January 7–8
Storage Visions 2003—Las Vegas, NV
This new two-day event, which will precede the Consumer Electronics Show, features discussions about portable storage systems, storage system products and components, road maps for various markets, and data storage. Members of IBM Digital Media Group, Envivio, Seagate Technology, and Sony Systems Integration are presenting keynote addresses. For more information, check out www.storagevisions.com.

January 20–22
Server I/O 2003—Monterey, CA
Sponsored by Strategic Research Corp., the conference discusses the future of data-center infrastructure. The event focuses on three main topics: a technology debate about server, I/O, storage, and networking technologies; emerging technologies (two tracks) dealing with the future of I/O technologies and emerging companies; and a future vision as defined by industry leaders. The conference also has an exhibition and Industry Awards Program that recognizes the leading contributors, products, and companies in the I/O field. For more information, browse www.serverio.com/info.htm.

February 19–20
Storage and Storage Networking in the Financial Services Sector Symposium—New York, NY
Sponsored by Information Management Network, the symposium consists of two concurrent tracks with more than 25 sessions dealing with data storage infrastructure, security, and storage management. The Interop Lab Showcase's exhibit area will be limited in size to 20 sponsors to allow attendees to spend more time with a select group of vendors whose products have a direct correlation to the content being presented. For more information, check out http://secure.imn.org/.

March 4–6
Server Blade Summit 2003—San Jose, CA
This second-annual conference includes two days of sessions on issues such as standards, management, and future trends. Topics deal with connection and swapping methods and challenges with remote control and configuration. Also featured are technologies concerning software tools for load balancing and optimization, and efficient switching systems (fabric or backplane, such as InfiniBand). For more information, check out www.serverbladesummit.com.

March 12–19
CeBIT 2003—Hannover, Germany
Sponsored by Deutsche Messe AG and Hannover Fairs USA, Inc., the conference is expected to attract more than 700,000 people and 8,000 exhibitors. In addition to 13 halls dedicated to displaying networking solutions, the event features a SAN Exchange Pavilion, which will showcase the latest SAN solutions and products. For more information, browse www.hfusa.com/cebit.

March 30–April 2
Brocade Conference 2003—Las Vegas, NV
The conference features hands-on training sessions, keynote presentations from industry visionaries, and presentations from SAN technology experts. Breakout Tracks focus on SAN solutions, storage management, and advanced technical topics and best practices for SAN. The Brocade Solutions Center highlights innovations in SAN technology, design, and architecture. To register for certification testing (one test is complimentary with registration fee, and all additional tests are $150 each), check out www.vue.com/brocade/bnsc2003/. For more information about the conference, browse www.brocade.com/conference2003.

This article was originally published on December 01, 2002