End-User Registration Propels Record-Setting Attendance at Storage Networking World Fall 2003

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 30, 2003 – IDG's Computerworld, in partnership with the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), today announced record end-user and overall registration for this week's Storage Networking World (SNW) Fall 2003 conference that took place October 27-30, 2003 at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Fla. The record turnout further establishes the event's widely regarded position as the largest and most influential educational forum for the storage industry.

SNW's agenda of 122 sessions and 157 presenters – developed specifically for users of storage and infrastructure technologies – drew a record number of IT end-user and IT decision maker/influencer registrations. The 851 registered end-users included enterprise CIOs, IT Directors/Managers, systems and networking administrators, and technical engineers from a wide swath of industries, including aerospace and defense, automotive, financial services, healthcare, media and entertainment, retail, and telecommunications. In addition to the IT end-user registrations, members of the press, industry analyst, financial analyst, and channel/integrator partner communities resulted in a total of 1,221 buying influencers registered for SNW Fall 2003.

"Storage Networking World is a prime example of the growing importance of a business-driven storage strategy to global business," said Jerry McElhatton, senior executive vice president, Global Technology and Operations, MasterCard International, and president, MasterCard Global Technology and Operations. "This event provides an opportunity to share storage issues and learn about new solutions from your peers."

Automated audience polls conducted onsite validate Computerworld's ability to draw critically important representatives of large user enterprises. Polls revealed that over 60% of respondents have more than 5,000 employees in their organizations, 80% have more than 1,000 employees, and 52% have annual company revenue in excess of $1 billion.

"Storage is a core element of the overall IT infrastructure and an independent purchasing decision," said Mark Lewis, executive vice president and CTO, EMC Corporation. "Forums like SNW are critical for customers, partners and suppliers to get together and exchange ideas and concepts to move the business forward."

SNW's educational sessions include SNIA-designed and delivered tutorials, panels and end-user case studies delivered by experts including Major General Dale Meyerrose, United States Air Force; Tony Scott, CTO, General Motors; Clyde Smith, senior vice president, Broadcast Entertainment Technology, Turner Entertainment; and Jeff Pelot, CTO of Denver Health.

SNW Spring 2004 will take place April 5-8, 2004 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, Ariz. For more information, please visit www.snwusa.com .

About Computerworld

Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," is the most trusted source for the critical information needs of IT management. Through its weekly print publication, Computerworld.com website, focused conference series and custom research, Computerworld's integrated offerings form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (58-edition) global IT media network. Computerworld has won more than 100 print and online awards for editorial and design excellence in the past five years, including a Jesse H. Neal Award for "Best News Coverage," 22 ASBPE awards and BtoB Magazine's "Media Power 50" in 2003. In print since 1967, Computerworld currently has a guaranteed rate base of 180,000, a total print audience of 1,869,000 (according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.10.0), and an online audience of over 900,000 unique monthly visitors (according to DoubleClick). Breaking news and resources for IT management are available at www.computerworld.com.

Computerworld is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net ( www.idg.net ), which comprises more than 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG's research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at www.idg.com.

About the SNIA

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit organization made up of more than 300 companies and individuals spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA members share a common goal: to set the pace of the industry by advancing the adoption of storage networks as complete and trusted solutions. 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 further information, visit http://www.snia.org.