NetApp cancels user conference, blames economy

NetApp has cancelled its user conference, scheduled for February 2009, citing the economic downturn as the key reason for cancellation.

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NetApp has cancelled its user conference, scheduled for February 2009, citing the economic downturn as the primary reason for cancellation.

The company said it had more interest than expected, but customers said that their travel budgets were being cut and they were unable to commit to attend because of the economic uncertainty.

The event, scheduled to happen at the Moscone Centre in San Francisco, would have been NetApp's first annual user conference.

Early next year, NetApp plans to publish some of the technical content it had developed for the conference.

NetApp has already posted information on a blog about topics it planned to cover during the event. The most recent post described one planned session called "stop the pain of MS Exchange backup and recovery" that would offer tips on using NetApp's SnapManager to add storage without taking Exchange offline.

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