“Best Practices in Storage” Award Winners Recognized at Storage Networking World in Orlando

ORLANDO, FL – NOVEMBER 5, 2002 – IDG's Computerworld, in partnership with the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), today announced the winners of the "Best Practices in Storage" awards program, a new addition to the Storage Networking World conference, held last week at the Renaissance Orlando Resort in Orlando, Fla. Winners in five individual program categories include Acxiom, J.D. Edwards, Kmart, Nationwide Insurance, and Sprint.


Two co-winners and one honorable mention in each of five categories were announced:

Sprint and State of New Jersey, Office of Information Technology (Honorable Mention: Harrah's Entertainment) for "Systems Implementation"

Maimonides Medical Center and Nationwide Insurance (Honorable Mention: State University of New York, Buffalo) for "Storage Reliability"

Corner Bank of Switzerland and Kmart (Honorable Mention: Norfolk Southern) for "Data Recovery"

Digital River and IndyMac Bank (Honorable Mention: CNA Trust) for "Financial Return"

Acxiom and J.D. Edwards (Honorable Mention: National Center for Supercomputing Applications) for "Innovation and Promise"

More than 500 IT end-user companies and organizations responded to an initial "call for nominations" that was broadcast to all SNIA member companies and to Computerworld subscribers responsible for storage solutions in their enterprises. Thirty finalists were evaluated by a panel of storage industry experts based on case study submissions that profiled the company, its IT department and storage challenges, as well as application deployment details and summaries of the key equipment used.

Additional finalists included: Agilent Technologies; The Art Institute of Colorado; The Carlson Companies; CGG Americas; Cramer, Rosenthal, McGlynn, LLC; Farrell Fritz, PC; Greenberg and Associates; Earth Satellite; NRG Energy; National Steel; The Museum of Television and Radio; The Readers Digest Association; Tellium; and St. Vincent Hospital of Indianapolis (two submissions).

"The effort involved in participating in this program and preparing the case study for eligibility has resulted in several direct benefits to Kmart and our IT group," said Craig Viney, systems manager, systems and storage management, Kmart. "One, we analyzed our data recovery strategy from a different and very useful perspective; and two, it resulted in the national recognition of the advanced storage networking solutions being deployed by Kmart." Judges of the program were:

Wayne Adams, member, board of directors, SNIA and SNW;

Rick Bauer, CIO, The Hill School and chairman, Customer Executive Council, SNIA;

Ray Dunn, representative, Supported Solutions and Storage Management Initiative Forums, SNIA;

Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief, Computerworld;

Leo Leger, vice president, strategic initiatives, Computerworld and member, board of directors, SNW; and

Richard Villars, vice president, Storage Systems Research, IDC.

"Storage end-users can relate to each of the companies recognized in the SNW 'Best Practices in Storage' Awards Program," said program judge Wayne Adams. "By acknowledging these outstanding storage implementations, this new SNW awards program helps end-users recognize that everyone is wrestling with this technology — large or small organizations, public or private companies. The program raises the awareness of the storage strategies that solve information management problems. The SNIA was pleased to have a partner like Computerworld involved — its IT end-user reach and expertise made this inaugural initiative a success."

"The 30 finalists who took the time to study their storage and networking strategies in detail are all winners," said Don Langeberg, vice president, marketing, network storage software at Hewlett-Packard, sponsor of the awards ceremony. "We are proud to be a sponsor of the SNW 'Best Practices in Storage' Awards Program since the categories are highly compatible with the types of solutions companies like Hewlett-Packard are focused on delivering to the industry."

"The SNW 'Best Practices in Storage' Awards Program adds a new and enhanced dimension to Computerworld's suite of uniquely endorsed storage initiatives through our partnership with the SNIA," said Leo Leger, who acted as program organizer and ceremony emcee. "The ceremony itself, gave SNW attendees a chance to learn about and celebrate the achievements of fellow IT practitioners. The case studies generated by this program will serve as excellent tools for the storage end-user community and will outline clear solutions and technology options to critical storage challenges faced by organizations regardless of their size or business focus."

For more information, and the complete list of winners and finalists, visit www.snwusa.com. The 10 winning companies will be profiled in a custom-published supplement appearing in Computerworld before year-end. The SNW "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program will be featured again at SNW Spring 2003, April 13-16, 2003 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The "call for nominations" will appear in December 2002 at both www.snwusa.com and www.snia.org.

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 Computerworld.com Web site and conference series for IT Leaders — form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest 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 1,846,000 (according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.9.0), and an online audience of 800,000 unique monthly visitors (according to DoubleClick). Breaking news and resources for IT leaders are available at www.computerworld.com.

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 IDG.net (www.net), 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 www.idg.com

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 the SNIA share a common goal to "set the pace of the industry" by ensuring that storage networks become more 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 www.snia.org.