5th Annual Server Blade Summit
2006


 

The 5th Annual Server Blade Summit in 2006 was held from April 18 - 20 in California. It featured server blade design, product creation and telecom centre and data application, according to a press release. For several years this was the Server Blade Summit's website.
Content is from the site's 2006 archived pages.

 

Server Blade Summit is the only worldwide conference and exhibition dedicated to the rapidly emerging server blade technology segment. 
And it’s a great place to meet with your peers and other industry experts.

 

"Server blades are the fastest growing segment of the server market," says Lance Leventhal, Server Blade Summit programme chairperson, adding: "The blade market exceeded $2 billion in 2005, growing by 84% over 2004; and server blade applications are expanding into new areas." The Summit will address the challenges of reaching new verticals, application types, and markets such as small and medium business.

Server Blade Summit 2006 Keynote Speakers

Summit Chairperson

Doug Balog photo Randy Allen photo Daniel Fleisher photo
Doug Balog
IBM
Anil Vasudeva
IMEX Research
Randy Allen
AMD
Daniel Fleischer
IDC

Server Blade Summit

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Server Blade Summit 2006 is designed to provide attendees with practical information on the following:

  • Server hardware & software
  • Server consolidation
  • Server management
  • Storage networking
  • Interconnect
  • Power & cooling issues
  • High-availability systems
  • Clustering
  • Storage & networking interfaces
  • Best practices
  • Open specifications & standards
  • Data center applications
  • Server architecture
  • Hot-swapping
  • AdvancedTCA
  • Grid computing

Intended Audience:

  • Network & computer managers
  • CIOs, IT, & IS managers
  • Hardware & software designers
  • Field technicians
  • Communications & networking specialists
  • Data center designers & managers
  • Venture capitalists
  • System analysts & engineers
  • Telco center managers & engineers
  • Embedded system designers
  • Applications engineers
  • Engineering managers
  • Solution providers & consultants
  • VARs, OEMs, systems integrators
  • Server hardware & software specialists
  • Design services companies
  • Marketing & product managers
  • Test engineers

 



 

Chairperson's Message



Daniel Fleischer
Senior Research Analyst
IDC

The server blade market in 2005 topped $2 billion for the first time, growing by 84% over 2004. Blades remain the main growth area in the server market and remain at the forefront of IT and data center managers in most surveys. Today we have reached a turning point in the adoption of server blades. Most early adopters have now deployed blades, and the challenge lies in how to reach into new verticals, application types, and markets such as small and medium business (SMB).  Many problems must be resolved to demonstrate the blade value proposition and therefore stimulate adoption in new user groups. As Margaret Thatcher once said, "What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose!" We have today put the building blocks in place and are positioned well to fuel further market growth. However, we must focus continually on execution to realize this potential.

Simplification is the driving force behind most enterprise IT purchases today. Demands on the data center exploded in-line with scale out strategies, and operating expenses (OpEx) increased accordingly. Reducing OpEx is now a focus of both users and vendors. Blades can play a key role here, having been designed with management in mind from the ground up. However, we still need better management tools, and vendors have certainly picked up on this.

Management is key for blades to deliver on their promise. Indeed, we expect vendor offerings to be differentiated at this level looking forward. Automation has remained a major value proposition in efforts to reduce OpEx. The ability to manage multiple systems at the click of a single button is certainly compelling.  When combined with virtualization and redundant pools of server blades, it makes for a powerful story. Users do not want to have to learn and use multiple consoles with varied characteristics and terminologies to perform simple management operations.

Today's blade deployments remain project based, focused around key verticals within large enterprises. We typically see blade infrastructure, such as the chassis, pre-deployed to allow rapid scaling as required. As the next refresh cycle picks up steam, we expect replacement of traditional rack-optimized systems when the value proposition is proven in working environments. The development of reproducible integrated solutions along with dedicated channel education will also assist growth through SMBs.

