Storage Networking World Fall 2001 in Europe and U.S. Offer IT Leaders Global Perspective on Storage Solutions

International Conferences Scheduled to Meet Information Needs of Global Audience

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- April 17, 2001 -- IDG's Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) today announced the international Fall 2001 schedule for Storage Networking World. The conference, co-owned and co-produced by Computerworld and the SNIA, is the world's largest gathering of storage networking professionals and thought leaders. Conference organizers plan to host the next conference September 9-12, 2001 at the Alcora Hotel in Seville, Spain. In addition to the international conference, a U.S.-based conference is planned October 22-24, 2001 at the Renaissance Orlando Resort, Orlando, Fla.

"As evidenced by the increased growth of attendance and sponsorship at Storage Networking World Spring 2001 last week, storage continues to be a primary concern for the global operations of CIOs and IT directors," said Alan R. Guibord, president, CEO and publisher of Computerworld. "With more than 50 editions published worldwide and a strong readership among global IT decision-makers, Computerworld will help storage networking vendors connect with IT users across the globe at Storage Networking World Europe."

"European IT decision-makers are faced with the same storage challenges as their U.S. counterparts," said Michel Grosbost, chairman, SNIA Europe. "IT users outside the United States also need access to a forum that provides a focused education regarding global storage technologies, strategies and investments. Storage Networking World Europe will provide the training needed to help European IT leaders keep pace with the expanding storage marketplace."

"Hosting a conference in one of the most important international markets is a logical expansion of the existing Storage Networking World program," said Ron Milton, vice president and general manager, Enterprise Business Solutions at Computerworld. "Storage Networking World Europe will retain a complete focus on the IT end-user community and will promote the importance of storage networking across the global IT operation."

Storage Networking World Fall conferences will offer both vendor and user communities the opportunities to explore today's storage technology market and help develop the future of storage networking solutions. Program information and detailed conference agendas for each event will be posted 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 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 www.snia.org.

Copyright © 2001 IDG Communications, Inc.

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