Changing Storage Vendors: What is Important?
Changing storage vendors is a decision that is not taken without careful consideration by IT professionals. There are a number issues when changing vendors: operational changes required, different business relationships, transitions for data and workloads, etc. These changes introduce risk and additional effort from IT – to the point that changing vendors is a project.
In this interactive discussion, Sr. Analyst Randy Kerns will cover when and why to change storage vendors, how to evaluate potential new vendors and finally, how to evaluate storage solutions offered by a vendor when making a decision to change.
About Sr. Strategist Randy Kerns
Randy draws from over 35 years of experience in helping storage companies design and develop products. Today, he is Evaluator Group’s key strategist in identifying major trends and shifts in the IT Data Center. He spends much of his time advising Evaluator Group IT end-user clients on architectures and acquisitions.
Previously, Randy was Vice President of Storage and Planning at Sun Microsystems. He also developed disk and tape systems for the mainframe attachment at IBM, StorageTek, and two startup companies. Randy also designed disk systems at Fujitsu and Tandem Computers.
Prior to joining Evaluator Group, Randy served as the CTO for ProStor, where he brought products to market addressing a long-term archive for Information Technology and the Healthcare and Media/Entertainment markets.
He has also written numerous industry articles and papers as an educator and presenter, and he is the author of two books: Planning a Storage Strategy and Information Archiving – Economics and Compliance. The latter is the first book of its kind to explore information archiving in depth. Randy regularly teaches classes on Information Management technologies in the U.S. and Europe.
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