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Storage Consolidation with IP Storage
David Dale

This presentation, a new update to a popular SNIA Tutorial, outlines the benefits of networked storage, contrasting the different options.  It then goes into detail on iSCSI-based SAN configurations, capabilities, options and best practices, including a focus on consolidated storage for virtual server environments. It then explains via customer case studies how these capabilities deliver benefits to IT organizations today. Finally, emerging and future technologies and capabilities are considered, including 10GbE and the impact of FCoE.

Learning Objectives

  • Up-to-date description of IP Storage benefits and best practices
  • Examples of typical customer deployments today
  • Review of how IP Storage compares/fits with other storage choices (including NAS, Fibre Channel and FCoE) today and in the future

Enterprise Class Mass Storage:  Innovative Approaches to Disk-based Active Archive
Bill Mottram

This session will appeal to Data Center Managers and those that are interested in how high capacity storage technologies are evolving. The presentation builds from a discussion of the problems created by massive data growth and the argument  that traditional approaches to data storage will not meet the demands of large enterprise datastores. Demands such long term data storage but with near instant access times (sec), “findability,” robust data and device integrity, scalability and with the flexibility to able transparent service of unpredictable activity patterns.

The presentation will focus on the innovative technologies that are enabling these next generation solutions that are increasingly becoming identified as a separate class of storage.

The presentation will conclude with a look to the future with a brief discussion on holographic storage and some interesting projects that are still in the academic domain.
Learning Objectives

  • Understand the challenges presented by massive datastores and how these challenges influence storage strategies and purchase decisions.
  • Understand how next generation storage architectures are designed to meet the challenges of today’s active archive applications such as delivering acceptable QoS, i.e. access times, latency, bandwidth, scalability and solution longevity.
  • Know what questions to ask when considering the purchase of these massively dense solutions.