Sunshine and Storage?A Great Combination for SNW 2013

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I just got back from sunny Orlando and no, I wasn't at Disney World with all of the spring break visitors, but the SNW 2013 show was the next "happiest place on earth" for those in the storage industry.

The theme of this year's show was "Intelligent Architecture for the Data Driven Business," and there were some great end users in attendance and lots of sizeable companies with even more sizable storage needs. I saw folks from Sweden, Australia, California, Texas, and Florida (of course).

SNW was the perfect venue for updating these companies on the many storage options available and the latest technologies and trends in data storage. There was a good flow of attendee traffic and interest in learning about storage products and the differences between vendor offerings.

The education track was excellent. I spent a majority of the three days attending the sessions, most of which were full or close to full throughout the day. From these sessions and conversations with attendees, a few topics and trends emerged including:

  • Cloud Interface Technologies. Evolving cloud interface technologies that allow movement of data between clouds.
  • SSD Hybrid Systems. SSD market is needing a few SSD-only appliances, and the true differentiation and larger demand for SSD-storage is in hybrid systems.
  • Data Growth. How to architect to deal with rapid unstructured data growth.

Curtis Preston of Truth in IT was at the show and provided a little comic relief with his parody videos about the storage industry. If you have a chance, check them out. Here’s one of my favorites: "Rescue me from Pain (A parody)."

Did you attend SNW this year? If so, what were your impressions of the show?