CommVault Organizes a Data Management Debate at the Data Management Summit

Posted 15 February 2013 5:39 PM by Commvault

According to the countdown clock, as of this writing, we're about 9 days and 15 hours away from the launch of the new Simpana 10 software platform. As reported by Chris Mellor over at El Reg, Simpana 10 will ship with more than 20 million lines of code. Simpana 10 will offer more than 300 new features and upgrades in data and information management and represents the sweat equity of hundreds of people across our company. The team has spent 2.5 years working on this software and they're eager to show it to you, so I guess I could wait a few more days.

I'm also waiting for our inaugural Data Management Summit. Summit sounds very inspirational doesn't it, ascending to new heights and all that. In full disclosure, we're patterning the event off tech field days and thinkamajams you may have heard about. They are awesome events in their own right and I'm proud to have been associated with them and the bright minds behind them. But no one event fits all. Somebody gets excluded—if you're a vendor, you can't be a delegate for some things. If you're not on Twitter, you're not part of others. And if your everyday job doesn't fit into a neat category, well...

We're going to try to solve all that. Since we at Commvault like to integrate multiple functions, content types and capabilities into one platform, we felt it was appropriate to unite different representatives of the data management community, including IT leaders, solutions providers, system integrators, bloggers, industry analysts, and members of the media. We've learned a few things over the years and we're creating an itinerary for the Summit that we hope will be educational, thought-provoking, and yes, inspirational. It's all part of what we do here at Solving Forward headquarters.

The Data Management Summit is hosted by Commvault and it will lead off our #Simpana10 event in NYC starting at 11 a.m. ET, on Monday, February 25, 2013. The panel of forward thinkers will be co-moderated by Rachel Dines of Forrester @RachelDines and Dave Russell of Gartner @Gartner_inc, who will steer conversations in the direction of the following topics:

  • Enabling Mobility & BYOD
  • The Reality of Cloud Computing
  • Controlling Big Data

BYOD means a lot to different people. We'll talk devices for sure, but I have a feeling there's going to be a bit of "bring your own discussion" from the group of distinguished data management debaters:

  • The451 Group: Dave Simpson, senior analyst, storage @The451Group
  • American Municipal Power: Branndon Kelley, VP and CIO @BranndonKelley
  • Backup Central: Curtis Preston, blogger, Backup Central; analyst and Founder, Truth in IT @wcpreston
  • Compugen: Harry Zarek, president and CEO @hzarek
  • Scott Campbell, managing editor @ScottCmpbell
  • Eagle Software: Dave Hiechel, president and CEO @DHiechel
  • Enterprise Strategy Group: Jason Buffington, senior analyst, data protection @jbuff
  • Evaluator Group: Russ Fellows, senior partner @evaluator_group
  • Family Search: Ed Donakey, VP, strategic relations, deputy chief genealogy officer
  • Fiserv: Gail Bymun, director of enterprise storage
  • Forsythe Solutions: Kevin Keuning, VP, storage solutions @ForsytheTech
  • IDC: Robert Amatruda, research director, data protection and recovery @RobertAmatruda
  • IT Business Edge: Mike Vizard, blogger @mvizard
  • LWG Consulting: Paul Slager, director of IT @pslager
  • Nth Generation: Dan Molina, CTO
  • Rackspace: Steve Mills, CIO @rackspace
  • SearchStorage: Dave Raffo, senior editor @SearchStorageTT
  • Speaking in Tech, Greg Knieriemen, blogger @Knieriemen
  • Storage Strategies NOW: Deni Connor, founding analyst @dconnor
  • Temple University Health: Tracy Riggio, IT manager @TempleHealthMed
  • ZDNet: Larry Dignan, editor-in-chief @ldignan

They'll be joined by two Commvault data management experts: Brian Brockway, VP of product management, and Jeff Echols, senior director of product marketing and business development @jeffbechols.

How you can participate:

  • Watch the Livestream – We'll start at 11 a.m. ET, February 25, which will be live on Monday morning. Afterward we'll post the recording so you can watch it at your convenience.
  • Tweet along – Don't have time to live-watch? We'll have a whole lot of live-tweeting going on. Use our hashtag #DataForward (yes, a mashup of data management and Solving Forward) to get our attention. Don't be shy about asking questions and we'll make sure they get asked and answered during the roundtable.
  • Comment – We'll post pics and other sundries on Storify and Facebook. More details to come.

If you have any questions you'd like to submit to our panelists in advance, please email or tweet me at or @liemnguyen.