IDG’s Computerworld to Convene the Storage Industry’s Largest User-Focused Conference At Storage Networking World – Spring

FRAMINGHAM, MA – MARCH 4, 2002 – IDG's Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) today announced the largest storage industry conference to date, Storage Networking World – Spring (SNW). The foremost gathering of storage networking industry professionals will feature more user case studies, a stellar lineup of key storage industry analysts, and an expanded series of featured vendor speakers, in addition to an exclusive CTO Insights Executive Panel and the acclaimed Interoperability Lab.


Co-owned by Computerworld and the SNIA, and produced by Computerworld, SNW Spring will take place April 2-5, 2002 at the Marriott Desert Springs Resort, Palm Desert, Calif.

In light of the rapid proliferation of business and customer data and an increased focus on disaster recovery, Storage Networking World provides a timely forum for delegates to tackle an issue at the forefront of the IT agenda: enterprise storage management. SNW Spring allows users, vendors and industry thought-leaders to discuss recent developments and deployments in storage networking, enterprise infrastructure and data management, while keeping a pulse on the future of storage technology. In addition, end-users will have access to compelling case studies that outline the strategy and tactics necessary for successful storage deployment from peers at companies such as Warner Brothers, Burlington Coat Factory, Blue Cross/Blue Shield (Tennessee) and Phillips Petroleum.

"Storage Networking World provides a unique forum for end-users and vendors to develop innovative approaches to rapidly evolving enterprise storage demands," noted Ron Milton, vice president and general manager of strategic programs for Computerworld. "From prime networking opportunities to SNIA-developed and delivered technical tutorials and the renowned Interoperability Lab with 50 participating companies, this collaborative event promotes the creation of storage networking solutions that address the real world needs of today's storage users."

Based on attendee feedback collected at the previous five SNW conferences, SNW Spring will feature guidance and advice for end-users from CTOs. On the CTO Insights Executive Panel, CTOs from top companies, including Compaq and StorageTek, will offer attendees practical hints on how to make storage visions a reality. The conference will also feature a new multiple track set of "Practical Workshops," where vendor CTOs and IT users will lead discussions on tools and techniques for issues ranging from ROI to storage management.

Speaking at Storage Networking Fall, Patrick Martin, chairman, president and CEO of StorageTek, stated, "The importance of Storage Networking World is that it addresses the need to develop industry standards around two major forces of change in IT: storage and networking. With SNIA and Computerworld taking leadership roles in this conference, participants can have good, healthy discussions about the standards that are needed. It's a great vehicle for advancement of the industry."

Attendees will also continue to benefit from key features of previous SNW events. End-users will have ample opportunities to network with high-profile luminaries in the storage industry and explore the best practices for implementing storage networking in the enterprise. The Interoperability Lab, the industry's largest storage networking interoperability arena, will again reinforce concepts taught at conference tutorials by providing access to real world storage scenarios and showcasing storage networking configurations that address users' storage concerns.

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 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

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