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Introduction to Storage Management
Russell Warren
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This session will discuss managing the storage infrastructure. It will describe the basic of storage management, describe how SMI-S helps with managing diverse storage networks, and provides approaches that can be undertaken to get answers to many storage questions.   This presentation will explain ways to get started, where you can get some help, and outlines goals and objectives that can assist you in obtaining sponsorship from your storage management project.

  • Learning Objectives
  • Review basics of managing a storage environment and how SMI-S fits with providing better management.
  • Describe approaches that can be taken and define the goals and objectives that will help you achieve improved management of your storage infrastructure.
  • Tie storage management to enterprise management, including automation, service management and links to your enterprise management solution

A Promise Kept:  Understanding the Monetary and Technical Benefits of STaas Implementation
Mark Kaufman
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In today's world it's necessary for organizations to efficiently utilize resources and expertise to ensure secure, efficient storage and protection of data, as well as make that data actionable. Freeing IT staff from these complicated tasks allows them to focus on core competencies that drive their business forward, enable innovation, create competitive advantage and grow existing revenue streams. This interactive tutorial examines several drivers behind the growth of storage-as-a-service and the wealth of benefits it promises to businesses: the need of medium to large enterprises for remote storage as part of a disaster recovery plan; pressures regarding regulatory compliance and litigation risk as businesses view an online service as a faster way to meet requirements; and greater acceptance of software-as-a-service, with storage as a corollary service.

Learning Objective

  • Strategies that look forward and help small and medium businesses determine their needs for future access to their data.
  • Understanding that providing long term on-site data retention with reliable access to all data at any time is complicated and expensive to implement compared to the promise that comes with implementing a professionally managed SaaS model.
  • Analyzing how SaaS provides efficiencies of scale and coordinated management.

High Availability Fault Tolerance in the SAN
Wendy Betts
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This session will appeal to those seeking a fundamental understanding of the role fault tolerance plays in High Availability (HA) configurations. Modern SANs have developed numerous methods using hardware and software fault tolerance to assure high availability of storage to customers. The session will explore basic concepts of HA, move through a sample configuration from end-to-end, and discuss some of the challenges faced in testing HA configurations.

Help!  My User Base Eats Storage for Lunch!  How Does a Storage Manager Show Cost Transparency?
Wendy Betts
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In today’s data center storage is the fastest growing component, this as storage managers are faced with the daunting task of reducing cost while keeping up with service levels.  The DBAs insist their applications need to have the high end storage devices because their application is the most important to the success of the business.  While the accountant down the hall has saved no less than 10 copies of last month’s ledgers because he/she wants to make sure they don’t lose it.   How does a storage manager manage its user base?  By making the financial costs of storage transparent to the user population.  This presentation is designed to help you get started on creating TCO for your storage systems as well as tips on how to communicate the storage costs to your user base.

  • Learning Objectives
  • Show how end users can create a TCO service catalog for storage.
  • Tips on how to share these catalogs and costs with its user base.

SRM:  Can You Get What You Want?
John Webster
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Storage resource management tools are now maturing and becoming more of a “must have” capability. However, a broad range of products, each with many different options now confront the potential buyer. Therefore, using the Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Proposal (RFP) processes to differentiate the vendors and their offerings is highly recommended. This tutorial starts with some RFP basics, then moves to a discussion of the important things to look for in storage management applications. It will also include an elucidation of the various standards at play including SMI-S.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how to structure an RFP for SRM products that draws differentiated responses.
  • Gain a better understanding of where SRM vendors are going with their products and product capabilities.
  • Gain more insight into the standards at play in SRM and how to include them in an RFP