Virtualization is one of the biggest developments in IT.

Chances are, you’ve already deployed -- or are planning to deploy in 2009 -- some flavor of this game-changing technology. From server virtualization to storage virtualization you can dramatically reduce costs, save energy and space and improve and simplify data center operations.

However, many organizations see a new set of challenges to scale virtualization into mission critical enterprise environments. The enterprise features of server virtualization solutions such as VMotion for High Availability or Dynamic Resource Scheduling or Site Recovery Manager for Disaster Recovery drive the need for shared storage. If these technologies are not efficiently implemented, they can add significant cost and risk. By improving one area of your data center, you can effectively break others.

And IT projects certainly don’t happen in a vacuum. In this economy, the technology projects that get the green light need to show ROI and provide immediate efficiencies – as demands continue to mount (but resources and budgets are flat at best).

You’re invited to spend a morning at a free seminar with storage and IT infrastructure expert Greg Schulz and storage and virtualization experts from Hitachi Data Systems and Datalink where you’ll walk away with practical advice on how to:

  • Ensure that your initial virtualization deployment is realizing its potential in efficiency, ease of data management and utilization
  • Properly assess the potential threats virtualization poses to your storage and network infrastructures and how to turn these threats into efficiencies
  • Maximize the 2.0 phase of your virtualization deployment – going beyond consolidation and ease of management to truly transform your data center

Delegate seats at this FREE breakfast seminar are extremely limited. To claim your seat, call Amanda Lamb at (508) 621-5574 or apply online. After the seminar, network with your peers and enjoy a complimentary box lunch.

Your peers who attended already this year has this to say:

-- "Great neutral views! Industry trends without sales pitch was nice and refreshing!"

-- "I definitely learned a few new ideas. Great diversity in speakers who didn't preach to the audience, but instead had conversations with attendees."

-- "Very informative overview that gave me some new things to think about as we move forward.”

What You’ll Learn

The key is a coordinated approach to designing end to end enterprise virtualization solutions. Scaling out a server virtualization project without considering the impact on networks and storage can have negative impacts on performance, reliability and cost. Building a highly scalable, reliable and flexible storage infrastructure is essential for any mission critical application. Virtualized applications add complexity to many enterprise tasks including backup and disaster recovery.

This seminar will show how to avoid these problems and how to optimize for performance that goes above and beyond your initial virtualization-relation gains.

Key Takeaways:

  • The benefits of a virtualized intelligent storage infrastructure aligned to enterprise application requirements.
  • How to design and deploy an enterprise storage infrastructure to support virtualized server environments.
  • The options for protecting mission critical applications within virtual infrastructures.
  • How new capabilities such as Site Recovery Manager can accelerate disaster recovery initiatives and save significant dollars in the process.
  • How thin provisioning, deduplication and tiered storage can produce meaningful ROI in a short time.

Again, space is limited and we will stop accepting applications once the seminar registration is full. To claim your seat, apply online today, or call Delegate Relations Representative Amanda Lamb at (508) 621-5574

About Greg Schulz

Founder, Sr. Consulting Analyst, StorageIO Group
As founder of the 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. He has worked for several vendors before joining an industry analyst firm and later forming StorageIO. In addition to his analyst and research duties, Greg is a prolific writer, blogger, and sought after speaker appearing regularly at venues around the world. Greg is author of the books "The Green and Virtual Data Center” (Auerbach) and "Resilient Storage Networks (Elsevier)". Learn more here.

About Datalink and Hitachi Data Systems Speakers

Kent Christensen, Practice Manager, Datalink, consults with customers throughout the United States and assists them in assessing their data storage strategies around storage consolidation and virtualization.
Eric W. Stephenson, Director, Emerging Technologies, Hitachi Data Systems, focuses on server virtualization and complementary storage virtualization technologies, with overall focus on emerging technologies.


Register today by calling Amanda Lamb at (508) 621-5574 or applying online.

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Every attendee will have a chance to win an iPod Touch!


8:30 am Registration/Light Breakfast

8:55 am Welcome & Introductions from Datalink

9:00 am Keynote by Greg Schulz, Founder of The StorageIO Group

9:45 am Refreshment Break

9:55 am Kent Christensen, Practice Manager, Datalink

10:40 am Refreshment Break

10:45 am Eric W. Stephenson, Director, Emerging Technologies, HDS

11:30 am Q/A & Box Lunch

12:30 pm Networking

1:00 pm Adjourn


Media Sponsor


Greg Schulz
Founder and Senior Analyst, StorageIO                 

Date & Location

Milwaukee, WI

Thursday, March 12
Hilton Milwaukee City Center

Atlanta, GA

Tuesday, March 17
JW Marriott Buckhead Atlanta

St. Louis, MO

Thursday, March 19
Four Seasons St. Louis

Boston, MA

Tuesday, April 14
Newton Marriott

Chicago, IL

Thursday, April 16
Ritz Carlton Chicago

Philadelphia, PA

Thursday, June 11
Ritz Carlton Philadelphia

About our Sponsors


Datalink Corporation is an information storage architect. The company analyzes, designs, implements, and supports information storage infrastructures that store, protect, and provide continuous access to information. Visit our site here.

Hitachi Data Systems

Hitachi Data Systems develops and delivers Application Optimized Storage™ solutions, including virtualized tiered storage, to maximize each customer’s return on investment and minimize risk. These solutions align IT with business objectives, overcoming such challenges as business continuity, disaster recovery, data lifecycle management, and storage consolidation, while simplifying IT infrastructures. Visit our site here.


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