Cloud Computing, Virtualization, Green IT Among Trends Spotlighted at SNW Fall 2009

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Oct 27, 2009 – News, discussion and insights on cloud computing, virtualization, green IT and other compelling technology trends were among the highlights at SNW Fall 2009, which was held in Phoenix earlier this month.

The 4-day conference, which closed October 15, featured more than 140 presenters and educational sessions — and countless networking opportunities.

Co-owned by Computerworld and Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), SNW Fall 2009 included half-day summits on cloud computing, virtualization and solid stage storage; hands-on labs; testing centers; and a technology expo.

According to initial reports and attendee feedback, SNW Fall 2009 reflected the continued expansion of the conference's focus.

"SNW has moved beyond being a conference strictly focused on storage networking hardware and software to a conference addressing a broader base of strategic IT priorities," said John Gallant, Chief Content Officer for IDG Enterprise. "We've heard from attendees and presenters that SNW Fall 2009, more than any past conference, addressed the data management implications that start with storage and move throughout the IT value chain. This emphasis will expand further in future SNW events."

Presenters at SNW Fall 2009 included inventor and technology visionary Raymond Kurzweil and top IT executives.

Frank Slootman, President of EMC's Backup and Recovery Systems Division, spoke about technology areas he described as "a hot spot in the enterprise." Slootman is the former president and CEO of DataDomain, a company that was the focus of one of the most highly-publicized acquisition battles of 2009. Slootman described SNW as "a big relationship sync-up — a live exchange of ideas that allows us to connect the dots and connect with the industry."

Arthur Lessard, Mattel's Chief of Information Security, focused on another hot topic, cloud computing, but focused on an aspect that is not often discussed — the risks associated with data hosted in the cloud.

"SNW brings together the IT community responsible for technologies like cloud computing, and this conference is an ideal opportunity to provide important insights not readily visible."

SNW Fall 2009 was also the backdrop for significant online dialogue, as reflected by a rise in Twitter activity among the user community and vendors commenting real-time on SNW presentations and discussions.

A number of attending companies featured new products and services at SNW, and dozens of media and analyst briefings were held during the conference.

User attendance at SNW Fall 2009 was up four percent over the spring conference, and the geographic mix of attendees continued to broaden, with an increasing number of users from across the country and overseas.

SNW Spring 2010 will take place April 12-15, 2010, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida. Submissions to the call for presentations can be made at www.snwusa.com[http://www.snwusa.com]

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About the SNIA

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit global organization, made up of some 400 member companies spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA's mission is to lead the storage industry worldwide in developing and promoting standards, technologies, and educational services to empower organizations in the management of information. To this end, the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education, and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For additional information, visit the SNIA web site at www.snia.org[http://www.snia.org].

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