Anti-Disaster Measures, Including Prevention & Remedial Actions Top the List for IT Manager Priorities, Says IDC

NORTH SYDNEY – SEPTEMBER 9, 2002 – Many organisations today are increasingly concerned about their storage resource and how it should be developed and optimised to meet the changing needs of the organisation. The growth in storage requirements, new applications and new data types, has presented new challenges to the IT executive charged with managing the organisation?s storage resource.


Coupled with the trend towards connecting all users in the organisation to a centralised storage resource, IT executives are finding that the older storage systems have trouble keeping up with the demands of new users and new applications.

IT executives today are dealing every day with critical issues of degraded performance, application bottlenecks, excessive downtime for maintenance, upgrades and increasing demands for more appropriate anti-disaster measures,said Graham Penn, IDC Director, Storage Research, Asia/Pacific.

The easy response of simply buying additional storage capacity is not going to be cost-effective in the long run. At the IDC StorageVision 2002 conference Storage in 2002 and Beyond: Infrastructure, Management and Security, IDC will expand on the key issues that are exercising the minds of IT executives in the areas of storage networking and security and how emerging technologies may provide the answers to the storage puzzle.

Industry experts will share their views at StorageVision about the future of storage, provide case studies relating to the design of an optimal storage infrastructure, consider the appropriate steps and stages for implementation, the complementary storage hardware and software, and justifying total cost of ownership with returns on investment.

At this event, IDC Storage Director, Graham Penn will provide a presentation relating to the present State of Play,based on IDC?s recent research findings. One example of this will be a discussion about the problems facing storage managers day by day. These issues relate to the management of business risk or storage growth. Anti-disaster Measures, including prevention and remedial actions, top the list. These were given an average score of 3.71 of a possible 5. Backup Efficiency is also of concern. It was given an importance rating of 3.44 out of 5. Improvement in System Reliability, with a score of 3.32 was also very important. The next 2, Efficiency of the Investment in Storage and Handling of Increased Data (both 3.09) were also of considerable concern.

Please join leading IDC analysts and industry experts from HP, Sun, Sony, Legato, Quantum and Network Appliance at StorageVision 2002 to:

Understand the challenges and opportunities facing the industry

Acquire skills to participate in the transformation of your enterprise

Learn from the experiences of most influential users and opinion leaders in the IT industry

Create winning business strategies within a practical framework that enables you to stay ahead of competition

Network and exchange ideas with IT executives, industry players, and IDC senior analysts from around the region

Date & Venue

Melbourne: 17th Sept 02, The Sheraton Towers, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southgate

Sydney: 19th Sept 02, The Westin Hotel, 1 Martin Place, Sydney

Time: 9.00am- 4.30pm

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