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BD Event vs. SNW

The first BD Event wrapped up yesterday and my personal opinion was it was very successful. My first inclination when writing this blog was to declare SNW irrelevant, but I asked that question, somewhat sarcastically, in an entry a few months ago and I'm just now clearing out my inbox.SNW is not irrelevant, it continues to evolve as a user show and the BD Event is something totally different. It is an event for the industry where briefings can happen, partnerships can be made and relationships built (or mended). There is a need for both events.The BD Event appeals tor new emerging companies that can't, today, justify the expense of SNW but who need to still get their message out and who would get lost in a row of 10x10 or smaller displays at SNW. These guys need one-on-one time with analysts, press and fellow storage suppliers. The much larger SNW is the place for the big boys to show their wares, take down half a power grid and talk to users.I was surprised by the lack of large vendors at the event and it seems like a missed opportunity to me. This room was full of innovators that the big guys could work with to help complete their solution set. Here are few quick examples that stood out for me:TimeSight showed a solution that can dramatically reduce the capacity requirements of storing video images over time. A big supplier armed with this capability could make a significant dent in the surveillance video storage market.

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