Consolidation, Virtualization Spurs Talk at Storage World

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

Chris Preimesberger is Editor of Features & Analysis at eWEEK, responsible in part for the publication's coverage areas. In his 10 years and more than 3,500 stories at eWEEK, he has distinguished...