IDG’s Computerworld Assembles Premium Roster of Speakers to Address End-Users Concerns at Storage Networking World — Spring

FRAMINGHAM, MA – MARCH 26, 2002 – IDG’s Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) today announced they have recruited a record number of keynote and featured speakers for the Storage Networking World — Spring (SNW) conference to occur April 2-5, 2002 at the Marriott Desert Springs Resort, Palm Desert, Calif. With 80 featured speakers and 85 sponsors, SNW is riding the wave of storage industry growth to provide end-users greater access to insight from peers and industry experts on storage networking and management.


Many hundreds of storage end-users from large organizations have already registered to interact with their peers, experts and key vendors as they grapple with enterprise storage management issues ranging from security to data proliferation to disaster recovery. Jon Labrie, CTO of Weta Digital Ltd., digital post-production company for Lord of the Rings, will kick-off the conference sessions on April 3.

"Storage tips and techniques are most valuable when they come from experienced peers who have been around the block," noted Labrie. "Storage Networking World is a great venue because it provides a wealth of battle-tested advice from peers and experts who have a pulse on the critical issues shaping storage management."

The roster that follows Labrie is brimming with user case studies from Bank of Montreal, Burlington Coat Factory, Northern Trust Company, Phillips Petroleum, Warner Brothers and The Weather Channel, as well as discerning advice on the pressing challenges facing the storage industry from analysts such as Enterprise Storage Group, IDC and Illuminata. In addition, presentations from Bob Beauchamp, president and CEO at BMC Software; Linda Sanford, senior vice president and group executive at IBM’s Storage Systems Group; Bob Muglia, senior vice president, enterprise storage group at Microsoft; and Nora Denzel, vice president and general manager, network solutions at

Hewlett-Packard, highlight the IT and storage vendors informing users of the latest industry innovations.

In conjunction with the compelling line-up of tutorial and conference sessions, SNW offers attendees the opportunity to delve beyond the discussion phase in the Interoperability Lab. The Lab, an unrivaled on-site software and hardware installation where storage theory and practice converge, provides conference delegates a chance to collaborate with engineers and systems architects representing over 55 competing vendors to test a broad range of available storage networking technology. In this hands-on environment, end-users can compare and contrast storage solutions for needs ranging from storage virtualization to business continuity.

"Storage Networking World provides end-users an unmatched forum to gain practical understanding of storage solutions via technical tutorials from the SNIA and the hands-on demonstrations in the acclaimed Interoperability Lab," said Ron Milton, vice president and general manager of strategic programs for Computerworld. "This collaborative atmosphere, in addition to our superior roster of featured speakers, allows users to walk away with focused insight on the enterprise storage solutions that address their everyday needs."

The conference’s platinum sponsors include industry leaders such as ADIC, BMC Software, Brocade, Cisco Systems, Compaq, Computer Associates, Crossroads, DLT Tape, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Legato, Microsoft, Neartek, Powerquest, StorageTek and VERITAS. The latest conference agenda and program information are available online at

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 202,000, Computerworld has a total audience of 1,539,000, according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.8.0. News and resources for the IT Leader community are available at

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 (, 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

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