Storage Decisions Seminar Storage for Virtual Servers and Desktops Storage Decisions Seminar Storage for Virtual Servers and Desktops Storage Decisions Seminar Storage for Virtual Servers and Desktops

Best practices for configuring and managing storage to enhance virtual servers & desktops

A half-day crash course focusing on making storage for virtual environments faster, easier and cheaper

Virtual servers and desktops offer significant economies, flexible scaling, resilience and many other benefits - but what they don’t do, is make storage easier.

There are new tools and technologies that you need to know about that can allow for greater performance, less work and at a lower cost - but it can be tough deciphering the vendor-hype from the actual facts.

Attend Building Storage Systems to Support Virtual Environments and our independent expert Howard Marks will put this info into context - separating the fact from fiction - and put all this info into content so you can make well-informed purchasing and strategic decisions.

Admission is FREE but seating is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis to ensure an effective learning experience. Register today by calling Mike Parisi at (617) 431-9718 or by completing our quick online registration form.

In this half-day seminar, independent expert Howard Marks will explore the storage challenges virtual environments present in 2013 and some best practices for storage to support virtual servers and desktops. Some of the topics that will be addressed include:

  • Which storage works best for virtual environments—NAS, iSCSI, FC?
  • Data protection for virtual servers and virtualized desktops, including replication, snapshotting and other backup techniques; what backup apps designed specifically for virtual servers do that your backup app can't
  • Boot storms, anti-virus scans and other events that can drain your storage system's performance and cripple virtualized systems
  • Virtualizing storage for easier management and capacity efficiency
  • How to leverage hypervisor/storage management integration, including discussions of Microsoft Server 2012/Hyper-V 3 and VMware VAAI (vStorage API for Array Integration)
  • Strategic use of solid-state storage to enhance storage responsiveness
  • How dedupe and thin provisioning work in a virtual server or virtual desktop environment and what you should look out for
  • Storage systems designed specifically for virtual environments—what makes them different, are they really better, do you sacrifice anything...?

For more info into this seminar, make sure to go to the Seminar Agenda section below for detailed session descriptions, along with Howard's bio.

Who should attend?

IT managers, storage managers and system or storage administrators planning a new virtualization infrastructure and those facing performance or management issues with their current VM infrastructure.

Registration is FREE for qualified IT professionals

To claim your complimentary seat today, submit your application online or contact Mike Parisi, Storage Decisions Event Manager, at (617) 431-9718 or mparisi@techtarget.com.

Dates and locations

Tue. Dec. 10 Los Angeles, CA
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
PLEASE NOTE: Attendance is limited to the first 50 qualified IT pros to sign up in each city
PAST EVENTS 2013
Thurs. Feb. 28 San Jose, CA*
Thurs. Apr. 11 Vancouver, BC
Thurs. Apr. 18 London, UK
Tue. May 14 New York, NY*
Thurs. Sept. 26 Toronto, ON
Tue. Nov. 19 Washington, DC
 

Seminar agenda

US Agenda

8:00-8:55 AM

Registration/Welcome Refreshments
Exhibit area is open

8:55-9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

9:00-10:15 AM

Session in detail

Independent Expert Session 1:
The Virtual System Storage Syndrome in 2013
Presented by Howard Marks

10:15-10:45 AM

Solution Presentations

10:45-11:30 AM

Peer Networking and Refreshment Break
Exhibit area is open

11:30-12:45 PM

Session in detail

Independent Expert Session 2:
Choosing and Tuning Storage for Virtual Systems
Presented by Howard Marks

12:45-1:00 PM

Q&A with Howard Marks, Raffle, and Seminar Adjourns

UK Agenda

8:30-9:25

Registration/Welcome Refreshments
Exhibit area is open

9:25-9:30

Opening Remarks

9:30-10:30

Session in detail

Independent Expert Session 1:
The Virtual System Storage Syndrome in 2013
Presented by Howard Marks

10:30-11:15

Solution Presentations

11:15 -12:00

Peer Networking and Refreshment Break
Exhibit area is open

12:00-13:00

Session in detail

Independent Expert Session 2:
Choosing and Tuning Storage for Virtual Systems
Presented by Howard Marks

13:00-13:15

Q&A with Howard Marks, Raffle, and Seminar Adjourns

Keynote speaker

Howard Marks

Bio

Howard Marks
Founder and Chief Scientist
DeepStorage.net



As Founder and Chief Scientist at DeepStorage, LLC Howard Marks provides the kind of practical, hands-on analysis that can only come from spending 30 years in the trenches. As a consultant, he helped organizations large and small including America Express, JP Morgan, Borden Foods, BBDO Worldwide and Foxwoods Resort Casino solve real world storage and network problems.

Now at DeepStorage, he runs an independent test lab evaluating the latest in storage products in beautiful Santa Fe MN and writing about them for multiple websites including NetworkComputing.com. An entertaining and energetic speaker, Howard speaks regularly at industry events including Storage Decisions, Interop, SNW and Microsoft’s TechEd. He has written three books and hundreds of articles on networking and storage technologies.

Howard Marks has been a member of the TechTarget Editorial Speaker Bureau since its formation in 2012 and has spoken at numerous TechTarget editorial events in previous years.

Resources from Howard Marks

Howard's expert advice into configuring storage for virtual servers & desktops

vSphere Storage I/O Control: What it is, how it works & how it can save you money

In this short Storage Decisions video, Howard Marks - discusses vSphere Storage I/O Control, the specifications and benefits of it, and how it can improve overall performance in your virtual environment. View Now

VMware shared storage: Better migration, HA, backup, server performance

In this short video, Howard Marks drills into the reasons why shared storage is so important to VMware-based servers. View Now

VMware thin provisioning: Weighing the pros vs. cons

A Storage Decisions video featuring Howard Marks discussing how VMware thin provisioning works and two key considerations. View Now

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Top 5 reasons to attend

  1. Sessions tailored to your level of expertise and targeted to meet the demands of today's storage-focused IT professional.
  2. Trusted information from independent experts who bring a vendor-neutral perspective and no hidden agendas to the information they present.
  3. Network with your peers and learn that you're not alone. Only qualified IT pros are granted access, so you're guaranteed to meet your true peers. Expand your professional network, sanity-check your projects, and share best practices in an atmosphere conducive to collaboration and idea-exchange.
  4. No pie in the sky theories or far-flung predictions. Our experts present only relevant information that you can put to use immediately.
  5. Ease the pain of buying storage. With the top vendors under one roof, attendees make the comparison themselves in minutes by talking to reps, learning everything they need to know from a qualified person.

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