Storage conference coming

Market researcher International Data Corporation (IDC) is staging a conference in Auckland next week on what's likely to be an increasingly hot IT topic, storage.

Market researcher International Data Corporation (IDC) is staging a conference in Auckland next week on what's likely to be an increasingly hot IT topic, storage.

Commonly dismissed as "snorage", systems for handling the increasing volumes of data organisations are accumulating are starting to turn heads.

IDC's Storage Vision 2000, on November 13 , will involve vendor presentations of information on the complexity of storage and storage management and conclude with a panel discussion on key issues.

This year the storage heavyweights EMC, IBM and Hitachi have come out with new high-end offerings (E-Infostructure from EMC, Shark from IBM and Lightning from Hitachi) all pushing SANs (storage area networks), while relative new comer NetworkAppliance was named one of the four fastest growing companies in the United States this year thanks to sales of its NAS (network attached storage) solutions – basically servers dedicated to storing information.

Organisations with high web activity or which have recently implemented an ERP application are coming under increasing pressure to add to the company’s storage system. Similarly if an organisation’s user base is expanding, either through internal growth, backwards along the supply chain to suppliers, or forwards along the supply chain to customers, demand for storage will be growing at an alarming rate.

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