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Storage Expo is custom-built to address the topics that matter most to end-users


Storage Expo is custom-built to address the topics that matter most to end-users

If you want to keep up with the latest storage technology and services, or you have to juggle shrinking budgets and growing data storage demands, Storage Expo 2005 is the event for you.

Storage Expo is the UK's only event dedicated to data storage. Attended by more than 4,000 visitors, it features 90 of the world's top storage suppliers and an extensive, cutting-edge free education programme.

The event enables companies to compare the latest products and services, providing the ideal opportunity to assess how to incorporate the latest storage technology into their architecture.

Leading-edge keynote addresses will be given by some of the industry's top experts. These include:

Jon Collins, principal analyst, infrastructure and management, at Quocirca, will unmask the complex world of virtualisation, and explain virtualisation techniques and applications.

His address, "Storage virtualisation: leverage the present and architect the future", is a must for anyone who wants to know more about virtualisation.

Frank Timons, research analyst with Robert Baird, will reveal feedback from end-users, resellers and suppliers on the impact of compliance, virtualisation, and information lifecycle management on data storage.

John Fell, partner at Pinsent Masons, will unveil the impact of the new Companies Act on data storage and compliance in the UK in his session, "How the new Companies Act fits into the business case for data storage".

According to Martin Bruce, storage consultant for distribution systems at Friends Provident, "The key issue we are seeing in data storage is primarily the data explosion, with our San-based storage growing tenfold in just three years.

"This data growth is driven primarily by the business focus on applying technology and e-commerce to enhance distribution, improve services and reduce costs."

In his session, "How to use virtualisation to cope with an increased demand for storage", Bruce will discuss the drivers that justify this technology in the enterprise environment and will demonstrate the benefits that can be reaped from its implementation. The presentation will give a clear picture of how one example of this technology has been deployed within one of the UK's leading financial institutions.

Tony Oliver, storage manager at RWE npower, says, "The key issues we are facing today are dealing with the rate of growth in data and the challenge of putting in complete end-to-end solutions when you also have to use legacy systems to protect your investment in existing data storage infrastructures.

"We are currently benchmarking a number of leading storage companies' solutions to see how they fare against each other and at Storage Expo in my keynote, 'Developing the storage management infrastructure to meet your business objectives', I will be sharing our findings so far."

Oliver's keynote will discuss quick wins, which could be achieved while aligning your storage infrastructure to meet defined business objectives.

There will also be a practical description of how one utility company realigned its IT internal processes to meet the newly-stated business objectives.

This will give visitors an insight into the hows, the whys and the lateral thinking that helped the company achieve its goals. It will show how time to market was cut and quality of service improved.

For an interactive debate or insider intelligence there are two expert-led round table discussions.

The round table on "Optimising your data management strategy", mediated by Jon Collins, principal analyst at Quocirca, features senior executives from Ordnance Survey, University of Glasgow, Lilly, Coda, Galway Clinic Private Hospital, and Credit Suisse First Boston. It will investigate how to cut costs, improve operational efficiency, deal with real-time recovery and comply with regulatory requirements in the demanding and complex business environment.

Hamish Macarthur, chief executive and founder of Macarthur Stroud International, will moderate a round table of senior executives who will discuss "The storage technology roadmap".

Senior executives from Network Appliance, Hitachi Data Systems, EMC and Hewlett-Packard will reveal what you can expect from the latest technology in support network storage.

There will also be a number of case studies, part of the free seminar programme at Storage Expo, drawing on the experience and expertise of many of the leading lights of the storage industry.

According to a recent survey, 71% of European IT directors said they recognised that 4Gbytes/s would deliver significant improvements to existing storage infrastructures. Exhibitors Emulex, Engenio, IBM, LSI Logic and QLogic will be hosting a special area at Storage Expo to show what 4Gbytes/s can do.

This year, the show also features Documation UK, the only event of its kind focused on the latest solutions and technology for efficient and effective information management.

Documation UK is running its own, free dedicated education programme and a host of specialist exhibitors.

Storage Expo takes place at the National Hall, Olympia, London on 12-13 October. Online registration for both Storage Expo and Documation UK is free before 5pm on 10 October; after that time it will cost £20.



The big issues

  • Storage Expo asked storage end-users what they think this year's major business issues are. Here is what they said:
  • Coping with the growth of data
  • Ensuring solutions meet business requirements
  • Ensuring data is safe and secure
  • Business continuity, disaster recovery and back-up
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Service provision to support existing products and services
  • End-to-end management and control of data
  • Ensuring quality of service when budgets are static or shrinking
  • Improving utilisation of storage

Source: Storage Expo


Case study programme

  • Compliance and risk mitigation - what is the true impact on IT and the organisation?Richard Hall, IT director EMEA, Coda, midday, 12 October
  • Taking the pain out of back-upPhilip Sheehan, IT manager, Galway Clinic, private hospital, 12.45pm, 12 October
  • Business continuity planning - from concept to executionAnn Freeman, service manager for business continuity services, Abbey, midday, 13 October
  • How to meet the demand for continuous back-upRobin Noble, ICT manager, Royal Borough of Kingston, 1pm, 13 October
  • Reducing complexity and gaining control of the storage environment Gareth Bridges, IT manager, Wakefield Health Informatics Service, 2.15pm, 13 October


Business strategy seminars

  • How to deliver perfect higher availability & disaster recovery solutions - and it is not about protecting the dataNeil Robertson, group CEO, Neverfail Group, 11.15am, 12 October
  • Even the data was in tiersDave Haslam, technical director, Hitachi Data Systems, 1.30pm, 12 October
  • Challenging SMEs to think about storage differentlyBob Aitchison, senior regional manager EMEA, QLogic, 2.15pm, 12 October
  • Intelligent storage networking: a platform for growthPaul Talbut, CEO, HPS, 3.45pm,12 October
  • Simplifying the messaging infrastructureJulian Wheeler, systems engineering manager, Network Appliance, 11.15am, 13 October
  • Information management strategy for the next five years - intervene now Andy Smith, client solutions director, EMC2, 12.45pm, 13 October

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