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Company head to head in Storage Expo panel.

Storage Expo : 16 October, 2007  (Technical Article)
Data storage experts at Storage Expo to face challenging question time in bid to find the market leader.
The Deal or No Deal the toughest challenge in Data Storage returns to Storage Expo, at 14:45 on Thursday 18th October 2007 seven companies - Acronis, Gresham Computing, Neverfail, Pillar solutions, Promise, Quantum, and Quest Software will have just 3 minutes to pitch their product to a panel of the toughest experts, buyers and analysts in the market - before facing a barrage of the toughest questions. Intimidating, educational and interesting -this is the forum for companies that believe that their product is the best in the market. At the end of the keynote the panel will give their judgment, and there will be only one company that emerges victorious.

The panel consists of:.
Ray Stanton, Global Head of Business Continuity, Security and Governance, BT.
David Lipsey, IS services and Infrastructure Manager, Ordnance Survey.
Tony Lock, Programme Director, Freeform Dynamics.
Chris Smart, Partner, Acacia Capital Partners.

The Product Pitches :.

1 Christopher Young, Managing Director - EMEA Storage, Gresham.

Pitch: Clareti EDT: Management for Tivoli Storage Manager Environments.

Used by Global 2000 companies, Gresham Enterprise Storage's, Clareti Enterprise DistribuTAPE (EDT) is the most advanced tape and drive management solution available for Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM), adding intelligence and value to the bottom line of the largest tape storage operations.

Combining advanced resource management and network visibility features with an integrated Control Center application, Clareti EDT provides single-point management for all IBM TSM and Sun tape library resources.

Clareti EDT is designed specifically for complex storage environments, and augments TSM for optimal utilization and dynamic sharing of tape drives, libraries and media through a centralized enterprise view. For increased reliability of backup and restores operations, EDT does not have a single point of failure. Furthermore, EDT simplifies configuration and control of the entire SAN-attached tape system.

2 Lee Taylor - Product Manager - Pillar Solutions.

Pitch: Northern Storage Suite is a software solution that resolves the technical and managerial issues associated with storing user-generated data.

Built around Northern's Quota Server technology, Northern Storage Suite is the result of over ten years of providing innovative, real-world storage solutions to companies of all sizes around the world. It offers comprehensive, cost-effective storage resource management that can be aligned with business objectives on an organizational or departmental level.

Comprised of five key areas of functionality, Northern Storage Suite provides enterprise wide user-generated data management with market leading quota technology, comprehensive storage reporting and trend analysis, the ability to involve users in managing their storage, automated performance monitoring and tuning, and an out-of-the box storage chargeback feature.

And now, Northern Storage Suite fully integrates with the NetApp Manage OnTap APIs and file policy (fpolicy) mechanisms, enabling customers to manage NetApp NAS devices efficiently, reliably and cost-effectively.

3 Andrew Barnes, SVP of Corporate Development, Neverfail.

Pitch: Business stops when email dies. Deadlines are missed, orders aren't processed, communication halts - at stake is your organisation's reputation, financial performance and, business success. The threat comes from all directions, from floods to component upgrades.

With users reporting email outages close to twice a month, is a traditional backup/recovery strategy the solution? Is it acceptable that planned maintenance takes the primary means of communication down for hours?

We believe not. Email should be available continuously. From Outlook to BlackBerry, users should not be disrupted by IT outages, whether planned or unplanned. The need for an availability plan is clear.

Neverfail for Exchange is the answer. A continuous availability software solution, Neverfail for Exchange allows users to remain connected to email no matter what type of outage may affect a company's servers. We monitor the health of your end-to-end email infrastructure. If we see outages, or the potential for outages, we'll rectify the situation. It may be as simple as restarting a service; or it may be a full blown failover to a standby server. Either way users will remain connected; productive.

Ultimately, high availability is not about backup or data replication. It's about keeping users continuously connected so business continues.

4 Ola Ogunfowokan, Sales Manager EMEA, Promise.

Pitch: Storage Expo UK will witness a display of a latest addition to our family of SAS Enterprise products - E610s.

The E610s belongs to a family of feature rich, intelligent, highly scalable, high performance dual controller SAS/SATA storage arrays that are poised to fundamentally change storage economics from purchase and installation to operation and upgrades. Four 3Gb SAS x 4 host interface ports per controller provide a reliable, high performance alternative to Ultra SCSI 320 storage applications. Each standard 3U 19" rack unit supports up to 16 off-the shelf 3.5" SAS or SATA 3Gb/s drives.

