Fall is upon us, and that means plenty of storage-rich trade shows and conferences to choose from. Starting with the October lineup, here are some of our favorites:
- Fibre Channel Technologies Conference, Oct. 10- 12, San Jose (www.fibreconference.com). The focus is squarely on Fibre Channel and storage area networks at this conference and exhibition, although there will be at least one Birds-of-a-Feather session (and believe me, the feathers will fly) on alternative storage networking technologies. The program combines tutorial series, panel discussions, and round tables with vendor exhibits.
Of particular note this year is the FCTC SAN Interoperability Lab, aka SAN HOT Demo, hosted by SanOne, a storage integration and consulting company. The demo will link three Fibre Channel SANs over an Ethernet connection, with hardware and software from a wide variety of vendors. According to SanOne's vice president and general manager, Mike Flannery, "the goal is to show the functionality of SANs across a heterogeneous, interoperable SAN." The lab will demonstrate technologies such as LAN-free backup, server-less backup, virtual storage, data consolidation, and SAN monitoring and management.
- Batting second in the Fall lineup is Storage Networking World, October 30-November 1, in Orlando. Jointly sponsored by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and Computerworld, this show is noteworthy for, among other reasons, strong attendance by your peers-IT professionals and storage integrators. And you can't argue with Orlando in October.
For more information, visit www.computerworld.com/snw.
- Up third is Comdex (November 13-17, Las Vegas), the less said about it the better, with one exception: The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) collects the cream of the Fibre Channel vendor crop into one exhibit area. This makes it easy to check out all the latest Fibre Channel products and developments, without developing foot blisters or Comdex Fatigue Syndrome. Get the details at www.fibrechannel.org.
See you there!
Dave Simpson, Editor-in-Chief