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Sep 12 2012   4:46PM GMT

You’re invited: Storage Decisions New York conference to host live #SDNY2012 TweetChat series

Ben Rubenstein Ben Rubenstein Profile: Ben Rubenstein

Please join us for our #SDNY2012 TweetChats series! As our annual Storage Decisions New York Conference approaches, we’re excited to get the conversations started!

Rich Castagna (@RichCastagnaTT), Editorial Director of the Storage Media Group along with our Editorial Events team (@TT_Edit_Events), will be hosting this #SDNY2012 TweetChat 3 part series, kicking off this Friday, September from 11:00-11:30 EST in the #SDNY2012 TweetChat Room.

We’re thrilled to have conference speakers participate in the conversation! Here are planned topics and some potential discussion questions:

September 14th, from 11:00-11:30 EST

Speakers Participating

– Ben Woo (@BenWooNY)

– Dennis Martin (@Demartek)

– Brien Posey (@BrienPosey)

T1: Networking:

  • In terms of Ethernet for storage networking, how much share does 10 Gigabit Ethernet have at this point, compared to Gigabit Ethernet? [this is if Dennis is comfortable addressing a market share question]
  • How is that impacting adoption of FCoE?
  • InfiniBand has been getting more press recently among the storage-centric tech press. What’s happening there?
  • What about Fibre Channel: Carol Sliwa did a story a few months ago citing research from Dell Oro group that found that’s predicting that 77% of FC switch shipments will go to 8 Gbps FC this year and that in 2013, 8 Gbps and 16 Gbps should split the FC switch market about evenly. What type of company really needs 16 Gbps FC?

T2: Cloud Backup

  • Is cloud backup being used in larger enterprises today or is it still mainly a SMB or small business play?
  • Now that many backup software products offer a disk to disk to cloud option, do you suspect more organizations will deploy cloud backup?
  • Is it getting easier to integrate on-site backup with cloud backup? Or do challenges remain?
  • How are cloud gateways being used today – do they offer backup-specific functionality?
  • How do you typically see cloud backup being used today? Similar to tape? Or are organizations using more sophisticated functionality that some cloud providers offer like the ability to run a backup of virtual machine in the cloud?

September 18th, from 3:00-3:30 EST

Speaker Participating

-Brian Madden (@brianmadden)


  • We know that storage has a lot to do with the success or failure of a VDI project. But it seems to be a bigger impediment than people expected five or so years ago when we first started hearing about VDI. Why is that?
  • What are the companies with successful VDI projects doing right around storage? Or, what are the others doing wrong?
  • In your session at Storage Decisions, you’ll be talking about why SSD (typically used to prevent boot storms) doesn’t fix the VDI storage problem. Is the issue that SSD isn’t sufficient to address boot storms? Or that other problems exist that SSD can’t fix?

September 20th, from  3:00-3:30 EST

Speakers Participating

-Randy Kerns (@rgkerns)

-Jon Toigo (@JonToigo),

T1: Infrastruggle:

  • Storage metrics:  When designing storage systems, I’ve always considered performance metrics, like IOPs and RPOs. Should I be adding energy-centric metrics to the mix?
  • Going green: I’m trying to evaluate vendor pitches from companies saying they are “green”—what’s a good rule of thumb? Should I be looking strictly at power costs?
  • Vendors and capacity: Along those lines, I’m focused on IOPs but my vendor is focused on capacity, it seems. Why is that?
  • Thin provisioning: My vendor keeps talking about “thin provisioning”—is this really important? Do I need this automated?

T2: Big Data:

  • My CIO and me: My CIO keeps hearing about big data technologies and wants to know if they apply to us. Should I be basing my response on whether I’ve got a certain number of terabytes? Or a longer list of criteria?
  • The BI side: Do you see storage decision makers having to involve the application folks, or work with them, on big data decisions.
  • I don’t see big data as anything different from what I’ve always done—build infrastructure for limitless data-what’ changed?
  • Will my Big Data initiative inevitably involve Hadoop?

Reminder: #SDNY2012 TweetChats are a marketing-free environment! Join the chat to connect, learn and get excited for our upcoming Storage Decisions Conference Sept. 24-25, but please do not post product-specific information.

It’s easy to join the Twitter conversation by logging in to the #SDNY2012 TweetChat Room, which automatically keeps you in the conversation by tagging all tweets with the #SDNY2012 hash tag. If you are unable to access the TweetChat room, simply search in Twitter for #SDNY2012 and tag your tweets with #SDNY2012 so they can be seen by everyone else.

If you have any questions, please contact Greta Lindberg, Editorial Events Associate at TechTarget, at

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