Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity – Resilient Infrastructure: Chicago (Rosemont/O’Hare), Illinois


Strategies to help protect and recover your organization’s most critical data.


April 14, 2022




7 CPE / 0.7 CEU / CISSP / 7 PDU Credits Awarded


Conference location: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Rosemont (O’Hare) Illinois





Your system crashing is inevitable! Never mind the reason. The goal is to make sure you have an infrastructure that is as resilient as possible so that it can meet business needs in the event of a disaster. There are steps you can take to maximize your availability and prevent significant downtime.


The content of this one day conference will help you in determining the right level of availability protection, how to design, implement, test, and get management buy-in for a highly reliable network infrastructure.


Who Should Attend:

  • CIOs/VPs/Directors
  • DR Managers
  • Infrastructure & Security Managers


What You Will Learn


In this one day conference attendees will learn:

  • Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity – How Should You Modify Your Plan During a Pandemic
  • Increasing Your Data Protection Posture: A Pragmatic Approach to Data Center Modernization
  • How the Pandemic Changed BCP Planning
  • Is Your Data Protection Strategy Fit for an All Cloud World?
  • Cloud Security & BC/DR: Recovering from Ransomware & Breaches
  • How Organizations are Adapting Their BC/DR Plans During this Crisis (panel discussion)


9:00am-10:00am:  “Disaster Recovery is a Business Strategy – And It’s Not Optional”


Chris Rechtsteiner, Vice President, Deft


When it comes to disaster recovery, the tech doesn’t matter. It’s all about how you use it. It’s no secret that your organization’s profitability depends on both its IT infrastructure and business processes staying online. Since data loss and downtime have a direct impact on financial performance, disaster recovery is more than just an IT problem. It should reach across clouds, SaaS platforms, server cabinets and into boardroom discussions of strategic business goals.


An interactive discussion where we will:

  • Define business continuity for the entire organization;
  • Discuss current trends, including why backup & recovery are taking over DRaaS; and
  • Develop a simple model for calculating and communicating the risk of exposure for your organization.



10:00am-10:30am: Refreshment Break

10:30am-11:30am: Business Disaster Recovery Breakout Session


We will break out into smaller groups to discuss different types of IT disasters and what kind of plan we can put into action when and if it happens.  Then we will come back to the larger group and discuss different techniques and how they might or might not work for our businesses.




11:30am-12:30pm: “Avoiding the “All or Nothing” Fail-Over Approach”


Byron Dill, SVP of Architecture, Deft

Brian Saville, Director of Enterprise Architecture, Deft



Join Deft experts Byron Dill (SVP of Architecture) and Brian Saville (Director of Enterprise Architecture) for an interactive session as we discuss:


  • How to avoid “all or nothing” BC/DR approaches. We’ll discuss how organizations should intelligently plan for and execute failover of their environment;
  • How to architect DR environments so they can be utilized for overflow / scale / elasticity instead of simply “lying in wait” for a DR event. This strategy enables investment in DR to be offset by supporting scale requirements, streamlining the approval process for critical DR environments.
  • … and much more!


Throughout the session we welcome your questions and discussion as we look to provide actionable insights you can immediately apply in your organization.



Dill                       Saville


12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch Break

1:30pm-2:30pm: “Optimizing BCDR for the Work-From-Home Enterprise”



Brian Doty, Channel Development Manager, Unitrends

Adam Marget, Product Marketing Manager, Unitrends


Remote work, the gig economy and the rise of cloud-based technologies are causing teams to rethink how they manage BCDR. IT professionals are tasked with protecting data that lives in more places than ever before and is under constant attack. In an ongoing battle against cyberthreats, organizations must be prepared to safeguard all workloads, maximize uptime and comply with regulatory and compliance standards.


Join as we discuss:

  • Emerging cloud trends
  • Combating an evolving threat landscape
  • Key areas for automation within your BCDR stack
  • And more!




Doty                        Marget

2:30pm-3:00pm: Refreshment Break


3:00pm-4:00pm: “Increasing Your Data Protection Posture: A Pragmatic Approach to Data Center Modernization”


William Urban, Technical Engineer, Druva


Data Center modernization and multi-cloud adoption are enabling organizations to quickly accelerate their IT initiatives. New data security challenges around ransomware protection and recovery are at the forefront of discussion but you need a modern approach to protecting everything that is important to your organization no matter where it lives. The walls between InfoSec, Apps, Data, and Protection are coming down and you need to think about how you can reduce complexity and costs and integrate it all into your business continuity plans.

We will discuss

  • Two sides of data protection, from defense in depth to data recovery
  • How data center modernization needs a new look at data recovery
  • Learn industry best practices when it comes to protecting different workloads no matter where they live
  • Ransomware recovery and how your data protection solution is your last line of defense



4:00pm-5:00pm: “Business & IT: Planning with the End in Mind – How to Bake BC/DR Into Everything You Do” (Panel Discussion)



Marc Kreppel, Zerto


Panelists will include:

  • Sergey Chernov, Segment IT Director, ITW
  • Paul Kamikawa, Principal Technical Analyst (Disaster Recovery/Business Resilence), Oshkosh Corporation
  • Patrick Kinard, Enterprise Server Operations Manager, Chicago Public Schools
  • Nisar Syed, Director of Operations & Infrastructure – IT, The University of Chicago – Booth School of Business
  • Other IT professionals sharing strategies, tactics and lessons learned


In this session attendees will learn how to better set expectations with the business by getting ahead of the curve with a BC/DR first mentality towards every initiative.


Areas that will be covered:

  • How to start with a BC/DR first mentality
  • How to review the plan with the business
  • Adjusting for new business application priorities
  • How the teams should respond together in the wake of a disaster




Kreppel       Chernov     Kamikawa       Kinard         Syed


Conference Price: $299.00 per person


Each attendee will receive a certificate awarding 7 CPE credits for CISSP continuing education, in addition to 0.7 CEUs and 7 PDUs. CISSP is a registered certification mark of (ISC)², Inc.



As is always the case at CAMP IT Conferences events, the talks will not include product presentations. During the continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and the luncheon break you will have the opportunity to informally meet representatives from the following sponsoring companies, who have solutions in the area of the conference.