Toigo hosts C-4 Summit

August 6, 2009 – IT veteran, consultant, columnist and author Jon Toigo, in conjunction with Toigo Partners International and the Data Management Institute, will host the C-4 Summit Cyberspace Edition tomorrow (Friday, August 7). “C-4” stands for cost containment, compliance, continuity and carbon footprint reduction.

The summit is not focused solely on storage, but a look at some of the presenters indicates that there will be some good storage content. A short list of expert presenters includes representatives from vendors such as CA, DataCore Software, Digital Reef, FalconStor Software, Panasonic, Xsigo and Xiotech.

For more information, visit the C-4 Summit site. And here’s the press release:

C-4 Summit Cyberspace Edition Launches

Online Community Established to Help Companies Develop Strategies for Business IT C-4 Issues: Cost Containment, Compliance, Continuity and Carbon Footprint Reduction

DUNEDIN, Fla., August 6, 2009 – If you are like most business IT planners today, you are probably struggling to find ways to contain costs, ensure compliance with regulatory and legal mandates, provide continuity for business critical services, and manage energy demand in your data center. Tactical measures won’t do the job, and neither will stove-piping applications and data in a single-vendor technology stack – you need a C-4 Strategy.

Help has arrived in the form of an online summit and open community called the C-4 Project. The project kicks off Friday with a C-4 Summit Cyberspace Edition at www.c4project.org.

The C-4 Summit features video interviews and presentations by 17 speakers representing both business IT vendors and consumers, who offer their views on business IT strategy going forward. The event is free of charge and serves also to kick off a C-4 Community portal where business and IT planners, vendors and integrators can come together to discuss technology, strategy and best practices going forward.

The C-4 Summit defines the components of a sustainable C-4 Strategy as
• purpose-built infrastructure and virtualization
• unified infrastructure management via Web Services, and
• intelligent information management.

Perspectives are offered by technology experts drawn from both brand name and start-up firms including CA, DataCore Software, Digital Reef, FalconStor Software, Panasonic Corporation, Xsigo Systems, and Xiotech Corporation. A case study is provided by Mike Gayle, IT Director for Calvary Chapel of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Judi Britt, President of e-STORM, a Central Ohio IT user group, gives a report on the challenges confronting her members today.

The C-4 Project is an initiative of Toigo Partners International and the Data Management Institute. Jon Toigo keynotes the event and chairs the project. Toigo is a 25 year IT veteran, consultant, trade press columnist and author of 15 books on business and IT.

Originally scheduled as a live event to take place in Tampa Bay, FL in May, the Summit was re-cast as an online event in response to delegate concerns about travel budgets. To ensure a dialog, on-line question and answer sessions will be scheduled with speakers in September.

C-4 Summit videos will be re-broadcast by several on-line trade press publications, including Enterprise Systems (esj.com), commencing next month, and new videos will be added on an on-going basis.

Come join the C-4 Community.
About Toigo Partners International’s Data Management Institute: DMI is a membership organization to establish a professional identity for those who administer, manage and design data storage infrastructure for their organizations. It provides a location for end users to share their problems and solutions in day-to-day storage operations and compare experiences with specific storage products implemented in their shops. The institute offers a training and certification program designed to educate and empower IT workers who specialize in data management and storage administration. Toigo is also a prominent columnist for several online and print magazines covering IT, including SearchStorage.com, Enterprise Systems Journal online (esj.com), and Storage Networking World online, where his commentary on data storage technology and data protection is read by more than nearly 500,000 subscribers monthly.

Jon Toigo
Toigo Partners International


posted by: Dave Simpson

Dave Simpson, Editor-in-Chief
by Dave Simpson

Dave Simpson has been the Editor-in-Chief of InfoStor since its inception in 1997. He previously held editorial positions at publications such as Datamation, Systems Integration, and Digital News and Review. He can be contacted at dsimpson@quinstreet.com

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