Storage Networking World is a fixture in the enterprise storage industry. It’s like it’s always been there, and I’ll be there once again for SNW Fall on October 10-12. I look forward to a hectic few days of briefings and conversations with companies new and old as well as a blurry few nights reconnecting with old friends. Drop me a line if you’d like to meet up!
Storage Networking World (SNW) is something of an insider show, but it still attracts a reasonably solid audience of end-users, analysts and press, and companies. My experience is certainly different from most others, since I spend much of my time in one-on-one conversations with enterprise storage companies and rarely attend the presentations, keynotes, or industry plug fests that inevitably occur. And it’s really too bad that I don’t have time for the awesome on-site training and certification that always has been a part of SNW.
Instead, I’ll be back to back with briefings and conversations with various companies. As always, I will publicly disclose who I’m talking to and invite your feedback and questions during my conversations. I will be on site from Monday afternoon through lunchtime Wednesday, and expect my calendar to fill up quickly. If you are a PR professional or corporate representative, now is the time to e-mail me!
Once again, my presentation on Fibre Channel over Token Ring (FCoTR) was rejected by the shortsighted and humorless conference organizers. How can they deny the awesomeness that is FCoTR twice in one year? I’m thinking I should hold a counter event in protest, handing out “tokens” at the door! Instead, find me on the show floor and I will be happy to give you a pin to show your support of this exciting new technology!
Monday and Tuesday night will no doubt find me at the JW Marriott hotel bar. This is where some of the most informative (not to mention amusing) interactions at SNW always occur. Any end-users wearing FCoTR buttons can have a drink on me, and any vendors similarly adorned have my permission to buy me a beer! Come to think of it, I’d be happy to take a beer from anyone at all!
This year, SNW returns to Orlando Florida, though not to the beautiful Rosen Shingle Creek hotel. Instead, we will be at the equally grand JW Marriott Grande Lakes, just down the street. As always, I’ll be staying elsewhere to avoid the “conference tax” levied by these giant hotels! Without a corporate expense account, I just can’t justify spending twice as much then a “just fine” hotel right down the road.
It’s always fun to attend SNW, and I look forward to seeing new faces and old friends at the JW Marriott. Again, if you would like to arrange a briefing or conversation (or maybe lunch or dinner), now is a good time to drop me an e-mail!