The Perfect Storm

Computerworld Webinar in association with
Interactive Live discussion on 20 October, 2010 @ 10:30am AEST, Sydney Australia

Why moving to disk-based archiving now will help you survive the rising data flood.

With virtualisation, consolidation and the cloud being the focus of so much of what IT departments are focused on daily it’s often easy to forget the importance of data, and the backup and recovery of that data to your business.

In fact, the confluence of ballooning data volumes, unstable economic conditions, back-end consolidation, and the emergence of disc as a viable alternative to tape all mean that a ‘perfect storm’ is brewing and heading straight to your storage environment.

While tape may have served as the bedrock for back up and recovery for the last 20 years, it is now imperative that IT departments redesign their environment to factor in disk as the basis for their business continuity strategy.

In this Live Interactive Computerworld Webinar we are joined by John Brand, Vice President, Research, Springboard Research, Peter Nikoletatos, the CIO of Curtin University (WA) and Shaun McLagan?, Regional Director – BRS, EMC Australia and New Zealand.

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About the Speakers

John Brand, Vice-President Research, Springboard

Recognized as one of the top Internet and IT industry analysts in Asia Pacific, John has 20 years of experience in the field. In his role as a Vice President at Springboard, he manages Springboard’s end-user researchas well as being in charge of research focused on the Australia &New Zealand markets.

Prior to joining Springboard, he was a co-founder of Hydrasight, a leading analyst firm in the Asia/Pacific region that Springboard acquired in 2010. Prior to founding Hydrasight, John spent five years as a Senior Vice President withglobal IT research firm META Group. Earlier in his career, John was the global lead analyst fora leading Australian stock broking firm, JB Were & Son, as well as a media marketing firm, Empire Ridge.

In his work, John has advised a range of Global 2000 organisations as diverse as the Australian and Singapore Departments of Defence, Centrelink, BHP Billiton, Shell, Bank Negara Malaysia, Johnson and Johnson, Coles Myer, Barclays Bank, McGraw? Hill, McKinsey?, OUB Bank, Proctor and Gamble, Cadbury Schweppes, Warner Music Group and Singapore Health.

John excels in developing innovative research in the areas of enterprise content management, case management, document and records management, portals, business-to-business e-commerce, business-to-consumer e-commerce, online publishing, personalisation, workflow, business intelligence, content intelligence, process integration, enterprise collaboration, digital asset management, and digital rights management. He is regularly invited to speak at industry events and is often quoted in the press in Asia and around the globe.

Shaun McLagan, Regional Director – BRS, EMC Australia and New Zealand

Shaun McLagan is the Regional Director for EMC Backup and Recovery Systems (BRS) Division in Australia and New Zealand. BRS is a Division of EMC that assists customers and partners in dealing with the challenging and dynamic landscape that is Backup and Recovery today.

Shaun has over 18yrs of IT experience globally with the most recent being 5yrs with EMC in Australia focused around Backup and Recovery.

Peter Nikoletatos, Chief Information Officer, Curtin University

Peter Nikoletatos is currently the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Curtin University and has more than 25 years experience in the ICT industry in Australia and overseas. Over the years, he has held several senior appointments including IT Manager for I-MED (Radiology), National Manager eBusiness for CSC (formerly BHP IT), and more recently the CIO of the University of Newcastle. Peter holds a fellowship with the Australian Institute of Project Managers, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management. In 2008, he served on two boards; INTERSECT and NUSPORT whilst CIO at the University of Newcastle. In 2009, he became a member of the CAUDIT-EDUCAUSE INSTITUTE and in 2010 was appointed as Deputy-Chair, CAUDIT (Council Australian University Director’s of IT). In 2010 he also became a Board Member of AARNet. In 2009 and 2010 he served on the Gartner Symposium Advisory Board. Peter’s experience has been a valuable asset in helping develop Curtin’s capacity to integrate next generation teaching and learning, research support and improvements to corporate services. Peter has a particular interest in ICT strategy and its relationship to research and teaching and eLearning. He has worked closely with many of the leading global vendors to help shape ICT strategy at Curtin University. Peter has also presented at a number of conferences on topics ranging from Effective IT Governance; Managing Change, Emerging Trends and Technologies, Mobility, Identity Management and Cloud Computing. He is also currently undertaking doctoral research focusing on the impact of emerging trends and technologies on education and research.

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John Brand, Vice President Research, Springboard
In order to ensure the recoverability of enterprise systems in the face of ever-increasing volumes of information, organisations have had to be judicious in selecting and categorising ‘business critical data’. However a lack of consensus from the business on what is critical often puts disaster recovery planning and execution initiatives at significant risk. Cloud-related technologies are emerging which will help organisations achieve much more efficient back-up and recovery strategies - without sacrificing data retention policies or increasing business risk. John will talk about the technologies that can ensure data recoverability and business resilience – as well as improving overall system performance – even in the face of significant bandwidth limitations.


Peter Nikoletatos, CIO, Curtin University
Peter chats about how he has overcome the challenges of data protection to speed his journey toward cloud computing. Curtin University services more than 44,000 students in 16 locations and is dealing with the challenges of growth by adopting a cloud model. Data storage and backup was one obstacle along the road. Hear Peter explain how data deduplication was implemented in a virtual environment as part of that strategy and the benefits that have been delivered. These include ten times faster, more reliable backups and large savings in media costs.


John Brand, Peter Nikoletatos, Shaun McLagan
will form a discussion panel along with Computerworld's Tim Lohman, take your questions and engage in some interesting debate