To keep up with the demands of data and business requirements, managers need to engineer the most flexible and complete storage network. This track will look at SAN and NAS issues, distance demands, remote offices and how to build out systems.
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Advanced Storage School I
Speaker: Presented by Stephen Foskett, Director of Data Practice, Contoural .
Description: In this session, Stephen Foskett, Director of Data Practice for Contoural discusses the different types of storage arrays, switches, and software that make up a storage network. Stephen covers the basics in Fibre Channel, IP and NAS – to help any organization determine which interconnect and storage platform is the best fit.
For more information: Take a look at Advanced SAN School, the podcast series
Advanced Storage School II
Speakers: Stephen Foskett, Director of Data Practice, Contoural
Description: Stephen Foskett discusses the evolution of SANs from standalone entities, to islands and beyond. Using such techniques as dual connections or multipathing can make a substantial difference in the way data is moved and processed. These techniques can also make a big difference in your company's consolidation plans – which can save resources, time and money.
For more information: Learn all about SAN components in this webcast series
How-to: Making Virtualization Work
Speakers: Toby Ford, CTO, USi
Description: Learn how Toby Ford, CTO at USi, an AT&T Company, has made this happen by developing a utility computing architecture based on a highly virtualized server and storage implementation for mission-critical database, messaging, and ERP applications.
For more information: Storage virtualization: Where and how
Clustering for Performance
Speaker: Greg Schulz, Founder, Storage IO
Description: This session looks at clustered storage as a technique to scale both I/Os to meet transaction processing and bandwidth for video and content rich media applications along with other cluster storage scaling benefits for both SAN (Fibre Channel, iSCSI) and NAS including InfiniBand environments.
For more information: Get fault resiliency with NAS clustering
Using Virtualization to Deliver Storage
Speaker: Presented by Mark Staimer, President, DragonSlayer Consulting
Description: This session will prepare you for designing, developing and deploying a plan that specifically addresses the unique issues surrounding a successful implementation of virtualization delivered storage and will allow storage to move from a cost to profit center.
For more information: Storage virtualization no silver bullet, users say
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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.
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.
Call it regulatory compliance, legal vigilance, good disk management or just plain common sense -- regardless of your company's motivation, a sound system for retaining and disposing of data is one of the modern requirements of storage management.
Developing a consistent, repeatable and practical set of data retention policies is the first step in the process. Tools such as data classification applications can help automate the process of sorting through the reams of structured and unstructured data to determine its appropriate disposition. While storage managers may consider this a business unit function, as keepers of company's data they are very much in the mix. And, as such, they need to know about the legal implications, the types of systems best suited for retained data and how encryption can help ensure that data is kept intact in its original form.