Storage World Conference 2005

2005 Sessions

Connectivity – Inside and Outside the Data Center

Storage networking has pushed connectivity to strategic levels. As requirements for performance, reliability, distance, availability and security vary inside and outside the data center, the optimal connectivity strategy may involve integrating multiple protocols and different architectures. This session will address the principle issues regarding connectivity and will highlight what future connectivity enhancements lay ahead.


ILM and Compliance

Most storage vendors have strongly embraced the growing wave of interest in ILM and compliance. This session will discuss the impact of ILM on storage management, what steps must be taken to maintain compliance, and the pieces that are still missing in order to build a fully functional ILM model for IT.


Tape Versus Disk: New Game, New Rules

Disk and tape have been the mainstays of the storage industry since its inception. However the traditional backup/recovery role of tape storage is being challenged by a variety of new disk systems. Is this a sustainable trend or will tape continue to play a major role in backup/recovery as it has in the past? What does the future look like for both of these technologies?


SANs in the Future - Where are They Headed?
The popularity of SANs began to soar in the late 1990s, and they were hailed as the final answer for optimizing the storage infrastructure. Today, SANs face new challenges, including expensive implementations, increasing management complexity, connecting SAN islands, support for files, and increasing security challenges. Moving storage intelligence to the SAN has recently risen to the forefront of many development activities. This lively discussion will analyze the future for storage area networks as they evolve beyond the original vision to meet the needs of the future.


Storage Management Headaches – What Is The Cure?

Storage is growing faster than the deployment of its management capabilities, but laying the foundation for a long-term solution requires significant effort. With a continuing shortage of knowledgeable trained storage administrators, software and technology must ultimately combine for this gap to close. This session will reveal the latest developments underway to ultimately close this gap and enable storage management to get to the next level.    


Disk-based backup: What are the Options?
As data becomes increasingly more valuable each day, the ability to effectively protect data from device failures, as well as from the growing intrusion threat, ranks as the number one customer issue. The use of disk for backup has gained significant momentum in the past year, providing a new menu of options and each item has its own merit. This leading edge session will unravel the emerging role of disk and discuss the tradeoffs with tape for backup/recovery.


Serial ATA and its Future

Economy disks, led by the growing acceptance of SATA, have created many new uses for disk storage. This session will address how far the SATA movement can reach and what applications this class of storage will be able to address in the future.


How to use SRM to get a Grip on Storage Management
SRM tools provide valuable insight and have proven to be helpful in managing storage networks. However the requirement to move SRM tools from a re-active, monitoring role to a pro-active management role has never been greater. This session will discuss the best practices using current SRM tools and the anticipated benefits from the coming wave of pro-active, policy-based SRM tools.

Fabric Based Intelligence – Is This the Right Time?

The increasing complexities and the growing size of storage networks are pushing storage management, security and performance functions into advanced switches. Is a switch the best place to embed storage intelligence? Or is an appliance or the existing server a better solution? This session will unravel the critical issues with fabric-based intelligence.


Storage for SMBs --  Too many choices? 

The fast growing SMB Market challenges storage providers to clear the air and to clarify their many messages and strategies for replication, backup/recovery, compliance, security, archival, and what they can realistically do about ILM. This panel will unravel the confusion surrounding the plethora of solutions confronting the SMB storage market, and identify the optimal and most practical storage strategies.


Issues and Solutions Facing the Enterprise Market

The enterprise storage market represents about 10,000 firms worldwide, and many are now pushing storage requirements past the petabyte level. They generate more than $23B in annual storage revenues while growing IT expenditures at nearly 5%. The enterprise requires industrial strength products, five 9's availability, bullet-proof security, and must have in-depth storage expertise to insure complex storage architectures run at maximum efficiency. This panel will address the key issues needed to enable the enterprise of today to meet the challenges of tomorrow.


Data Protection Summit

The value of data is increasing every day regardless of global or economic events. As a result, no single storage topic has generated more attention in the past three years than data protection. Choosing between mirroring (synch or a-synch), point-in-time copy, journaling, snapshot copy, incremental or differential backup for a given application is complicated and time consuming, with each having notable tradeoffs. This discussion will sort it all out.


Can NAS get to the Next Level?  
NAS and its near plug and play attributes have seen increased popularity since the late 1990s. Still, issues remain: is NAS fast enough for many applications, NAS gateways, NAS clustering; does it have the ability to handle blocks, data base support, multi-host access; and the scalability of NAS compared to SANs are lodged in the critical path to the future for NAS. This discussion will outline what lies ahead for NAS and analyze its long-term prospects.


Storage Security Goes Mainstream

Today’s IT infrastructures are exposed to physical and digital vulnerabilities. The looming threat to delivering high data availability is now the “intrusion factor” and storage security has become the newest storage management discipline. In reality there is no silver bullet in place to implement a fool-proof and secure IT infrastructure; however, minimizing security risks has become the top priority for many IT organizations and accomplishing this task is possible, though costly. This session will discuss the state-of-the-art of storage security.