Storage Networking World To Address Role of Storage as Top IT Priority Among Enterprises; Increasing Role of Enterprise Storage Management Drives Users, Vendors to Collaborative Forum

LONDON – MAY 16, 2002 – IDG's Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) today announced the schedule for Storage Networking World – Eurostorage 2002.

 

The conference, co-owned by Computerworld and the SNIA, and produced by Computerworld, will take place June 5-7, 2002 at the Noga Hilton, Cannes, France. The conference is Europe's largest gathering of storage networking professionals and thought leaders.

"Catering to both users and vendors, Storage Networking World – Eurostorage provides an ideal forum to see the best storage tools, learn how to deploy them, and see what's coming next," said Michel Grosbost, Chairman of SNIA – Europe.

On June 4, SNIA Europe will organize several Tutorial Tracks with a highly educational factor for Users, Resellers and Vendors of Storage Networking Technologies.

Building on the success of Storage Networking World- Eurostorage 2001 in Seville Spain and feedback gathered at the conference, Storage Networking World – Eurostorage Cannes will enable users and vendors to explore winning practices and best strategies for successful development and deployment of storage networking solutions. The Town Hall-style discussions and Interoperability Lab will cater to the user perspective of today's most challenging storage issues.

"As storage networking solutions continue to grow in scope and complexity, the creation of industry standards that can be applied to professional training, technological development and interoperability, is critical," said Ron Milton, president and general manager, strategic programs for Computerworld. "The unique format of Storage Networking World – Eurostorage unites users, vendors and industry leaders to collectively address these topics and forge the future of storage development."

The technical Tutorials on June 4 have been developed by the Education Committees of SNIA in Europe and USA to provide up to date information on the latest multi-vendor Storage Networking Solutions. The program includes topics like: Storage for LAN Managers, Networks for SAN Managers, IP Storage, Backup & Restore, Storage Virtualisation, Infrastructure & Design, Disaster Recovery, Data Sharing and Storage Management.

The high class Conference Program from June 5-7 will include High-profile panels of industry executives and visionaries, highlighting the most compelling business and industry trends directing companies to implement storage networks. In addition, senior IT Leaders already deploying storage networking solutions will present their own case studies. Senior executives from the IT industry will examine the strategies to plan, procure, deploy and evaluate solutions in 2002 and beyond.

Keynote and Featured Speakers at Storage Networking World – Eurostorage are amongst others:

Daniel Goeudevert, Management Consultant, Visionary and Former CEO of VW Cars

Mike Zisman, General Manager Storage Software, IBM

Charles Inches, IT Director, Corner Bank

Nigel Turner, Senior Vice President, Computer Associates

John McArthur, Group Vice President, IDC

Gerdy de Clerq, IT Strategy & Business Development, Belgacom IT Group

Patrick Bonelli, Vice President Storage Marketing, Hewlett-Packard

Nigel Williams, Vice President, Software, Legato

Marc Bigaignon, Storage Manager, Council of Europe

Alan Archer, Consultant, London Underground

More than 25 sponsors are participating in the Storage Networking World -Eurostorage in Cannes, including ADIC, BMC Software, Brocade, Cisco, Computer Associates, Dell, EMC, Hewlett Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, Inrange, Legato, Network Appliance, San Castle, Intel, Storagetek, Sony, Fujitsu Softek, CommVault Systems, Neartek, DLT, DataCore, Nest, Stor2B and Veritas.

Media sponsors include Le Monde Informatique, Reseaux&Telecoms, Distributique, Computerwoche Germany, Network World Germany, Computerworld Spain, Computerworld Portugal, Infoworld, SNS Europe, Marlin Spike Media, Computer Scope Ireland, Computer Weekly UK and LAN Internetworking Magazine Netherlands.

The latest conference agenda and related program information is available online at www.snweurope.com. More information on the global series can be found at www.storagenetworkingworld.com

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 1,694,000, according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.8.0. News and resources for the IT Leader community 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.), 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 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 www.snia.org.