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iSCSI is just one of the IP storage protocols slated to be discussed during the IP Storage: Extending the Enterprise seminar. Toigo says that other new protocols such as SOIP, FCIP, and iFCP, will also be discussed. He also says that the presenters will share their views of this new technology and how the use of IP storage can benefit the end user as well as contribute to their company's bottom line.

Toigo sees the NSU as a good vehicle to educate end users because most of the other storage seminars being offered are only able to provide a single vendor viewpoint. "The storage industry is a target-rich environment and there's a lot of stuff to talk about," he says. "I know where the 'pain' is for the end users who are trying to make sense of it all," he continued. Toigo says the seminars offered at NSU are not only vendor-neutral, but offer a balanced and argumentative presentation.

So, this is all well and good, but with vendor neutrality being high on the agenda, what's the benefit for Quantum? According to Amick everyone who attends the seminars is a potential buyer for Quantum. "Hopefully, when the end user is ready to buy, they will call a Quantum representative in their area," says Amick. NSU, says Amick, relies on contributions from its corporate sponsors to fund these seminars. "While similar programs may charge a fee, we are committed to keeping these informative seminars as no charge events," she continued.

The last seminar was on Disaster Recovery and ran through June of this year. Amick says that NSU had over 4,600 registrants and the average number of attendees per event was 88. And, if you register for the seminar but are unable to attend, the folks at Quantum will automatically send you the materials that were handed out at the seminar. Surveys of those who have attended NSU events show that people rate the According to statistics obtained from post event surveys, attendees have rated their NSU experience as over 8 out of 10.

Amick says the seminars are designed for IT/IS managers, Systems, LAN/WAN and Back-Up Administrators, Web Masters, Business Owners/Company Presidents/CEOs, Business Administrators/CFOs, Office Managers, and IT/IS support staff.

According to Jim Schoenberger, a principal at Legal Tech, he found the NSU seminar to be a valuable use of his time. "The information was pertinent, timely, and well presented," he said on a post event survey. "I attend a few events of this sort each year and NSU has certainly raised the bar," he continued.

The format for most of the events is basically the same. The upcoming IP Storage seminar will begin with registration and breakfast which is followed by a five minute welcome and overview from a Quantum spokesperson. Following that is Toigo's keynote address and then the sponsors give their presentations. After a short break, the presentations continue and then the attendees get another break. After that are the roundtable discussion (moderated by Toigo) and then a complimentary lunch and exhibits. Toigo says he plans to 'grill' the presenters and also allow attendees to ask the 'tough' questions themselves.

For more information about the seminars, visit the NSU Web site at http://www.networkstorageu.com

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