IDC and Kahn Consulting Launch the Data Protection and Archiving Forum to Offer Best Practices and Technology Strategies for Storing and Retrieving Content

FRAMINGHAM, MA – NOVEMBER 8, 2006 – IDC and Kahn Consulting today announced plans for the inaugural Data Protection and Archiving Forum: Replicate, Recover, Retrieve. The Forum, scheduled for December 5, 2006 at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City, is designed to help IT and business executives answer key questions about storing and retrieving content in today's business environment. This groundbreaking, interactive conference features action-oriented sessions empowering attendees to formulate their own company's protection and archiving strategies and plans for the future.

Featuring case studies and real-world perspectives from users, IDC analysts, and industry experts, the conference has a stellar line-up of speakers including executives from BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee, EMC, Hartz Mountain, IDC, Kahn Consulting, MGM Mirage, Microsoft, New York Department of Sanitation, Princeton Softech, SNIA, Symantec and The Regence Group.

Topics to be addressed at the conference include:

— Information on why a unified, holistic archiving strategy is important and what value it will provide to organizations, both tactically and strategically.

— An understanding of how companies are deploying disk-based data protection such as snapshots, continuous data protection and virtual tape, what problems they address, and where they are being deployed.

— Classification approaches and emerging best practices for determining which data protection and archiving methods firms should use, or are using.

— Important requirements to mitigate the legal and regulatory risks firms face with regard to archiving, retaining and/or protecting relevant content.

— Insight into the development of enterprise-wide archive and data protection policies and the effective implementation of those policies through process, education and technology.

— TCO benchmarks companies can use to compare archive and data protection approaches for specific applications in their environment.

"More and more companies are looking for practical information on policies and processes when determining their data protection and archiving strategy," says John McArthur, group vice president and general manager of IDC's Information Infrastructure research group and chairman of the conference. "We have organized this forum to share best practices, as well as offer attendees guidance from IDC and industry experts around technical information on the evaluation, deployment and consideration of different technology solutions to meet availability, performance, recovery and security requirements. We also will address business issues and implications of different technologies, including their ability to meet budgetary, regulatory, business continuity, legal and disaster recovery needs of companies today."

Sponsors and Partners of the Data Protection and Archiving Forum include: EMC, Microsoft, Princeton Softech, Symantec, Atempo, CommVault, ARMA International, SNIA, BTQ, ECM Connection, InfoStor, KMWorld and Network World.

For more information or to register for the conference, please visit IDC's Web site http://www.idc.com/dpaforum06 . Complimentary press passes are available for qualified journalists. To request a press pass, please contact Dana Basilone at 508-988-6891 or dbasilone@idc.com.

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