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SNIA Council Focus on Interoperability at Storage Networking World

EUC will be launching the third annual end user survey (March 20, 2006)

2006 EUC Survey on Interoperability to Launch at SNW; End User Council Plans Rich Slate of End User Panel Discussions and Town Hall Meetings

At Storage Networking World (SNW) Spring 2006, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) End User Council (EUC) will focus on understanding key challenges like interoperability that face IT professionals in their daily operations.

At SNW Spring, the EUC will be launching the third annual end user survey -- focused on "interoperability." This survey, developed by EUC members over the last three months, targets the questions IT professionals ask and are asked by management. Questions will cover a range of topics such as how long does it take to implement a new technology, how much time are IT professionals spending on testing and certification, what questions they consider when making a storage purchase, and what is the value of an interoperable vs. a proprietary solution. Survey results will be released at SNW Fall 2006, and used by the EUC to advise SNIA member companies on issues, challenges, and strategies related to more interoperable solutions.

More information on the 2006 survey, along with reports from previous EUC surveys on "Storage Management" and "Top Ten Pain Points" are available at

Voice of the End User Sessions Expand with Panels and Town Halls

The EUC's Voice of the End User sessions at SNW Spring 2006 will be expanded with new topics that reflect the challenges of IT management. The SNIA End User Town Hall Meeting, hosted by the EUC,, and the San Diego User Group (SNUG), is open only to end users and provides a setting where they can discuss any and all topics of interest. An Interoperability Town Hall Meeting will provide a forum where IT professionals are encouraged to air their visions and opinions on this important topic.

Attendees will "Get the Real Story behind Information Lifecycle Management" with a panel discussion featuring San Diego ARMA Records Information Managers from Sempra Global and University of California San Diego, and IT managers from Nielsen Media Research and Hewitt Associates. Also new to this conference is a San Diego Supercomputer Center discussion on how they manage a large heterogeneous SAN infrastructure, and a presentation from Cisco's Internal IT group on furthering a vision of storage as a utility.

SNW Spring will be held April 3 - 6, 2006, at the Hyatt Manchester in San Diego, California. To register for SNW Spring 2006, visit

About the EUC

The SNIA End User Council (EUC) is a collaboration between end consumers and suppliers to advance the development of storage networking technology and solutions. The EUC provides a direct voice into the storage networking industry to assert their shared storage requirements and goals. End users benefit within the EUC by sharing ideas and participating in a number of programs designed to provide in-depth information on current and future storage networking technologies and solutions. The SNIA industry members benefit from a broader exposure to the customer base and its needs, and accurate definition of end-user requirements and priorities to accelerate the development of features and functionality that meet customer needs.

Membership in the EUC is free and open to all IT professionals who use and manage storage and networking environments. More information on the EUC can be found at their website

About the SNIA

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit global organization, made up of more than 460 member companies and close to 7,000 active individuals spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA members share the common goal of advancing the adoption of storage networks as complete and trusted solutions. 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

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