2020 Conference Calendar for the Enterprise Data Storage Leader – UPDATED 3/27/2020

Enterprice Data Storage Conferences

DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK, WE HAVE UPDATED THE FOLLOWING CONFERENCE CALENDAR

Introduction

***When we originally created this calendar in early January 2020, Coronavirus was an isolated health crisis in Wuhan, China.  We could not predict the massive impact it would have on live conference schedules.  It clearly has radically changed the global conference landscape, not to mention specifically one for the enterprise data storage leader.  We have updated the following calendar (as well as the downloadable takeaway) to include if the live conference has shifted to a virtual one, or, the date has been rescheduled. *** 3/27/2020

Conferences are an important part of any industry.  They allow you to meet with your peers in a less formal environment, expand your network and stay on top of all the latest trends and concepts.  But whether you are looking to network, exchange knowledge, learn about the newest ideas and technologies, or promote your business with customers and vendors, you need to know which conferences to attend.

Conferences exclusively dedicated to the enterprise data storage market are fairly fragmented.  With fast moving trends of flash storage, cloud storage, hybrid cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), analytics, High Performance Computing (HPC), on-demand cloud data management, data protection, data backup, disaster recovery, virtualization and big data, it can make your head spin and become difficult to pinpoint one event that outshines the rest.  Therefore, CTG Insights has created a 2020 conference calendar for the enterprise data storage leader who needs to stay on top of the latest trends.

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Strata Data & AI Conference

March 15-18 (San Jose, CA)

Status-Cancelled and merged with Strata Data & AI Superstream March 17-18-Virtual Conference

 

When CTG attended Strata Data NYC last October, conference organizers made mention they were merging the AI and Data conferences together for the 2020 year.  As Ben Lorica, then program chair of the O’Reilly Strata Data and AI Conferences, predicted that soon “some features of AI will be incorporated into every application that we touch, and we won’t be able to do anything without touching an application.”  The Data feeds AI; AI makes sense of data. So it also made sense to combine the O’Reilly Strata Data and AI Conferences.  We have included all three of the Strata Data and AI conferences happening around the world on this list (San Jose, CA, London, UK and New York, NY).

NVIDIA GTC

March 23-26 (Silicon Valley, CA)

Status-Virtual Conference March 22-26

If you are an enterprise data storage leader and are not actively involved with an artificial intelligence (AI) project within your organization, there is a strong probability you will be soon with the mountains of data you are managing.   Data fuels AI projects.  The NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference is the premier event on AI.  Connect with hundreds of experts to get hands-on technical training and insights into the latest AI and data science approaches, applications and breakthroughs.  Choose from 600+ talks, panels, posters and demos covering deep learning, machine learning, cybersecurity, autonomous machines, HPC, intelligent video analytics, healthcare, 5G, VR and more.  Later in the list, you will also find the NVIDIA GPU conference happening in Washington D.C. Oct 19-21.  CTG Insights also expects to see a date and location announced soon for a GPU Technology conference happening in China sometime in December 2020.

Vertica Big Data

March 30 – April 2 (Boston, MA)

Status-Virtual Conference March 31-April 1

 

A data management solutions for analytics (DMSA) leader, an enterprise data storage leader should be aware of Vertica and their solutions on the market and where they are heading.  Their annual conference in Boston was added to the list.

 

Google Cloud Next

April 6-8 (San Francisco, CA)

Status-Virtual Conference April 6-8

With the explosion of cloud storage options on the market, our list includes all the major cloud vendors.  Google Cloud Platform (GCP) continues to gain market share and they also offer Google Cloud Storage.  As an enterprise data storage leader, you can not underestimate the power of Google and what they are capable of.  Google Cloud Next brings together some of the brightest minds in tech for 3 days of networking, learning, and collaboration. Experience the magic of Google Cloud Next alongside IT professionals, developers, executives, and Google experts.

ODSC EAST

April 13-17 (Boston, MA)

Status-Virtual Conference April 14-17

The Open Data Science Conference (ODSC) goal is to bring together the global data science community in an effort to encourage the exchange of innovative ideas and the growth of open source software.  Sheamus McGovern founded ODSC in 2014 and it has grown ever since.  CTG was fortunate enough to participate in the EAST event firsthand last year in Boston and was impressed by its organization and tracks.  This is the conference to engage, to build, to develop, and to learn from the whole data science community.  As an enterprise data storage leader, you may consider attending one of these events to gain insight into the fast moving trends of data science.

