Business Continuity Planning 2010: Ensuring Network, Data, and System Availability

Sometimes it takes a crisis – like the economic collapse – for IT pros and tech executives to reevaluate their existing mission critical systems, architectures, and best practices.

Rather than conceding to the tight economy, lean budgets, and stretched resources as unbeatable obstacles, IT professionals can do well in 2010 to view this as an opportunity to creatively address approaches to business continuity, disaster recovery planning and high availability. What you do *now* will directly impact your ability to survive short term – as well as your organization’s success when the economy does turn around in earnest.

That’s why, after a hugely successful run since 2007 – in which we’ve hosted over 800 satisfied IT pros in over 20 cities across the country – we’re pleased to announce that the Business Continuity seminar is back for 2010. With all new speakers and presentations, this morning seminar is guaranteed to help solidify BC plans and ensure high availability for your most critical business applications, systems and networks.

IT projects that don’t show easy-to-prove ROI – like business continuity, disaster recovery, and high availability – were an easy target for cuts during the recession. And when you were forced to focus elsewhere, the threats changed and grew.

This free breakfast seminar focuses on establishing the business costs of any network, storage, or server downtime – and on balancing the risks associated with that downtime with applicable high availability plans, processes and solutions.

Join Greg Schulz, founder and Senior Analyst at The StorageIO Group, and top technical representatives from CDW and its partners for this informative half-day, free, invitation-only seminar. To reserve your seat, apply online or call Delegate Relations Manager Jen Tobin at (617) 431-9722.

About this Seminar

The recession has had a pervasive impact on the way organizations of all stripes conduct their business – from the availability of IT project funding to staffing issues to the resources available to handle business critical problems. Often, lean times force IT pros to creatively innovate to solve problems. That theme is the focus of this seminar.

At this invitation-only event, three distinct presentations – from keynote Schulz and experts from sponsor CDW - provide valuable advice on specific topics – culminating in a panel discussion where the entire seminar weaves together in a summation of holistic advice.

Greg Schulz begins the morning by clearly identifying the recession’s impact on both the day-to-day operations of IT shops and on how IT’s role in the organization is changing – including the business need for IT and on justifying BC and high availability solutions to the c-suite. Schulz also touches on recent developments and new technologies in the space that have direct impacts on BC plans. Networks, servers, storage systems, and your data center are all converging, virtualization initiatives are more and more prevalent, and you still have the on-going demand to demonstrate ROI – and Schulz explains the changes these developments impart of your BC plans.

And, after Schulz’s overview, experts from CDW drill down into specific techniques, applications, and solutions you can implement in order to take advantage of this groundswell of change. First, gain valuable insight on building the foundation for a highly available network that enables redundancy and application delivery across the WAN and LAN. Then, in the third presentation of the day, discuss the options available for organizations looking to ensure the availability and security of their data and systems.

The morning then concludes with a panel discussion where each of the speakers will discuss the topic of the day and take your specific questions. We created this seminar to help IT pros address the challenges you face in 2010, we encourage you to spend a morning, get some great info, network with true peers and walk away with tips you can put to use right away.

Seats for this seminar are guaranteed to be claimed quickly, so act today by calling Jen Tobin at (617) 431-9722 or apply online.

About Greg Schulz

As founder of the independent IT industry analyst and consultancy firm StorageIO (, Mr. Schulz has worked as a programmer, systems administrator, disaster recovery consultant, and capacity planner for various IT organizations from an applications, systems, server, and storage networking perspective. He has worked for several vendors before joining an industry analyst firm and later forming StorageIO. In addition to his analyst consulting and research duties, Greg is one of the most sought-after consulting analysts, writers and speakers on a global basis in the space of Green IT, server and storage virtualization, IT optimization and efficiency having latterly written the book on the topic “The Green and Virtual Data Center” (CRC). He is also the author of “Resilient Storage Networks – Designing Flexible Scalable Data Infrastructures” (Elsevier) as well as having written over a thousand articles, reports, tips and columns in addition to numerous webcasts, podcasts and videos.

About CDW

CDW provides business continuity solutions that keep your critical functions running during an emergency.  Our dedicated team of business continuity specialists focuses on backup, archiving and high availability to ensure a well-planned recovery strategy.  CDW, ranked No. 39 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies, is a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government and education and was founded in 1984. 

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**Please Note: Due to space constraints, all prospective attendees must apply prior to this event and receive confirmation from the event producer that the application was accepted and approved. No "walk-ups" please. Thanks for your understanding.

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Greg Schulz
Founder and Senior Analyst; The StorageIO Group


Dates & Locations

Miami, FL

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Four Seasons Miami

Indianapolis, IN

Thursday, May 27, 2010
*9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Indianapolis Motor Speedway

San Jose, CA

Thursday, September 16, 2010
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Hilton San Jose


8:00 am Registration & Breakfast

8:50 am Introduction & Welcome

9:00 am "Business Continuity Planning - Ensuring Network, Data, and System Availability" keynote presentation by Greg Schulz

10:00 am "Network Strategy " presented by CDW representative

10:45 am Refreshment Break & IT Showcase

11:00 am "Backup, Archiving, and High Availability" presented by CDW representative

11:45 am Panel Discussion with Greg Schulz & CDW representatives

12:15 pm Raffle & IT Showcase

12:30 pm Adjourn

*Please contact your Delegate Relations Manager for the specific sessions/times available at your location.

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