Ultimately, new infrastructure purchases will be application-driven as users look to IT to solve business problems. With this in mind, we must create an ecosystem around blades, such as we are trying to do at the Server Blade Summit! Certainly in Europe we are seeing vendors partner with ISVs to develop true "Utility Computing" solutions.  They will ensure maximum ROI, as well as the unified approach users want.

Standardization also will play a major role. Customers are looking for industry standard solutions that fit into the now commonplace multivendor environments.  Although we do not expect to see standards based blade chassis near-term, installations are likely to have multi-vendor chassis offerings with standardized management. We do today see a sustained trend towards industry standard based solutions, including migration from proprietary RISC/ Unix servers onto x86 systems. Blades make an excellent platform on which to base such projects!

Price point remains an issue with ROI being an important metric.  Investment protection is a major factor due to multiyear project life cycles.  The blade market remains immature, and is still in a period of mergers, acquisitions, and failures.  Business pain points are driving IT demand. Pricing alone is insufficient, and vendors will differentiate at the management level with blades being an essential technology platform.

The interconnection mechanism involves choosing from a crowded field.  There are many candidates, including InfiniBand, PCI Express, and Gigabit Ethernet..  None has much of a track record.  It will surely take several years for a shakeout to occur.  So far, Ethernet and PCI Express look like winners due largely to familiarity and wide use in other applications.

Peripherals are a further problem.  One needs to monitor blades remotely, presumably through a KVM (keyboard-video-mouse) system.  One also needs to share storage, presumably through a SAN, to reduce overall costs.  As usual, the reality is more complex than the idea.  And scalability is an issue, since most KVM systems can handle only a few devices.

Power and cooling are presenting blade users with significant problems. Certainly today's data centers cannot handle completely filled racks. Is it cheaper to retrofit or build new facilities?  Surely all new ones should take high-density blades into account.  Ever-increasing energy costs have a major impact here as well.

Upper management continues to put great pressure on data centers to cut costs. Indeed, we expect IT budgets to remain relatively stagnant.  Since OpEx now accounts for around two thirds of total server spending, it is a logical place to focus on for cost-reduction. Consolidation has been the solution of choice, reducing both the physical number of systems and management applications. Looking forward, virtualization will become tightly integrated in the x86 space, nowhere more so than in the blade market where one can assign servers in small modular units.

The future for blades is bright despite the many challenges. IDC forecasts the market to reach $9.6 billion by 2009, representing a compound annual growth rate of over 350%. Please take this opportunity to trade ideas with colleagues and gain new perspectives during presentations from a wide variety of large and small companies.  Learn about hardware, software, interconnect, and applications.  You will hear from well-established companies such as AMD, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Broadcom, Cisco Systems, EMC, Fujitsu-Siemens, IDT, Liebert, APC, Brocade, QLogic,  Samsung, and Tyco, as well as highly touted newcomers such as VMware, Virtual Iron, Altiris, KeyEye Communications, Verari Systems, Cassatt, XenSource, and many others.  If you want to be successful designing server blades, creating products for them, or applying them in data and telecom centers or elsewhere, don’t miss this year’s Server Blade Summit.  See you there!

Daniel Fleischer, Senior Research Analyst, IDC

 



 

Keynotes

Keynote 1: Blades Beyond the Chasm

Doug Balog PhotoDoug Balog 
Vice President Eserver BladeCenter 
IBM

Mr. Douglas Balog, Vice President, IBM BladeCenter Business Line Executive, Systems and Technology Group, is responsible for the overall IBM BladeCenter business and strategy.   Previously, Mr. Balog was Vice President, IBM BladeCenter Development, Systems and Technology Group.  In that role, he was responsible for the technical direction and development of IBM’s BladeCenter products and overall xSeries software.

Until mid-2004, Mr. Balog served as Vice President ofIBM TotalStorage Open Software Development in the Systems and Technology Group, and was responsible for leading the development of open system storage software products and autonomic storage management infrastructure.  At that time he was also the Senior Site Executive of the IBM San Jose, California facility.

