The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is hosting the 6th Storage Developer Conference (SDC) in the Hyatt Regency in beautiful Santa Clara, CA (Silicon Valley) on the week of September 14th. This event is also co-located with the CIFS/SMB/SMB2 Plugfest. For those working with storage technologies, this event gathers a unique crowd and includes a rich agenda that you can find at http://www.snia.org/events/storage-developer2009/agenda2009.

Looking at the agenda, you can see it includes presentations and/or panels with key industry players like Amazon, Brocade, EMC, Emulex, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, Isilon, The Linux Foundation, LSI, Microsoft, NetApp, The Samba Team, Sun, Symantec, Tata, Ubiqx, Western Digital and Wipro, just to mention a few names you should readily recognize.

Microsoft is the CIFS/SMB/SMB2 Plugfest Underwriter and the presentations from Microsoft include topics like BranchCache, Green Technologies, Data Classification on File Servers, Windows File System Transactions, SMB version 2.1, Storage in Virtual Machine Manager, SMB2 Model Based Testing, File Server Capacity Tool (FSCT), DFS-Namespaces Scalability, Storage Management and Delete Notifications in Windows 7. Microsoft is also participating in the panel on Cloud Storage. I am helping deliver the presentations on FSCT and DFS-N, along with a few colleagues, and I will also spend time at the PlugFest.

On last thing about the SDC and probably one of the most important ones is that the presentations are usually delivered to developers by the actual product teams and frequently the actual developer of the technology is either delivering the presentation or is in the room to take questions. That kind of deep insight is not common in every conference out there. For instance, I remember last year when there was a discussion (during Q&A) about something related to both NTFS and SMB. It was great to see senior developers from both teams in the room (one was the presenter and one was in the audience), discussing with attendees a specific topic that spanned both the local file system and the remote file serving protocol.

Registration is open at  http://www.snia.org/events/storage-developer2009/ and you should definitely plan to be there. If you are attending, leave a comment and let’s plan to meet when we get there!

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