`Best Practices in Storage’ Award Recipients Honored at Storage Networking World; Awards Presented at Gala Event in San Diego, California

SAN DIEGO, CA – APRIL 6, 2006 – Storage Networking World (SNW) ( www.snwusa.com ), the world's largest educational event on storage networking technologies, announced the recipients of its "Best Practices in Storage" awards during a gala ceremony last night. Co-owned by Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), SNW concludes today at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California.

"Storage is a crucial element in any organization's IT strategy," said Ron Milton, executive vice president, Computerworld. "The organizations and professionals we honor with these awards have demonstrated the ability to devise and implement solutions that ensure the integrity and availability of critical data."

SNW's twice-yearly awards program identifies and acknowledges excellence among users of storage technology. Recipients of the "Best Practices in Storage" awards were selected from approximately 100 entries in five categories, with two honorees per category and additional honorable mentions for each. 15 judges from a variety of organizations including Pace University, CSG Systems, and Data Mobility Group evaluated the entries. Awards were presented to the following:

— Data Lifecycle Management

— Toyota Motorsport GmbH, Cologne, Germany

— The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

— Industry Regulation Compliance and Corporate Governance

— Commerce Bancorp Inc., Cherry Hill, New Jersey

— Kindred Healthcare, Louisville, Kentucky

— Innovation and Promise

— ShopKo, Green Bay, Wisconsin

— Arizona Public Service Company, Phoenix, Arizona

— Storage Reliability and Data Recovery

— Defense Acquisition University, Fort Belvoir, Virginia

— University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

— Systems Implementation

— Statistics Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

— The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia,


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About the SNIA

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit global organization made up of more than 420 active member companies plus their worldwide affiliates and close to 7,100 active individuals spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA members share the common goal of advancing the adoption of storage networks as complete and trusted solutions. To this end, the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For additional information, visit the SNIA web site at http://www.snia.org .