Mr. Balog has also served as the Technical Executive on IBM’s integrated account team for Charles Schwab Corporation from January 2001 to April 2002, where he focused on successfully deploying next- generation e-business infrastructure within the client’s Web trading environment. 

From the mid-1990s thru 2000, he worked extensively on the development and deployment of S/390 CMOS high-end servers, and led the design, innovation and strategic direction for OS/390.  In 1998, Mr. Balog was named Director of S/390 software, and was responsible for the S/390 software business, including legacy workloads and new workloads on WebSphere and Linux for S/390.

Mr. Balog spent a year at IBM’s headquarters in Armonk, NY, working on strategic investments in server and storage technologies, as well as IBM’s investments in e-business.

Joining IBM in 1983 as a development programmer, throughout his career, Mr. Balog has held numerous positions in product development and management of servers, software, and storage, and has spent significant time working with IBM’s Enterprise customers.

Mr. Balog graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Computer Science in 1983.

Abstract: Blades Beyond the Datacenter 
Coming soon.


Special Keynote: State of the Server Blade Industry

Anil Vasudeva photoAnil Vasudeva
President and Principal Analyst 
IMEX Research

Anil Vasudeva is the founder, president and chief analyst of IMEX Research & Consulting - a technology-markets research and consulting company specializing in next generation data-center computing infrastructures, Blade Servers, Clustering, High Performance Computing, Network Storage, High Availability and End-to-End IP based Convergence technologies.

Mr. Vasudeva is a 25-year veteran of the computer industry having served as VP Marketing at Destiny Technology Director, Planning and Marketing at Fujitsu, Director of Sales & Marketing at Ricoh and executive marketing and engineering management positions at Amdahl, BusLogic, and Memorex/Burroughs. He has been a business, marketing and product-planning advisor to several start-ups, Fortune 500 and Wall Street Investment Banking companies. Instrumental in creating several industry initiatives, he coined the industry acronym - self-healing (fault tolerant) products. Cited extensively in the press on Computing and Network Storage his articles and citations have appeared in over 65 magazines and trade journals, he has been an invited to keynote at several industry conferences. He acts on several advisory boards. and has chaired several industry associations and conferences in the IT industry.

Mr. Vasudeva has an MSEE from University of Arizona, pursued doctorate studies for three years at UCLA in Solid State Physics and received his MBA from University of Santa Clara.

Abstract: Blade Computing Comes of Age 
Driven by the lure of volume economics inherent in their scalable modular architecture, blades are ushering in a paradigm shift in the IT industry, enabling their adoption as blade PCs, modular small to medium servers all the way to high performance supercomputers. Consolidation achieved through integration of industry standard servers, storage and network elements and using virtualization and autonomic management lie at the heart of this paradigm shift.

Integrated blades-based solutions have started to increase efficiencies and reduce total cost of ownership by as much as 45% in both IT Computing and IP Telecommunications infrastructures. As open standards further crystallize at the physical and API interface levels, vendors are creating product differentiation at the middleware, data management, and vertical industry solutions levels.

Server, Storage, Networking and Management Blades interconnected through high speed fabric midplane are, in effect the Local Area Grids (LAG©s) of today, showing up in Next generation Data Centers. They will, in the future, becomethe nodes connected in Wide Area Grids (WAG©s) at the Campus, Metro, and Long Haul environments.

"Blade Servers will continue to experience an explosive growth in the future,growing to 34% of all server shipments by 2009. The total market opportunity is projected to be over $13.2 billion in blade systems (five year cumulative revenues during 2005-09) and $17.8 billion in Blade Systems and Services, opening up major opportunities for semiconductor, boards, interconnect fabrics, systems, middleware and services vendors and for associated venture investments” said Anil Vasudeva, Principal Analyst & Founder of IMEX Research, a technology markets research and advisory company, based in San Jose, California.


