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Keep up to date with the latest storage trends and technology

If you’re looking to keep up to date with the latest storage technology and services or you have to juggle shrinking budgets and growing data storage demands then Storage Expo 2005 is the event for you.

It is the UK’s only dedicated storage event. Attended by more than 4000 visitors, it features 90 of the world’s top storage vendors and an extensive - and free - education programme. You can compare the latest products and services, and assess how to incorporate the latest storage technology into your current architecture.

According to recent research by Storage Expo conducted amongst leading storage end-users this year’s big business issues in the industry are:

• Coping with data growth
• Ensuring storage systems meet business requirements
• Data safety and security
• Business continuity, disaster recovery and backup
• Regulatory compliance
• Service provision to support existing products and services
• End-to-end management and control of data
• Ensuring quality of service with static or reducing budgets
• Improving storage utilisation.

Storage Expo will help you find out how suppliers’ products and services can help you responds to these issues. It includes suppliers’ stands, keynote presentations, case studies, seminars, round tables, channel bar and 4Gbit/s Fibre Channel demo area,

Key notes
This year there’s a good selection of keynote addresses given by some of the industry’s top experts. Here is a selection of what’s on offer:

• Jon Collins, Principal Consultant at Quocirca, will unmask the complex world of virtualisation, and explain in detail virtualisation techniques and applications. His address entitled Storage Virtualisation – Leverage the Present and Architect the Future/Virtualisation Techniques and Applications, is a must for anyone seeking to know more about virtualisation.
Frank Timons, Research Analyst with Robert W. Baird & Co. will be revealing feedback from end users, resellers, and vendors on the impact of compliance, virtualisation, and Information Lifecycle Management on data storage in his presentation.
John Fell, a Partner at Pinsent Masons, will unveil the impact of the new Companies Act on data storage and compliance in the UK in his session entitled How New Companies Act Fits into the Business Case for Data Storage.
Martin Bruce, Storage Consultant for Distribution Systems at Friends Provident, presents “How to use virtualisation to cope with an increased demand for storage.” He will discuss the drivers that justify this technology in the enterprise and will demonstrate the benefits that can be reaped from its implementation.
Tony Oliver, Storage Manager, RWE npower, presents "Developing The Storage Management Infrastructure To Meet Your Business Objectives. " He compares the approaches of different companies to data growth and considers the challenge of integrating an organisations legacy system into a modern storage set-up.
Tony Oliver’s keynote will discuss some quick-wins which could be achieved whilst aligning your storage infrastructure to meet defined business objectives. There will also be a practical description of how one utility company re-aligned its IT internal processes to meet the newly stated business objectives. It will show how they reduced "time to market" and improved their quality of service.

Round tables
For an interactive debate or insider intelligence there are two expert led round table discussions. The roundtable on Optimising your data Management Strategy mediated by Jon Collins, Principal Consultant at Quocirca, features senior executives from Ordnance Survey, University of Glasgow, Lilly, CODA, Galway Clinic Private Hospital, and Credit Suisse First Boston. The roundtable will investigate how to cut cost, improve operational efficiency, deal with real time recovery and comply with regulatory requirements in the demanding & complex business environment.

Hamish E. Macarthur, CEO 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, EMC², and Hewlett Packard will reveal what you can expect from the latest technology trends in support network storage.

Case studies
There are a number of case studies including:

• Business Continuity Planning – From Concept to Execution by Ann Freeman, Service Manager for Business Continuity Services at Abbey
How to Meet the Demand for Continuous Back-up by Robin Noble, ICT Manager at the Royal Borough of Kingston in South West London
Taking the Pain Out of Data Backup by Philip Sheehan, IT Manager, Galway Clinic, Private Hospital
Compliance & Risk Mitigation - What is the True Impact on IT and the Organisation by Richard Hall, IT Director EMEA, CODA
Reducing Complexity and Gaining Control of the Storage Environment by Gareth Bridges, IT Systems Manager, Wakefield Health Informatics Service.

The seminar programme, draws on the experience and expertise of many of the leading lights of the Storage Industry to bring you a seminar schedule with both a Technical and a Business Strategy stream. The Business Strategy stream includes:

• How to Deliver Perfect Higher Availability & Disaster Recovery Solutions – And It is Not About Protecting the Data by Neil Robertson, Group CEO, Neverfail Group
Information Management Strategy for the Next 5 Years – Intervene Now by Andy Smith, EMC²
Simple, Robust Data Protection by Julian Wheeler, Network Appliance

In the technical stream:

• Even the Data was in Tiers by Dave Haslam, Technical Director, Hitachi Data Systems
One Step Closer to a Cure a Historical Perspective on the Market of Backup/Recovery and Data Protection by John Matze, CTO, Overland Storage
Simplifying the Messaging Infrastructure by Mike Walters, Network Appliance
Intelligent Fabric by Dante Malagrino, Cisco Systems

4Gbit/s demo area - 'The Race to Success'
Exhibitors Emulex, Engenio, IBM, LSI Logic and QLogic are hosting this area to show what 4Gbit/s can do.

Event location and booking
Storage Expo takes place at the National Hall, Olympia, London from 12 - 13 October 2005. For FREE entry and further information about Storage Expo 2005, visit the website at Pre-register now to avoid the onsite booking fee of £20.