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    Storage Decisions ConferenceSeptember 16 - 17 2013
    Brooklyn, New York

    Get all the storage technical advice, peer networking and product information you’d ever need for free – in 2 days this September.

September 16 - 17 2013 / New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

About Storage Decisions...

Since 2001, IT professionals have depended on Storage Decisions to gather the information needed to build, buy, plan, deploy and manage storage and backup infrastructures. Why does it work? Every attendee is an IT pro, every conference speaker is an independent expert, and every relevant storage vendor is an exhibiting sponsor. So you sit with true peers, get objective technical advice and meet the marketplace on your terms.

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What you get if you apply this week

Ask the experts

Access to register for 'Ask the Experts' - one-on-one consulting with our independent expert speakers

Qualify for a Game Show

The opportunity to qualify for our 'Geek Out' game show with VDI guru/host Brian Madden

Cocktail reception

Access to our cocktail and appetizer reception on Monday evening

Storage Magazine - Special Editions

Receive special editions of Storage magazine featuring Jon Toigo's popular 'Storage Revolution' column - and the best of our monthly 'Trends' feature sharing your peers' opinions on some of today's cutting edge techs and challenges

Immediate review

Immediate review of your application and speedy confirmation of all approved applications

VIP check-in

VIP check-in during rush times at registration

T-shirt

Special 'Try that without smart storage!' t-shirt

First dibs on seats

First dibs on seats at special dinner, lunch and breakfast events being hosted by sponsors like CDW, Compellent, Red Hat, Cleversafe and more

The best thing about Storage Decisions is the vendor neutral sessions - it's very valuable to separate the vendor hype from facts."Brian LaGoe
Systems Administrator, Eastern Michigan University
(at Storage Decisions Chicago in June)

Who’s already committed to attend Storage Decisions New York this year:

Featured Speakers who will share their wisdom

Jon Toigo

CEO and Managing Principal, Toigo Partners International

Jon Toigo is a 37-year veteran of IT and has developed business continuity plans for more than 100 companies.

He has written 17 books, including four on disaster recovery planning, with the fourth edition of his Disaster Recovery Planning: Getting to Business-Savvy Business Continuity coming to bookstores in 2013.

Toigo is Managing Principal Partner for Toigo Partners International, a consultancy specializing in IT consumer advocacy, data management and storage technology, and he is chairman and co-founder of the Data Management Institute, a professional organization for those who create, store, manage and administer data and storage assets. DMI is now in its 20th year and has trained and certified nearly 100,000 data management professionals worldwide.

Jon Toigo is proud to be part of the TechTarget Editorial Speaker Bureau since its formation in 2012, and has spoken at numerous TechTarget editorial events in previous years. Jon also writes a column for Storage Magazine every month.

Randy Kerns

Senior Strategist, Evaluator Group

In his role as Senior Strategist at Evaluator Group, Randy Kerns brings expertise to help end users and vendors develop strategic plans, product roadmaps and evaluate options.

Randy Kerns brings over 35 years of experience to help end users and vendors design and develop strategic plans and product roadmaps.

W. Curtis Preston

Founder, Truth in IT, Inc & BackupCentral.com

W. Curtis Preston (aka Mr. Backup) is an expert in backup & recovery systems; a space he has been working in since 1993.

He has written three books on the subject, Backup & Recovery, Using SANs and NAS, and Unix Backup & Recovery. Curtis is the founder of Truth in IT, Inc. and BackupCentral.com and is also an independent consultant and writer. He is also a well sought after speaker and has spoken at over 300 seminars and conferences around the world. Whether it's through TruthinIT.com, BackupCentral.com, or Truth in IT Seminars, Curtis' mission remains the same: arming today's IT managers with truly unbiased information about today's storage industry and its products.

Marc Staimer

Founder and CDS, Dragon Slayer Consulting

Marc Staimer is the founder, senior analyst, and CDS of Dragon Slayer Consulting in Beaverton, OR.

With over 30 years of experience in infrastructure, storage, server, software, and virtualization, Marc Staimer is considered one of the industry's leading experts.

Howard Marks

Founder and Chief Scientist, DeepStorage.net

As Founder and Chief Scientist at DeepStorage.net, Howard Marks provides the kind of practical, hands-on analysis that can only come from spending 30 years in the trenches.

As Founder and Chief Scientist at DeepStorage.net, Howard Marks provides practical, hands-on analysis that based on spending 30 years in the trenches.

Dennis Martin

Founder and President, Demartek

Dennis Martin is the founder and President of Demartek, a computer industry analyst organization with its own on-site test lab.

