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Oct 26 2012   5:08PM GMT

You’re Invited: Storage Decisions San Francisco TweetChat Series

Ben Rubenstein Ben Rubenstein Profile: Ben Rubenstein

Please join us for our #SDSF2012 TweetChats series! As our annual Storage Decisions San Francisco 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 the #SDSF2012 TweetChat 2 part series, kicking off next Friday, November 2nd from 1:00-1:30 EST in the #SDSF2012 TweetChat Room.

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

Friday, November 2nd, from 1:00-1:30 EST

Speakers Participating

– Dennis Martin (@Demartek)

– Jon Toigo (@JonToigo)

T1: Networking:

  • In terms of Ethernet for storage networking, how much share does 10 Gigabit Ethernet have at this point, compared to Gigabit Ethernet?
  • 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: 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?

Monday, November 5th, from 1:00-1:30 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?

T2: End user perspectives:

  • Have you attempted a VDI project and had to abandon it because of storage?
  • For those of you with what you consider a successful VDI implementation, what kind of ROI have you seen from it?
  • What problems have you confronted that you didn’t expect?

Reminder: #SDSF2012 TweetChats are a marketing-free environment! Join the chat to connect, learn and get excited for our upcoming Storage Decisions San Francisco Conference, but please do not post product-specific information.

It’s easy to join the Twitter conversation by logging in to the #SDSF2012 TweetChat Room, which automatically keeps you in the conversation by tagging all tweets with the #SDSF2012 hash tag. If you are unable to access the TweetChat room, simply search in Twitter for #SDSF2012 and tag your tweets with #SDSF2012 so they can be seen by everyone else.

If you have any questions, please contact Maria Gomez, Editorial Events Associate at TechTarget, at

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