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Most predictions about the storage industry seem to be either in the weeds (”will FCOE take off - and what flavor?”) or driven by the most sensational news possible (”Cisco will buy EMC and Oracle will buy NetApp!”).   This list strives to take a balanced view that takes positions on the key drivers transforming our industry. With that in mind, here are the first 5 of the ten most important trends in storage with predictions about what will change in 2011: 1.  Capacity demands will continue to grow exponentially. It is amazing how little this one is mentioned.  Think about what happened to the bandwidth market when it was realized that internet usage was doubling every year.  OK - that might be a painful reminder for those of us that experienced first hand the telecom bubble.  The point is that one of the world’s largest industrieswas rad... (more)

Ameristar National Charity Golf Classic Raised $777,000 to Benefit Buoniconti Fund

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The inaugural Ameristar National Charity Golf Classic, hosted by Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City and held Oct. 11 at the top-ranked Tiffany Greens Golf Club, raised $777,000 for The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. The Buoniconti Fund is the fundraising arm of The Miami Project, the world's largest and most comprehensive research facility dedicated to finding a cure for paralysis. The golf tournament was presented by Ameristar Casinos and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, and was sponsored by key Ameristar vendors and business associates from across the country. Ameristar and the Foundation absorbed all administrative costs for the tournament, so that all of the proceeds were donated directly to the Buoniconti Fund. Ameristar created the annual tournament to provide its key vendors and business associates with an opport... (more)

Byron Nelson Congressional Gold Medal Nomination Moves to United States Senate; Golf Fans, Communities Show Outpouring of Support

WASHINGTON, April 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Legendary golfer and philanthropist Byron Nelson's nomination for the Congressional Gold Medal moves to the U.S. Senate this week. Last week, the legislation received 292 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives, securing the two-thirds sponsorship required for Congressional Gold Medal nominations. The bill now moves to the Senate where it must also receive two-thirds sponsorship. U.S. Representative Michael C. Burgess of Texas, author of the legislation, seeks to nominate Nelson for his charitable contributions to the nation. The path to the Congressional Gold Medal is an arduous process. Only six athletes have received it since its inception in 1776, when the first medal was bestowed on George Washington. Nelson would be the 131st recipient of the highest honor the United States Government can bestow upon a civi... (more)

Property Owners Sue White Bluff Resort and Developer for Fraud

DALLAS, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Two landowners at the White Bluff Resort on Lake Whitney, Texas, have filed a federal RICO class-action lawsuit against the resort and its developer based on claims that the defendants are pocketing payments intended to benefit White Bluff property owners. Lake Whitney is located approximately 90 miles southwest of Dallas. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas. Plaintiffs Betty Bridgewater of Arlington, Texas, and Jerry P. Williams of Azle, Texas, are among approximately 6,000 lot owners who have purchased property at White Bluff Resort, lured by lake views, two 18-hole golf courses, a restaurant and other amenities. Though the development dates back to 1990, only about 10 percent of the lots have homes. White Bluff Resort is owned by Dallas-based Double Diamond-Delaware Inc.,... (more)

TaylorMade-adidas Golf Teams With Mass Relevance to Drive Social Innovation for the U.S. Open

AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 06/15/12 -- In the midst of one of the golf industry's biggest weeks, TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company today announced a unique partnership with Mass Relevance -- the technology leader in social curation and integration -- on a breakthrough, first-of-its-kind social experience to drive golfer social engagement for the championship this week. Through Mass Relevance, TaylorMade will offer golf fans an innovative online destination to engage, interact with and create social buzz around the U.S. Open, key players and even media covering the event. The announcement follows TaylorMade's decision earlier this year to be the first golf brand to launch a social media strategy into their traditional advertising when promoting the #DriverLove campaign around the launch of its R11S driver. The experience, a social media aggregator which complements ... (more)

St. Andrews Country Club Strengthens Senior Management with Chief Financial Officer & Assistant General Manager Appointments

Pat Sorensen Named Chief Financial Officer and Darrell Wilde Joins Executive Team as Assistant General Manager BOCA RATON, Fla., Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- St. Andrews Country Club bolsters the senior management team with the promotion of Patricia Sorensen to Chief Financial Officer and by bringing on Darrell Wilde as Assistant General Manager. Both will work closely with Craig D. Martin, CCM Chief Operating Officer and General Manager and the club's Board of Governors to oversee a $20 million annual budget. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20091110/SACCLOGO) "Pat is a veteran in the club industry, proving her financial acumen in the private club industry and I am proud to continue working together with her new responsibilities as Chief Financial Officer," said Craig D. Martin, CCM, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager, St. Andrews Countr... (more)

