Storage Networking World® Fall 2001 Drives Significant Attendance, Reinforces Back-to-Work Mentality

ORLANDO, FL – OCTOBER 23, 2001 – IDG’s Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) opened Storage Networking World Fall 2001 with a unique blend of keynote presentations, town hall-style panels and its exclusive Interoperability Lab. Held this week at the Renaissance Orlando Resort in Orlando, Fla., the world’s largest IT-user focused storage conference created a highly interactive forum for the more than 1,450 registered attendees, representing 89 exhibitor companies, 50 Interoperability Lab participating companies and many hundreds of end-users. Opening day topics focused on developing and managing storage technology in a dynamic world with emphasis on interoperability, security, and disaster recovery.

 

"As a storage industry leader, Computer Associates is pleased to participate in Storage Networking World," said Sanjay Kumar, president and CEO, Computer Associates. "As rapid changes in technology and business processes make increasing demands on organizations’ storage capabilities, events such as this are critical to the development and deployment of powerful storage solutions. This gathering of users, industry thought-leaders, and vendors fosters the collaboration and innovation that will enable us to overcome today’s most challenging issues."

"The evolution of storage technology is proceeding at a rapid pace amidst an increasingly complex and demanding business environment, making attendance of events like Storage Networking World critical to staying abreast of the latest developments," said Brian Cobb, director of systems engineering, Fannie Mae. "From a user’s perspective, a regularly occurring event such as this is invaluable for providing me the opportunity to learn about the state of the industry in an atmosphere conducive to meaningful peer and vendor interaction. This event extends beyond product marketing to really address the critical user issues the industry is facing."

More than 100 press and analysts present at Storage Networking World attended press conferences and received first word of announcements from Brocade, Hitachi, SANRAD and other leading storage providers.

"The large number of users, vendors, industry visionaries, press, and analysts at Storage Networking World Fall 2001 is testament to the increasing role of storage network management, interoperability and recovery for organizations worldwide," said Ron Milton, vice president and general manager, strategic programs, Computerworld. "In the United States and around the globe, the Storage Networking World events repeatedly draw impressive representation from the IT and storage communities in terms of the quality and the number of attendees. This season’s event is no exception, and we’re pleased to provide an environment that fosters productive relationships and innovative thinking during these challenging times."

Several Storage Networking World presentations emphasized redefining the role of storage professionals within their organizations and called for the creation of distinct departments within IT devoted primarily to storage technology. Panelists unanimously voted that in uncertain and rapidly changing times, expert training and management is becoming increasingly important as storage solutions grow in scope and complexity. Users, vendors, and industry analysts also indicated that data storage is only as effective as the ability to access and manipulate that data, and they pointed to the high value of human capital and the need for universal training standards and enhanced professional development.

Attendees also participated in strategic real-life examples of storage deployment in dynamic end-user case studies, presentations, and panels, including Fannie Mae, the U.S. Army and Bank of America, among others. Industry analysts shared a picture of the future of storage networking. In addition, the Interoperability Lab, unique to Storage Networking World, featured the latest in storage technology inter-operating to simulate real-life environments. Designed as "Lotsa Data Corp.," the Lab brought together 50 vendors, cooperating to engage users in real-world storage networking scenarios.

More information about Storage Networking World is available at http://www.computerworld.com/snw.

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 250,000, Computerworld has a total audience of 1,640,000, according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.8.0. News and resources for the IT Leader community are available at http://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 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 http://www.idg.com.

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 http://www.snia.org.