Hi everyone! It's Sunday, and I have arrived safely to Orlando, Florida. It actually took me 25 hours to get here, due to mechanical problems on the plane, and an unexpected overnight stay in Chicago. My checked bags unfortunately got misplaced in Chicago, and will hopefully arrive later today.
In past years, IBM ran three separate storage events. One for IT executives, one for technical storage administrators, and one for IBM Business Partners. This year, we have combined all three into one event: IBM Edge. There are three distinct venues: Executive Edge is for the CIOs and IT Directors, Technical Edge for the storage administrators, and Winning Edge is for the IBM Business Partners.
I will be spending most of my time at the Technical Edge events. This year, I was on the review board, and spent much of the last three weeks reviewing a good portion of the 249 presentation topics that will be given this week.
If you have never been to IBM storage events in the past, or it has been awhile since your last one, you can review my blog posts from prior years to get familiar. I have them collected here in my January post [Mark your Calendars - Upcoming Events].
Here is my tentative plan for the week, in case you want to find me. The table is color-coded. White for sessions I am merely attending, and yellow for those sessions that I am presenting or participating as part of a panel.
|8:00-10:00am||Opening General Session||Bonnet Creek Ballroom|
|10:30-12:00||Technical Edge Main Tent||Waldorf Astoria Ballroom|
|1:00-2:15pm||Understanding Your Options for Storing Archive Data to Meet Compliance Challenges||Flagler room|
|2:30-3:45pm||IBM TotalStorage Productivity Center: New Features and Functions||Hamilton & Indian|
|4:15-5:30pm||IBM Watson: How it Works and What it Means for Society Beyond Winning Jeopardy!||Gilchrist|
|Evening||Reception and Concert||Solution Center|
|9:00-10:15||IBM Building Blocks for Technical Computing||Manatee|
|10:30-11:45||IBM Tivoli Storage Manager as a Cloud Backup Service||Dade|
|1:00-2:15||IBM SMB Solutions for Cloud||Manatee|
|2:30-3:45||Introducing the IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center||Citrus|
|4:15-5:30||Using Social Media for IBM System Storage Birds of a Feather||Flagler|
|9:00-10:15||Data Footprint Reduction: Understanding IBM Storage Efficiency Options||Orange|
|10:30-11:45||IBM Active Cloud Engine Implementation on IBM SONAS 1.3 and IBM Storwize V7000 Unified||Columbia|
|1:00-2:15||Introducing VMware vSphere Storage Features||Hamilton & Indian|
|2:30-3:45||IBM's Storage Strategy in the Smarter Computing Era||Bonnet Creek Salon|
|4:15-5:30||IBM SONAS and the IBM Cloud Storage Taxonomy||Dade|
|Evening||Dinner and Concert||SeaWorld|
|9:00-10:15||IBM Watson: How it Works and What it Means for Society Beyond Winning Jeopardy!||Bonnet Creek Salon|
|10:30-11:45||IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center Overview and Update||Bonnet Creek Salon|
|1:00-2:15||Encryption and Key Management in the Cloud: The Top 6 Concerns to Ensure a Secure and Reliable Solution||Nassau|
|2:30-3:45||IBM SmartCloud Enterprise -- Object Storage||Hamilton & Indian|
|4:15-5:30||Smarter Storage for Smarter Computing||Sarasota|
|5:30-???||Storage "Free-for-All" moderated by Scott Drummond||Ballroom I|
|9:00-10:15||How Real-Time Compression Can Maximize Storage Efficiency for Production Applications||Hamilton & Indian|
|10:30-11:45||NAS File Systems: Access and Authentication||Citrus|
It's going to be a fun and busy week! I will be tweeting throughout the week. You can follow me on Twitter at [@az990tony]. You can also follow tweets marked #IBMstorage and #IBMedge from others.