Best Practices Awards Program At Storage Networking World in Orlando to Honor End-User Excellence in IT Storage

FRAMINGHAM, MA – OCTOBER 2, 2002 – IDG's Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association's (SNIA) today announced a new awards program to culminate at Storage Networking World (SNW), October 27-30, 2002 at the Renaissance Orlando Resort in Orlando, Fla. The SNW "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program will honor 10 IT user company case studies that demonstrate exemplary deployment of storage technologies. Winning case studies will be featured in a special custom-published supplement to appear in Computerworld in December 2002.


SNW is the largest educational forum for IT managers and professionals involved in enterprise infrastructure, data management and security, business continuity and emerging storage technologies, and is co-owned by Computerworld and the SNIA.

Winners of SNW "Best Practices in Storage" Awards will be chosen from five categories – two in each category – from a field of 50 finalists. The five categories for the awards program are:

Systems Implementation, recognizing the successful design, implementation and management of an interoperable storage environment.

Storage Reliability, acknowledging implementation strategies and programs to ensure highly available information and data access.

Data Recovery, emphasizing the successful recovery from an actual, significant network and data access disruption.

Financial Return, highlighting achievements in measurable return on investment, return on assets and return on resources through the use of a storage network.

Innovation and Promise, honoring end-users that have successfully pioneered leading-edge storage networking technology.

A distinguished panel of SNIA industry experts representing Computerworld's editorial team as well as analysts from IDC and the Enterprise Storage Group will identify the winners and finalists. Computerworld and the SNIA will recognize winning organizations at an on-stage awards ceremony at SNW in Orlando on October 29. Winning case studies will also be profiled in a special supplement to Computerworld scheduled to appear in December.

IT-end user case study submissions are accepted online through October 10, 2002 at Submissions are only accepted from end-user organizations, however, vendor companies are encouraged to advise their customers to submit appropriate case studies.

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the only integrated media company focused exclusively on the information needs of IT Leaders – those who manage and implement technology in Global 2000 organizations. The company's flagship weekly newspaper – along with its Web site and conference series for IT Leaders – form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (58-edition) worldwide IT media network. Publishing since 1967, Computerworld has been recognized numerous times by Folio: Magazine and the Computer Press Association as the best computer newspaper, and was named to the "Media Power 50" in 2002 by Crain Communications' BtoB Magazine. Winner of more than 70 print and online editorial awards since 1998, Computerworld has a newspaper circulation of 202,000, a total print audience of 1,539,000 (according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.8.0), and an online audience of 800,000 unique monthly visitors (according to DoubleClick). Breaking news and resources for IT Leaders are available at

About IDG

Computerworld is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG's research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at

About the Storage Networking Industry Association

SNIA is a not-for-profit organization, made up of more than 200 companies and individuals spanning the entire storage and networking industry from manufacturers and developers to end users. The members of SNIA 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, SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education, and services that will propel storage networking solutions into the broader market. SNIA currently has multiple technical efforts under way. For membership inquiries, or to participate in working groups, please visit the SNIA Web site at


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