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Rocky Mountain networking

Rocky Mountain networking
By Alan Earls

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is planning to mark a major milestone, the opening of the Storage Networking Technology Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with a host of festivities that also represent a good chance to meet IT peers and representatives from dozens of vendors. Mark your calendars to join the SNIA in celebration of the grand opening on February 1 - 2. You'll be joining storage industry leaders from all over the country including top executives from the major storage vendors and their guests, representatives from some of their largest end-user customers. SNIA director, Robin Glasgow, says anyone who is interested is welcome. "You do not have to be a SNIA member to attend, the Technology Center is designed to benefit the entire industry," she explains.

As a laboratory, the Technology Center embodies the SNIA vision by providing members with the opportunity to profile enterprise storage systems, computing platforms -- including SAN and NAS infrastructures -- and products. The new facility will also showcase the development and testing of advanced network storage technologies that require interoperability of multivendor storage products. SNIA hopes the cooperative environment will accelerate the evolution of standards that will propel the future of storage networking.

On Thursday evening, February 1, the SNIA will host a networking reception and dinner at the Wyndham Colorado Springs to celebrate its achievement. Members of the SNIA executive board and other industry experts will discuss the history of the Technical Center and the role of standards in storage networking. Following a complimentary breakfast Friday morning, February 2, there will be a tour of the Tech Center (transportation will be provided). "There are no fees for either the dinner on Thursday night or the facility tours on Friday morning," says Glasgow. There will also be lunch with local Colorado dignitaries at Compaq's adjacent facility. SNIA can also provide referrals for discount ski packages. For details on the event and registration information, visit the SNIA Web site at

About the author: Alan Earls is a freelance writer in Franklin, Mass.

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