CHARLOTTE, N.C. – WRAL Local Tech Wire announced today that SANDirect, Hitachi and Level 3 Communications have joined the sponsor lineup for The Exchange, a premiere entrepreneurial and technology networking event.

Scheduled for October 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the event will take place at Hosted Solutions off of Beam Road in Charlotte.

“This has always been one of our favorite events; the level of interaction and the open relaxed atmosphere allows folks to easily and effectively connect,” said Jim Stikeleather, president and chief executive officer of SANDirect. “We are also pleased to be joining with Hitachi Data Systems in our sponsorship of The Exchange this year. Hitachi and SANDirect are having great successes all over the USA and to sponsor a gathering like this is just one more.”

The Exchange is a free event and will be held quarterly at different locations in and around Charlotte.

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About SANDirect:

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