Record-Breaking Audience of IT End Users and Purchasing Influencers Converge at Storage Networking World Fall 2004

FRAMINGHAM, MA – NOVEMBER 10, 2004 – World's Largest Storage Networking Event Sets All-Time Attendance Record; Total Registration Exceeds 2,900. Computerworld, "The Voice of IT Management," and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) announced today that more than 900 IT end users representing average company IT budgets exceeding $138 million registered to attend their jointly owned Storage Networking World (SNW) conference, held October 25-28, 2004, in Orlando, Fla. SNW is widely regarded as the most influential educational forum for the storage industry, registering a total of more than 1,300 purchasing influencers ranging from IT end users to journalists, industry analysts, financial analysts, and channel/integrator partners.

According to demographic data supplied by IT end-user registrants, more than 42% represent companies with annual revenues of at least $1 billion. A total of 48% represent companies with at least 5,000 employees.

"SNW is a great assembly of end users, industry experts and analysts in the storage industry," said John Halamka, M.D., chief information officer, Harvard Medical School. "No other event in the industry brings all the players together and fosters such an honest interchange of ideas. It excites me that nearly 3,000 people in the audience care about the importance of storage."

"SNW differentiates itself from other storage industry conferences by focusing on the longer term perspective of the industry as a whole," added Bob Shinn, information technology principal from State Street Global Advisors. "While other conferences concentrate primarily on implementation, SNW stands apart by providing a holistic view of the storage industry with particular focus on end-user needs. Not only does it provide strategies for partnering with various technology providers, but also guidelines for creating solutions for your business."

"SNW is an important event for Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), as it brings us together with end users, partners, potential customers, media and analysts," said Shinjiro Iwata, CEO, Hitachi Data Systems. "As an active participant in the SNIA, HDS has been a charter and continuous sponsor of SNW since its launch in 1999 and has benefited greatly as SNW has grown into one of the top worldwide storage industry events."

In addition to substantial end-user attendance, SNW was supported by 130 storage industry sponsors and exhibitors. Platinum sponsors include ADIC, Broadcom, Brocade Communications, Cisco Systems, CommVault Systems, Computer Associates, DLTtape, EMC Corp., Emulex Corp., Hitachi Data Systems, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM, Intel, LSI Logic Corp., McDATA, Qlogic Corp., Quantum Corp., Seagate Technology, Sun Microsystems, Symantec Enterprise Administration, Xiotech Corp., and Xyratex International.

SNW Spring 2005 will take place April 12-15, 2005 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix. For more information, please visit www.snwusa.com.

About Computerworld

Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," is the most trusted source for the critical information needs of senior IT management. Computerworld's integrated offerings form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (58-edition) global IT media network through its weekly publication, Computerworld.com Web site, focused conference series and custom research. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 print and online awards for editorial and design excellence, surpassing its direct competition by an order of magnitude. Recognition includes the 2004 Magazine of the Year Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and a Jesse H. Neal Award for "Best News Coverage." In print since 1967, Computerworld is the source for information technology management, with a guaranteed rate base of 180,050, a total print audience of 1,138,000 (IntelliQuest CIMS 2004 Business Influencer Study) and an online audience of over 1 million unique monthly visitors (DoubleClick).

Computerworld is a business unit of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, research and events company. A privately held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers, including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites, with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide, including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R) and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

About the SNIA

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit organization made up of more than 300 companies and individuals spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA members share a common goal: to set the pace of the industry by advancing the adoption of storage networks as complete and trusted solutions. To this end, the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For further information, visit http://www.snia.org.

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