This article is from the storage FAQ part2, by Rodney D. Van Meter with numerous contributions by others.
There are two main academic conferences devoted specifically to mass storage (in addition to, of course, the supercomputer and OS conferences, and interesting stuff in databases, optical conferences, Usenix, SOSP...). NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the IEEE run two conferences, in an 18-month or so alternating pattern. You'll find my notes on the letest Goddard conference at http://www.isi.edu/~rdv/conferences/goddard96.html. The contact for the NASA Mass Storage Conference (Sept. 17-19, 1996): Jorge Scientific Corporation 7500 Greenway Center Drive Suite 1130 Greenbelt, MD USA 20770 tel(301)220-1701 fax(301)220-1704 or if that fails email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. There is some info available on the web at http://esdis.gsfc.nasa.gov/msst/msst.html. Also, the latest IEEE was in September '95: * The 14th IEEE Mass Storage Symposium was September 11-14, 1995 at Monterey, CA. More info from Bernie O'Lear (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sam Coleman (email@example.com). Also of interest, there are the conferences on Very Large Database Systems. I have a reference somewhere... Interesting material shows up in the SPIE conferences.