Strata Data & AI Conference

April 20-23 (London, UK)

Status-Cancelled 

 

Dell Technologies World

May 4-7 (Las Vegas, NV)

Status-Virtual Conference May 4-7

A dominant player in the enterprise data storage space, Dell Technologies World will have an abundance of sessions dedicated to all storage topics.

IBM Think

May 4-7 (San Francisco, CA)

Status-Virtual Conference May 4-7

Another dominant player in the enterprise data storage market, global technology behemoth IBM holds its annual THINK conference.  Acquire hands-on experience with the latest advancements in open technologies from hybrid multicloud to data and AI – then meet the luminaries who are using them to transform our lives. Think isn’t a single conference for thousands of people. Its thousands of curated conferences in one.

 

Snowflake Summit

June 1-4 (Las Vegas, NV)

Status-Postponed to Fall 2020 

An emerging leader in on-demand cloud data warehousing, Snowflake is certainly a company to keep on your radar if you are an enterprise data storage leader.  Snowflake Summit has six tracks and 160 Snowflake, partner, and customer-led sessions.  Attendees will experience real-world use cases and learn techniques and ideas you can implement in your own organization.

Cisco Live US

May 31-June 4 (Las Vegas, NV)

Status-Virtual Conference June 2-3

While not considered an enterprise data storage vendor, Cisco is a global enterprise technology leader and chances are high their solutions interweave with your organization’s current data storage solutions.  Enterprise data storage leaders should be aware of the movements of Cisco and where they are headed.  “Cisco Live is all about putting IT at the center of everything, because when IT is empowered and celebrated, anything is possible.”

VEEAM ON

May 4-6 (Las Vegas, NV)

Status-Virtual Conference June 17-18

With its recent acquisition by Insight Partners for a whopping $5 B, time will tell what effect this will have on VEEAM’s annual conference.  VEEAM is a Gartner leader in the data backup space with 365,000 customers worldwide.  As an enterprise data storage leader, you would have an opportunity to learn from industry experts on how to leverage the cloud for scalable, efficient data protection to accelerate your business.

HPE Discover

June 23-25 (Las Vegas, NV)

Status-Taking place as planned 

Another leader in the enterprise data storage space according to Gartner, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Discover will have an abundance of sessions dedicated to all storage topics.

Gartner Catalyst

August 24-27 (San Diego, CA)

Status-Cancelled 

Gartner Catalyst brings together a community of trailblazers, thought leaders and industry experts pushing the bounds of architecture and technology.  For four days attendees will have access to research-backed sessions, expert advice on specific challenges and interact with colleagues — all in one place.

vmworld

August 30-Sept 3 (San Francisco, CA)

Status-Taking place as planned 

vmworld is a global conference for virtualization and cloud computing, hosted by VMware.  It is the largest virtualization-specific event.  The conference normally lasts between 3 and 5 days, and consists of breakout sessions, panels, exhibit hall, and hands-on labs.

Pure Storage Accelerate

Date and location coming soon

Status-TBD

Puritans assembled in the fall of 2019 in Austin, TX and CTG had the opportunity to be there with them.  A leader in the flash storage, hybrid cloud and cloud storage market, Pure Storage has big plans for the 2020 year as they execute on the modern data experience.  Accelerate should be a must on your conference list for 2020 as an enterprise data storage leader.  They have yet to release a date and time for their event, but CTG Insights will keep you updated when they do.  Traditionally, Accelerate is a 2 day customer based conference where one will develop connections with fellow customers and partners.  You will gain knowledge and insight into what the year holds in storage.

Strata Data & AI Conference

September 14-17 (New York, NY)

Status-Taking place as planned 

Oracle OpenWorld

September 21-24 (Las Vegas, NV)

Status-Taking place as planned 

Oracle will move to Las Vegas this year for Openworld.  Larry Ellison’s Oracle continues to be a force in the enterprise technology space.  As they push for the second generation of cloud technologies and their storage systems, no doubt it is a conference that should be considered as an enterprise storage leader.

AI Summit

September 30 – October 1 (Silicon Valley, CA)

Status-Taking place as planned 

The only event globally to focus exclusively on the impact of AI in business.

Commvault GO

time and location to be announced

Status-TBD 

NVIDIA GPU Technology

October 19-21 (Washington D.C.)

Status-Taking place as planned

The second NVIDIA GPU Technology conference will be held in the nation’s capital, Washington D.C.   Not surprisingly, this event has more of a government focus but is still the premier event on artificial intelligence. Connect with hundreds experts to get hands-on technical training and insights into the latest AI and data science approaches, applications and breakthroughs.  Choose from 600+ talks, panels, posters and demos covering deep learning, machine learning, cybersecurity, autonomous machines, HPC, intelligent video analytics, healthcare, 5G, VR and more.

