Enterprise Storage Buyers Prefer Storage Networking World, End-User Registration Achieves All-Time Record

FRAMINGHAM, MA – OCTOBER 17, 2002 – IDG's Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) today announced that nearly 1,000 qualified enterprise storage buyers have already registered to attend Storage Networking World (SNW), October 27-30, 2002 at the Renaissance Orlando Resort in Orlando, Fla. SNW continues to outpace the competition as the premier source for user-focused conferences and programs in the storage industry.


With 1,850 total registrations to date for SNW Fall 2002, SNW remains the largest educational forum for IT managers and professionals involved in enterprise infrastructure, data management and security, business continuity and emerging storage technologies. SNW, co-owned by Computerworld and the SNIA, attracts both high-level IT executives and practical end-users of storage technology from hundreds of organizations — including Allstate, BellSouth, Blue Cross Blue Shield, ChevronTexaco, Cingular Wireless, Disney, FedEx, Ford Motor Company, The Hartford, JC Penney, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Merrill Lynch, NASA, Nationwide Insurance, Sprint, Raytheon and Wells Fargo. Representatives from these organizations will gather with their peers at SNW Fall 2002 for presentations, panels, tutorials, case studies and networking opportunities to learn more about the latest technology and trends in the storage industry. End-users will join the many hundreds of industry analysts, product experts and press also pre-registered to attend the conference.

"Innovative storage strategies and cost-effective technology solutions remain top priorities in today's data-intensive enterprise IT departments," said Ron Milton, vice president and general manager of strategic programs at Computerworld. "With the record number of enterprise storage buyers planning to attend the upcoming SNW conference, it is clear that the storage industry continues to command a large percentage of today's limited IT dollars. Our conference's focused agenda, top-tier speakers, and practical case studies make SNW the premier conference choice for storage and data management end-users."

The latest conference agenda, program information, and registration details are available online at 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, 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 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 (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 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 www.snia.org.