SNIA to Host Fifth Annual CIFS Conference and Plugfest

Mountain View, CA - August 14, 2002 -- The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) will host the fifth annual Common Internet File System (CIFS) Conference and Plugfest August 19-23, at the Network Meeting Center in Santa Clara, California. The event brings together leading software, applications and networking engineers, product and technical marketing experts, and managers engaged in the development of CIFS-enabled products to establish a more comprehensive understanding of the CIFS protocol.

The increase in network attached storage (NAS) deployments, which commonly use the CIFS protocol, has helped push the issue of interoperability to the forefront of the IT community. At the CIFS Plugfest, vendors will have the rare opportunity to test the interoperability of their CIFS implementations in a collaborative setting.

"The plugfest is an opportunity to bring various CIFS client and server implementations into a confidential, secure development and test environment to identify and correct implementation issues," said Jim Norton, Chairman of the SNIA's NAS CIFS Technical Work Group. "Both the plugfest and conference are valuable opportunities to work out compatibility issues and learn from each others' experiences."

The conference program includes tutorials, presentations, and engineering roundtable discussions in which CIFS developers will be able to share their technical experiences and expertise with attendees.

Event sponsors include: Platinum-level - EMC and Network Appliance; Gold-level - HP and VERITAS Software; Media - Byte and Switch, Computerworld, InfoStor, and ISITstorage.com.

About the SNIA

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit organization, made up of over 300 companies and individuals spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA members share a common goal: to set the pace of the industry by ensuring that storage networks become efficient, complete and trusted solutions across the IT community. 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 information, contact the SNIA at 650-949-6720 or via e-mail at executivedirector@snia.org, or visit the SNIA web site at http://www.snia.org.

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