For some reason, when I consider Catalyst, mental images of the beach, the sun, great food, and lush golf courses come to mind. Maybe it's because San Diego has been my favorite location of all the Catalyst venues over the years. But regardless of location, Catalyst has always been the place where Burton Group delivered top-quality IT industry insight...and 2008 is shaping up to be our best event ever.
Over the past 9 months, Data Center Strategies has focused on technologies commonly found within data centers including server virtualization, server and storage platforms, backup and archive, disaster recovery, iSCSI, systems management, and a plethora of other items. It's been a fantastic ride thus far. As I have gotten to know many of you and discuss your data center plans, I find these topics all the more fascinating. But I can honestly say, that I think the best is yet to come for DCS, especially at Catalyst 2008.
If you recall from Catalyst 2007, DCS was the new kid on the block -- with one introductory topic (The Efficient Data Center). In 2008, the DCS theme is "Building the Dynamic Data Center" and will feature four content-laden topics including:
- Server Virtualization: Beyond Consolidation. Sure, server virtualization is the key to data center consolidation, but is that it? Hardly. Chris Wolf is your guide through this topic as he explores subjects such as virtualization automation, virtualization high availability, and client virtualization. You'll be sure not to miss the licensing "round table" where Chris puts the vendors on the "hot seat".
- Storage for the Virtual Data Center. Is server virtualization the killer app for network storage? What role does storage virtualization play in the dynamic data center? Who will win the battle royale between iSCSI and FCoE? Nik Simpson and Gene Ruth are teaming up to tackle this subject.
- Data Center Efficiency: Energize, Miniaturized, and Highly Available. The dynamic data center is not only agile, but also maintains business continuity while increasing operational efficiency. This track will look at data center efficiency from a power and space perspective, as well as, defining the metrics and success factors for business continuity. Richard Jones is your man here.
- Data Center Automation. Management automation and orchestration across the enterprise will lead the way to the dynamic data center. However, several roadblocks exist to achieving automated infrastructure management required for service oriented IT. This topic takes a look at the technologies required to achieve management interoperability and data center automation.
Speaking slots for Catalyst 2008 are now open. If you have an idea for a session for any of these topics, please submit a topic-related abstract. Check out the submission form linked from www.catalyst.burtongroup.com/na08/SpeakersAbout.html.
Hope to see you in San Diego!
[posted by: Drue Reeves]