Storage Networking World Spring to Explore Real-World Challenges in the New Economy

World's Largest Storage Conference Helps Turn Information into a Strategic Corporate Asset

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- March 13, 2001 -- IDG's Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) today announced the Spring 2001 program for Storage Networking World, the industry's largest gathering of storage networking professionals and thought leaders. The conference, co-owned and co-produced by Computerworld and the SNIA, will take place April 9-11, 2001 at the Mariott Desert Springs, Palm Desert, California. This premier event offers both vendor and user communities the opportunities to explore today's storage technology market and help develop the future of storage networking solutions.

High-profile panels of industry executives and visionaries will highlight the most compelling business and industry trends directing companies to implement storage networks. In addition, CEOs and senior executives from America's largest storage service providers will examine popular new outsourcing alternatives. With attendance expected to rival the 1,700 mark achieved by Storage Networking World Fall 2000, the Spring 2001 conference will identify the latest storage technology options, interoperability and security challenges, sourcing strategies and corporate deployments.

"At Computerworld, we continue to focus on the most compelling and business-critical technology issues for companies in today's global marketplace," said Alan R. Guibord, president, CEO and publisher of Computerworld. "As storage becomes an increasingly complex consideration for today's IT departments, we have developed the content and program of Storage Networking World Spring 2001 to meet the growing information needs and complex challenges of IT decision makers."

Featured speakers addressing hot topics in IT storage, application and infrastructure include the following:

Dan Warmenhoven, CEO, Network Appliance

David Yeger, First Vice President, Merrill Lynch

Bob Beauchamp, President and CEO, BMC Software

Michael Butler, Vice President, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter

Nora Denzel, Vice President and General Manager, NSSO, Hewlett-Packard

Gary Fox, Senior Vice President, First Union Bank

Brian Maloney, President and CEO, AT&T Solutions

Jack McDonnell, CEO, McDATA

"IT leaders are realizing that traditional approaches to collecting, storing and using data for strategic business purposes are no longer effective due to constantly increasing volumes of information," said Ron Milton, vice president and General Manager, Enterprise Business Solutions for Computerworld. "With thought-provoking presentations, panels and exhibits, Storage Networking World will help companies focus on the latest technology and trends that will lead the storage evolution from a cost center to a strategic IT infrastructure."

More than 90 sponsors are participating in the Storage Networking World Spring 2001, including ADIC, AT&T Solutions, BMC Software, Brocade Communications Systems, Cisco Systems, CNT, Compaq StorageWorks, Computer Associates, DataCore Software, DLTtape, EDS, EMC, Exabyte, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, ManagedStorage International, Nortel Networks, SanOne, Storability, StorageApps, StorageNetworks, StorageProvider, StorageTek, Sun Microsystems and VERITAS Software.

The latest conference agenda and program information are available online at www.computerworld.com/snw.

About Computerworld

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 935,200 according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.7.0. News and resources for the IT Leader community are available through Computerworld's Web site at www.computerworld.com. Computerworld is based in Framingham, Mass.

Computerworld is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (http://www.idg.net), which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries.

IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 50 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

Copyright © 2001 IDG Communications, Inc.

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