Demartek focuses on lab validation testing and performance testing of storage and related hardware and software products. Dennis has been working in the information technology industry since 1980, primarily involved in software development and project management in mainframe, UNIX, and Windows environments. These include a variety of large and small end-user customers, and engineering and marketing positions for storage vendors such as StorageTek.

Brian Madden

Independent Analyst, Blogger & Author BrianMadden.com

Brian Madden is known throughout the world as a highly-opinionated, super technical, fiercely-independent desktop virtualization expert.

He's written and edited six books and over 2,000 articles about desktop virtualization. (Brian's most recent book, The New VDI Reality, was published in May 2013.) His blog (www.brianmadden.com) receives millions of visitors per year and is a leading source for conversation, debate, and discourse about the end user computing industry. Brian is also the creator of BriForum, an independent conference about desktop virtualization, the consumerization of IT, and enterprise mobility management. Having been ranked the #1 speaker at VMworld, Citrix Synergy, and past Storage Decisions conferences, Brian flies over 200,000 miles per year speaking and consulting for around the world. Brian hasbeen written about in Wired Magazine, heard on NPR, quoted in The Economist, and been a guest on dozens of different podcasts throughout the world.

George Crump

President and Founder, Storage Switzerland

George Crump is President and Founder of Storage Switzerland. An IT analyst firm focused on the storage and virtualization segments.

With 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one the nation’s largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

George also contributes to publications such as Storage Magazine, SearchStorage, SearchServerVirtualizaiton and SearchDataBackup

Joseph Marion

Principal, Healthcare Integration Services LLC

Joseph Marion is Principal of Healthcare Integration Strategies LLC, with expertise in speech recognition, PACS, and enterprise imaging.

He founded Healthcare Integration Strategies in 1993, consulting on PACS, speech recognition implementation, and the integration of imaging technologies. He joined Superior Consultant Company in 2000, leading over 70 PACS engagements. In 2008, Joseph returned to private practice—where he has been an active promoter and consultant on enterprise image management and accessibility, assisting a number of facilities with strategy and implementation services. Prior to the above, he spent 23 years with GE and was a guiding force behind GE’s early PACS initiatives, including a JV with IBM. Joseph has chaired PACS industry conference sessions and is widely published. Through his blog at Healthcare-Informatics, he encourages input on the importance of image integration, its priority amongst IT projects, budget levels, the level of subject-matter understanding among IT professionals, impediments to implementation, and other relevant issues.

Agenda what? where? when?

Monday

7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Registration and Welcome Refreshments

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome Address

Presented by Rich Castagna, Storage Media Group Editorial Director

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Decision Tree: Storage (and Storage Networking) for Virtual Environments

Presented by:Howard Marks, Founder & Chief Scientist, DeepStorage.net

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Getting Storage Right for VDI: How to Not Tick Off Your Desktop Folks!

Presented by: Brian Madden Independent Analyst, Blogger & Author BrianMadden.com

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Solid-State Storage is Everywhere - But Where Does it Work Best?

Presented by: Dennis Martin Founder & President Demartek

10:00-10:10 AM

Move to Main Ballroom

 

10:10-11:10 AM

Emerging Technology Showcase

Executives from innovative storage companies make their Storage Decisions premieres - all in exciting rapid-fire, 10 minute presentations.

11:10-11:40 AM

Morning Refreshment and Networking Break

Grab a hot cup of Joe and refuel with this year's event sponsors. Get your first look at the latest and greatest storage technologies on the market and get your technical questions answered to help ease the pain of buying storage.

11:40 AM-12:40 PM

Remote & Mobile Backup in a Cloud World

Presented by: W. Curtis Preston Founder Truth in IT, Inc & BackupCentral.com

11:40 AM-12:40 PM

File Share and Sync - Commercial, Roll Your Own or Avoid at All Costs?

Presented by: Marc Staimer Founder & CDS Dragon Slayer Consulting

11:40 AM-12:40 PM

Storage Virtualization - It's Baaack!

Presented by: Randy Kerns Senior Strategist Evaluator Group

12:40-2:10 PM

NETWORKING LUNCH

Take in the sights and sounds of the Storage Decisions Exhibit Hall! Meet over 30 of today's top storage vendors while enjoying a complimentary lunch and networking with over 500 of your peers. Stop by every booth for your chance to win great prizes like gift cards, gadgets and more!

12:40-1:55 PM

Healthcare Lunch - Harnessing Patient Data in 2013

Presented by Joseph Marion, Principal, Healthcare Integration Strategies LLC Lunch brought to you by Comport

2:10-3:10 PM

Stories from the Storage Beat: A Q&A Discussion

Presented by: Rich Castagna, Dave Raffo - Storage Media Group

2:10-3:10 PM

Cloud Storage On-Ramps

Presented by: George Crump, President & Founder Storage Switzerland

2:10-3:10 PM

Solid-State Technology - What's New?

