Very few storage managers have carte blanche when it comes to storage spending. Because of this and the harsh demands of data growth rates, managers need to spend budget wisely. Sessions in our "Smart Shopper track" help managers get the most bang for their storage buck. Talks on negotiating with vendors, looking at different product sets and emerging technologies fall in this realm.
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Understanding New NAS Architectures
Speaker: Jerome M. Wendt, The Datacenter Infrastructure Group
Description: This session with storage analyst Jerome M. Wendt introduces you to new NAS architectures designed to deal with the growing amounts of online data, dropping storage costs and increased reporting requirements that administrators need.
For more information: Selecting a NAS system
Why the Safe Storage Buy Isn't Always the Best Storage Buy
Speakers: Marc Staimer, Dragon Slayer Consulting
Description: In this session, Marc Staimer argues that there are serious flaws with both the premises and the rationales that can lead some IT organizations into dead ends, inflexible storage architectures and bottomless money pits.
For more information: Build a winning storage budget
What Storage Managers Are Buying
Speaker: Rich Castagna, Storage Magazine
Description: Storage magazine's semi-annual survey details the spending plans of 500 corporate storage managers. Rich Castagna, Editor-in-Chief of Storage Media Group at TechTarget, tells you how much storage managers are spending, how they're spending it and why.
For more information: Cheap storage tactics
Statistics Canada Tallies Impressive ROI Numbers
Speaker: Guy Charron, Statistics Canada
Description: This session with Guy Charron will cover how the agency made its storage services available without having to break the bank. With an annual storage growth rate of 50% forecasted out to year 2010, Statistics Canada faced the challenge of reducing its IT service costs while utilizing new technologies to improve the quality and service of statistical surveys.
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Rating the Array Vendors
Speaker: Rich Castagna, Storage Magazine and Phil Goodwin, Diogenes Analytical Labs
Description: Who is the king of the hill when it comes to arrays? The top arrays -- according to a jury of your user peers -- will be announced, along with an analysis of the findings. The survey-based evaluation for array products is the fifth in the Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Award series.
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