Data Storage Day

Sponsored by Cambridge Computer

Join us on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington D.C. for LISA Data Storage Day.  The one-day event is 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!


Registration for Data Storage Day is FREE and includes admission to the LISA '13 Vendor Exhibition, Exhibit Hall Happy Hour, and Wednesday BoFs. You can register online for Data Storage Day now as part of a LISA '13 technical sessions or training registration package. If you plan to attend only Data Storage Day and the Vendor Exhibition, please use this separate registration form.

Discounted Registration for LISA '13

LISA registration is not required to attend Data Storage Day, however All Data Storage Day attendees receive a $75 discount on the 3-day technical session registration. Please use the discount code: LISA13DATA

Check out the list of LISA Data Storage Day Sponsors and Exhibitors


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

All sessions will be held in the Lincoln 3 Room unless otherwise noted.
9:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks

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.

Topics include:

  • The storage I/O path
  • Storage virtualization
  • The evolution of SAN and NAS solutions
  • Virtual I/O
  • LAN-based storage virtualization and virtual file systems
  • Logical volume management
  • Principles of object-based storage
10:45 a.m.–Noon

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).

Topics include:

  • Types of flash media: SLC, MCL, eMLC, DRAM
  • Packaging options for solid state storage
  • Differentiating random from sequential disk I/O patterns
  • SQL database acceleration
  • MS Exchange acceleration
  • File system tiering and acceleration
  • Dynamic tiered storage in SAN arrays
  • 3rd-party caching appliances
  • Pairing solid state storage with deduplication
Noon–1:45 p.m.

Lunch Break

Visit the Vendor Exhibition! Find out more about the exhibition here.

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.

Topics include:

  • The limitations of RAID and conventional file systems
  • Object addressing versus file and block addressing
  • Content-based addressing
  • Hashing and hash collisions
  • Fundamentals of deduplication: hashing, chunking, indexing
  • New implementations of dedupe: primary storage, virtual desktops, rich media
  • Tape-enabled file systems and "active archiving"
  • Object-level data redundancy
  • Erasure-coded data protection