Storage World Conference 2005

Storage World Conference 2004 to Debut User Perspective Series

Co-location of User Summit Underscores Focus on Storage Users

BEVERLY HILLS , CALIF. May 10, 2004 Storage World Conference (SWC) announced today that it will debut the ASNP End User Perspective Series at its 2004 event, further emphasizing the storage end user throughout its comprehensive educational and speaker program. The sessions were jointly developed with the Association of Storage Networking Professionals (ASNP), the first worldwide organization of storage networks users. The ASNP will also co-locate its first annual summit meeting with SWC’s annual event, underscoring the focus on storage users by both organizations.


Storage World Conference will hold its fourth annual event at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach , CA June 28- July 1, 2004 . Over the past three years, SWC has experienced steady growth and has distinguished itself as a major event for networked storage professionals, drawing more than 800 end user attendees to its 2003 conference, with the total number of registrants exceeding 2200. 


“End users of storage networks are finding it increasingly challenging to make buying decisions because storage technology is changing so quickly, and there are so many options to choose from,” said Daniel Delshad , chairman of SWC. “ The synergies gained by co-locating Storage World Conference and the ASNP Annual Summit are key to enabling our goal of making quality education and practical knowledge more accessible to the IT community.”


The ASNP will hold its inaugural Annual Summit on June 28 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, adjacent to the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach , Calif. On June 29, the ASNP will hold committee meetings on Membership, Best Practices, Standards and various storage subject areas. ASNP members will receive free admission to both the Summit and SWC.  The association has over 1500 members and 26 chapters worldwide.


The “ASNP End User Perspective Series” will take place during general sessions on June 30 and July 1. The cornerstone session in the program is titled, “End-users’ Storage Networking Needs List, Firsthand Insight”. This roundtable discussion will cover critical issues facing users today, along with a user wish list for the future of networked storage. The “Wish List” roundtable, along with several case studies, will be presented by ASNP members from Fortune 500 companies. For a detailed agenda, visit the SWC website at .  


ASNP members will also participate in the new “How To Series”, another program jointly developed with the ASNP. These sessions will offer a practical end user approach to timely, key issues facing the IT community. Attendees will learn how to: articulate a business justification for storage networks to management, design and create a scaleable SAN strategy, and build and create an effective storage team.


“The launch of the ASNP End User Perspective Program addresses the need for users to learn from each other and to develop a set of standard best practices,” said Marsha Moore, Storage Systems Specialist at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas and the Regional Director for the ASNP’s Kansas Chapter.  “SWC provides ASNP members with a venue to share information with their peers, as well as to educate the industry on user pain points and requirements.”


SWC has also revamped its Awards Program for the 2004 event to include three major categories that recognize users and vendors for making strides in the industry.  The three award categories include the Most Valuable Product (MVP) Awards, IT Storage Industry Online’s Storage Industry ACE Awards, and the ASNP ROI Awards which recognize users for outstanding storage implementations.  The awards will be presented at the SWC Awards Banquet on June 30.


The MVP Awards, co-sponsored by InfoStor and the ASNP, will recognize product excellence in six categories: Storage Management Software, Data Protection Software, Backup Hardware, Networking Equipment, Disk Subsystems, and Compliance and Retention. MVP winners will be determined exclusively by ASNP membership and InfoStor’s end user readers.   


IT Storage Online’s Storage Industry ACE Awards recognize vendor commitment to helping users and/or integrators make informed decisions about technology adoption and deployment.  To be eligible for an Industry ACE designation, the nominated storage vendor must demonstrate excellence in all three of the following categories: Appeal, Content, and Education.


About Storage World Conference

Storage World Conference is focused on making storage networking and management education more accessible to all users, from the SMB to the large-scale enterprise. Among storage industry conferences, the event boasts the largest slate of speakers, with end users, vendors, industry analysts and press participating. The 2004 conference will expand direct end user participation in the speaker program, and offer extended networking opportunities for attendees through special events and increased exhibit hours.


SWC’s widely recognized continuing education program for the Networked Storage Industry will take place on June 29, with a full day of Tutorials and an all-encompassing list of storage and business topics. The SWC Hands-on Storage Clinic rounds out the educational program by offering hands-on training to attendees, in addition to free consulting about their storage plans with storage industry experts.


For more information and to find out how end users, press and analysts can attend free of charge, visit the SWC website,


About ASNP

The ASNP’s mission is “to build a worldwide community of storage networking users and to provide members with valuable educational programs and professional development opportunities.”  ASNP provides an open forum for members to discuss real-world problems and solutions related to storage networking.  Through its regional chapters, annual meeting, and online portal, ASNP offers extensive training and professional development opportunities.