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Executive Overview and Current Topics on Solid State Storage
Rob Peglar

This tutorial provides introductory material and discussion of solid state storage. A comprehensive overview of the technology, from components to devices to systems, is provided along with an overview of several current topics surrounding the integration, deployment, use and application of solid state storage. The material is intended for those who are not familiar with solid state storage in the enterprise and wish to develop a working understanding of the technology and its usage.

Learning Objectives

• Understand solid state storage technology in its various forms
• Understand common characteristics and behaviors of solid state storage
• Understand the benefits of using solid state storage in enterprise applications

File Systems:  What They Are and Why You Care
Paul Massiglia, SW Worth

File systems—the software that transforms bits stored on disks into business objects—are so much a part of the IT landscape that we hardly even notice them. We fire up the computer, and immediately start working with “folders” and “files,” without ever reflecting on the complex software that makes it so easy and natural to store and process data electronically. But new requirements and new file system capabilities are making it necessary for decision makers to understand the “gets” and “don’t gets” of different types of file systems. This tutorial looks inside the file system to describe how it does its magic, explores new and emerging file system capabilities, and addresses the question, “As an IT decision maker, why do I care what kind of file systems my department is using."

Learning Objectives

• Understand at an overview level the role file systems play in information technology.
• Appreciate the applications for advanced and emerging features offered by some file systems.
• Become equipped to make decisions about file system technology and usage in the IT environment.

Green Storage - The Big Picture
SW Worth

A“Green” Storage is about more than just reducing operational expenses (OpEx) for energy and cooling.  If your data center were somehow able to shut down all of its Storage devices when they are not being used, you could certainly save a lot on your energy bills.  However, your organization would still have to bear the capital expenses (CapEx) not only for the Storage equipment, but also for the power-hungry equipment needed to support the IT gear in your data center, including those mysterious boxes with strange names (UPS, PDU, CRAC, CFD, and more).  This stuff really matters – if you don’t pay attention, those pesky server-geeks will end up running the data center, hogging all the credit for virtualizing and consolidating their servers, and blaming your Storage gear for ruining the planet, or at least breaking the IT budget.    This SNIA Tutorial helps you understand the “Big Picture” affecting your IT CapEx, OpEx, and engineering decisions to minimize your TCO and environmental impacts.  Get a quick primer on the key differences between “power” and “energy”, the economics of energy supply, including carbon taxes and how “cap-and-trade” will affect your IT planning.  Understand why environmental regulations in Europe and Asia directly affect the IT equipment you buy, and even how you can dispose of your worn-out gear.  Even if you successfully avoided topics such as environmental chemistry, thermodynamics, and heat transfer in school, you’ll get a quick and relatively painless refresher on why these issues matter to your IT decisions.      We’ll leverage your knowledge to drill into best practices for data centers, with practical advice for lowering your energy overhead to less than 25% of your IT energy usage.  (It’s probably close to 100% overhead right now!)  Examples include conversion losses, AC and DC power choices, and power supply and fan efficiency improvements.  By the end of this session you’ll know why it’s a really good idea to make friends with your facilities manager.  You’ll even get some great suggestions for negotiating reductions of your energy bills from your friendly local utility.    All of this doesn’t mean that we won’t have time to introduce Storage-specific “green” topics, including proper use of various RAID levels, data reduction (snapshots, compression, and de-duplication), thin provisioning, and other useful techniques.  However, later “Green Storage” Tutorials will offer more detailed drill-downs on these topics.

Learning Objectives

• Get a "Big Picture" overview of what "Green" means to IT, and specifically for Storage.
• Gain a good understanding of how the power and cooling issues in your datacenter will affect your IT decisions.
• Understand why 'OpEx' (Operating expenses) can outweigh 'CapEx' (Capital expense) in TCO models, and how 'Green' factors increasingly influence OpEx.

An Introduction to Storage Management
Raymond Clarke

The nature of storage and management is changing.  The new decade will bring technology advances and corresponding changes in the ways to manage the storage infrastructure. This session  will describe the basics of storage management, how standards can help with managing diverse storage networks, and provides approaches that can be undertaken to solve many storage challenges.