Friday, April 3, 2009

Destination: The happiest place on earth

April 3, 2009 – Well, Storage Networking World at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando is close to the happiest place on earth, albeit only from a geographic perspective.

Senior Editor Kevin Komiega and I are heading to SNW next week and will be reporting on major product announcements at the show (if there are any), as well as blogging about the show in general.

So far, this is looking like one of the slowest SNWs since the early years of the show. I’m judging that partly from the number of briefing requests we get from vendors, and this show is off by about 50% compared to previous SNWs.

Although the show organizers claim a record number of end-user attendees, the exhibitor list is way down. Is that because the show organizers have followed the Comdex model and priced themselves out? Or is it just a reflection of the down economy, budget cuts and/or restricted travel? We’ll collect opinions from show-goers and let you know.

So check into our home page and blogs next week if you’re interested in what is still the storage industry’s largest trade show and love fest (and job searching venue).

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