Dual fully redundant controllers, hot swappable drive bays, Field replaceable units, support for both SAS and SATA drives and an embedded web server that ensures that no extra software download is required during installation are some of the features of the E610s that makes a robust and resilient product.

But the feature that really sets the E610s shoulder and head above the crowd is the Predictive Data Migration feature. PDM is promise's unique technological innovation that proactively detects possible drive failure before they occur and migrates data to a new and healthy one - thus innovatively reducing potential for data loss as well as likelihood of a logical drive array going critical.
Basically, if E610s was an athlete someone will be testing it for anabolic steroids/performance enhancing drugs.

5 Jason Raymond: Senior Enterprise Solutions Engineer, Acronis.

Pitch: Acronis True Image storage management software is designed to provide value from the desktop to the enterprise. It operates in both the physical and virtual environments with zero modifications to the way IT interacts with it. Backups can be stored in TIB, VHD or VMDK format and restored to any of the supported formats regardless of the format it was stored in. As an example, an organization can back up a physical server and restore it to a virtual server, or vice versa from a single management console.

Because of this ability to run seamlessly between environments, during a crisis there is no confusion as to what tool was used to back up a server or which format it was stored in. With Acronis True Image, users can have the data they need to make sound business decisions where and when they need it, regardless of where and when it was created.

6 Scott Bowler - Regional Sales Manager, Quantum.

Pitch: Designed with Quantum's iPlatform architecture and iLayer management approach, the Scalar i500 makes backup easier to manage. Its proactive monitoring and remote diagnostics can reduce service calls by 50% and shorten issue resolution times by 30%. Its capacity-on-demand scalability lets it grow non-disruptively with users' data. And the Scalar i500 is designed to integrate easily with disk backup making it the perfect library for next-generation backup architectures. With the Scalar i500, IT managers can be assured they will have reliable, high-performance backup, certain restores, and effective long term protection for years into the future, no matter how their storage needs evolve.

The Scalar i500 management features were designed with midrange backup needs in mind. Its user-friendly setup wizards make it simple to install. Its partitioning, remote monitoring, and automated diagnostics make it easy to operate and maintain. And its native support for Storage Resource Management (SRM) tools using the SMI-S interface standard means users can include Scalar i500 libraries, even those in remote locations, within their managed storage environments along with their disk and fabric resources.

The Scalar i500 offers industry-leading RAS features designed to meet the availability requirements of the most demanding midrange data centers. Hot swap drives are standard on all models. A full 2N power option protects the library and all drives from any single point of failure in the power system. The library's capacity-on-demand scalability provides non-disruptive growth, its flexible design makes it easy for users to add new modules, and its single, continuous robotics system provides fast, reliable cartridge transfer under the widest possible range of conditions.

The Scalar i500 combines modular scalability with single-robotics simplicity, reliability and performance.

7 Joe Baguley, Global Product Director, Quest Software.

Pitch: LiteSpeed for SQL Server.

LiteSpeed(tm) for SQL Server is the industry-leading backup and recovery product. LiteSpeed has helped companies, including Microsoft, reduce backup size by 90 percent and the required backup window by 50 percent. Database administrators can save space and time, and secure backups with encryption, while organisations can dramatically reduce costs associated with manual backup and recovery.

LiteSpeed for SQL Server is the ideal solution when organisations need to:.

* Back up and recover data quickly.
* Ensure that their SQL Server database backups are secure.
* Save time recovering data by only recovering the information they need.
* Reduce costs associated with storage.

Business benefits of LiteSpeed for SQL Server include:.

* Reduced costs associated with storage.
* Increased productivity of the DBA team by backing up and recovering in less time.
* Valuable data cannot be accessed by third parties.

For more on these seminars visit Storage Expo, the UK's only dedicated data storage event, which provides visitors with the opportunity to compare the most comprehensive range of data storage solutions from all the leading suppliers whilst addressing today's key issues in an unrivalled education programme. The show is now in its 7th successful year and in addition to more than 100 exhibitors the education programme features over 60 experts on data storage. Visiting Storage Expo, at the National Hall Olympia London from 17th - 18th October 2007 will help you find the definitive answers to your growing data storage needs.

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