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Storage Virtualization I - What, Why, When, Where, How?
Rob Peglar

Rob Peglar is Vice President, Technology for Xiotech Corporation.  A 32-year industry veteran and published author, he leads the shaping of strategic vision, emerging technologies, defining future offering portfolios including business and technology requirements, product planning and industry/customer liaison. He is the Treasurer of the SNIA, serves as Chair of the SNIA Tutorials, as a Board member of the Green Storage Initiative and the Solid State Storage Initiative, and as Secretary/Treasurer of the Blade Systems Alliance.  He has extensive experience in storage virtualization, the architecture of large heterogeneous SANs, replication and archiving strategy, disaster avoidance and compliance, information risk management, distributed cluster storage architectures and is a sought-after speaker and panelist at leading storage and networking-related seminars and conferences worldwide.  He was one of 30 senior executives worldwide selected for the Network Products 2008 MVP Award.    Prior to joining Xiotech in August 2000, Mr. Peglar held key technology specialist and engineering management positions over a ten-year period at StorageTek and at their networking subsidiary, Network Systems Corporation. Prior to StorageTek, he held engineering development and product management positions at Control Data Corporation and its supercomputer division, ETA Systems.     Mr. Peglar holds the B.S. degree in Computer Science from Washington University, St. Louis Missouri, and performed graduate work at Washington University’s Sever Institute of Engineering.  His research background includes I/O performance analysis, queuing theory, parallel systems architecture and OS design, storage networking protocols, clustering algorithms and virtual systems optimization.

Learning Objectives:

• Understand the definition of storage virtualization and its taxonomy
• Learn about the three categories/methods of storage virtualization and their architectures
• Understand which storage virtualization techniques apply to various new and existing infrastructures and potential benefits to storage management

Storage Virtualization II - Implementing and Managing Storage Virtualization
Rob Peglar

The second part of this tutorial builds on the first one, so the audience should have visited part I or already should have a basic understanding of this subject.    Storage Virtualization part II covers practical issues of block virtualization in order to make most effective use of it. Among other topics it describes the implementation step by step and aspects of availability, performance and capacity improvements. The material discusses the role of storage virtualization within policy-based management and describes its integration in the SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification(SMI-S).

Learning Objectives:

• Understand the role of virtualization in improving storage availibility, performance and capacity management
• Learn about potential policy-based management using virtual techniques
• Understand how storage virtualization fits into the SNIA SMI-S and Web Services (SOA) architectures

WAN Optimization and Thin Client: Complementary or Competitive Application Delivery Methods?
Josh Tseng

A common aim of WAN optimization and thin client technologies is to consolidate servers and storage into the data center.  But that is where their commonality ends.  Numerous prognosticators in the past—including Larry Ellison and Scott McNealy—have proclaimed the inevitable supremacy of thin client network computing approaches, and the eventual demise of client-server computing as we know it.  How do emerging WAN optimization solutions impact these grand visions?  What applications lend themselves well to thin client technology?  What applications work best with WAN optimization approaches?  Are there environments where these two very different approaches are complementary?

Learning Objectives:

• Understand the advantages and challenges behind traditional client-server computing approaches that are augmented through WAN optimization, and the alternative thin client application delivery method.
• Discover how WAN optimization can benefit thin client network traffic in specific environments.
• Determine how each application delivery method can benefit your enterprise infrastructure.

Cloud Storage Standards Overview
Mark Carlson

The SNIA Cloud Storage TWG was formed this year to advance standards and common models/terminology in this space. This talk will overview the recent work of the TWG and give insight into future work and standards.

Learning Objectives:

• Learn some of the use cases and offerings in the Cloud Storage market
• Learn about a common model for Cloud Storage
• Learn about needed APIs for Cloud Storage

Data Center Transformation
Russ Fellows

The data center of the future is possible today for IT environments that are willing to create an architecture that leverages technology where appropriate.  This session is designed for storage administrators and storage architects.  We will explore how to use existing infrastructure with new technologies to transform your data center.    Virtualization, Data de-duplication, Network Consolidation, Green Data-centers and Cloud Storage are all components of future data centers.  The most successful organizations will use these technologies and concepts synergistically to lower costs, while meeting service and availability needs.    All too often, new technologies are sold as solutions.  We will look beyond the vendor hype to help you choose the technologies and products best suited for your environment.  You will gain an understanding of what technologies you should investigate, and those to ignore.  This session will help you create an architecture that leverages technologies to transform your data-center, without risking your IT operations, your company or your job.

Learning Objectives:

• Understand how emerging technologies can help your data-center improve efficiency while lowering costs and risks
• Gain an understanding of which technologies and products may, or may not be appropriate for your environment