Keynote 2: Virtualization + Blade Servers = New Directions for Enterprise Data Centers

Randy Allen PhotoRandy Allen 
Corporate Vice President
Server and Workstation Division 
Microprocessor Solutions Sector 
AMD

Randy Allen is corporate vice president of the Server and Workstation Division in the Microprocessor Solutions Sector at AMD. In this role, Randy is responsible for our server business’ financial performance, business planning, silicon and platform planning, product management, and brand management. Prior to this role, he was responsible for the silicon design engineering of MSS microprocessor and chipset products.

Allen joined AMD in 1984, and during his twenty-year career has led several teams, including the implementation team of the Athlon microprocessor and the design team for the Opteron and Athlon64 microprocessor and associated chipsets.

Previous to AMD, Allen worked as a design engineer at Hewlett-Packard, where he worked for the HP3000 Business Computer development team.

Allen graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He also received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Abstract:Virtualization + Blade Servers = New Directions for Enterprise Data Centers
Blade servers combined with virtualization technology will revolutionize the enterprise datacenter. Blade servers already represent the ultimate in flexibility, allowing the construction of custom server configurations within a well-defined footprint and power/thermal envelope.

As a core platform technology, a hypervisor is a more efficient approach to virtualization because it leverages silicon assists for virtualization and allows for partitioning of systems with finer granularity than software-based hypervisor. Virtualization technology combined with blade servers leads to scenarios of live migration of virtual machines between blades for dynamic load balancing and system partitioning, as well as fault resiliency and high availability.  

For clients, using virtualization technology in conjunction with the blade server platform extends this flexibility beyond traditional server applications and opens the door to new client computing models. It’s clear that the nexus of blade computing and virtualization will change the way that servers are deployed and used in the enterprise data center.

In this talk, Randy Allen, corporate vice president of the Server and Workstation Division in the Microprocessor Solutions Sector at AMD, will discuss the scope of this new opportunity and offer insights about how these new developments will influence future directions for blade servers and virtualization over the next several years

 



 

An aside: My husband has attended the Server Blade Summit every year since 2001. Often I will come the last day of the summit and then we fly off for a week vacation somewhere else. This year unfortunately it fell on our 10th anniversary. I had been planning a special vacation in Maui to celebrate this milestone for 6 months. I had picked out a lovely beachfront rental in Lahaina on the west coast of the island. Lahaina seemed to be a great location to explore Maui. The historic town of Lahaina was once the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii and the center of the global whaling industry. It's the largest community in West Maui, with around 12,000 permanent residents. It's also known as a tropical getaway with a little something for everyone. When we realized that the summit was going to overlap our Maui vacation, I decided to extend the rental for a second week. Fortunately that week was free. I flew out to Maui with my best friend. She would stay with me for 1 week. The second week my husband would fly in from California at the end of the summit. My the time he arrived I had discovered a number of great restaurants, the best places to go snorkeling and play golf, and had booked us several adventure excursions. I think I might do this again next year when my husband is off to the next Server Blade Summit! Better yet if the summit were held in Maui.

 



 

Server Blade Summit 2006

The 5th Annual Server Blade Summit is the only conference in the Western US dedicated entirely to server blades.  It features half-day tutorials, workshops, paper and panel sessions, keynotes, and exhibits.  Subjects include hardware, software, blade management, standards, networking, storage, architecture, data center applications, specifications, best practices, power and cooling issues, interfaces, grid computing, clustering, server farms, server consolidation, and market research. 

Products of interest include:

  • Server blades
  • Server management software
  • Storage management software
  • Adapters
  • Disk controllers and drives
  • Network interface cards (NICs)
  • Design, consulting, and integration services
  • Test equipment
  • Chip sets
  • Client blades
  • Security and high-availability software
  • Interfaces
  • Cabling and interconnect
  • Connections to LANs and WANs
  • Software support
  • KVM
  • Racks, chassis, enclosures and power supplies

Who Should Participate:

Server Blade Summit is intended for network and computer managers, CIO’s, network engineers, hardware and software designers consultants, systems engineers, system and network integrators, test engineers, engineering managers, and marketing managers working at large computer and telecommunications installations, manufacturers, distributors, VARs, OEMs, system integrators, solution providers, design houses, laboratories, universities, military and government installations, service providers, and software developers.

