End-Users and Developers to Explore Innovative Strategies for Storage and Networking Deployment at Industry’s Largest Storage Event

FRAMINGHAM, MA – SEPTEMBER 24, 2001 -IDG’s Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) today announced the Fall 2001 program for Storage Networking World, the industry’s largest gathering of storage networking professionals and thought leaders. The conference, co-owned by Computerworld and the SNIA, and produced by Computerworld, will take place October 22-24, 2001 at the Renaissance Orlando Resort, Orlando, Fla.


As intelligent management and storage of data becomes the most strategic element of IT infrastructure, Storage Networking World Fall will address the way user companies plan and implement their storage solutions while enabling IT professionals to hear and see the latest technology developments, deployments and a vision for the future. The conference features keynote presentations from Sanjay Kumar, president and CEO, Computer Associates; Michael Brown, chairman and CEO, Quantum Corporation; Greg Reyes, CEO, Brocade; Peter van Oppen, chairman and CEO, ADIC; Richard Barker, senior vice president, VERITAS Software; Hu Yoshida, CTO, HITACHI Data Systems; Patrick Martin, chairman, president and CEO, StorageTek; and Wendy Vittori, general manager, Intel. The conference also includes end-user presentations from Fannie Mae, the U.S. Army and Bank of America, among others, who will share hands-on storage networking experience.

The opening Town Hall meeting will focus only on the views of high-profile IT users from Fortune 500 companies. With solid attendance expected, the Fall 2001 conference will explore the why and how of implementation, with the emphasis on maximizing return on investment, and the important topics of data center preparedness and disaster recovery. CEOs and senior executives from the nation’s leading IT companies will offer insight into the evolution of storage networks from a cost center to a profit center. The conference also presents a unique series of panels, including the Executive Power Panel, composed of executives from Compaq, Hewlett-Packard and BMC Software discussing methods to overcome real-life obstacles using the latest technology, as well as the CTO Insights Panel with leading storage CTOs sharing their technology knowledge and strategies.

"Storage Networking World provides an unprecedented forum for end users to learn about the technology and trends that are shaping this industry, by enabling interaction with both industry experts and peer thought-leaders," said Jerry Lynch, director of operations, Online Computer Library Center. "By attending this event, I hear the latest industry news first, and have the opportunity to pose questions directly to the developers and software engineers that are shaping storage networking products. I have attended SNW before, and I will continue to come back as often as I can."

"At Computerworld, we’re dedicated to creating forums that allow IT decision-makers and vendors to form beneficial relationships through discussion of the most compelling and business-critical technology issues in today’s global marketplace," said Ron Milton, vice president and general manager, strategic programs, Computerworld. "SNW will deliver the best educational and networking forum for IT users, focusing on the most current topics including data center preparedness and disaster recovery."

The Storage Networking World Fall 2001 platinum sponsors include: ADIC, BMC Software, Brocade Communications Systems, Cisco Systems, Compaq, Computer Associates, Crossroads, DataCore Software, DLTtape, EDS, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Legato, StorageTek, and VERITAS Software.

The latest conference agenda and program information are available online at http://www.computerworld.com/snw.

About Computerworld

Based in Framingham, Mass., 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. With a circulation of 250,000, Computerworld has a total audience of 935,200, according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.7.0. News and resources for the IT Leader community are available at http://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 (http://www.idg.net), which comprises more than 300 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

About the Storage Networking Industry Association

SNIA is a not-for-profit organization, made up of more than 200 companies and individuals spanning the entire storage and networking industry from manufacturers and developers to end users. The members of SNIA 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, SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education, and services that will propel storage networking solutions into the broader market. SNIA currently has multiple technical efforts under way. For membership inquiries, or to participate in working groups, please visit the SNIA Web site at http://ww.snia.org.