Next month, I will be heading to Chicago for TechTarget's Storage Decisions conference. This show does a good job on the editorial side, suggesting timely topics and bringing in independent voices like Howard Marks. I will have three presentations to give: Sessions on data reduction and storage virtualization in the main conference track, as well as a dinner discussion focusing … [Read more...] about Storage Decisions Chicago: All About Capacity Optimization
Lots of my IT infrastructure management clients are talking about how the advent of Ethernet/IP and virtualization is changing the roles of storage, server, and network administrators. The evolution of the storage role in particular in enterprise IT organizations has been a topic of particular interest to me for a while: I definitely remember thinking about this as iSCSI and … [Read more...] about Changes in Technology Drive Changes in IT Organizations and Roles
A few months ago, DCIG released their Virtual Server Backup Software Buyer's Guide. Although some were critical of the process and results of this guide, I appreciate the effort involved in pulling together the data. Personally, I would rather have a single source for data, even if I didn't agree with the recommendations! Now I have been asked to write an article for … [Read more...] about How To Select a Virtual Server Backup Product?
Concluding my series on vendor blogs, I'd like to share my own experiences. This will be much more personal than the other three articles, but will hopefully still be helpful. We're All Selling Something I've always been a vendor blogger, and so have you. It took me a long time to come to terms with this, but nearly everybody is a vendor of one sort or another: Regardless … [Read more...] about What I’ve Learned From Vendor Blogging
Next week I will be returning to Storage Decisions after missing the last few in 2009. Although I've presented at dozens of TechTarget's storage shows, this will be the first time I will be representing a vendor (Nirvanix) with a show floor booth. Although my dislike for certain aspects of trade shows (especially booth babes and chotchkies) are well documented, I'll be … [Read more...] about What’s All This About Cloud Storage? Ask Me At Storage Decisions