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In pictures: CIO roundtable - The future of enterprise storage

  • CIO roundtable - The future of enterprise storage, sponsored by Veeam and Microsoft.

  • Attendees arrive

  • Scott Plunkett, group IT manager, Smartgroup Corporation

  • Darren Williams, CIO, Device Technologies

  • Robert Mashiah, IT manager, Anglican Retirement Villages

  • Robert Broadly, ICT infrastructure manager, Catholic Schools Office, Diocese of Broken Bay, says the Diocese manages 44 schools and Broadley notes demand for data inside of this network continues to grow. “We’re building our data storage capacity to manage the information needs of 20,000 end users.”

  • Attendees at 'The future of enterprise storage' roundtable

  • Microsoft’s director of partner and business development, Phil Goldie, says standards and security are core priorities for cloud solutions providers. “Physical security is critical in the cloud. Our focus is ensuring data centre management agreements are airtight,” he says.

  • Kate Carruthers, IT manager, faculty of engineering, University of New South Wales, sees data governance as the key to managing vast volumes of information. She says the university functions in a highly fragmented data landscape. Its research archival data store has 3 petabytes of capacity. “We have terabytes, petabytes and yottabytes of data. All roads lead to governance for big data, business intelligence or personal information,” she says.

  • Nick Sone, general manager, Ensyst

  • Fintan O'Mahony, national IT manager, TressCox Lawyers

  • Attendees at 'The future of enterprise storage' roundtable

  • The rise of big data, virtualisation and automation are transforming demand for data centres, according to Charles Clarke, technical director, APAC, Veeam Software. This has been made possible by virtualisation, he says. “Virtualisation offers economies of scale by consolidating workloads. In the data centre, this is magnified by being able to share other elements of infrastructure, such as power and cooling."

  • Vik Sharma, head of IT, Balmain Corporation, says corporate data of up to 30TB is stored across a mix of private, hybrid and public cloud services at this organisation. “We remain one of the early adopters of hybrid cloud storage models,” he says. “We’re deploying additional apps into [Microsoft] Azure cloud services.”

  • Lunch is served

  • Attendees at 'The future of enterprise storage' roundtable

  • Asaf Ahmad, chief information security officer, NSW Fire & Rescue, says nearly 90 per cent of the department’s corporate operations are fully virtualised. “We plan to take up more services offered at the GovDC [government data centre] marketplace based on a platform-as-a-service model,” he comments.

  • Attendees at 'The future of enterprise storage' roundtable

  • Victor Mourinho, IT manager, Snap Franchising Organisations, suggests organisations look to trusted third-party cloud providers to manage their data storage needs, but in a highly secure environment. Snap Franchising specialises in print design websites and has 180 centres globally. “Each centre supports gigabytes of data. We’re looking at moving these centres away from their on-premise data storage into the cloud,” he says.

  • Paul Lister, director of ICT, The Scots College

  • Daniel O'Sheedy, group IT manager, Enero Group

  • Greg Porter, CIO, Royal Australasian College of Physicians

  • Attendees at 'The future of enterprise storage' roundtable

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