Virtual Tradeshow to Highlight Disk-to-Disk Backup, Recovery

NetApp and Symantec will present keynotes; Forrester Research is scheduled to reveal the storage industry's first worldwide study on disk-based data protection.

Ziff Davis Media, parent company of eWEEK, will present a virtual trade show titled "Disk-to-Disk Backup and Recovery," to be held Dec. 6 at Internet-enabled computers.

Doors "open" online at 9 a.m. EST, and opening remarks begin at 10 a.m. EST.

The free-of-charge, half-day, live, interactive event, sponsored by Symantec and Network Appliance, will focus on the shift of system and network backup technology from tape to disk and how organizations of all sizes can—and do—benefit today from this maturing technology.

The Virtual Tradeshow will feature keynote presentations from Stephanie Balaouras, senior storage analyst at Forrester Research; Patrick Rogers, vice president of Product and Alliances Marketing at Network Appliance; and Rick Huebsch, vice president NetBackup product line at Symantec.

Highlights from first disk-to-disk trends, satisfaction survey to be shared

The event will discuss findings from the storage industrys first survey of worldwide adoption trends and satisfaction with current data-protection technologies. The Forrester Consulting study "The Shift to Disk-Based Data Protection Solutions" (August 2006), commissioned by NetApp, is based on interviews with 400 IT decision-makers from around the world.

"Forresters enterprise clients regularly report that completing necessary backups and achieving desired recovery objectives are becoming more difficult due to growing storage capacities and shrinking backup windows," Balaouras writes in the report.

"To address these issues, enterprises are increasingly using disk as the primary backup target because disk promises faster backups and restores than tape. In addition, advanced disk-based data protection solutions can achieve higher service levels through multiple or continuous recovery point capabilities."

The study reports on emerging best practices of combining disk-based backup and tape-based solutions for enterprise data protection. The 23-page report will be available later to all Ziff Davis Virtual Tradeshow attendees.

Global enterprises want and need to understand how—and why—their peers worldwide are moving to disk-to-disk data protection, a Ziff Davis spokesperson said. Here are some of the questions and answers that the Forrester study and the virtual trade show participants will interactively address in detail:

  • The prevalence of disk-based data protection. Disk-based data-protection technologies have officially graduated from an emerging market phase to an expanding phase for both data center and remote office data protection.
  • The "why" behind which disk-based data-protection technologies are most widely adopted. Disk-based data-protection technologies, such as conventional disk, virtual tape, snapshot replication, and CDP (continuous data protection), have been deployed at varying levels and for different reasons.
  • The key drivers behind the increasing adoption of disk-based data protection. Disk-based data-protection solutions are helping users achieve their desired backup and recovery service levels.

In addition to the keynote addresses, there will be breakout seminars and an expert panel exploring the various ways disk-based data-protection technologies can be applied in both the data center and remote office.

"This event will provide customers with important information explaining why companies are deploying disk-based data-protection solutions in their existing tape environments," Rogers said.

"This Disk-to-Disk Virtual Tradeshow is the first of its kind, providing attendees a unique way to educate themselves on this topic while interacting with experts in the field in real time," said Martha Schwartz, senior vice president, Ziff Davis Custom Solutions Group.

Participants will hear from industry analysts, real-world users, expert moderators, and executives from the vendor community about real-world benefits of disk-based backup and recovery solutions.

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Chris Preimesberger

Chris Preimesberger

Chris Preimesberger is Editor of Features & Analysis at eWEEK, responsible in part for the publication's coverage areas. In his 10 years and more than 3,500 stories at eWEEK, he has distinguished...