Air Force General & CIO Of North American Aerospace Defense Command to Give Opening Address at Storage Networking World Fall 2003

FRAMINGHAM, MA – OCTOBER 14, 2003 – IDG's Computerworld, in partnership with the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), today announced that Major General Dale W. Meyerrose of the United States Air Force, will provide an opening visionary address at Storage Networking World (SNW) Fall. The industry-leading conference will take place October 27-30, 2003 at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Fla.

General Meyerrose is CIO and director of Command Control Systems for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), and CIO and director of architectures and integration for the U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. General Meyerrose ensures that the Commander of NORAD has the command and control systems necessary to safeguard the air sovereignty of North America. For the U.S. Northern Command, he creates architectures and integrated solutions to support the command's mission to defend the United States. He also facilitates communications and information sharing for military assistance to civil authorities for crisis response, and consequence management responsibilities assigned to the command.

Following General Meyerrose, Jerry McElhatton, senior executive vice president, global technology and operations at MasterCard International, will present a case study. At MasterCard, McElhatton oversees all core technologies, including systems development, strategic architecture, information security, credit and debit processing, and the global network. In addition, McElhatton and his team of 1,800 IT professionals are responsible for all authorization, settlement and clearing processing, including the management and monitoring of MasterCard's global process network.

General Meyerrose and McElhatton cap a roster of 157 public and private sector speakers and 122 sessions designed to provide maximum educational value to 2,000 attendees through peer case studies, tutorials and certification courses. At SNW Fall, attendees will learn storage best practices and helpful hints through case studies from numerous leading organizations including AOL, General Motors, Turner Entertainment and UPS. In addition, a FBI special agent will present a case study on the reality of cybercrime and how to respond. In a special ceremony to celebrate the SNW Best Practices in Storage Awards Program, entertainer Sinbad will appear onstage at Storage Networking World.

"We are very excited to have General Meyerrose and Jerry McElhatton aboard for Storage Networking World Fall as their experience and insight are truly unique for today's IT management, data management, storage architects and infrastructure professionals," said Ron Milton, executive vice president, Computerworld. "The conference program at SNW is built with one goal in mind: maximizing educational opportunities for end users. Twice a year, SNW attendees look forward to a chance to learn storage networking strategies and best practices from their peers and from industry experts, and this has become the hallmark of our SNW program. As an added measure of entertainment, we'll even see and hear from Sinbad after our Best Practices in Storage Awards Program."

SNW is the leading global event series focused on growing user implementations of storage networking technologies, and is co-owned by Computerworld and the SNIA. The industry's original and most respected conference, SNW Fall 2003 will feature SNIA-developed tutorials, in addition to business and technical tracks for end users that address real-world storage concerns and their solutions. Attended by a range of IT users from CIOs to CTOs, IT managers to enterprise architects, SNW also provides attendees unprecedented access to storage industry leaders and luminaries, as well as to peers who have successfully tackled storage challenges.

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