End-User Representation at Storage Networking World Spring 2003 Remains Robust In The Face of Current Economic and Geopolitical Issues

PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 16, 2003 – IDG's Computerworld, in partnership with the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), today announced strong participation in Storage Networking World (SNW) Spring, the foremost educational forum for the storage industry, being held this week at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, Ariz.


With a comprehensive agenda featuring IT end-user and industry leader sessions and speakers, SNW Spring 2003 registered 1,071 storage buyers, integrators, press and analysts, as of April 15, 2003. This compares to 621 registrants in the same demographic present at SNW Spring 2002 in Palm Desert, Calif. Total registration for the event (as of April 15, 2003) is 1,784, excluding event production staff.

Key to this achievement is the 753 storage technology end-users in attendance, including decision-making systems and networking administrators, technical engineers, and enterprise CIOs. These results affirm SNW's dominant position as the world's leading storage networking event series as well as the continued vitality of the storage industry.

"SNW is a great event to both network and learn about the latest technology in storage," said Ulrich Seif, senior vice president and CIO, National Semiconductor. "Today's economy forces us to leverage our assets like storage even more, and SNW helps us to learn and share our experience with others."

According to an audience poll conducted onsite, 67% of respondents came to SNW to be educated, stay up to date and learn about successful deployments. In addition, a quarter of those surveyed attended the conference to investigate current products and learn what products fit their needs and budget. The audience poll also revealed that over 40% of respondents had more than 5,000 employees in their organizations, while 30% had IT budgets of greater than $100 million.

"The importance of storage solutions – both hardware and software – continues to grow within the technology marketplace and with IT professionals. SNW is an excellent opportunity for a storage technologist to see the latest advancements, to learn about future trends and to exchange ideas with some of the sector's top minds," said Yogesh Gupta, chief technology officer at Computer Associates. "CA, with its focus on cutting-edge, storage management solutions, is pleased to be a part of the conference."

Attendees are participating in 87 educational sessions, including SNIA designed and delivered tutorials, expert panels and case studies from end-users – such as keynote speaker and noted author Regis McKenna, Steve Romaine, Chief Architect at The Hartford, and David Chamberlain, Vice President of Architecture and Capacity Planning at Providian Financial – that outline strategies to maximize the value of storage investments in today's economic environment.

For more information about Storage Networking World or for a calendar of future events, please visit http://www.snwusa.com.

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the only integrated media company focused exclusively on the information needs of IT Leaders – those who manage and implement technology in Global 2000 organizations. The company's flagship weekly newspaper – along with its Computerworld.com Web site and conference series for IT Leaders – form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (58-edition) worldwide IT media network. Publishing since 1967, Computerworld has been recognized numerous times by Folio: Magazine and the Computer Press Association as the best computer newspaper, is winner of the 2003 Jesse H. Neal Award for "Best News Coverage," and was named to the "Media Power 50" in 2002 by Crain Communications' BtoB Magazine. Winner of more than 70 print and online editorial awards since 1998, Computerworld has a newspaper circulation of 202,000, a total print audience of 1,846,000 (according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.9.0), and an online audience of 800,000 unique monthly visitors (according to DoubleClick). Breaking news and resources for IT Leaders are available at http://www.computerworld.com.

About IDG

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 (http://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 http://www.idg.com.

About the SNIA

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit organization, made up of over 300 companies and individuals 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 visit the SNIA Web site at http://www.snia.org.


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