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

Storage Virtualization is one of the buzzwords in the industry, especially with the near-ubiquitous deployment of Storage Networks.  But besides all hype, there is a lot of confusion, too. Companies are using the term virtualization and its characteristics in various and different forms. This tutorial describes the reasons and benefits of virtualization in a technical and neutral way. The audience will understand the various terms and will receive a clear picture of the different virtualization approaches. Links to the SNIA Shared Storage Model and the usage of the new SNIA Storage Virtualization Taxonomy will help to achieve this goal.      This tutorial is intended for IT Directors, Managers, Storage and System Administrators who have responsibilities for IT infrastructures and storage management tasks.

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) and the SNIA Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI).

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 RESTful Web Services (CDMI) architectures

Trends in Application Recovery
Andreas Schwegmann

You will get an introduction into the challenges and trends in application backup and recovery. You will be guided through all layers from the service down to the physical hardware. You will learn how to recover individual lost pieces of information up to the recovery of the entire application distributed across complex and virtualized environments. You will get some ideas how to deal with the human factor in IT environments with distributed responsibilities. Finally the session discusses how to balance service level against cost.