Network Appliance Hosts 1998 CIFS Technology ConferenceNetworking Technology Leaders Provide CIFS File Sharing Protocol Evolution Forum and CIFS-Based Products Interoperability Testing
July 6, 1998 - Santa Clara, CA -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), the leading provider of dedicated data-access appliances and storage servers, today announced it will host the 1998 CIFS (Common Internet File System) Conference. Scheduled for October 12-16, 1998 in San Jose, California, the two-part conference will focus on the evolution of CIFS (SMB) technology for file/print sharing and the importance of interoperability in CIFS environments. This announcement marks the first time vendors and customers can test their CIFS-based products against each other in order to trouble-shoot products in a collaborative setting.
Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) also has agreed to co-sponsor the 1998 CIFS Conference
with Network Appliance™ (NetApp®). NetApp and Microsoft will provide vendors access
to an exclusive, unprecedented CIFS Interoperability Lab. This lab will provide
vendors who develop Server Message Block (SMB) or CIFS software - such as Samba,
AT&T Advanced Server for UNIX (ASU) and Syntax - an environment to test the interoperability
of their CIFS-based products.
Vendor attendees will benefit from:
Running concurrently during the first two days of the Interop Lab, CIFS software engineers, IT/IS managers and sales systems engineers will benefit from a separate CIFS Workshop that will feature presentations from industry leaders such as Microsoft, IBM, AT&T, NetApp and Whistle Communications. Some of the confirmed presentations for this third annual workshop include:
Registration for the CIFS Workshop is $100/person before August 18 and $250/person after August 18. To register for the CIFS Interoperability Lab the fee is $2000/vendor before August 18 and $2,500 after August 18. The vendor Labs registration fee includes admittance for four persons and a limited amount of equipment.
Registration and information are available at www.netapp.com/cifs98. Additional information regarding CIFS is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.microsoft.com/workshop/networking/cifs/default.asp.
About Network Appliance
Network Appliance, a veteran in network filing and caching, has been providing Internet solutions for over five years. Major corporations and ISPs, including Citicorp Securities, Siemens, Lockheed, Cisco, AOL, Motorola and Texas Instruments have deployed NetApp appliance solutions. Network Appliance develops and markets dedicated network storage servers for UNIX, Windows and the World Wide Web. These appliances deliver fast, simple, reliable and cost-effective access to data stored in the network or across the Internet. The company pioneered the concept of the "network appliance," an extension of the industry trend toward dedicated, specialized products that perform a single function. Network Appliance filers and NetCache™ appliances are based on the company's innovative data access software known as Data ONTAP and standards-compliant hardware. More information is available on the Internet at http://www.netapp.com/.