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IBM Haifa storage systems technology seminar brings together Israeli academia and developers

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Haifa, Israel - 11 Dec 2002: Late last month IBM's Haifa Research and Development Labs hosted a unique seminar focusing on storage technology. Organized by the Storage Systems Technology Department at the IBM Haifa Research Lab (HRL), the seminar brought together for the first time researchers and developers from Israel's industry and academia to discuss advancements in the field of storage technologies.

More than 100 representatives of Israel's leading storage researchers and developers attended the seminar from firms such as Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Actona Technologies, SANgate Systems, and Galileo. Participants from institutions including the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, and Ben Gurion University represented academia at the seminar.

The seminar was organized by Alain Azagury, manager of the IBM Haifa Research Lab's Storage Systems Technology Department, and Ealan Henis, manager of the New Storage Architecture Group of the Storage Systems Technology Department. Jai Menon, functional manager of the IBM Almaden Research Center's Computer Science Storage Systems, gave the seminar's keynote address via video, focusing on autonomic storage systems and some of his team's major storage research projects. Other speakers addressed storage networking, disaster recovery, distributed computing, the iSCSI protocol and other storage technology topics.

Azagury noted that the expansion of the storage field in Israel over the last two to three years served as the main catalyst for the seminar.

"The purpose of the seminar was to showcase the storage community in Israel," Azagury said. "By bringing together representatives from Israeli industry and academia for the first time in this type of a forum, we were able to present a broad focus on storage technologies. The entire day, which had a much larger attendance than we expected, was marked by a real family atmosphere, with lively discussions taking place during the breaks and between the lectures."

After the workshop, one of the participants commented that the seminar benefited from "a varied agenda combining theoretical and more market-driven presentations," and referred to the joint industry-academia seminar as a "blessed initiative." The Storage Systems Technology Department plans to make the seminar a regular event in the future.

Read more about the Storage Systems Technology group in Haifa.

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