In most organisations backups are an under-utilised asset . After all they contain clean and current data in the right format, and yet they sit there doing nothing. Companies that can utilise this valuable trove of information can achieve tangible benefits such as cost savings, easier compliance, software patch failure mitigation and improved test and dev. So what’s stopping them?

Put your questions to our expert panellists in this live web seminar in which we’ll be discussing how advances in storage technology and management software have put this valuable resource in reach of most organisations today.
We’ll be discussing:

· Performance of backup media
· Leveraging your data better
· Compliance and governance issues
· Verified Recoverability
· Barriers to making backup available for other uses
· Business advantages
· Costs and benefits


Rich Fenton

UK & Ireland Systems Engineering Manager, Nimble Storage

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Rich has been in the Storage industry for over 20 years, starting his career managing the storage and backup environment for Goldman Sachs before moving to the vendor community to be a Senior SAN consultant at StorageTek, NetApp and Nimble Storage. For the past 15 months, Rich has been leading the UK and Ireland Systems Engineering team at Nimble Storage.

Michael Cade

Technical Evangelist, Veeam Software

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Michael Cade is a Technical Evangelist for Veeam Software. Based in the UK, an IT Professional with over 14 years of industry experience with a key focus on Data Center technologies including Virtualisation, Storage and Data Center. Michael is very active around the social media sphere sharing technical content.

Clive Longbottom

Service Director, Quocirca Ltd

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Clive Longbottom trained as a Chemical Engineer and worked in engineering research in areas such as anti-cancer drugs, car catalysts, fuel cells and low-NOx systems. He then moved into IT, working on a range of projects from COSHH and research information handling systems to full office automation and workflow systems.

After a stint as an IT consultant, Clive worked for US analyst house META Group (now part of Gartner), before setting up Quocirca to provide an alternative approach to the standard industry analyst model, with far more focus on per-project based engagements and a stronger focus on what IT does for a business.

Stuart Sumner

Editor, Computing

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Stuart Sumner is editorial director of Computing, V3 and the Inquirer.

During his time at Incisve Media he has overseen the transition of Computing from a print-first publication, to a truly multi-channel media brand encompassing events, website and apps, whilst ensuring it retains the same depth and authority of content on which its reptuation is founded.

He is also responsible for Computing's sister titles V3 and the Inquirer.

Previously he spent 10 years in the IT industry as a programme manager, where he was responsible for the delivery of corporate WAN rollouts for global blue-chip companies.

Stuart has also written for Time Out and IPC Media, and in his spare time writes scripted comedy for TV and radio.

Tom Allen


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