IT storage managers from blue-chip user organisations are set to reveal their approaches to tackling the explosion in storage at Storage Expo 2005 in London this October.
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Users from RWE npower, Abbey and the Royal Borough of Kingston among others will address a range of issues including storage virtualisation, business continuity planning and the personalisation of storage policies. From the finance sector, Friends Provident's Martin Bruce will discuss the use of flexible virtualisation to manage increasing storage-related demands, while Swiss Life will case study effective storage use.
Also at the event, Mike Todd of retailer Eli Lilly will highlight how effective data management cuts costs. From a local government perspective, Robin Noble of the Royal Borough of Kingston will outline how he copes with the demand for continuous back-up. In addition, integrated panel sessions will explore the best approaches to improving operational efficiency.
The event will also feature developments in virtualisation (storing and accessing data from anywhere in an organisation at any time and across any system). Speakers will explore the realities of implementing virtualisation, and how far users can expect to slash back-up costs and secure valuable company data while also achieving compliance.
Delegates will also hear how far virtualisation is able to relieve legislative and regulatory demands by enabling users to pool and protect corporate archives.
End-to-end data management and control is another major area to feature at the event.
The continual upward growth of storage is attested in the Computer Weekly/KEW Associates IT User Spend Survey, which forecasts that users will spend a total of £3.2bn on storage this year, a growth of 8% on the £2.9bn spent in 2004. For corporate users, this storage boom is bringing increased demand for more efficient document administration.
To reflect this trend, Storage Expo is to launch a new addition for this year's show called Documation UK, an event specialising in the management of business content and information.
Storage Expo 2005 will take place at London's Olympia Exhibition Centre on 12-13 October.