Computerworld Announces Finalists for the Fall 2006 ”Best Practices in Storage” Awards

FRAMINGHAM, MA – OCTOBER 23, 2006 – Computerworld, the Voice of IT Management, today announced 25 Finalists for its twice yearly "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program. From this prestigious field of Finalists, judging will continue and 10 Honorees will be selected and recognized at a gala ceremony on Nov. 2. The ceremony will occur at the gala dinner at Storage Networking World Conference taking place Oct. 31 – Nov. 3 at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Fla.

The finalists (by company alpha order only) for Computerworld's Fall 2006 "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program are:

In the category of Designing and Building Strategic Storage Infrastructure, the Finalists are:

– Defense Contract Management Agency, Fairfax County, VA

– Denver Health, Denver, CO

– Industrial Color, New York, NY

– Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD

– The AVID Group, Palm Harbor, FL

In the category of Innovation and Promise, the Finalists are:

– Digital Film Tree, Hollywood, CA

– Level 3 Communications, Broomfield, CO

– Pixar Animation Studios, Emeryville, CA

– The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, Richmond, VA

– Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., Burbank, CA

In the category of Securing the Storage Fortress, the Finalists are:

– Cbeyond Inc., Atlanta, GA

– George Washington University, Washington, DC

– R.C. Willey Home Furnishings, Salt Lake City, UT

– Screen Actors Guild – Producers Pension and Health Plans (SAG-PPHP), Burbank, CA

– Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH

In the category of Storage Reliability and Data Recovery, the Finalists are:

– APM Terminals, Charlotte, NC

– Chaffe McCall, New Orleans, LA

– Corrections Corporation of America, Nashville, TN

– CSX, Jacksonville, FL

– Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, CA

In the category of Systems Implementation, the Finalists are:

– AOL, Reston, VA

– Bardel Entertainment, Vancouver, BC

– CSX, Jacksonville, FL

– MedicAlert Foundation, Turlock, CA

– Pacific Title and Art Studio, West Hollywood, CA

"Network storage initiatives have emerged as one of the most important pillars of the IT infrastructure," said Ron Milton, Executive Vice President, Computerworld. "The organizations and professionals judged to be finalists in Computerworld's 2006 'Best Practices in Storage Awards Program have unlocked the true value of network storage and it's strategic importance to their businesses."

Computerworld's Fall 2006 "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program is sponsored by EMC Corporation.

About Computerworld

Computerworld is recognized worldwide as the premier source for news, information and opinion on the critical technology and management issues affecting senior technology professionals. Computerworld's award-winning weekly publication, Computerworld.com Web site, focused conference series and custom research, form the hub of the world's largest (58-edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including the 2004 and 2006 Magazine of the Year Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. Computerworld has an online audience of over 1.1 million unique monthly visitors (Omniture) and a total print audience of 1,337,000 (IntelliQuest CIMS Spring 2006). Computerworld is on the Web at www.computerworld.com .

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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 460 member companies and close to 7,000 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 .

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