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Storage bodies strengthen ties as FCIA Europe votes for merger with SNIA Europe


CeBIT, Hannover- 12th March 2003 – The Storage Networking Industry Association Europe (SNIA-E) today announced the decision by the SNIA-E and Fibre Channel Industry Association Europe (FCIA E) to merge. The new organisation will keep the current SNIA-E structure and name “SNIA Europe”. It will incorporate a Fibre Channel Forum into the association structure to continue Fibre Channel related education. The completion date for the merger is the end of May 2003. The merger is a Europe-only activity and does not affect the other associations outside this region.

The goal of the merger between SNIA Europe and FCIA Europe is to deliver a single unified body to provide information and education on all aspects of storage networking and to drive the interests of users, channel partners and storage vendors within Europe.

Members of the FCIA Europe will receive a temporary membership to the SNIA Europe granting them the right to submit nominations for the new SNIA-E governing committee and to vote in the election in April 2003. The call for nominations for the new SNIA Europe’s 13 governing committee seats began at the end of January 2003. The results will be announced at the end of May and the new governing committee will convene at Storage Networking World-EuroStorage, Cannes, 3-6 June 2003.

Andrew Batty, chairman of the FCIA E commented: "The unification shows the importance of the role that SANs and Fibre Channel play in storage networking technology and positions Fibre Channel as one of the key success factors.”

Daniel Sazbon, SNIA Europe vice-chairman and chairman of the SNIA-E and FCIA E unification Task Force, concluded: “The merger of the two key storage networking industry bodies in Europe is a natural progression. The unification provides greater strength and clarity. It will give us more resources for the ongoing education and information exchange that is essential within the storage networking industry.”

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PRESS AND ANALYSTS:

SNIA Europe

Rose Ross or Hannah Knowles

Omarketing Limited

T:+44 (0)208 255 5225

rose@omarketing.co.uk

hannah@omarketing.co.uk

FCIA Europe

James Hafseth or Federica Monsone

Hotwire PR

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james.hafseth@hotwirepr.com

fred.monsone@hotwirepr.com



About the Storage Networking Industry Association Europe (SNIA-E)

The Storage Networking Industry Association is a not-for-profit organisation made up of more than 300 companies and individuals worldwide spanning virtually the entire storage industry – end users, vendors and resellers. 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 Europe on +33 1 47 49 06 23 or +33 1 34 58 46 72 or via e-mail at euroinfo@snia.org, or visit the SNIA Web site at http://www.snia-europe.org

About the Fibre Channel Industry Association Europe

The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) Europe is an independent, self-funding, non-profit, pan European body set up to promote Fibre Channel technology throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. With affiliates in the US and Japan, the FCIA Europe's charter is to raise the profile and awareness of Fibre Channel technology thereby developing the broadest possible market for Fibre Channel products.

Established in early 1998, the FCIA Europe has grown its membership to nearly one hundred leading companies representing a broad spectrum of the Fibre Channel industry. The association undertakes PR and marketing activities, organises events, and generally acts as a facilitator to educate the user community and help vendors reach their target customers. For further information about the Fibre Channel Industry Association Europe please call +44 (0)20 7837 7890, or e-mail info@fibrechannel-europe.com, or visit http://www.fibrechannel-europe.com

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