Eight-Hundred IT Professionals Confront Storage Technology Issues at Storage Networking World

PALM DESERT, CA – APRIL 18, 2000 – The Spring Storage Networking World Conference & Expo is off to an explosive start. Speeches, panels and interactive user sessions with the top storage implementers opened to a packed house of more than 800 attendees, up 100 percent from last fall’s conference.

The Storage Networking World Conference & Expo is co-owned and produced by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and Computerworld, the information services company for Information Technology (IT) Leaders, and is being held this week at the Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, California. The latest conference program information is available online at www.computerworld.com/snw.

"On the job training just won’t cut it when it comes to storage networking technology," said Dick Boyle, Vice President of Technology Deployment for Chase Manhattan Bank, Global Private Bank. "The technology is so new and rapidly changing that companies need places like Storage Networking World to bring vendors and users together to solve complex challenges like interoperability and manageability in this fast-growing industry."

The exponential increase in information and growing complexity of Web-based and other enterprise systems has made storage technology one of the "make-or-break" technologies in this age of data saturation. With panels and exhibits dedicated to hot topics such as Storage Area Networks and Network Attached Storage, Storage Networking World has gathered a variety of IT Leaders to offer timely insight on storage-related business issues.

"OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. is a membership organization and a storage-centric enterprise," said Jerry Lynch, Director of Operations for OCLC. "Storage Networking World is an important venue for us because cost effective exploitation of storage technology translates directly into membership value. I’m impressed that competitors are here sharing knowledge and ideas to enable better solutions for the whole industry."

Key sponsors for spring Storage Networking World include BMC Software, Compaq StorageWorks, Datacore Software, Inc., EMC Corporation, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, StorageTek, Sun Microsystems and Veritas.

A unit of International Data Group, Computerworld, Inc. is a complete information services company for the IT Leader community, providing print and online publications, books, conferences and research services. The company’s flagship weekly newspaper for IT Leaders has been recognized numerous times by Folio: Magazine and the Computer Press Association as the best computer newspaper. Computerworld, with a circulation of 250,000, is read by more senior-level managers than any other IT Newsweekly, according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.6.0. News and resources for the IT Leader community are available through Computerworld’s Web site at www.computerworld.com. Computerworld is based in Framingham, MA, with a significant Silicon Valley presence in San Mateo, CA.

IDG is the world’s leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 290 computer magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (http://www.idg.net), which comprises more than 250 targeted Web sites in 55 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 42 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit organization, made up of 150 companies spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA members share a common goal, to set the pace of the industry by ensuring that storage networks become efficient, complete, and trusted solutions across the IT community. To this end the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education, and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For information, contact the SNIA at 650-949-6720 or via e-mail at executivedirector@snia.org, or visit the SNIA web site at http://www.snia.org.

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