Great Storage Conference Worth Attending

By Henry Newman

Attention storage admins: The 29th IEEE Mass Storage Conference agenda now available. This is a great conference to attend if you are dealing with large archives (both preservation and bulk). As yours truly is doing a tutorial Monday you might think I'm overstepping the bounds of good taste by promoting this conference. However, you would be incorrect as speakers are not paid. And in fact speakers have to register for the conference and pay the same fees as everyone else.

People give talks at this conference because they want to share information with others in the various communities that need large storage. Historically this conference's target audience was HPC and it was dominated with US Government Labs, NASA, and other similar agencies. This has changed over the last week few years. The conference has attendees from Internet companies such as Yahoo and others, the entertainment industry, and base technology companies such as Seagate (Dave Anderson is a great speaker; he always provides interesting details on future disk technology) and IBM (Dr. Robert Fontana provides a detailed overview of future densities for storage technologies last year that made me rethink a lot of things).

As a past attendee and speaker I always get a lot out of this conference -- actually more than most of the other conferences I attend. The information is forward-looking and helps you plan for the future and lots of areas. As the large archive community grows, more communities will be attending this conference and developing new techniques to address large storage problems. If you are dealing with storage problems over 1 PB, this is the place to be. Definitely worth the expense.

This article was originally published on April 15, 2013