December 2010

Storage Visions 2011

New Dimensions Drive Digital Storage at the 2011 Storage Visions Conference

By: Tom Coughlin, Coughlin Associates

The Tenth Annual Storage Visions Conference will be held at the Riviera Hotel Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 4 – 5, 2011. Storage Visions provides a vision for digital storage and the distribution of high definition, stereoscopic content through an ever increasing number of channels.

Conference registration is now open, including a pre-conference SSD tutorial. To register for SV 2011 and the SSD Tutorial go to: Hotel reservation information (low reduced rates for 2011 for recently updated rooms and close to the Las Vegas Convention Center) can be found at:

Sponsors include Micron as a Platinum sponsor. Toshiba America Information Systems is a Gold as well as Lanyard Sponsor. Silver sponsors include Active Storage, Imation, Intel and SanDisk (also the conference bag sponsor). Other bronze sponsors and exhibitors include Calypso Systems, DataDirect Networks, Drive Savers, EasyCo, Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Infortrend, IoSafe, NetApp, NVELO, OCZ Technology, Samsung, Silicon Image, SNIA SSSI, Synapse Design, Trusted Computing Group, Verbatim and Viking Modular Solutions. Marketwire is the newswire sponsor.

The conference agenda covers major applications and products driving digital storage. Higher resolution, stereoscopic content will swell performance and storage capacity requirements for an ever greater library of digital content. Participating companies include Active Storage, Ascent Media, Data Direct Networks, Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Imation, Intel, Micron Technology, NetApp, NVELO, Oracle, Samsung, SanDisk, Silicon Image, Seagate Technology, SNIA, Toshiba, Trusted Computing Group and Western Digital among many others. More details on the conference agenda are given below.

Day 1 (Tuesday January 4, 2011):
Introduction: Tom Coughlin, Coughlin Associates

  • A1: Digital Storage Bridges the Gap of Professional and Consumer Content Creation and Production- This session addresses digital storage and the requirements for capturing, editing and archiving content. The industry is being transformed by file-based workflows, as major studios and theatres embrace digital cinema and high resolution 3D content and as ever larger content libraries are created and maintained.
  • Keynote Speech 1 Robert Tercek
  • B1: Finding, Protecting and Using Content- This session explores the latest developments in archiving, content indexing and searching, including automated metadata generation as well as data recovery. It also examines the role digital storage will play in providing greater privacy protection. We’ll also look at new products and specifications that will make content more secure as well as easier to find and use.
  • Keynote Speech 2
  • C1: Analyst Perspectives: Tomorrow’s Entertainment Storage—Opportunities and Challenges- Learn what VCs are investing in as tomorrow’s opportunities. What do leading analysts think are the hot new technologies and drivers for growth in professional entertainment and consumer storage markets?
  • D1: Drivers and Enablers of Mobile Device Storage – Find out about exciting new storage architectures for mobile computer and computer-like devices including thin client Android computers with cloud access, SSD-based computers, hybrid and dual storage computers offering the advantages of flash memory and hard disk drives.
  • E1: Tomorrow’s Storage for Home, Office and Entertainment- Find out about the latest in storage technologies such as hard disk drives, solid state drives, flash memory, optical discs and brand new storage technologies. Learn about new standards that will be used to create effective, green and speedy storage devices and networks.

Day 2 (Wednesday January 5, 2011):

  • A2: A Field of Dreams: More Stuff in CE Devices- Digital storage is crucial to product design whether for MP3 players, mobile phones or life logs. Hear how leading designers of consumer products and storage developers are working together to meet this critical need in the future. Find out the latest in storage technology. What are options to protect and recover your content?
  • Keynote Speech 3 Brian David Johnson, Futurist and Director, Future Casting, Interactions and Experience Research, Intel
  • B2: Improving the Infrastructure for High Resolution Content Applications- High resolution content on consumer electronic devices requires more writing and reading, continuous connectivity, greater levels of power and power management, more sophisticated operating systems and other software and new display technologies. Find out about the technologies for making better CE devices and find out about amazing products that will change our world and boost digital storage demand.
  • C2: Opportunities and Challenges for Consumer and Enterprise Cloud Storage- Distributing content as well as on-line back-up and disaster recovery are driving demand for remote storage. This session exposes the storage requirements and trends for on-line content delivery and remote storage. Learn about new business opportunities and how they’ll impact the growth and use of storage in his growing market.
  • Keynote Speech 4, Dean Klein, Micron
  • D2: Content Delivery Where Ever and When Ever- Find out about the latest trends in physical content distribution including optical and solid state approaches. Learn about how digital signage depends upon storage. Hear about technologies that promise to provide comprehensive and reliable network access to commercial and personal content. How will social networking and remote storage change content delivery? Can physical distribution compete against or live with content downloading?
  • E2: Saving, Sharing and Protecting Family Content- As home storage requirements increase we need new ways to organize, backup, share and manage our personal and commercial content. Find out about the technology and business models enabling direct attached and networked storage for consumers. This is one of the biggest growth areas in consumer storage-find out why.