Bringing fierce competitors together in the same room usually conjures up images of struggle and aggression. But at the IBM Haifa Systems and Storage Seminar 2003, on November 24, 2003, IT professionals from rival companies met with leading university researchers for a day of collaboration, exchange, and networking.
The seminar's lectures were divided between those focusing on storage technology topics and those that addressed systems issues. Half of the seminar's lectures were given by industry representatives, from such firms as Voltaire and StoreAge, while the other half were presented by representatives of leading Israeli universities, such as the Technion - Israel Institute for Technology, Ben Gurion University, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Three of the presentations at the seminar were given by IBM Haifa researchers.
The keynote address, delivered by Brian Pawlowski, vice-president and chief architect of Network Appliance, addressed trends and issues in storage scalability and performance.
The seminar's presentations focused on topics such as object-based storage, copy services, cutting-edge Grid computing challenges, end-to-end systems management, and autonomic computing.
Alain Azagury, manager of the IBM Haifa Labs Storage and Systems Department, said the seminar plays a crucial role in encouraging professional collaboration.
"It's vital that these two disciplines work together," noted Azagury. "By bringing together researchers and developers from these two areas, we contribute to mutual enrichment and collaboration, which can lead to innovation in both areas."
Azagury also called on presenters to meet the challenge of the 2004 systems and storage seminar-the end-to-end management of virtualized systems.
Presentations from the seminar and abstracts are available from the seminar program site, http://www.haifa.il.ibm.com/Workshops/SystemsAndStorage2003/agenda.html.