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2022 data storage conference list reflects cloud, flash trends

In 2022, storage vendors returned to in-person shows. The data storage conference calendar included such major events as Dell Technologies World and HPE Discover.

Every season is conference season now.

The prevalence of a virtual option means events -- from single webinars to multiday conferences -- are spread throughout the year, rather than focused on specific periods. With the COVID-19 pandemic still a major disturbance more than two years after it started, events remain in a perpetually fluid state. Some conferences are in-person, some are virtual and some are both. All are subject to change at a moment's notice.

Storage-focused conferences -- as well as more general IT shows that feature a storage element -- include some of the biggest names in IT: Dell, HPE and VMware, for example.

The data storage conference field in 2022 tackled a variety of important issues, including work in and after the pandemic, flash memory, cloud and security. Several of the events offer video of sessions online.

A roundup of 2022 data storage events

USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST), Feb. 22-24

This show gathered researchers and practitioners to explore new directions in the design, implementation, evaluation and deployment of storage systems, according to the conference website. Topics included persistent memory, SSDs and deduplication. The 20th edition of the event was in person in Santa Clara, Calif., but sessions are available to view on the conference website.

Linux Storage, Filesystem, Memory Management & BPF Summit, May 2-4

This data storage conference gathered R&D experts and kernel subsystem maintainers to design and implement improvements to the Linux file system, storage and memory management subsystems, according to the event website. These improvements are expected to enter the mainline kernel and Linux distributions in the next two to four years. The invitation-only event, which The Linux Foundation manages, was in person in Palm Springs, Calif., as well as virtual.

Dell Technologies World, May 2-5

The 2022 edition of this major show was the first one since Dell spun off VMware. At last year's Dell Technologies World, the vendor launched its Apex storage-as-a-service line. The data storage conference this year included more details on Project Alpine cloud storage products and featured more than 150 breakout sessions, meet-the-expert and whiteboard sessions, hands-on labs and certifications. Tracks included multi-cloud and as a service, the future of work, data innovation and modern security. The event was in person in Las Vegas but also had a virtual component.

SNIA Persistent Memory + Computational Storage Summit, May 24-25

The 10th annual Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Persistent Memory + Computational Storage Summit was a virtual event with live keynotes and panel discussions, as well as breakout sessions and demonstrations. Sessions, now available to view on demand, covered topics such as NVMe computational storage, Compute Express Link and new memory technologies. The nonprofit SNIA is made up of member companies that span the storage market. Its mission is to develop and promote vendor-neutral architectures, standards and educational services for the storage industry.

HPE Discover, June 28-30

HPE Discover was billed as the "Edge-to-Cloud Conference," and it covered secure connectivity, hybrid cloud, AI and data analytics. HPE's storage division has been busy lately with the GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform among its top offerings. This year's HPE Discover was heavy on GreenLake news, including the addition of disaster recovery services. HPE Discover was in person in Las Vegas, but sessions are available on demand.

Flash Memory Summit, Aug. 2-4

Flash Memory Summit was back in 2022 after taking 2021 off. In 2020, SearchStorage and Flash Memory Summit paired up to provide unlimited access to keynote and session presentations. This year's data storage conference was in person in Santa Clara, Calif. Topics included storage and memory tiering, SSD controllers and data security.

Storage Developer Conference, Sept. 12-15

Storage Developer Conference, a SNIA event, was in person in Fremont, Calif. Topic tracks included DNA data storage, storage resource management, computational storage and emerging technologies. The conference also featured a 25th anniversary celebration of SNIA. Video is available for purchase on demand.

Nasuni CloudBound, Oct. 4 and 6

Nasuni CloudBound22 was a virtual event that featured keynotes, panel discussions, fireside chats and demos, according to the show's website. Topics included cyber resilience, ransomware, data protection, hybrid cloud and multi-cloud. Video is available on demand with registration.

NetApp Insight, Nov. 1-3

As it was in 2021, NetApp Insight 2022 was a digital event. At the show, the vendor unveiled BlueXP, a new console that provides an overview of NetApp's services on NAS or S3 storage in one web interface, along with the ability to migrate data across any NetApp service.

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