Storage and Storage Management

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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!

Storage Performance Management
Brett Allison

This session will appeal to Storage Managers, Performance and Capacity Managers, and those that are seeking a fundamental understanding of storage performance management.  This session includes an overview of the processes, technology and skills required to implement SPM, as well as an overview of disk storage system architecture, and the SMI-S specification as it relates to block level performance.  The focus is on block level storage systems.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand rationale for storage performance management. 
  • Understand basic storage system architectures. 
  • Understand standards based measurement facilities and metrics. 

What's Old is New Again - Storage Tiering
Larry Freeman

The SNIA defines tiered storage as “storage that is physically partitioned into multiple distinct classes based on price, performance or other attributes.”  Although physical tiering of storage has been a common practice for decades, new interest in automated tiering has arisen due to increased availability of techniques that automatically promote “hot” data to high performance storage tiers – and demote “stale” data to low-cost tiers.

Learning Objectives

  • Fundamentals of Storage Tiering 
  • Recent innovations in logical and virtual tiering techniques 
  • Tiering best practices 

NextGen Infrastructure for Big Data
Anil Vasudeva

The internet has spawned an explosion in data growth in the form of data sets, called Big Data, that are so large they are difficult to store, manage and analyze using traditional RDBMS which are tuned for Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) only. Not only is this new data heavily unstructured, voluminous and streams rapidly and difficult to harness but even more importantly, the infrastructure cost of HW and SW required to crunch it using traditional RDBMS, to derive any analytics or business intelligence online (OLAP) from it, is prohibitive.     To capitalize on the Big Data trend, a new breed of Big Data technologies (such as Hadoop and others) many companies have emerged which are leveraging new parallelized processing, commodity hardware, open source software and tools to capture and analyze these new data sets and provide a price/performance that is 10 times better than existing Database/Data Warehousing/Business Intelligence Systems.

Learning Objectives

  • The presentation will illustrate the existing operational challenges businesses face today using RDBMS systems despite using fast access in-memory and solid state storage technologies.  It details how IT is harnessing the emergent Big Data to manage massive amounts of data and new techniques such as parallelization and virtualization to solve complex problems in order to empower businesses with knowledgeable decision-making. 
  • It lays out the rapidly evolving big data technology ecosystem - different big data technologies from Hadoop, Distributed File Systems, emerging NoSQL derivatives for implementation in private and hybrid cloud-based environments, Storage Infrastructure Requirements to Store, Access, Secure, Prepare for analytics and visualization of data while manipulating it rapidly to derive business intelligence online, to run businesses smartly.

Writing Storage RFPs in 2012
John Webster

The data storage industry has changed dramatically over the past few years.  The traditional Request for Proposal (RFP) does not address these changes or the challenges faced by IT organizations.  Therefore, a new way of defining storage requirements to leverage this evolving technology is needed. This tutorial defines the “must-have” criteria that should be included in any data storage RFP in the current era.  Performance, scalability, and resiliency are given; but new challenges will arise around server and desk top virtualization, power consumption, space requirements, and overall cost containment.  Accommodations for developing technologies must be designed into the RFP.  Attendees of this session will receive an RFP template designed specifically to take advantage of current storage and IT technologies.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand which new technological features being introduced by storage vendors are important to have. 
  • While most RFPs concentrate on technology, it is important to elicit responses that speak to other aspects of dealing with a vendor such as support, education, roadmap, partnerships, etc. 
  • Understand how to write an RFP that generates differentiated responses and yields a clear picture of the vendor and vendors product.

SAS: The Emerging Storage Fabric
Harry Mason, Marty Czekalski

For building and maintaining enterprise storage, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) has long served as the foundation by providing a serviceable slot architecture which contributes to high availability, high reliability and a high degree of serviceability and usability. Due to the forward and backward compatible nature of the technology, SAS preserves the logical SCSI command set which most enterprise middleware is derived from. That’s particularly significant for CIOs and IT managers in terms of investment protection. It also helps to sustain a rich legacy of device types and data formats by providing an important element of continuity within the enterprise. It becomes especially important when realigning an information technology center to adapt to the dynamic needs of today’s emerging storage needs. Despite the changing requirements of new platforms, SAS maintains a flexible architecture that can expand and grow over time while continuing to protect the industry’s legacy storage investments.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the basic capabilities of SAS, including is compatibility with SATA, that makes SAS the best device level interface for Enterprise class storage devices.
  • Gain insight on how SAS continues to be the primary building block for advanced storage solutions based in large part due to it’s architectural flexibility which provides for continuous technological advancements and further storage innovations.They will also learn about the market adoption timelines and scenarios for 12Gb/s SAS and why it’s significance to the “Emerging Storage Fabric” story.
  • See examples of how SAS is a potent connectivity solution especially when coupled with a SAS switching solutions. These innovative SAS configurations become a vehicle for low cost storage expansion, providing a central point for storage management and serviceability while supporting legacy enterprise investments.

Operating System Storage Performance Analysis
Robert Smith

A discussion on factors that affect operating system (OS) performance, as it relates to storage.  Included will be some basics on storage technologies, and recommendations to help troubleshoot and improve OS performance.

Learning Objectives

  • The participant will learn about storage technology factors that can affect operating system (OS) performance. 
    Tools and methods to collect information to assist operating system will be covered. 
  • And recommendations to optimize and improve OS storage performance will be covered.