Storage World Conference 2005


Storage World Conference 2004 Expands Education Program

Storage Experts Headline Tutorials Aimed at End Users

BEVERLY HILLS , CALIF. May 18, 2004 Storage World Conference (SWC) announced today the expansion of its Storage World Education Program (SWEP) at its 2004 event, further emphasizing the storage end user focus throughout its continuing education program for storage network professionals. An all-star roster of storage experts will conduct the learning sessions, which were jointly developed under the auspices of SWC’s educational committee and the Association of Storage Networking Professionals (ASNP), the first worldwide organization of storage networks users.


Storage World Conference will hold its fourth annual event at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach , CA June 28- July 1, 2004 . SWC 2004 will be co-located with the ASNP Annual Summit, slated for June 28 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, adjacent to the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach , Calif. ASNP members will receive free admission to both the Summit and SWC.


“With storage capacities escalating by 50 to 100 percent annually in most organizations, combined with the ever-increasing sophistication of storage networks, the end user is hard pressed to keep up with technology and emerging regulatory requirements,” said Daniel Delshad , chairman of SWC. “Our charter is to meet the needs of the user by continually improving our continuing education program.”


The SWEP Tutorials Day is scheduled for June 29, 2004 . The agenda is comprised of two storage networking and management technology tracks and a business strategies track. The program offers a certificate for completed coursework in each of five areas: Storage Networking Fundamentals, FC SAN Technology, IP Storage Technology, Business Continuance Techniques and SAN Management Integration Techniques. Each area of study also requires the completion of one corresponding hands-on training session, to be held in the SWC Hands-on Storage Clinic. For complete course listings, visit


Technology track presenters include recognized storage industry experts from a wide range of storage disciplines, including several who are involved in standards development through industry associations: David L. Black, Senior Technologist, EMC Corporation; Mark Carlson , Senior Architect Network Storage Division, Sun Microsystems; Herman Chao , Senior Product Marketing Manager, QLogic Corporation; Tom Clark , Director, SAN Solutions Technology, McDATA Corporation; Charles Curtis , Senior HP SCSI-FC Storage Engineer, Hewlett-Packard Company; David Deming, Founder, President  & CTO, Solution Technology; John Hufferd , Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM Corporation; Sharef Mohammed, Anacomp Multi –Vendor Services/Professional Services, Anacomp; Robert Peglar, Chief Architect and Chief Technologist, Xiotech Corporation; Bill Peldzus , Director of Storage Architecture, GlassHouse Technologies, Inc.; W. Curtis Preston , President & CEO, The Storage Group; Scott Richmond, Vitesse; Greg Schulz , Senior Analyst, Evaluator Group, Inc.; S.W. Worth, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation.


The business strategies track will cover practical end user sessions presented by Tom Ruwart , University of Minnesota ; Edward “Ward” Graham Sr. Network Engineer, Bausch & Lomb; and Michael Thorson , Section Head of Enterprise Systems and Services, Mayo Clinic. Additional business strategy sessions will include working with OEMs, VARs, and how to determine SAN TCO, ROI and Payback, presented by Michael Natoli , Director – Channel BrightStor Solutions, Computer Associates, International; Todd S. Pekats , Director of Storage Alliances, CompuCom Systems, Inc., and Marc Staimer , CDS, Dragon Slayer Consulting, respectively.


“Attendees will be also be able to build on their SWEP learning experiences by attending the SWC Hands-on Storage Clinic for free consulting about their storage installations, both current and future planned,” said Dave Deming , Founder, President  & CTO, Solution Technology, who serves as SWC educational and clinic programs advisor. “Our goal is to create a total learning experience that will provide all levels of users with a takeaway plan.”


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.