At EMC World, I was fortunate enough to facilitate our first-ever Big Data Storage Summit. Imagine a room with 20 or so people, each facing their own unique flavor of stupendous storage requirements.
Our working premise going in was that big data storage requirements were fundamentally different than the more familiar enterprise requirements. Not only the technology, but also aspects of the operational environment, funding model and other contextual aspects.
We were directionally correct, but we fortunately ended up getting surprised in several regards. That's what these sessions are really all about -- opening yourself up to being repeatedly surprised.