Storage World Conference 2005

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SWC 2004 Agenda Targets IT Decision Makers


BEVERLY HILLS , CALIF. June 7, 2004 Storage World Conference (SWC) today announced the speaker agenda for its 2004 conference. The agenda features a prestigious lineup of storage experts and Fortune 500 end users, further emphasizing SWC’s focus on users of storage networks.


Keynoting the general sessions on June 30 and July 1 are, in order of appearance: Bob Hammer, Chairman and CEO, CommVault Systems; Howard D. Elias, Executive Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Office of Technology, EMC Corporation; Pat Martin, President, Chairman and CEO, StorageTek; and Peter Dougherty, Vice President of Switch Platforms, McDATA Corporation.


Storage World Conference is slated for June 28-July 1, 2004, at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif. SWC 2004 will be co-located with the Association of Storage Networking Professionals (ASNP) Annual Summit on June 28 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, adjacent to the Long Beach Convention Center. ASNP members will receive free admission to both the Summit and SWC.


“This year’s program builds on SWC’s guiding principle that storage end users need and want free, continuing education on the ever-changing technology of storage networks,” said Daniel Delshad , chairman of SWC. “The basic building blocks of the program begin with the tutorials program taught by recognized storage experts and case studies presented by Fortune 500 users. The agenda is now complete with the addition of leading storage technologists and industry analysts explaining current storage technology and exploring emerging trends.”


New to the program this year is “The Crystal Ball – What do the analysts see in the future?” Storage analysts John Webster, Senior Analyst and Partner, Data Mobility Group; Nancy Hurley, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group; Randy Kerns, Partner, Evaluator Group; Arun Taneja, Founder and Consulting Analyst, Taneja Group; W. Curtis Preston , Founder, President and CEO, The Storage Group, and   Marc Staimer , President and CDS, Dragon Slayer Consulting will debate the current trends and future of storage.


The CTO Roundtable, a popular feature at the yearly event, will provide perspectives from leading storage chief technology officers: Geoff Barrall, CTO, BlueArc Corporation; Jay Kidd, CTO, Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.; George Symons, Chief Technology Officer, LEGATO Software, a division of EMC Corporation; John Matze, CTO, Overland Storage, Inc.; Mark Bregman, Executive Vice President and CTO Product Operations, VERITAS Software Corporation.


Also returning this year is the well attended Storage Management Roundtable, with panelists from CommVault Systems, CreekPath Systems, EMC, Storability Software; StorageTek, Tivoli and VERITAS.


Panel discussions will round out the program on a wide variety of timely topics: Information Life Cycle Management and Compliance, Fabric Based Intelligence, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuance, Data Protection, Storage Security, Trends in Serial ATA, Trends in Connectivity, the Future of Virtualization, Emerging Trends in SAN/NAS, and the continuing debate about Disk versus Tape Solutions.


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 . 


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.