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Illuminata Adds Mark Ferelli to Analyst Team; Data Storage Commentator and Journalist Joins Leading IT Analyst Firm.

NASHUA, N.H. -- Illuminata Inc., a leading IT analyst firm serving enterprise computing, today announced the hiring of storage industry expert and commentator Mark Ferelli as the newest member of its analyst team. Ferelli will be responsible for on-going storage research, analysis of topics pertaining to enterprise-scale computing, and will provide advisory services to IT developers and decision makers.

Prior to joining Illuminata, Ferelli served as vice president of West World Productions Inc. and editor-in-chief of their respected magazine group. In this position, he oversaw the publication of Computer Technology Review, Storage Inc., Storage Management Solutions, Storage and Government, and Storage and Entertainment. Over the past 17 years, Ferelli has authored hundreds of articles on the subjects of storage and storage management.

"Mark is a respected authority in data storage, an influential author on the subject, and a sought-after speaker at industry events," said Judi Bezler, vice president and chief operating officer of Illuminata. "We are extremely pleased to welcome Mark as part of the Illuminata team. We look forward to his contributions and leadership. His deep knowledge of storage technology and the storage industry will further enhance our Information Architectures practice."

"I am happy to transition my experience in mass storage, culled over nearly two decades as a journalist and commentator," said Ferelli. "I'll help Illuminata's IT clients make informed decisions as to the best solutions and strategies, and provide the latest analysis on market issues, trends, and technologies to storage vendors."

Ferelli has contributed to storage topics for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Datapro Research. He served on the board of directors of the Tape/Head Industry Consortium (THIC), the premier advanced recording technology forum. In 2000, Ferelli was awarded the Press Access PRESStige award for journalistic influence in the computer industry, the only technology journalist so honored that year. Ferelli is a nationally recognized speaker and moderator at industry events, including Dataquest's Invitational Computer conferences, the RAID Advisory Board, Networld+Interop, regional and national COMDEX shows, Strategic Research Corp., Peripheral Strategies, the NASA/IEEE Mass Storage Symposium, the Tape Technology Council, and major firms within the computer storage field.

About Illuminata

Since 1993, Illuminata has provided unique views, a straightforward voice, and precise analysis of user trends, best strategies, and future directions to enterprise IT users, vendors, and investors. Illuminata's team of handpicked Analysts and IT Advisors are industry experts who understand the IT world from the ground up, how to make technical innovations fit real-world business needs, and what can actually make a difference to businesses.
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