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Tuesday, April 29th 2008
Virtualization: Enabling Disaster Recovery for the Masses

  • Steve Duplessie, Founder and Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group Learn More
  • Dave DuPont, CEO, SANRAD, Inc. Learn More
  • Eric D. Nelson, Director of Information Technology / CIO, St. Joseph Healthcare Learn More
  • Virtualization: Enabling Disaster Recovery for the Masses

    Learn how virtualization technologies have dramatically altered the landscape for disaster recovery.  Discover the tremendous benefits users can achieve by integrating virtualization throughout the infrastructure stack - servers, networks, and storage - to provide a low-cost, easy-to-implement and manage disaster recovery solution that is now affordable to everyone!

    Steve Duplessie, Senior Analyst and Founder of Enterprise Strategy Group, will discuss how server virtualization technologies such as VMware have enabled many small, medium, and large organizations to implement open systems disaster recovery in much the same way that mainframe shops have enjoyed for years.

    Dave DuPont, CEO of SANRAD, will share the benefits and best practices around storage network virtualization, including solutions optimized for virtual server environments.  Disaster recovery does not have to be difficult or expensive.

    Eric Nelson, Director of Information Technology and CIO of St. Joseph Healthcare, will discuss the disaster recovery challenges the hospital faced and ways to overcome key obstacles, such as vendor lock-in and high costs in a virtualized environment.

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    SANRAD, the market leader in open iSCSI SAN, transforms the way that enterprises implement and manage storage solutions by providing any physical or virtual server with low-cost, robust SAN connectivity and management.


    SANRAD delivers intelligent storage networking switches with integrated virtualization, management, and disaster recovery services. SANRAD V-Switches and unique integrated software technology provide open, high-availability solutions optimized for server consolidation and virtualization.


    With SANRAD, enterprises gain the simplicity and low cost of iSCSI along with the reliability and high performance of Fibre Channel SAN. SANRAD V-Switches are storage agnostic, thereby providing IT managers complete flexibility to adopt any storage which best meets cost, performance and reliability needs. Storage can be managed and virtualized anywhere without any disruption to operations.


    SANRAD is a member of the RAD Group, a family of more than 20 independent companies that together make up one of the largest multi-national networking providers.


    For more information:   http://www.sanrad.com/



    Steve Duplessie, Founder and Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group 

    Steve Duplessie is the founder of and Senior Analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group. Recognized worldwide as the leading independent authority on enterprise storage, Steve has also consistently been ranked as one of the most influential IT analysts.


    Steve is one of the most sought-after speakers in the industry at trade shows, press meetings, conferences and industry events worldwide. Known for his “pull no punches” straight shooting style, Steve has been the keynote speaker at events throughout the United States, Europe and Asia – and has appeared on multiple international television programs. Steve’s presentations are renowned for being educational, opinionated, thought-provoking and entertaining, as well as for drawing “standing room only” capacity crowds.


    Prior to founding ESG, Steve was the founder and CEO of Invincible Technologies Corp., a manufacturer of fault-tolerant NAS systems. Prior to founding ITC, Steve held management positions at Clearpoint Research, where he started and ran a storage peripherals business unit for several years. Prior to Clearpoint, Steve began his career at EMC in sales.


    Steve graduated from Babson College, Wellesley, MA with a BA/BS. He lives in Franklin, MA with his wife Jessica, kids Kaitlyn, Jason, Michael and Lily, as well as their dog Abby and cat Floyd.


    Dave DuPont, CEO, SANRAD, Inc.

    Dave DuPont has almost two decades of experience in the IT industry. He has directed innovative management teams while successfully exploiting new market opportunities in large Fortune 50 companies as well as venture-funded private startups. Dave joined the company as Senior Vice President in February of 2006.


    Before joining SANRAD, Dave was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Plasmon. In this role he completely revamped the organization’s sales strategy and organization, successfully establishing Plasmon’s blue laser-based Ultra Density Optical technology as the new professional optical storage standard.


    Dave has also served as Vice President, Marketing and Business Development at Lefthand Networks, a provider of clustered iSCSI array solutions, and led Dell Computer Corporation’s North American Precision Workstation business. Earlier in his career, Dave was with the Hewlett-Packard Company, where he served in a variety of increasingly responsible marketing management roles in the company’s PC and UNIX systems businesses.


    Dave holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard.

    Eric D. Nelson, Director of Information Technology / CIO, St. Joseph Healthcare

    Eric has over 18 years of experience in the IT industry.  He has worked in all facets of IT including healthcare, manufacturing and software development.   He became the Director of Technology for St. Joseph Healthcare in 2005.

    In the past five years, he has focused most of his energy into designing, building and managing data centers.  He has also worked globally, with a Fortune 500 company, moving data centers around the world. His expertise lies in architecture and his ability to design and customize innovative systems.

    Eric currently lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife Yvonne, and their two children, Adam and Abby.

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