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Disaster Recovery a key focus for Storage Expo

Storage Expo : 01 October, 2009  (New Product)
The Storage Expo event to be held in the UK in October is set to feature disaster recovery as the key theme for conference and exhibition participants
Storage Expo is coming in mid-October and research conducted by the organisers reveals that virtualised technology is going to be high on the agenda of many attendees.

A pre-exposition study of more than 400 IT professionals revealed that 95% of organisations have migrated (28%) - or are planning to migrate in the next 12 months (67%) - to a virtualised IT environment as a means of improving their disaster recovery options.

And the same percentile again (95%) said that storage area networks already form (30%) - or will form in the next 12 months (65%) - part of their virtualised infrastructure.

One of the storage exposition and conference planned keynote speakers, John Abbot, founder and chief analyst with The 451 Group, said that the most significant change that Virtualisation brings to the mix is the isolation of workloads from the underlying hardware.

This translates, he says, to enhanced flexibility and the removal of the need to implement and maintain a single, uniform platform, resulting in significantly reduced costs, due to lower redundancy and higher utilisation.

According to Mr Abbott, whilst the added complexity at the planning stage of Virtualisation can act as a barrier to new business, 'once users gain more confidence in the emerging set of new tools, then sales will accelerate. When properly implemented, virtual infrastructures can form the basis of automated backup, retention, business-continuance and disaster-recovery processes.'

Careful planning, however, he said, is required to achieve the best value for money.

'For instance, many secondary applications could get by with the 'good enough' capabilities of VMware High Availability,' he explained.


Mr Abbot makes the interesting prediction that - over the next 12 to 18 months - the Virtualisation market will change.

Current vendors, he said, must adapt to these changes. Fortunately, he says, most of them have already moved beyond a focus on local high availability toward remote availability and disaster recovery.

'Although VMware is still the dominant player by far, it's a certainty that Microsoft, Citrix and Red Hat will gain significant market traction,' he explained.

It's against this backdrop that Mr Abbot said that cloud-based disaster recovery services represent an opportunity for vendors.

It is, however, he said, unlikely this type of business will go to the consumer-oriented cloud services such as Amazon and Google.

'Traditional hosting vendors like SunGard are already moving in, targeting small businesses that are virtualising their primary sites but haven't had the resources to set up their own remote disaster-recovery site,' he explained.

Mr Abbot will be joined by three other industry professionals - Roger Bearpark, assistant head Of IT with the London Borough Of Hillingdon; Neil Edmonds, systems specialist with The Salvation Army and David Weston, IT infrastructure manager with the Oxford University Press - to give a keynote on disaster recovery.

Entitled `Break Point: Disaster Recovery & The New Availability,' the must-attend keynote will look at how IT systems can be made more resilient and less prone to failure.

Storage Expo, which takes place at London's Olympia on October 14/15, seeks to answer many of the Virtualisation and disaster recovery questions that hard-pressed IT managers are asking.

With two days of stimulating and thought provoking seminars that reflect the needs of today's data storage professionals and information management experts, Storage Expo 2009 gives you the chance to improve and update your storage and information management strategies


Sessions that focus on Virtualisation, Disaster Recovery or SANs include:

* SAN Optimisation Best Practices: Seeing Through The Clouds Of Virtulization - Mike Royle, IT Director, Enterprise Services, Unilever - Speaking on behalf of Virtual Instruments

* The Dangers Lurking In A Virtual Environment - Kevin Moreau, General Manager (UK & Ireland), Acronis

* Online Business Continuity - Its About Recovery not Just Backup - Steve Evans, Operations Director, Smartways Technology Limited

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