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Data Storage Day
Taking place Wednesday, December 12, Data Storage Day is a one-day event focused on the current trends in the storage industry. Registration is free as a way of introducing newcomers to the LISA conference. The goal of Data Storage Day is to explain the trends and developments in the storage industry in the language spoken by hands-on IT professionals. Other events tend to glaze over how and why specific products or technologies work, focusing instead on the business value. However, at Data Storage Day, we'll provide a peek under the proverbial hood, making it easier to match technology to business value—thus creating a unique event that's well worth a day out of the office!
Registering for Data Storage Day at LISA '12
Registration for the Data Storage Day is FREE and includes lunch and admission to the LISA '12 Vendor Exhibition and Exhibit Hall Happy Hour, and Wednesday BoFs. You can register online via Eventbrite.
If you're attending Data Storage Day only, please select the FREE Data Storage Day Plus Vendor Exhibition Only Pass. If you're adding Data Storage Day to your LISA '12 registration, select the Data Storage Day Add-on, and register via the pop up link.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
|9:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m.|
|9:15 a.m.–10:45 a.m.|
Storage Virtualization and the Evolution of Storage Networking
This session looks at the evolution of storage networking from its origins in primitive disk drives and file servers up through elaborate virtualized storage solutions. We explore how new storage functionality comes to market by inserting itself into the appropriate layers in a stack-like architecture called the Storage I/O Path, which originates with an application and ends on a piece of storage media.
The storage I/O path has been evolving quite rapidly in the last few years. New layers are appearing in the form of inline network devices, hypervisors, and object-based storage models. Meanwhile, traditional layers like logical volume managers and RAID arrays are being collapsed into all-in-one file systems. This lecture sets the stage for the remaining 3 talks at LISA Data Storage Day. It provides the foundation for understanding the various ways to integrate solid state storage, data tiering and life-cycle management, and data protection into existing storage environments.
Application and File System Acceleration with Solid State Storage
The data storage industry is experiencing a mini renaissance as a flurry of new solid state storage devices come to market. SSDs are now available in a broad spectrum of price, form factor, and performance. It is hard enough for a storage architect to sort out the myriad of choices, but that is nothing compared to the challenge of figuring out how to deploy SSD technology in an affordable and effective way.
This lecture focuses on practical approaches for integrating SSD technology into your existing storage infrastructure. We explore different insertion points in the storage I/O path, and reveal a variety of methods for accelerating databases, email systems, virtualization platforms, content repositories, local file systems and network file systems (NAS).
Lunch Break in the Exhibit Hall
Visit the Vendor Exhibition
|1:45 p.m.–3:15 p.m.|
A Crash Course on Object-based Storage: Massive Scalability, Cloud Stores, Deduplication, and Even Tape
The hype surrounding cloud computing has spilled over into the storage industry, inspiring tremendous innovation in the fields of object storage and large scale file management. Conventional storage technologies (enterprise SAN and NAS systems) cannot scale limitlessly, not to mention that they are too rigid to expand and contract with the ebb and flow of the cloud. The cloud demands a whole new class of file systems and storage management approaches. As luck would have it, the problems being tackled in the name of cloud storage are applicable to large scale storage management in private facilities. In other words, so-called "cloud technologies" are relevant regardless of whether one ever plans to store data in a third party cloud.
Object-based storage does not describe any one technology or type of solution. Rather, is a generic term that describes an approach to addressing and manipulating discrete units of storage. Object-based storage is essential for deduplication, self-healing, massive scalability, geographic distribution, caching, tiering, etc. This session explains the key principles of object-based storage and provides examples and technologies based on those principles.
|3:15 p.m.–3:30 p.m.|
|3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.||Wednesday|
Designing and Optimizing Enterprise Backup Systems
Backup and restore continue to be one of the greatest pain points in the data center, and to add insult to injury most IT organizations now report that they are paying more per terabyte for data protection than they are for primary storage. Before one can define the solution, one needs to get a handle on the problem, so this seminar begins by identifying the technology snags and hidden costs of enterprise data protection.
Even the best of the enterprise software vendors are not able to deliver comprehensive data protection under a single pain of glass. For most organizations, the winning data protection strategy is likely to involve different product types, often from different vendors. The toolbox includes products such as: enterprise backup software, disk backup appliances, deduplication hardware and software, tape systems, archive managers, hypervisor backup software, cloud solutions, application-specific backup software, snapshots inside the storage devices, etc. This seminar reveals ways of identifying the right tool for the job and devising a sustainable and scalable backup strategy.
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