Sept. 29 Deadline Approaching for Storage Networking World’s ”Best Practices in Storage” Awards; Sector’s Top Award to Recognize Excellence in Users of Storage Technology

FRAMINGHAM, MA – SEPTEMBER 21, 2006 – Storage Networking World (SNW), in conjunction with Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), is seeking IT user-organization case study submissions for its "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program. Entries much be submitted online by 5 p.m. ET Sept. 29.

Invited to submit for the award are: IT users/implementers; systems integrators/consultants; IT vendors on behalf of customers, or, their own in-house deployment; and PR Firms of behalf of clients. Multiple submissions of case studies describing different deployments per company/organization will be considered.

For more information or to submit an entry, go to: .

Five finalists in each category will be recognized at Storage Networking World, October 31 – November 3, 2006, at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Resort, Orlando, Fla. The top two honorees in each category will be recognized on the main stage during the SNW Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony. All finalists will be recognized on the event website, in an event press release, and may be featured in a special supplement of Computerworld magazine.

End-user finalists will receive complimentary conference registrations.

Honorees and finalists will be recognized in each of the following five categories:

— Planning, Designing and Building a Strategic Storage Infrastructure

— Storage Reliability and Data Recovery

— Securing the Storage Fortress

— Systems Implementation

— Innovation and Promise

For further questions regarding the "Best Practices in Storage" Awards programs, please contact Timothy Johnson at (508) 620-7782.

More information about Storage Networking World can be found at .

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, 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 .

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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 .