Why You Should Participate

Server Blade Summit is the ideal place to learn about the most recent products and technologies from those on the cutting edge of development. Technical presentations are given by engineers and technologists, not marketing and sales, and describe only the newest server blade components, many being announced for the first time at the show. The exhibition lets you meet with all the top suppliers in one place

Summit Pricing

 

Pre-Registration Until 4/7/06

After 4/7/06 
or At the Door

Full Conference (Tues-Thurs) Best Value 
Includes access to pre-conference seminars; all sessions; roundtable sessions; panel discussions; exhibits; luncheons; receptions; refreshment breaks; conference proceedings; notebook; handouts; raffels and prize drawings

$1,295 $1,495

Two Day (Wed & Thurs only) 
Includes access to all sessions; roundtable sessions; panel discussions; exhibits; luncheons; Wednesday recepton; refreshment breaks; conference proceedings; notebook; handouts; raffles and prize drawings.

$1,095 $1,295

One Day Technical Program
Includes all activities and exhibit access on day chosen.

$795 $895

Exhibits Only

Free $50

Press Analyst (no charge)

Free Free

Session Chair (no charge)

Free Free

Speaker , non-exhibitor

$300 $1,295

Speaker , exhibitor

Free Free

Proceedings (CD-ROM)

$100 $150

Conference Hours

Day/Date Registration Conference Exhibits

Tues, April 18th

7:00am-9:00am

8:30am-9:00pm

 

Wed, April 19th

7:00am-9:00am

8:30am-7:30pm

Noon-6:30pm

Thurs, April 20th

7:00am-10:00am

9:30am-4:00pm

Noon-2:00pm

 



Special Sessions

IBM Session

Details coming soon.

IDC Special Market Research Session: End-User Perspectives on Server Blade Adoption

Session Description

Global IT Macro-Trends: Consolidation, Virtualisation, Multi-Core, Utility, Power and Cooling - End-user drives for these trends; Where do blades fit in and what does this mean for the future?

End-User Perspectives: Reasons for and against the adoption of server blades including regional differences.

Server Blade Forecast: An overview of IDC's most recent server blade forecast derived from the WW Quarterly Server Forecast product including key assumptions directly affecting server blade growth.

Speaker Bios

Jed Scaramella 
Research Analyst 
Enterprise Server: Technology Market Program 
IDC

Jed Scaramella is a Research Analyst for IDC's Enterprise Server: Technology Market program. In this position he provides in-depth market intelligence on server technology, as well as identifying key aspects of the server industry. His primary  focus in the volume server segment, where he offers research and consulting on several topics including vendor strategies, server provisioning technology and blade server adoption. Additionally, Mr. Scaramella contributes to IDC's Quarterly Server Tracker, providing revenue and shipment data coupled with analysis of the market's key players.

Prior to joining IDC, Mr. Scaramella worked in the marketing field at Holland Mark Advertising in Boston, Massachusetts. In this role, he was responsible for the development of marketing communication plans; detailing the tactics and processes necessary for client positioning. He generated competitive analyses to enhance his clients' understanding of industry environment including competitors’ ad spend levels, media vehicles employed and identification of industry trends. Other responsibilities included negotiating client contract with vendors of various mediums and researching new media opportunities to provide innovative marketing channels.

Mr. Scaramella hold an M.B.A. from Babson College and Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Kelly Quinn
Senior Research Analyst
Enterprise Computing Group
IDC

As Senior Research Analyst with IDC's Enterprise Computing Group, Ms. Quinn is responsible for researching and reporting on both supply and demand-side market developments for IDC's server-based CIS and consulting work. Prior to joining IDC, Ms. Quinn managed competitive intelligence and corporate marketing and communications for PHT Corporation, a wireless software vendor and ASP serving the global biopharmaceutical market.