As a data center backup and recovery Gartner magic quadrant leader, Commvault is a vendor that must be on your radar as an enterprise data storage leader.  They have not released details on when and where Commvault 2020 will be, but CTG Insights will keep you updated when the date is released.

Splunk

October 19-22 (Las Vegas, NV)

Status-Taking place as planned 

 

Splunk is a Gartner magic quadrant leader in the Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) space and their “data platform” has a large customer base.   As an enterprise data storage leader, one needs to be aware of where Splunk is heading.  Splunk.conf is the premier education and thought leadership event for thousands of IT, security and business professionals looking to turn their data into action.

ODSC West

October 26-30 (San Francisco, CA)

Status-Taking place as planned

The second 2020 US Open Data Science Conference (ODSC) will be located on the west coast. The goal of the conference is to bring together the global data science community in an effort to encourage the exchange of innovative ideas and the growth of open source software.  Sheamus McGovern founded ODSC in 2014 and it has grown ever since.  CTG was fortunate enough to participate in the EAST event firsthand last year in Boston and was impressed by its organization and tracks.  This is the conference to engage, to build, to develop, and to learn from the whole data science community.  As an enterprise data storage leader, you may consider attending one of these events to gain insight into the fast moving trends of data science.

NetApp Insight

October 28-30 (Las Vegas, NV)

Status-Taking place as planned 

A leader in the enterprise data storage space according to Gartner, NetApp Insights will have an abundance of sessions dedicated to all storage topics.

Microsoft Ignite

date and location coming soon

Status-TBD 

The most comprehensive technology conference of the year, Microsoft Ignite is the place to learn from the experts, connect with your community, and explore the latest technology.  With the dominance of Microsoft Azure Cloud Computing Service as a major cloud provider as well as the huge volume of data residing in SQL Server across large enterprises, Microsoft Ignite may be a “one stop shop” for an enterprise data storage leader that works within an organization that has standardized Microsoft technologies.

SuperComputing (SC 2020)

November 15-20 (Atlanta, GA)

Status-Taking place as planned 

The International Conference for High Performance Computing (HPC), Networking, Storage, and Analysis.

Hitachi NEXT

November 16-18 (Las Vegas, NV)

Status- Taking place as planned 


Hitachi - Inspire the Next

A leader in the enterprise data storage space according to Gartner, Hitachi will have an abundance of sessions dedicated to all storage topics.

KubeCon

November 17-20 (Boston, MA)

Status-Taking place as planned 

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s flagship conference gathers adopters and technologists from leading open source and cloud native communities.  Join Kubernetes, Prometheus, Envoy, CoreDNS, containerd, Fluentd, TUF, Jaeger, Vitess, OpenTracing, gRPC, CNI, Notary, NATS, Linkerd, Helm, Rook, Harbor, etcd, Open Policy Agent, CRI-O, TiKV, CloudEvents and Falco as the community gathers for four days to further the education and advancement of cloud native computing.

AWS re: Invent

November 30-Dec 4 (Las Vegas, NV)

Status-Taking place as planned

AWS re:Invent is a learning conference hosted by Amazon Web Services for the global cloud computing community. The event will feature keynote announcements, training and certification opportunities, access to more than 2,500 technical sessions, a partner expo, after-hours events, and so much more.

Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations and Cloud Strategies (IOCS)

December 7-10 (Las Vegas, NV)

Status-Taking place as planned 

At Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations & Cloud Strategies Conference 2020, attendees are presented with information on how to accelerate innovation and agility in a hybrid world and enable their organization’s digital future. The traditional data center may be waning, but IT infrastructure and operations — increasingly digital and distributed — aren’t going away.

Elasticon (Regional Events)

Status-TBD 

Spanning the entire globe, Elastic has chosen the path of an exhaustive series of regional events versus one large conference.  One of the search, logging, security and analytics leaders, Elasticon has been added to the list for an enterprise data storage leader to consider attending in 2020.

AI Summit

December 9-10 (New York, NY)

Status-Taking place as planned

 

The only event globally to focus exclusively on the impact of AI in business.

Conclusion

Conferences are an important part of the enterprise data storage industry.  As an enterprise data storage leader, we hope this calendar can help prepare you for the year ahead to stay on top of the lastest trends.

Which ones are we missing?  Please leave a comment or share with us via Twitter at @ctginsights

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