Network World and AFCOM Announce Award Winners at 25th Data Center World Conference; Oracle’s Austin Data Center Recognized as Data Center of the Year

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – APRIL 20, 2005 – Network World, Inc. and AFCOM announced the winners of its New Data Center Awards at the 25th annual AFCOM Data Center World Conference being held in Las Vegas this week. Winners were chosen by judges from AFCOM, Network World and Nemertes Research from dozens of entries in three categories and were selected for the development and management of data centers built on vision and innovation and delivering real business value.

The winner of the Data Center of the Year award is Oracle's Austin Data Center. This data center was chosen as a shining example of the innovative marriage of new and existing technologies and the adoption of the best practices for data center design and operation. It provides maximum flexibility and efficiency in use of computing, storage and network resources to support new applications and to handle corporate computing needs gracefully into the future.

"The winning data center, and team that runs it, are an inspiration to other companies seeking to build new data centers or redesign their IT operations," said Beth Schultz, editor, Network World Signature Series. "All three winners have made a significant contribution in the annals of data center deployment."

New Data Center Award Winners

In addition to Oracle's Austin Data Center winning Data Center of the Year, MCI garnered two awards this year at two different operational facilities. MCI's Smart Center in Beltsville, Maryland is recognized as the Secure Data Center of the Year for changing the security paradigm and building a flexible, impenetrable data center that can withstand internal and external threats. MCI's Raymond Detheridge, facilities manager of MCI's Elmsford Data Center in New York, is awarded Data Center Manager of the Year for his ability to creatively deploy people, money and technology to build and run a world-class data center that helps make MCI successful. His strategic planning and prudent use of resources in the data center has made a real difference for his organization.

Network World will honor winners and other notable entrants in its May 23 New Data Center supplement of Network World. The special coverage will include an interview with Oracle's Vice President of Global Data Center Operations and its CIO.

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