Ms. Quinn’s experience in market research spans the areas of hardware, software and services across several technology areas. In early 2000, Ms. Quinn founded the global Wireless Technologies practice at Aberdeen Group. As lead wireless analyst for Aberdeen, she was responsible for managing fixed and mobile wireless research, examining both vendor and user issues relating to wireless middleware, hardware and services. While at Aberdeen, she also produced numerous market and vendor reports, webinars and custom consulting projects focusing on B2B and B2C market demand for wireless products and services.

Prior to joining Aberdeen, Ms. Quinn was Senior Research Analyst with Strategy Analytics, a global wireless and technology market research firm. At Strategy Analytics, she produced market forecasts, competitive reports, and other research reports for clients of both subscription and project-based services in the North American Wireless Communications Practice.

Ms. Quinn earned her BA in English from Wesleyan University, CT, USA, and her Post Graduate Diploma in Law from Nottingham Law School, England, UK.

Daniel Fleisher photoDaniel Fleischer 
Senior Research Analyst
IDC

Daniel Fleischer is responsible for all European x86 research and consultancy projects. Within this focus Fleischer specifically covers research surrounding the emergence of server blade technology, utility trends, channel development, and opportunities in the SMB sector.

As part of his remit, Fleischer has taken a prominent role in explaining and commenting on vendors and trends in the various x86 server segments through studies, briefings, teleconferences, and Web casts. He has also provided commentary that has featured in many European publications including ISP World and Network News.

Prior to joining IDC, Fleischer worked for a subsidiary of BRANN Worldwide, employed in the role of market analyst. He was involved with BSKYB digital, designing and setting up strategy for the direct sales team. He graduated from Leeds University with a BSc in medical microbiology, and in his final year project looked at the marketing of antibacterial products to the public.

Ethernet Alliance Information Session

Details coming soon.

 



 

Free Events!

Yes, that's right, free. Registrants may attend all the sessions listed below with an exhibits-only badge.

These events are free for those who have registered before March 31, 2006. For those who do not register in advance the charge is $50.00 at the door

Tuesday, April 18th

5:00-7:00pm

Issues Roundtable on Blade Management

Wednesday, April 19th

9:00-10:00am

Special Panel Session on Venture Capital in the Blade Server Industry

10:15-11:15am

Keynote 1: TBA

11:15-Noon

Special Keynote: State of the Server Blade Industry

Noon-6:30pm

Exhibits Open

1:00-2:00pm

Keynote 2: Virtualization + Blade Servers = New Directions for Enterprise Data Centers

2:00-2:50pm

Workshop A1: Networking in a Blade Infrastructure Environment

3:00-3:50pm

Workshop A2: Preparing Your Data Center for High-Density Blade Servers

4:00-4:50pm

Workshop A3: Backplane Ethernet: An Overview

5:00-6:30pm

All-Industry Reception in the Exhibit Hall

6:30-8:00pm

Beer and Pizza Shootout: What Do We Need Today to Make Blades Succeed?

Thursday, April 20th

9:00-9:50am

IDC Market Research Session

10:00-10:50am

Workshop B1: Paving the Way Toward Best Practices in IT Management

11:00-Noon

Keynote 3: TBA

Noon-2:00pm

Exhibits Open

1:00-2:00pm

Workshop B2 : TBA

1:00-2:00pm

Special User Case Histories Session

2:00-3:00pm

Session 203: Wrap-Up/Market Analysis/Future of Server Blades

2:00-4:00pm

Special Open Tutorial OT1: Introduction to AdvancedTCA (ATCA)

2:00-4:00pm

Special Open Tutorial OT2: Server Consolidation and Virtualization

 

 

 



 

