The storage industry lacks a multi-vendor conference that focuses more on educating IT professionals than on selling gear. Today, most IT conferences are sponsored by a single vendor (VMworld, Dell Technologies, HPE Discover, NetApp Insight and Hitachi Next) there is nothing wrong with these conferences and they allow other vendors to participate but those vendors can only participate if they are not competitors to the host. Also, the overwhelming majority of presentations are obviously focused on that vendor’s products. IT needs something more and an event that doesn’t require yet another trip to Las Vegas.
To deliver what IT professionals really need, Quinn Mitchel and his team have created the Storage Technology Showcase. The inaugural event is in Grapevine TX in the Dallas Fort Worth Area on March 12-15th. Each day is packed, and I mean packed, with educational presentations given by industry analysts (including yours truly). Each day focuses on a specific practice that IT Professionals need to know. Day one focuses on Mass Storage – Cloud, Object Storage and Tape. Day two is all about High Performance Storage — Disk, SSD and Flash. Day three is all about the future — metadata, bandwidth and analytics.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Area is one of the largest in the US and has thousands of organizations yet it is often completely ignored for these types of events. It is important that the DFW IT community supports this event not only to get great information and insight but also to make sure more events like this come to the area!
The cost of the conference is $680 which includes complete access to the conference, including 23 sessions as well as breakfast and dinner. The first ten Storage Switzerland readers get 10% off by using 2019DISCOUNTS discount code during registration.