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London / Paris – 31st July, 2003 – The Storage Networking Industry Association Europe (SNIA-E) announces the election of a new board for the UK Regional Committee. During the next 12 months the Committee will focus on further increasing awareness of storage network solutions across the whole UK IT community.

The UK company members have re-elected Neal Watkins as Chair and Jilly James as End-User Liaison and Facilitator. Bill Bolton and Nick Bunyan join the committee for the first time as Technical Committee Chair and MarComms Chair respectively.

Paul Talbut, SNIA-E Chair says, “I would like to congratulate the UK team on the successes achieved so far in promoting the benefits of storage networking to a wider audience. I welcome the new committee members and look forward to working with the team as they expand their reach to end users and the broader membership base.”

The UK Regional Committee will be responsible for driving the education and awareness of vendor neutral storage management and security solutions to the UK IT community. Their strong end-user advisory board helps them better understand the needs and concerns of everyday IT users.

“We will be working very closely with UK resellers and system integrators, providing them with technical education that allows them to articulate the true value and benefit behind vendor independent storage network.” says Neal Watkins, Chair, SNIA-E UK Regional Committee. “At the same time we will be listening closely to our end user community to determine what operational issues they are facing today and providing them with information about future technologies that enables them to make strategic decisions concerning where their data centres need to go in the future.”

The SNIA-E UK Regional Committee will be participating in leading storage events to help achieve its goals. The committee will be supporting activities run by UK member companies. The new board welcome all existing SNIA Europe member companies to attend UK committee meetings and are always especially please to see new faces and members.

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BIOGRAPHIES

Neal Watkins, Chair, SNIA-E UK Regional Committee
Neal Watkins is the elected Chair for the Storage Networking Industry Association Europe (SNIA-E) UK Regional Committee. He has been a member of the committee since 2001 and previously held the Technical Committee Chair before stepping up to fill the vacancy of Chair in February 2003.

Watkins has worked in the storage industry for 8 years, from software developer through technical support to sales and consulting. Currently he is Senior Product Marketing Manager for VERITAS and holds a BSc honours degree in Computer Science.


Bill Bolton, Technical Committee Chair, SNIA-E UK Regional Committee
Bill Bolton is the elected Chair the Technical Committee of the Storage Networking Industry Association Europe (SNIA-E) UK Regional Committee. His election follows his active involvement in both the SNIA-E and Fibre Channel Industry Association Europe (FCIAE) technical work groups and tutorials over the past 3 years.

Currently Bolton is Principal Consultant for CNT, formerly Inrange Technologies. Prior to this, he held technical director and senior consultant positions at Inrange Technologies, and project management and engineering roles at Marconi.

Bolton has over 25 years industry experience in communication protocols and standards for data and storage networking and I/O interfaces.


Jilly James, End-User Council Liaison and Facilitator, SNIA-E UK Regional Committee
Jilly James is the elected End User Liaison and Facilitator for the End-User Council of the Storage Networking Industry Association Europe (SNIA-E) UK Regional Committee. She has held this post since 2002 and has successfully launched end-user events, increased end-user membership and assisted in the creation of the UK End-User Council.

Jilly James is EMEA operations and marketing manager for Solution Technology, a global technology training company. She has over 20 years experience in marketing and public relations, working in technology segments as diverse as medical and patient management to historical electronic document archiving.


Nick Bunyan, MarComms Chair, SNIA-E UK Regional Committee
Nick Bunyan is the elected MarComms Chair for the Storage Networking Industry Association Europe (SNIA-E) UK Regional Committee. He is SNIA FC-SAN level 2 Certified Practitioner.

Bunyan has worked in IT for over 25 years including 5 years with Fujitsu Europe and 4 years with Thorn EMI. During his career, he has been a COBOL programmer, a Systems Manager and a Consultant Business Systems Analyst. Currently Bunyan is Practice Manager for Computer Associates, building strong partnerships within the storage industry.


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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.

The SNIA Europe has recently merged with the other leading industry association in storage networking, the Fibre Channel Industry Association Europe (FCIAE) –
www.fibrechannel-europe.com.

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 www.snia-europe.org

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