Program At-A-Glance

Tuesday, April 18th
  Tutorial Track A Tutorial Track B
7:00-9:00am
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30-10:30am
Tutorial T1A:
Introduction to Server Blades
Tutorial T1B:
Developing Products from an Open Blade Specification
10:00-10:30am
Break
10:30am-Noon
Tutorial T1A:
Introduction to Server Blades (cont.)
Tutorial T1B: 
Developing Products from an Open Blade Specification (cont.)
Noon-1:30pm
Lunch Break (no luncheon served)
1:30-3:00pm
Tutorial T2A:
Creating a Virtualized Data Center with Blades
Tutorial T2B: (OPEN) 
Preparing Your Data Center for Blade Servers
3:00-3:30pm
Break
3:30-5:00pm
Tutorial T2A:
Creating a Virtualized Data Center with Blades (cont.)
Tutorial T2B 
Preparing Your Data Center for Blade Servers (cont.)
5:00-7:00pm
Issues Roundtable on Blade Management (OPEN)

Wednesday, April 19th
  Session Track A Session Track B Workshop Series A

Exhibits

7:00-9:00am
Registration & Continental Breakfast

 

8:30-10:00am
Session 101:
Networking Issues
Session 102:
Blade Architectures
 
9:00-10:00am
Special Panel Session on Venture Capital in the Blade Server Industry(OPEN)
10:00-10:15am
Break
10:15-11:15am
Keynote Presentation 1: Blades Beyond the Datacenter (OPEN) 
Doug Balog, IBM
 
11:15am-Noon

Special Keynote: State of the Server Blade Industry (OPEN)

Anil Vasudeva, IMEX Research

Noon-1:00pm
Lunch Open
Noon - 6:30pm
1:00-2:00pm
Keynote Presentation 2:
Virtualization + Blade Servers = New Directions for Enterprise Data Centers (OPEN)
Keynote Speaker:
Randy Allen, AMD
2:00-2:50pm
  Workshop A1: (OPEN)
Networking in a Blade Infrastructure Environment
2:00-3:30pm
Session 103:
Storage Issues
Session 104:
Interfaces Panel
 
3:00-3:50pm
  Workshop A2: (OPEN)
Preparing Your Data Center for High-Density Blade Servers
3:30-4:00pm
Break
 
4:00-4:50pm
  Workshop A3: (OPEN) 
Backplane Ethernet: An Overview
4:00-5:30pm
Session 105:
Power and Cooling Issues
Session 106:
Controlling the Consolidated Data Center
 
5:00-6:30pm
All-Industry Reception (OPEN) 
(in Exhibit Hall)
6:30-8:00pm Beer and Pizza Shootout: (OPEN) 
What Do We Need Today to Make Blades Succeed?
 

Thursday, April 20th
  Open Session Track A Open Session Track B Workshop Series B

Exhibits

7:00-10:00am
Registration & Continental Breakfast

 

9:00-9:50am
Bringing 10GbE to the Data Center
(sponsored by the Ethernet Alliance)
9:30-11:00am
Session 201:
Hardware
Session 202:
Software
 
10:00-11:00am
IBM Session Workshop B1: (10-10:50 - OPEN) 
TBA
10:00-11:30am Ethernet Alliance Members Meeting (members only)  
10:00-Noon
Ethernet Alliance Meeting  
11:00-11:50am

IDC Special Market Research Session: End-User Perspectives on Server Blade Adoption

 
11:30-Noon Ethernet Alliance Information Session (OPEN)   Open
Noon - 2pm
Noon-1:00pm
Lunch
1:00-2:00pm
Special User Case Histories Session (OPEN)
Workshop B2: (OPEN) 
TBA
2:00-3:00pm
Session 203: (OPEN) 
Wrap-Up/Market Analysis/Future of Server Blades
   
2:00-5:00pm
Special Open Tutorial OT1: Introduction to AdvancedTCA (ATCA) (OPEN)
2:00-5:00pm
Special Open Tutorial OT2: Server Consolidation and Virtualization(OPEN)

 

 

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