According to recent research by Storage Expo conducted amongst leading Storage end-users this year's key issues in the industry are:
* Ensuring Solutions meet business requirements
* Coping with the growth of Data and ensuring that data is safe
* Regulatory Compliance
* Service Provision to support existing products and services.
The research has also highlighted the following issues as the main technical issues of concern in 2005:
* End-to-end management and control of data.
* Ensuring quality of service when budgets are static or shrinking.
* Improving utilisation of storage.
Storage Expo is the UK's only dedicated data storage event. Attended by nearly 4000 visitors, it features 90 of the world's top storage vendors and an extensive free to attend education programme. The event enables organisations and the IT industry to compare products and services, providing the ideal opportunity to assess how to incorporate the latest storage technology into their current business architecture.
Storage Expo comes at the perfect time to make sure that enterprises keep one step ahead of business and technical issues ensuring that the needs and demands of challenging times are met through the education programme at Storage Expo 2005.
If you're worried about the quantity of information stored on unreliable systems, burdened by the ever increasing, but nevertheless essential, email traffic, or unsure about the new regulatory demands on information archiving and compliance, Storage Expo 2005 is the event for you.
If you're trying to weigh the balance between ensuring all your information is easily accessible and keeping your backup data storage systems cost effective, Storage Expo with its unique and comprehensive programme of keynote addresses, seminars, practical workshops and case studies is designed to help you handle the most pressing issues in the data storage industry, from strategic planning to the most technical details.
This year's line up of Keynote addresses includes:
Frank Timons, Research Analyst with Robert W. Baird & Co. who will be revealing feedback from end users, resellers and vendors on the impact of compliance, virtualization and Information Lifecycle Management on data storage in his presentation entitled: From the mouths of end users: Information lifecycle management, compliance & virtualisation - what is really happening? An excellent way of finding out exactly what's actually going on.
John Fell, a Partner at Pinsent Masons, who will highlight the impact of the New Companies Act on data storage and compliance in the UK, in his Leadership Lecture entitled: How the New Companies Act Fits into the Business Case for Data Storage. With the implications of this act rivalling those of Sarbanes-Oxley and Basel II, this is an un-missable session.
Jon Collins, Principal Consultant at Quocirca will be un-masking the complex world of virtualisation and explaining in detail virtualisation techniques and applications in his address entitled: Storage Virtualisation - Leverage the Present and Architect the Future/Virtualisation Techniques and Applications. The perfect presentation if virtualisation is still somewhat mystifying or confusing.
There will be a number of insightful and cutting-edge case studies including:
* How to use virtualisation to cope with an increased demand for storage - can storage virtualisation improve storage utilization by Martin Bruce, Storage Consultant for Distribution Systems at Friends Provident.
* Developing the Storage Management Infrastructure to meet your Business Objectives by Tony Oliver, Storage Manager, at RWE npower.
* 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 - Working Towards Compliance with Government Legislation by Robin Noble who is the ICT Manager at the Royal Borough of Kinston in South West London.
There are will also to be two, expert led, Panel Sessions. The first, a panel of senior executives from the University of Glasgow, Eli Lilly, CODA, and Galway Clinic, is on Optimising you data Management Strategy - How to cut cost, improve operational efficiency, deal with real time recovery and comply with regulatory requirements in the demanding & complex business environment, which will be moderated by Jon Collins, Principal Consultant at Quocirca.
Hamish E. Macarthur, CEO & Founder of Macarthur Stroud International will be moderating a panel of senior executives from Network Appliance, Hitachi Data Systems, EMC, Hewlett Packard & IBM. The panel will be discussing the Storage Technology Roadmap - what can you expect from the latest technology trends in support network storage - inventing the next wave of cutting-edge business solutions - facts & reality.
Over 90 of the world's top storage vendors will be represented at the show including Platinum sponsors EMC, Hewlett Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, and Network Appliance, as well as Gold Sponsors Cisco, Dot Hill, Neverfail, Microsoft, Overland Storage, and Sun Microsystems.
Now in its fifth year, Storage Expo the UK's only dedicated data storage event features a comprehensive free to attend education programme, and over 90 exhibitors at the National Hall, Olympia, London from 12 - 13 October 2005 www.storage-expo.com