Storage Networking World Announces Finalists for the Spring 2008 “Best Practices in Storage” Awards Program

FRAMINGHAM, MA – March 28, 2008 – Computerworld, the Voice of IT Management, today announced 20 Finalists for Storage Networking World's twice yearly "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program. From this prestigious field, the top Honoree in each category will be announced at a Gala Evening celebration on April 9 during Storage Networking World (SNW) Conference taking place April 7-10, 2008 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla.

The Finalists (in alphabetical order by company) for Storage Networking World's Spring 2008 "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program are:

In the category of Innovation and Promise, Finalists are:

— Fleet Management Limited, Wanchai, Hong Kong

— Livermore Computing, Livermore, California

— Sprint Nextel, Overland Park, Kansas

— Tucson Electric Power, Tucson, Arizona

— University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

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

— 3ality Digital, Burbank, California

— British Columbia Interior Health Authority, Kelowna, British Columbia

— General Motors Corporation, Warren, Michigan

— Infosys Technologies Limited, Bangalore, India

— VaultLogix, Ipswich, Massachusetts

In the category of Selecting and Deploying Storage Networks, Finalists are:

— ICICI Bank Limited, Mumbai, India

— Microsoft Studios, Redmond, Washington

— NASCAR Media Group, a full-service production company and broadcast

division of NASCAR, Charlotte, North Carolina

— Rockford Construction Company, Inc., Grand Rapids, Michigan

— The University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

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

— Gaston County, Gastonia, North Carolina

— Management Council – Ohio Education Computer Network, Archbold, Ohio

— New York Independent System Operator, Rensselaer, New York

— Safeguard Properties, LLC, Brooklyn Heights, Ohio

— Tucson Electric Power, Tucson, Arizona

"Data and storage networking initiatives are one of the most important pillars of the IT infrastructure," said Ron Milton, executive vice president of Computerworld. "The organizations and professionals judged to be Finalists in Storage Networking World's Spring 2008 'Best Practices in Storage' Awards Program have unlocked the true value of network storage and its strategic importance to their businesses."

Storage Networking World's Spring 2008 "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program is sponsored by Hitachi Data Systems.

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