This trip report contains non-disclosure information from the DEC Storage Fellowship Conference which I attended from 12th. until 15th. September 1993 in Colorado Springs.

The Storage Fellowship Conference was the second in a series of events organised by DEC to inform their most valued customers (e.g. CERN and Toys R Us) of their intentions in the storage market, and to listen to these customers' needs. Originally intended to be a European event this year, the venue had been changed at the last minute, and to chivvy the Fellows (customers) into coming, all board and lodging was provided gratis by DEC. There were around thirty Fellows, and about double that number of DEC people present.

Cheyenne Mountain Conference Resort

We were a tired and hungry duo (A. de Huysser/DEC and myself) that arrived by police escort at the resort, late on Saturday 11th. September, having missed the turn on our way from the airport, and wound up reversing the wrong way down a one way street in the suburbs of Colorado Springs. The trip had been an eventful one: the flight from Brussels to Dallas had been summarily cancelled, our economy class tickets on the replacement flight to Chicago had happily been upgraded to business class, but we had waited for two hours on the tarmac at O'Hare, listening to the traffic controllers on Channel 9 shuffle thirty 'planes awaiting takeoff around the complex runway system.

The conference resort is a purpose built hotel with excellent facilities for business meetings, and one of a chain of three in the U.S.A..

The conference was arranged around a series of presentations, all given by DEC, from which I have summarised the salient points in the sections below. In between sessions there were copious amounts of food and drink, but somehow I still managed to fit into my trousers when the time came to return home.


(unnumbered) Expect extraordinarily variable weather when in Colorado Springs. Expect an FDDI-based storage solution from DEC in late 1994. Do not expect to have time to play on the superb golf course at Cheyenne Mountain resort when on CERN business.