Key Industry Figures to Address Storage Networking World Conference, April 7-10 in Orlando

FRAMINGHAM, MA – April 1, 2008 – Storage Networking World Conference (SNW) announced today an illustrious roster of IT executives, industry leaders and analysts to address its upcoming spring conference to be held April 7- 10, 2008 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando.

SNW is the world's largest storage networking event and the only conference where IT managers and professionals get an education endorsed by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and a hands-on view of the world's only SNIA-sanctioned Solutions Center. At SNW, attendees can choose from over 140 educational sessions and network with peers from around the globe, plus visit with top solutions providers in the world's largest Expo focused on storage.

Featured presenters at Storage Networking World Conference include:

Laura Campbell, associate librarian for strategic initiatives and chief information officer, Library of Congress

Campbell was appointed to the position of associate librarian for strategic initiatives in 2000 by the Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington. He noted that "Laura has already made many significant contributions to the realization of the Library's digital future. Her demonstrated leadership, technical knowledge and network of expert colleagues in the public and private sectors will bring added strength to our decision-making process."

Campbell's responsibilities include overall strategic planning for the Library, oversight of the Information Technology Services directorate, and leadership of the $100 million National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program ( ), which was established to build a nationwide network of partners to preserve important digital content that is at risk of being lost. Campbell is also director of the National Digital Library Program, a cooperative national effort to digitize and make available online primary source materials of American history and culture. The program's award-winning Web site, American Memory ( ), offers more than 11 million items from the collections of the Library of Congress and those of its partners.

William Kramer, division deputy and general manager, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center

Kramer is the general manager of NERSC and head of the high performance computing department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). The NERSC Facility is the DOE Office of Science "Keystone" computing facility that supports a broad and diverse computational science portfolio. At NERSC, Kramer led the acquisition, testing, and introduction of the early, very large HPC computational systems (e.g. IBM SP and Cray systems, one of the first production Linux clusters, and one of the largest open HPSS mass storage systems. He was instrumental in managing the paradigm shift for NERSC from a traditional storage implementation to the one of the first production highly parallel, facility wide file system in the HPC community. He contributes to LBNL's "Science Driven Computer Architecture" initiatives and has helped build three efficient computing facilities. Kramer has taught at two universities, industry and conference on a range of topics, including cluster computing, computer security, computer graphics and visualization, data intensive computing, and high performance computing. His research interests include large-scale system management, scheduling, performance evaluation, and the integration of high performance networks and computers. Kramer was the general chair of the SC 05 conference in Seattle and was named as one of HPCWire's "People to Watch in 2005. Prior to Berkeley Lab, he worked at the NASA Ames Research Center, the University of Delaware and Inland Steel Company.

Ray Kurzweil, founder, chairman and chief executive officer, Kurzweil Technologies, Inc.

Kurzweil has been described as "the restless genius" by the Wall Street Journal, and "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes. Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the "rightful heir to Thomas Edison," and PBS included him as one of 16 "revolutionaries who made America," along with other inventors of the past two centuries.

As one of the leading inventors of our time, Kurzweil was the principal developer of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. His web site has over one million readers.

Among Kurzweil's many honors, he is the recipient of the $500,000 MIT-Lemelson Prize, the world's largest for innovation. In 1999, he received the National Medal of Technology, the nation's highest honor in technology, from President Clinton in a White House ceremony. And in 2002, he was inducted into the National Inventor's Hall of Fame, established by the US Patent Office. He has received fifteen honorary Doctorates and honors from three U.S. presidents.

Kurzweil has written five books, four of which have been national best sellers. "The Age of Spiritual Machines" has been translated into 9 languages and was the #1 best selling book on Amazon in science. His latest book, "The Singularity is Near," was a New York Times best seller, and has been the #1 book on Amazon in both science and philosophy.

Mark O'Gara, vice president, infrastructure management, Highmark, Inc.

O'Gara, vice president of infrastructure management, Highmark, is responsible for the operation and strategic direction of the enterprise infrastructure. His organization manages the company's critical technology and application platforms supporting Highmark's business objectives. Through the development and implementation of his unique and proven organizational strategy which incorporates an environmentally responsible focus, he has consistently improved efficiency, cost reduction and customer satisfaction. Infrastructure Management services include platform hardware and software, voice and data networks, output services, end-user technology, data warehouse technology, customer call centers and the Highmark Data Center. Highmark was recently voted the Top Green IT organization by Computerworld (February 2008) in large part, due to the innovations applied in the construction and operations of their data center.

O'Gara's interests in environmentally responsible computing has evolved from his previous strategy focus on organizational efficiencies and optimization demonstrated in his former position as the senior vice president, internal computing for American Online (AOL), where he reconstituted the leadership for a 500-person organization, reducing expenses by 15% and capital spending by $40 million dollars. Prior to joining American Online, he consulted with several international companies and served as the chief technology officer for Ganley International and Winstar International. O'Gara frequently speaks on IT efficiency, optimization and green computing environments at technology-based conferences and forums across the nation including IDC and Computerworld; he is a registered subject matter expert and has written papers on the topic of environmentally responsible computing.

Mark Showers, chief information officer, Monsanto Company

Showers is chief information officer for Monsanto Company. He has primary responsibility for the strategic direction of the company's information technology resources along with the operations of information technology functions on a day-to-day basis. These global responsibilities include commercial, R&D, ERP, architecture, infrastructure, security and operations.

Showers has been with Monsanto for 25 years. He has spent his Monsanto career in information technology with the exception of two years in the strategic planning group. Prior to joining Monsanto, Showers worked as a chemist in the high performance coatings industry.

Showers is active in the St. Louis community as chairman of the St. Louis Coalition for Information Technology, board chairman for the Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC) and as a member of the Innovate St. Louis board. In addition, Showers serves on several academic advisory boards including the External Advisory Board for the McDonnell International Scholars Academy at Washington University, the Department of Computer Sciences and Engineering External Advisory Board at Washington University, the Executive Board of Directors for the Center for Advanced Information Technology (CAIT) at Washington University, the Foundation Board of Directors at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, the External Advisory Board for the School of Business at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, and the University of Missouri – St. Louis High Performance Computing Center Advisory Board. In 2007, Showers was named as one of the Premier 100 Leaders in Information Technology by Computerworld Magazine.

Jim Swartz, chief information officer, Sybase, Inc.

As chief information officer and vice president, Swartz leads a global team of professionals aligned with the business units and focused on using Sybase technology to continue the company's restructuring as a solutions oriented, mobile enabled customer-centric e-business enterprise. He is engaged in an aggressive program to simplify, standardize and consolidate the IT environment at Sybase. This includes the geographic centralization of data centers and related services that has reduced the number of key centers from nearly forty, to three primary centers and one disaster recovery site. Swartz currently directs a number of software development efforts focusing on an enhanced e-store, web analytics, data warehousing/BI, information integration, upgraded portal/dashboards and an improved CRM system aimed at bettering the customer experience with Sybase.

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