/easy each is to manage and maintain, and then compare pros, cons, and TCO of each.

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Attack of the Killer Capacity

Presenter
Mike Matchett

Your data is growing and you’ll need more space sooner or later. In this session we’ll cover the Top Ten (or more) ways to reduce your storage capacity needs and give your budget a break. We’ll look at storage technologies such as compression, deduplication, thin provisioning, archiving, etc., talk about what to look for and how to evaluate the effectiveness of each for managing capacity in various scenarios. From home directories to big data, there is no single way to tame the flood, but hopefully by being smart about it we can keep from drowning. 

Come join Mike Matchett, Sr. Analyst with Taneja Group and former high-priced Principal Capacity Planning consultant, as he romps through the benefits (and possible gotchas) with today’s storage capacity optimizations.

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Executive Keynote Address: Hype and Hyperconvergence: A Level Set on the (De-)evolution of Storage

Presenter
Jon William Toigo, Founder & President, Demartek

Kicking off this year's event, IT veteran and columnist for TechTarget's Storage magazine, Jon Toigo, provides a context for understanding developments in the storage technology market in 2014. He previews what we will be talking about in the coming year and provides guidance on which technologies we should consider for possible adoption - and which we should probably avoid all together - based on real world business requirements.

Toigo will take a critical look at flash technology, cloud and software-defined storage, and Big Data infrastructure, which have been sucking the oxygen out of more pertinent and urgent discussions of data and infrastructure management, unaddressed dimensions of storage that dramatically add to cost and inefficiency. The era of mindlessly pursuing the "shiny new thing" in storage technology, Toigo argues, must change. Now is the time to get down to work on solving the core challenges in IT, which ultimately come down to how data is managed and stored.

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Executive Keynote Address: Software-Defined Storage ... Defined!

Presenter(s)
Marc Staimer, Founder and CDS, Dragon Slayer Consulting

Storage Virtualization Stacks, Server SANs, Hypervisor Virtual Storage, Hyper-Converged Systems, Next-gen Unified Storage all claim to be Software-Defined Storage SDS. So what is it?  They can’t all be right, can they?  Is it all just storage virtualization with new looks and new names that’s much friendlier to virtual servers?  Many of these new variations of SDS extract the management intelligence from the storage hardware and deliver it to commodity servers. This session will look at the available options, examine the pros and cons, and discuss whether or not they really are viable alternatives to traditional shared storage.

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Flash for Cache or Flash to Stash

Presenter(s)
George Crump, President and Founder, Storage Switzerland

Solid-state storage has become the go to option for accelerating workloads of all kinds. But there are some decisions to be made as you work your way through the myriad of vendor solutions. The first decision to make is whether you should use flash storage as a cache to augment existing hard disk drive technology or if you should use flash more persistently and eliminate the hard disk completely. The second decision, is deciding where that flash system should be implemented; in a single server, in a virtual SAN, in the traditional SAN, or as part of an all-flash or flash assisted array.

Join George Crump, Lead Analyst at Storage Switzerland as he maps out the pros and cons of these various approaches so you can select the most optimal flash solution for your data center.

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Comparing the Major Cloud Storage Services

Presenter(s)
Andrew Reichman,

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Close that Backup Window for Good

Presenter(s)
Brien Posey,

Weekly fulls and daily incrementals may be a thing of the past as snapshot and replication technologies nudge those venerable backup processes out of the picture. Learn how you can do backup-less backups with continuous data protection (CDP), near CDP, snapshots and replication.

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Tips, Tools and Trickery: How to Manage Storage with - and for - Virtual Servers

Presenters
Howard Marks, Founder & Chief Scientist, DeepStorage.net

As virtualization has driven storage system sales, the vendors of those systems have made managing the combination somewhat easier. But easier still isn't easy and many of those significant little tricks for optimizing storage under your favorite hypervisor are hidden away in blog posts and technotes. After this session you'll know:

  • A common mistake that costs 50% of your storage performance
  • How to use SSDs and server memory to speed your storage
  • How to measure you application's storage demand and avoid overbuying performance
  • How to minimize the time you spend managing storage


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What is Object Storage - and Why You Really Want to Know About It

Presenter
Randy Kerns, Senior Strategist, Evaluator Group

Object-based storage really isn't new, but today there are more choices than ever and with most companies struggling to manage growing unstructured data stores it's becoming a very attractive alternative. Object storage has evolved into a new generation of systems and software to address limitations of other storage technologies. For demands such as large content repositories and storage for big data analytics, object storage is the answer to handle the billions of objects and petabytes or exabytes of capacity. Whether in public clouds from cloud service providers or in private clouds in traditional IT, object storage has the capability for handling the magnitude of information.

In this session, you learn what defines object storage, and what the differences are between various solutions. You will also understand how it scales and how it changes the data protection model. Also covered will be advanced capabilities of supporting file system access and use of extended metadata for greater exploitation.

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