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Virtualization I - Who, What, Why, When?
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

Virtualization II - Effective Use of 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 

Three Virtualization Management Myths Busted
Rich Corley

Virtualization promises significant dollar savings. Since reducing cost is perhaps the biggest goal in today's corporate data centers, it's no wonder that virtualization efforts are accelerating. So far it's been easy to virtualize commodity servers that host less-critical utility applications. But after virtualizing all this "low-hanging fruit," IT now has to successfully virtualize higher-priority I/O intensive applications such as Exchange, SQL server, Oracle or SAP to improve its return on investment.  Performance is critical for these business applications, and ensuring production performance when they become virtualized is a difficult challenge. IT shops fooled by common virtualization management myths can't properly manage virtual enterprise infrastructure comprised of both clustered host servers and SAN-based storage. This presentation bust three common virtualization myths:

Learning Objectives

  • Virtualization Guarantees Performance
  •  Virtualized IT Silos Can Be Managed in Isolation an Virtualized IT Can Be Managed Separately from Physical Infrastructure

Understanding High Availability in the SAN
Mark Fleming

This session will appeal to those seeking a fundamental understanding of High Availability (HA) configurations in the SAN. Modern SANs have developed numerous methods using hardware and software 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; investigate HA and virtualization, converged networks and the cloud; and discuss some of the challenges and pitfalls faced in testing HA configurations. Real customer experiences will be shared to drive it all home!