BY LISA COLEMAN
Next month, the e-Commerce Infrastruc-ture Technology Conference and Tradeshow (eCIT) hopes to bring together InfiniBand users before the new architecture hits the streets in volume over the next two to three years. Revamped and renamed from its inception seven years ago, eCIT focuses on building e-commerce data centers, outsourcing services, and industry associations' I/O strategies.
More than 1,000 IT managers who are building e-commerce data centers are expected during the four-day event, to be held February 5-8 at the Monterey Conference Center. The first day is devoted to working group meetings by various associations, including the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA), InfiniBand Trade Association, and Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA). The eCIT conference and exhibition runs February 6-7. On February 8, in conjunction with eCIT, the Server I/O 2001 conference devotes one day to high- performance I/O architectures.
The eCIT conference will focus on three areas of e-commerce: building operational data centers, outsourcing services supporting data centers, and the supporting I/O technologies required. The three tracks run concurrently, covering 18 different topics each day.
Operational issues will focus on data-center success factors, design, scalable clustering, applying I/O technologies, applications of new server and storage appliances, high-availability blueprints, storage area network (SAN) integration partners, and using InfiniBand. Out-sourcing examines partnering with storage service providers (SSPs), building scalable operations, WAN and MAN networks, and how attendees can determine if an SSP is the right choice for their business. I/O technology sessions will offer updates and future road maps for InfiniBand, SNIA, PCI-SIG, the Storage Performance Council (SPC), and Direct Access File System (DAFS).
"I hope attendees will learn how to implement some of these technologies," says Michael Peterson, president of market research firm Strategic Research Corp., which manages the event. "Instead of being loaded up with 'should-dos,' attendees will take away 'how-tos.' "
Kicking off the Server I/O conference is a keynote address on the future of e-commerce and its impact on I/O technology. Greg Papadopoulos, Sun Microsystems' senior vice president and CTO, was invited to give the keynote speech. As of press time, he was not confirmed.
Also during the Server I/O conference, systems companies such as Compaq, IBM, Intel, and Hewlett-Packard will discuss their I/O server network infrastructure strategies for the upcoming year. IBM's Renato Recio, manager of server design and architecture, will discuss IBM's research in future server and I/O trends. This conference also features an I/O panel with representatives from Cisco, Intel, Sun Microsystems, EMC, and IN_Fusion who will debate the industry's future.
Also featured at the eCIT event will be the I/O Technology Award for the product of the year, best new technology for 2001, and individual lifetime achievement award.
The e-Commerce Infrastructure Technology Tradeshow exhibit hall will be open Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 6 and 7, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, in the Sera 1 ballroom at the Monterey Conference Center. Exhibitors include:
DS Data Storage
Hermes SoftLab USA
Wind River Systems