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Managing data lifecycle in the enterprise and the cloud (British Library, London)

8 February 2012, Networking Seminar

Whilst the economic climate remains challenging, data backup and DR technologies and services are now mature, so here's where you start your journey to cloud computing. This briefing will provide a perspective that will enable your business to move forward.

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Information governance and the management of data is no longer just the concern of the IT department – but has become a key corporate and commercial issue. It never been more true to consider information as the lifeblood of the organisation. We have all become only too well aware of the catastrophic operational and financial impact to the business of losing data. Consequently, we have seen a tightening of the corporate compliance obligations now placed upon businesses to align their data strategies to much higher standards.

Information can be your greatest asset or your greatest liability. Managed properly, it can accelerate growth. Managed poorly, it can drive up costs and expose your business to risk. In the face of this, many organisations are now re-evaluating their IT solutions with regard to information management, availability, scalability, efficiency and cost; so it is particularly important, now more than ever, to assess the potential business benefits from managed services in the area of data backup and disaster recovery.

The primary objective is to feel 100% confident that your most important asset – your data – is managed, protected and recoverable, whenever and wherever you need it. If you still need convincing – and continue to ask why an organisation should virtualise their data backup and disaster recovery – there are many different reasons, and here’s a snapshot of what you will learn at the briefing:

  • How to manage virtual data backup and disaster recovery.
  • Understand the real issue around data security and information governance.
  • Improved disaster recovery solutions.
  • Improved information reliability and flexibility.
  • Managed services as part of a cost containment strategy.
  • Reduce capital and operational expenditure.
  • Overcoming the standards challenge and meeting compliance obligations.

Whilst the economic climate remains challenging, data backup and DR technologies and services are now mature, so here’s where you start your journey to cloud computing. Whether you are managing large pools of data across multiple remote sites or large quantities of data centrally, whether you have a user base of multiple laptop users or operate a global solution, the briefing will provide a perspective that will enable your business to move forward.

Venue: The British Library, London

Eliot Room, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB


09.30 Registration, tea & coffee
10.00 Introduction
  Ian Jones, NCC
10.10 Managing data in the era of the cloud
  Darren Thompson, CTO EMEA, Symantec Corp
Managing data in the era of cloud computing will transform the way we protect data in the future. As servers and storage get virtualised or as resources move to the cloud, and as more mobile devices proliferate businesses, new ways to do backups will be required. Understand how to ensure you have all your bases covered while actually reducing the risks associated with information management.
10.45 Information assurance
  Dr Daniel Dresner, ex NCC head of information assurance & standards
This session will help businesses evaluate their current data management and governance strategies and will stimulate ideas to enhance performance, reduce costs, and improve operational efficiency and service management. And as technology is rapidly emerging and maturing to enable connectivity and interoperability of a panoply of devices, the right investment relies on addressing workable, realistic policies first. Daniel will use case study examples to build a pragmatic iPolicy.
11.15 BREAK
11.30 Managing risk and data growth in the enterprise
– a cloud services approach
  James Harris, business development director, DCG Group
If designed and deployed correctly, data backup and DR managed services can provide both cost and resource savings, with predictable costs and a mitigation of information risk. In this session, James Harris will discuss what can be achieved through data backup and DR managed services, presenting tips on how best to overcome deployment challenges and explaining the various consumption models which help users to choose the right set of services, support and architecture. Data backup and DR managed services enable you to outsource responsibility and accountability for data management but still maintain total control, flexibility and ownership, ensuring tangible business benefits.
12.00 Data storage – a fluid approach
  Jon Brooks, large enterprise IDM sales manager, Dell
12.30  Case study

Jonathan Humphrey, IT director, Codemasters Software Ltd
About Codemasters:
Codemasters is an award winning games developer and publisher with a 25-year heritage. Codemasters’ popular game brands include DiRT, GRID, Cricket and Operation Flashpoint. The company also retains the exclusive worldwide video game rights to FORMULA ONE. F1 2010, the first multi-format high-definition FORMULA ONE racing game released in September 2010, is the fastest-selling FORMULA ONE game ever.
Around the world, Codemasters employs over 500 people in development and publishing. It has two development studios in the UK – one at its Warwickshire HQ with a further site in Birmingham. An additional art studio is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

12.45 Panel discussion and Q&A 
13.15  LUNCH and networking

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