Presented by: Dennis Martin, Founder & President Demartek

3:10-3:20 PM

Move to Breakout Rooms

3:20-3:50 PM

Tech In Action: Critical Decisions for Improving the Economics of Storage

Presented by: Ron Riffe, Storage Software Business Strategist, IBM

3:20-3:50 PM

Tech In Action: How HP Converged Storage is Separating from the Pack in Software-Defined Storage and All Flash Arrays

Presented by: Roger Javens, Director Technical Marketing, HP Storage

3:50-4:00 PM

Move to Main Ballroom

3:20-3:50 PM

Executive Keynote Address - Sharks in the Storage Pool: 10 Ways to Cut Your Storage Costs Now

Presented by: Jon William Toigo, CEO & Managing Principal, Toigo Partners International - Chairman, Data Management Institute

5:00-6:30 PM

Storage Decisions Welcome Cocktail Reception

Enjoy free drinks and appetizers as you meet representatives from all of our sponsoring organizations. Get a first-hand look at the latest technologies while interacting with your peers - plus, you can take advantage of terrific giveaways and enter to win great prizes!

5:00-6:00 PM

Ask the Experts Zone sponsored by Oracle

A selection of today's expert presenters are available to answer your questions in free one-on-one consultative sessions. Sign up at the ATE Zone board to reserve your appointment. Attendees will walk away with an exclusive Resource Folder from the Experts!

Tuesday

7:45-8:30 AM

Registration Opens & Welcome Refreshments

8:30 AM - 9:40 AM

Executive Keynote Address - Stop Backing Up, But Restore Instantly: How "Non-Backup" Data Protection Methods Are The Future

Presented by: W. Curtis Preston - Founder Truth in IT, Inc & BackupCentral.com

9:40-10:40 AM

Emerging Technology Showcase

Executives from innovative storage companies make their Storage Decisions premieres - all in exciting rapid-fire, 10 minute presentations.

10:40-11:10 AM

Morning Refreshment and Networking Break

11:10 AM-12:10 PM

Converged Systems - IT in a Box?

Presented by Howard Marks, Founder & Chief Scientist, DeepStorage.net

11:10 AM-12:10 PM

21st Century NAS - And Other Ways to Survive in a Sea of Data

Presented by: George Crump, President & Founder, Storage Switzerland

11:10 AM-12:10 PM

Archiving - Protect and Preserve Your Company's Data (And Reclaim Valuable Disk Capacity in the Process)

Presented by: Randy Kerns, Senior Strategist, Evaluator Group

12:10-12:20 PM

Move to Breakout Rooms

12:20-12:50 PM

Afternoon Emerging Technology Showcase

Executives from top storage companies debut their latest innovations - all in exciting rapid-fire, 10-minute presentations.

12:50 - 1:00 PM

Move to Main Ballroom

1:00-1:30 PM

Exposing Storage Application Integration Dirty Little Secrets & How to Fix

Presented by: Marc Staimer, President & CDS, Dragon Slayer Consulting
Brought to You By Oracle

1:30 - 2:45 PM

NETWORKING LUNCH

This is your last chance to meet representatives from all of our sponsors - and kick the tires on the latest storage products. Enjoy lunch, compliments of our sponsors, and enter to win great prizes.

1:30-2:30 PM

Ask the Experts Zone sponsored by Oracle

A selection of today's expert presenters are available to answer your questions in free one-on-one consultative sessions. Sign up at the ATE Board to reserve your appointment in advance. ATE attendees also walk away with an exclusive Resource Folder from the Experts! Located in the Ask the Experts Zone of the Exhibit Hall

2:45 - 3:45 PM

Back to the Future: How LTFS and Other Innovations are Returning Tape to a Production Storage Role in the Data Center

Presented by: Jon William Toigo, CEO & Managing Principal, Toigo Partners International

3:45-4:00 PM

Move to Main Ballroom

4:00 - 4:45 PM

Geek Out Game Show

Hosted by: Brian Madden, Independent Analyst, Blogger and Author, BrianMadden.com

Think you've got what it takes to be the Storage Decisions New York 2013 Top Geek? During this light-hearted jeopardy type game show we'll choose participants from the audience to match their wits and skills for a chance to be named Geek Out Champion (and win some pretty awesome prizes).

5:00

Conference Concludes

Venue the place to be!

New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
333 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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