Consolidation, Virtualization Spurs Talk at Storage World

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-09-19 Print this article Print

Reporter's Notebook: Everybody's talking about consolidation, virtualization, intelligent management, compliance—and a burgeoning data storage market—at the Boston seaport conference.

BOSTON—Its easier than one might think to identify when a particular technology or methodology is hot—just Google around for all the conferences springing up around it. Data storage, it all its forms, is precisely that hot IT subject right now. With the proliferation of data in dozens of formats, the increased demands placed on its handling and security by government and court jurisdictions, and the new industries sprouting around all this activity, there are a lot more people talking about it. And they are selling plenty of tickets to people who want to hear.
Storage World, 6 years old and based in Los Angeles but venturing to the East Coast for the first time in 2006 here at the World Trade Center, opened Sept. 19 and will continue through Sept. 21.
Storage Plus took place in the Bay Area on Sept. 12 and 13. Storage Decisions opens in New York from Sept. 25-29, and Storage Networking World is set for October in Orlando. About 550 registered participants and about 20 storage companies are in attendance here Sept. 19-21, which is a pretty fair turnout for a first-time, niched conference like this. And what are they all talking about? Pain points, such as dealing with remote offices, security and authentication, federal auditing regulations, continuous data protection, and a long list of other topics are the subjects of full seminars and panel discussions. Topics like fabric-based intelligence, virtualization, Fibre Channel versus iSCSI, tape versus spinning disk storage, how to do ILM (information lifecycle management) correctly, and others are also on everybodys agenda. Next Page: Day One highlights.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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