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April 13 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
April 14 - 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
April 15 - 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

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Wednesday, April 14
SESSION TIME TITLE Session Information
203 8:30 am-9:30 am COST EFFECTIVE NETWORK STORAGE LINUX SOLUTIONS Abstract: With iSCSI initiator support in Linux and commercially available target software, integrators and system providers have the option to build cost-effective iSCSI storage systems using off-the-shelf hardware. This seminar will describe how to build systems and which applications are best suited, including issues of performance; configuration; redundancy; cost benefits and reasonable expectations of performance. You will understand clearly the technical characteristics of the components that are required to match their applications. Until now, external storage has been propriety hardware-based. Even "white box" systems use proprietary RAID controllers. This seminar shows that integrators can build their own systems at a fraction of the cost.
Speaker(s): Paul von Stamwitz - 3ware
209 11:00 am-11:50 am THE FINANCIAL IMPACTS OF MANAGING IP ADDRESS GROWTH: NEW SERVICES, DEVICES, NETWORKS Abstract: This seminar is an overview of current broadband and enterprise market dynamics including IP network growth and consolidation. Patricia will present a business case for a robust IP management solution over a Linux platform and show multiple paths for cost savings, revenue generation, increased customer satisfaction and brand building. She will look at current successes and challenges where enhanced services are deployed and compare and contrast "real world" examples from different service providers, enterprises, and vendors including broadband service provider benefits and enterprise benefits. Key topics include: · current IP addressing and provisioning challenges · hidden costs and financial impacts of IP address growth in networks · best practices in IP address management · lessons learned summary.
Speaker(s): Patricia Steadman - Incognito Software
214 2:50 pm-3:50 pm THE OPEN SOURCE ADOPTION CONUNDRUM Abstract: The IT world is increasingly divided between closed and open systems making the choice between the two critical. Is your network and associated IT a Trojan horse for your vendor to control you and your data, or is it a tool that maximizes utility and gives you the option to go elsewhere for better service? Open Source can put you in control of your IT, and generates innovation, whether you are a vendor or end-user. This seminar will discuss the perils and promise and the importance of having choice in IT, and will provide detailed examples of the difficulties and payoff inherent in the transition from a closed-source IT user to an Open Source adopter.
Speaker(s): Matt Asay - Novell
215 3:00 pm-4:00 pm LEGAL ISSUES IN OPEN SOURCE LICENSING Abstract: Technology lawyer Arshia Tabrizi goes beyond the myths & misunderstandings about dangers of using Linux & Open Source software and answers questions including: Do I have to license back my modifications? Can I do anything I want with Open Source software? Can I keep the copyright in my code? Topics covered: · history and concept of Open Source software · copyright protection for software products · software licensing from a business and legal perspective · analysis of licensing issues for Linux under GPL & LGPL · other Open Source licenses (BSD, Perl etc.) and distinguishing factors · licensing your product using Open Source and Innovative Business Models · SCO litigation regarding Copying of Code from Unix into Linux
Speaker(s): Arshia Tabrizi - Tabrizi Law Office
216 4:15 pm-5:15 pm USING LINUX TO PROVIDE QUALITY OF SERVICE FOR NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURES Abstract: The Internet has become the infrastructure of choice for businesses and consumers for an increasing array of communications technologies. However, as organizations shift more mission-critical commerce applications to their IP infrastructure, maintaining end-to-end quality of service becomes critical. Based on the Differentiated Services RFC, Linux can solve these QoS issues. This seminar will examine case studies and address end-to-end quality of service, methodologies and implications under Linux, the technical issues for administrators and network providers, and state-of-the-art technologies for Linux. Case studies include DNS Online, a full-service ISP in northern Indiana providing dial-up, Web hosting, co-location and wireless services http://www.dnsonline.net and Mid America National Bank, a regional bank based in Canton, Illinois with multiple branches in southern Illinois. http://www.midnatbank.com
Speaker(s): Doug Hass - ImageStream Internet Solutions
Thursday, April 15
SESSION TIME TITLE Session Information
302 8:30 am-9:30 am LINUX REPLACES WINDOWS, ONE DESKTOP AT A TIME - A CASE STUDY Abstract: This presentation will take participants through a case study of a Windows to Linux migration. This case study focuses on a small company and compares and contrasts whether the migration was a success. Attendees will learn: · the five most important questions to ask before embarking on this kind of project · what are some of the advantages and disadvantages of migrating to Linux · what problems you can expect · what rollout strategy to use and what training your users might need
Speaker(s): Ralph DeFrangesco - Aetna Inc.
307 11:00 am-11:50 am STRATEGIC CONSIDERATIONS - MIGRATING TO THE LINUX DESKTOP Abstract: There is a huge buzz surrounding Linux on the desktop. A forward thinking manager/ administrator, you have been considering desktop Linux for your organization's future, but you are concerned about the "culture shock" awaiting your users. Just how different is desktop Linux when compared to Windows? Join Marcel Gagné, author of "Moving to Linux: Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye!", for all the answers. Marcel will introduce you to the Linux desktop through a live demonstration of the desktop and its business applications. He'll highlight the similarities and the differences. In the end, you'll discover that desktop Linux is ready for your organization. Bonus! Attend this seminar and have the chance to win one of Marcel Gagne's books
Speaker(s): Marcel Gagne -
312 3:00 pm-4:00 pm MIGRATION TO LINUX - A SENIOR MANAGEMENT PERSPECTIVE Abstract: The migration to Linux is happening, but where? What workloads are spurring growth for Linux and alternatively, what areas are resisting the lure of the Open Source movement? Employing a mixture of primary survey data and comprehensive forecasting models, this seminar provides insight into the workloads and what deployment drivers are leading Linux server adoption. Participants will view IDC survey data and analysis on server workloads, focusing on the Linux segment. You will also gain insight into market segments that IDC believes will be key to the future Linux market. Focusing on end user perspectives, the presentation provides guidance into key criteria in the Linux server purchasing process
Speaker(s): Steve Poelking - IDC Canada
316 4:15 pm-5:15 pm THE PLATFORM DEBATE: WHAT YOU NEED TO MAXIMIZE YOUR IT INVESTMENT Abstract: The industry landscape is changing and the debate is heating up around the best choice for a company's IT platform. Alec Taylor, Senior Manager, Platform Strategy for Microsoft Canada Co., will discuss what CIOs need to look for when making critical IT platform decisions and what the long-term impact that decision will have on a company's performance. Sharing his first-hand experiences from the field, Alec will focus on the five building blocks for a successful IT strategy.
Speaker(s): Alec Taylor - Microsoft Canada Co.

* Visionary sessions are free with conference registration.

All conference programs take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, 255 Front Street West, Toronto.

Conference Schedule

April 13: Tutorials & Workshops
April 14 – 15: Seminars
April 14 – 15: Keynote and Visionary presenters
April 14: Birds of a Feather

Trade Show Schedule

April 13, 11:00am - 6:00 pm
April 14, 11:00am - 5:00 pm