SOURCE: Computerworld

April 06, 2007 10:59 ET

Key Industry Figures to Address Storage Networking World Conference, April 16-19, 2007 in San Diego

Industry Leaders and Storage Experts Will Top List of Presenters at Conference Dedicated to Helping IT Executives Deploy Storage Networking Strategies in the Enterprise

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 6, 2007 -- Storage Networking World Conference (SNW) announced today an illustrious roster of IT executives, industry leaders and analysts to address its upcoming spring conference to be held April 16-19 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, in San Diego, Calif.

SNW is the world's largest storage networking event and the only conference where IT managers and professionals get an education endorsed by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), a hands-on view of the world's only SNIA-sanctioned Solutions Center, and access to legions of peers, experts and solutions from around the world.

Among the more than 100 presenters at Storage Networking World Conference will be:

Gary Berger, Vice President of Technology Solutions, Banc of America Securities

Berger is the vice president of technology solutions, Banc of America Securities. He has been providing engineering and architecture solutions for over 18 years, focusing on delivering utility computing services and reducing IT operations costs. Berger will present "Storage in an Age of Inconvenient Truths."

Gabriel Broner, General Manager, Storage Solutions Division, Microsoft Corporation

Broner is general manager of the Storage Solutions Division at Microsoft. His division is responsible for delivering storage and data management solutions. Broner has 23 years of experience in the computer industry at companies such as Cray Research, where he worked as an operating systems architect, and Silicon Graphics, where was director and vice president of engineering, and later senior vice president and general manager of storage. Broner will present "The Drive Toward Unified Storage."

Cora Carmody, Chief Information Officer, SAIC

As the chief information officer of SAIC, Carmody provides leadership for information technology initiatives centering around the consolidation and improvement of SAIC's mission-critical IT Systems including Enterprise Resources systems such as HR, Financial, Contracts, and Procurement Systems, as well as infrastructure systems and services such as networks, servers, desktops, and web. Carmody will present "Jumbo Shrimp, Information Management, and the Mark of the Beast!"

Mark Douglas, Vice President, Technology, eHarmony

Douglas brings a combination of deep technical expertise and extensive management experience to eHarmony, having honed his skills overseeing engineering groups for several successful Internet and enterprise software companies. Douglas joined eHarmony from Covalent where he served as senior vice president of engineering. Previously, he served as vice president and chief technical officer of Persistence Software where he led product strategy and product architecture planning. Mark was also founder and president of CenterView Software, a maker of development tools later acquired by Informix Software. Douglas will present "eHarmony: How Storage Helps Millions Find Love Online."

Kris Hagerman, Group President of the Data Center Management Business Unit, Symantec Corporation

Hagerman is group president of the data center management business unit at Symantec Corp. where he leads the product management, product engineering, alliances, and go-to market functions related to the company's enterprise offerings in data protection, storage management, server management, and application performance management. Hagerman joined Symantec through the merger with Veritas Software in 2005, where he served as executive vice president of storage and server management. Hagerman also served as executive vice president of strategic operations for the company, managing strategic alliances, business development, and mergers and acquisitions. He will present "Transforming the Data Center."

Michael Israel, Senior Vice President, Information Services, Six Flags Theme Parks

Israel brings over 18 years experience in the IT industry, with particular expertise in the planning and design of storage area networks, IT operations, standards and migration planning. Israel manages a staff of over 80 full time IS professionals and 60 seasonal employees at 29 theme parks nationwide. He has been responsible for large scale system migrations in which he has designed and implemented system and storage rollouts for clients with system populations from 100-10,000 units. With a prime focus on reducing operating expenses he has focused on delivering solutions geared towards the specific business requirements of each client. Israel will present "A World of Fun Delivered through Unified Storage."

Craig Lau, Vice President of Technology, NBC Olympics

As vice president of technology for NBC Olympics, Lau oversees the technological aspects of broadcasting the Olympic Games for NBC, including the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino. For the 2004 Summer Games, Lau implemented cutting-edge data storage and asset management technology to enable NBC's unprecedented, 24-hour around-the-clock coverage of the Summer Olympic Games. In 2006, Lau oversaw the technological aspects of executing NBC's broadcast of the Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. By utilizing the latest advancements in data storage and asset management technology, Lau's group enabled NBC to deliver true breakthroughs in Olympic broadcast coverage. Lau will present "Delivering the Unprecedented -- How NBC Used Clustered Storage to Help Transform Broadcast Coverage of the Olympic Games."

Christopher Pristera, Director of Operations, XM Satellite Radio

As director of operations for XM Satellite Radio, Pristera is the primary manager responsible for executing the satellite radio leader's operational infrastructure. Having been with the company for nearly five years, Pristera has been instrumental in helping use technology to take XM Satellite Radio from a small, cutting-edge company selling new media, to a highly recognizable name in worldwide broadcasting. Most recently, he helped oversee the massive deployment of clustered storage to efficiently and cost-effectively manage and store all of its broadcast content. Pristera will present "Radio All Around the World: How XM Satellite Radio Used Clustered Storage to Help Advance its Business and Change the Radio Industry."

Dave Roberson, President and CEO, Hitachi Data Systems

Roberson was named president and CEO of Hitachi Data Systems in April 2006. He joined the company in 1981 and served most recently as chief operating officer. Throughout his tenure, Roberson has held multiple strategic positions at Hitachi Data Systems in finance, leasing, information technology, logistics, legal, administration, and human resources. He has won recognition for his decisive leadership as Hitachi Data Systems evolved into a leading global storage solutions company. He has also been instrumental in building the company's global channel and securing business partnerships. Roberson will present "Important Business & Technology Trends in Storage."

Barry Rudolph, Vice President, Portfolio Management, Disk, Software, IBM System Storage

Rudolph is responsible for driving all decisions on portfolio investments for the storage business. Prior to his current assignment, Rudolph served as vice president for IBM's Disk, SAN & NAS Storage Systems. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of the Disk, SAN and NAS storage business within IBM, including profit and loss, product portfolio investments, go to market strategy and execution and customer support. Rudolph will present "Storage in an Age of Inconvenient Truths."

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