SOURCE: Storage Visions

September 06, 2005 09:00 ET

2006 Storage Visions™ Conference Announces Maxtor and Seagate Keynote Speakers

Conference Keynotes to Highlight the Latest Consumer Electronics Storage Opportunities That Address Next-Generation Applications and Services for the Consumer Market

Blu Ray Disk Association and Other New Conference Sponsors Announced

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 6, 2005 -- The Storage Visions Conference, the only conference focusing on digital storage and the entertainment content value chain, announces two keynote speakers at its show, January 6 and 7, 2006, in Las Vegas. In conjunction with the nation's largest consumer electronics show, the International CES, January 5 to 8, 2006, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, storage vendors, content providers and more will join together to discuss the latest challenges and opportunities in the burgeoning home entertainment storage market.

Pat O'Malley, senior vice president for Consumer Electronics Business Development at leading consumer electronics hard drive maker Seagate Technology (NYSE: STX), will be the morning keynote speaker on January 7, 2006. O'Malley will talk about the new applications and opportunities likely to emerge following the successes of storage-enabled entertainment like game consoles, DVRs and handheld music players. "As new entertainment pipelines like broadband, satellite, Wi-Fi and others proliferate and mature -- pipelines to and from the home, into the car, and between devices -- consumer devices are evolving in unexpected ways," O'Malley explains. "As both specialized applications and converged models tap into the new data infrastructure, brand new categories are still emerging -- and storage requirements continue to increase. What are the next consumer devices with large storage needs, and when will they be available? What's driving the need for storage in these devices?"

Mike Williams, vice president and general manager of Maxtor Corporation's (NYSE: MXO) trendsetting Branded Products Group, will be the luncheon keynote speaker on January 7, 2006. The title of Williams' discussion is: Staying Connected: Controversy, Chaos, Conflict and Convergence. Regarding his topic, Williams says, "Home networking mass adoption has been anticipated for quite some time. Solutions are becoming more affordable and easier to install and use, while at the same time wireless Internet speeds are increasing and standards are emerging. With all this market advancement, there's still controversy, chaos, and conflict. I look forward to sharing the reasons why and the secrets to our success as a leader in home networking storage solutions."

Tom Coughlin, organizer of the Storage Visions Conference, stated, "We are very pleased to have Seagate and Maxtor join us as Keynote Speakers at the 2006 Storage Visions Conference. Pat O'Malley and Mike Williams are both well-respected industry spokesmen and we look forward to hearing their keen insights on the growing need and requirements for digital storage in the consumer electronics industry."

2006 Storage Visions corporate sponsors are Maxtor and Seagate (Platinum); Denali Software, M-Systems, Samsung (Gold); Agere Systems, Atmel, GS Magic, and Toshiba (Silver); and Silicon Image (Bronze). Fujitsu is exhibiting at the 2006 Storage Visions Conference. The Blu Ray Disk Association, The Santa Clara Valley IEEE Consumer Electronics Society, and The Diffusion Group have become new media and organization sponsors. Other media and organization sponsors include InfoStor; Westworld Publishing, publisher of Computer Technology Review; Reverse Logistics Trade Shows; StorageNetworking.org; Mass Storage News; Jobstor; SCSI Trade Association; Storage Week, Fibre Channel Industry Association; and the Interactive Television Alliance.

People wishing to receive information on the 2006 conference or companies wanting to participate as sponsors and exhibitors at the 2006 conference should fill out the appropriate forms available on the conference web site: www.storagevisions.com. Interested parties can also call Storage Visions at 408-871-8808.

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