Storage Networking World Announces Formal Call For Presentations For Spring 2004 Conference

FRAMINGHAM, MA – NOVEMBER 13, 2003 – IDG's Computerworld, in partnership with the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), today announced the formal call for presentations for Storage Networking World (SNW) Spring 2004. This announcement comes on the heels of a record-setting SNW Fall 2003, which registered more than 2,500 IT professionals, 851 of them end-users. The spring conference will take place April 5 – 8, 2004, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort, Phoenix, Ariz. For information, visit www.storagenetworkingworld.com/phoenix_2004/call_for_presentations/.

SNW is the leading global event series focused on the continued rapid growth and implementation of storage networking, data management, architecture, infrastructure and data center technologies. Throughout the four-day conference, attendees from major enterprises in the public and private sector will learn about the latest end-user successes, challenges, technologies, standards, business benefits and products — and can benefit from the most comprehensive storage training available for the storage networking industry.

Accepted presenters will join a roster of IT end-user experts including:

Doug Busch, CIO, Intel

Rick Peltz, SVP & CIO, Marcus & Millichap

Lari Sue Taylor, SVP, Information Security & Business Continuity, Fleet Financial

Jim Greer, Director of IT Infrastructure, Pacific Gas & Electric

SNW Spring 2004 is accepting submissions to the call for presentations through January 5, 2004. Enterprise users, as well as industry experts, vendors and solutions providers, are encouraged to submit presentation proposals relevant to the following mandatory content areas:

Managing Storage Networking Solutions

Enterprise Business Applications and Databases

Return on Investment (ROI) and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

Deploying Storage to Meet Industry Regulations and Corporate Governance

CTO Insights

Selecting and Deploying Storage Networks

Data Center and Infrastructure Considerations

Critical and Emerging Technology Topics

High Bandwidth and Large Storage Applications

Managing Deployment/Emerging Technologies

Speakers submitting presentation proposals to SNW should be prepared to address the following target audience segments:

Senior IT Management (CIOs, CTOs, vice presidents/directors of IT)

Storage Architects and Implementers

IT Infrastructure Professionals

Data Management Professionals

Data Center Professionals

Storage-intensive Application Implementers

Network Professionals

There are several ways to participate at SNW Spring 2004:

To submit a presentation proposal for SNW, visit www.storagenetworkingworld.com/phoenix_2004/call_for_presentations/.

To register to attend, visit www.snwusa.com.

To sponsor, call Leo Leger, vice president, Strategic Initiatives, Computerworld, at (508) 820-8212.

About Computerworld

Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," is the most trusted source for the critical information needs of IT management. Through its weekly print publication, Computerworld.com website, focused conference series and custom research, Computerworld's integrated offerings form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (58-edition) global IT media network. Computerworld has won more than 100 print and online awards for editorial and design excellence in the past five years, including a Jesse H. Neal Award for "Best News Coverage," 22 ASBPE awards and BtoB Magazine's "Media Power 50" in 2003. In print since 1967, Computerworld currently has a guaranteed rate base of 180,000, a total print audience of 1,869,000 (according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.10.0), and an online audience of over 900,000 unique monthly visitors (according to DoubleClick). Breaking news and resources for IT management are available at www.computerworld.com.

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 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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