Madden NFL 13 Social Tackles iPhone, iPad and Facebook

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) announced today that Madden NFL 13 Social is now available on iPhone, iPad and Facebook®. The all-new game delivers an exciting free-to-play mobile experience for NFL fans on the go, allowing players to get their football fix in minutes as they compete with friends in the ultimate offensive shootout from their iPhone or iPad, plus Facebook online. Madden NFL 13 Social marks the first time EA SPORTS has offered a full game experience across mobile and Facebook, connecting gamers like never before. Easy to pick up and play, players can create and manage their ideal NFL team and face-off with friends on the virtual gridiron anytime, anywhere. Madden NFL 13 Social is a game for all skill levels, providing straightforward play calling for the master strategist and on-field action for those who want direct control of their team. The game c... (more)

Grande Lakes Orlando Welcomes PNC Father/Son Challenge

ORLANDO, FL -- (Marketwire) -- 11/05/12 -- A golf tradition returns this winter as the sport's greatest legends team up with their kids and tee off for the PNC Father/Son Challenge at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes. The Central Florida golf resort, comprised of two Orlando luxury hotels, The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott, will welcome golf legends Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, among many other celebrated champions, for the family-oriented, 36-hole tournament from December 13 to 16, 2012. Following a four-year hiatus -- the Challenge was held for 14 years from 1995-2008 -- the event returns with an extraordinary 18-team field that has a combined 492 PGA and European Tour wins and 67 major championships. Defending champion Larry Nelson, playing alongside his son, Josh, will look to retain his title on the Orlando resort's pristine Greg Norman-desig... (more)

World's Top Travel Influencers Celebrate Dominican Republic

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading world travel luminaries like Lonely Planet, Fodor's and Golfweek praise Dominican Republic's exuberant golf, beaches and exciting ecotourism and culture.  Centrally located in the Caribbean with delicious gastronomy, friendly people and world-class resorts, Dominican Republic is the place to go in 2013! (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130116/CG43832) "Dominican Republic boasts an unrivaled and carefully nurtured natural environment with culturally rich cities and friendly Dominican towns that keep visitors coming back to our 1,000 miles of sunny coastline every year," said Magaly Toribio, Marketing Advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism.  "The charm and lure of the country comes from our exuberant people, abundant recreation and excursions, rich culture and superlative relaxation e... (more)

RetailMeNot Shoppers Trend Report: While Over 8 in 10 U.S. Residents Cite Affordability as Their Top Vacation Priority, a Majority (58%) Could Waste Hundreds of Dollars by Booking Travel a la Carte

AUSTIN, Texas, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- RetailMeNot.com (www.retailmenot.com), the most widely used online coupon site in the United States, today released the Spring Break Travel edition of its Shoppers Trend Report (STR), revealing results from a poll conducted by The Omnibus Company (http://www.omnibus.com) that found that a majority (58%) of consumers could be missing out on significant savings by booking spring travel (flight, hotel, car rental) a la carte instead of utilizing customizable package deals. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120308/DA66724LOGO-b) "It is interesting to see that affordability is the most important consideration for consumers when selecting a vacation destination, yet when it comes to booking travel arrangements, consumers are leaving hundreds of dollars on the table by not taking advantage of the discounts on vacation ... (more)

Tenth Avenue North Classic 2013 Celebrity Golf Tournament to Support Charities on August 12

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Christian pop/rock band Tenth Avenue North recently announced the 2013 Tenth Avenue North Classic celebrity golf tournament to take place on August 12. The tournament will be co-hosted by Tenth Avenue North and PGA Tour Winner Kevin Streelman. Teeing off at Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh, North Carolina, the event was organized to support Compassion International and other ministries including CRU-RDU and College Golf Fellowship. Celebrities in attendance will include Tenth Avenue North, rock band NEEDTOBREATHE, six-time GRAMMY® winner TobyMac, PGA Tour Winner Streelman and a number of other PGA, NFL and NASCAR professional athletes. "As a band, we are incredibly excited to host our first golf tournament with our close friend PGA Pro Kevin Streelman. We have a passion for golf but also to see the needs of the wor... (more)