Infrastructure Optimization Best Practices:Tips for Storage Management and Next-Generation Virtualization

2010 is a big year for storage, networking, and data center managers. Because of the global recession, you’ve likely spent the past few years fighting the tide of data growth and infrastructure sprawl with less and less resources.

You’ve done what you can. You’ve virtualized servers. You’ve worked to get by with your current storage infrastructure. But the majority of IT projects getting the green light were attached to immediate ROI, and that relative neglect has left your data center vulnerable.

Now we’re anticipating a period of economic recovery. And as companies ramp up for growth, you know that the foundation of that growth starts with your core IT infrastructure. If you’re going to support the long term business needs of your organization, you need to act now.

This seminar is designed to arm you with information on the macro-trends facing data center and storage managers in 2010 – and to provide you specific advice on how to plan for 2 key initiatives that will substantially improve the efficiency and manageability of your IT shop.

Join Ken Male, founder of TheInfoPro, 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.

Last year, hundreds of IT pros in 15 cities across the US raved about the information they received at this seminar. This year, we have a new independent keynote speaker, a new agenda and all new presentations as we deliver to you information you’ll be able to use right away to help you do your job.

About this Seminar

IT pros who attend this seminar will walk away with strategic and tactical advice that will help optimize your IT infrastructure. Three distinct presentations each provide valuable advice on specific topics – culminating in a panel discussion where the entire seminar weaves together in a summation of holistic advice.

First, keynote speaker Ken Male shares the trends, threats and opportunities storage and data center managers face in 2010. Ken is the founder of TheInfoPro, an organization that utilizes a unique research methodology that harnesses the collective knowledge and insight of leading IT organizations worldwide, providing areal-world perspective on the continuously changing customer and market dynamics of the IT industry. You know the challenges you face. Through Ken’s presentation, you’ll find out how your peers are dealing with the issues you’re tackling – and you’ll find out about looming threats TheInfoPro will help you address now.

Then, you’ll get ideas and information on an ‘all-in’ virtualization strategy. Most organizations have a portion of your server farms virtualized, and you’ve benefited with consolidation and improved data management. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Get details on every variation of virtualization technology, the benefits, the risks, how server, storage and file virtualization work together and what you can do now to lay the foundation for a truly virtual data center.

Third, you’ll get tips on storage management. Everyone knows that data continues to grow and grow and grow. You also know that storage networks continue to expand and get more complex – and several newer technologies like data deduplication, solid state disks, and thin provisioning offer promise – but are they right for your shop? In this presentation, you’ll get advice on how to get it all under control – from storage tiering to better utilization and capacity management. Walk away with practical advice to help optimize storage.

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 Ken Male

As Executive Vice Chairman, Male – founder of TheInfoPro – leverages over 25 years of experience in the IT industry to advance TheInfoPro’s strategy. Male also spearheads the organization’s business development initiatives through the creation of new products and services and by breaking into new geographies and channels. In 2001, Male developed TheInfoPro’s unique research methodology – which allows for direct communication between the most elite IT decision makers worldwide – after recognizing the importance that market intelligence and advisory services play in both making sound decisions and understanding the conditions of the information technology competitive landscape. Prior to founding TheInfoPro, Male held distinguished positions with IT providers and market research firms including Gartner, Giga, Jupiter, DEC and EMC. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events and has provided industry briefings and commentary to such major news organizations as Forbes, CNBC, Dow Jones, Storage Magazine, InformationWeek, Financial Times and the Storage Decisions conference.


About CDW

CDW is a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government and education. Ranked No. 41 on Forbes' list of America's Largest Private Companies, CDW features dedicated account managers who help customers choose the right technology products and services to meet their needs. The company's technology specialists offer expertise in designing customized solutions, while its advanced technology engineers can assist customers with the implementation and long-term management of those solutions. Areas of focus include notebooks, desktops, printers, servers and storage, unified communications, security, wireless, power and cooling, networking, software licensing and mobility solutions.

CDW was founded in 1984 and as of December 31, 2009 employed approximately 6,150 coworkers. In 2008, the company generated sales of $8.1 billion. For more information, visit

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Dates & Locations

Orlando, FL

Tuesday, February 23
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Los Angeles, CA

Thursday, February 25
8:00 am - 1:30 pm
Staples Center

Atlanta, GA

Tuesday, March 23
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Westin Buckhead Atlanta

Boston, MA

Tuesday, April 6
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Westin Waltham Boston

Detroit, MI

Thursday, April 15
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Ritz-Carlton Dearborn

Washington, DC

Tuesday, April 20
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Hilton Washington Embassy Row

Minneapolis, MN

Tuesday, April 27
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Hilton Minneapolis

San Francisco, CA

Thursday, June 17
Westin SFO

Salt Lake City, UT

Tuesday, July 13
Marriott University Park

San Diego, CA

Thursday, July 15
Marriott Del Mar

Pittsburgh, PA

Tuesday, September 14
Hilton Pittsburgh

Raleigh/Durham, NC

Tuesday, November 16
Durham Marriott Convention Center

Chicago, IL

Thursday, December 9
Hyatt Regency Chicago


8:00 AM Registration & Breakfast

8:50 AM Introduction & Welcome

9:00 AM "Infrastructure Optimization" presented by Ken Male, Founder, TheInfoPro

10:00 AM "Virtualization Roadmap" presented by Buddy Schwenk, Solution Architect, CDW

10:45 AM Refreshment Break & IT Showcase

11:00 AM "Storage Management: Storage Virtualization, Multi-Tiered Storage & Deduplication Techniques" presented by Rich Kennedy, Solution Architect, CDW

11:45 AM Panel Discussion

12:15 PM Raffle & IT Showcase

12:30 PM Seminar Adjourns

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