Storage Networking World Names Recipients of the Spring 2008 “Best Practices in Storage” Awards Program

FRAMINGHAM, MA – April 14, 2008 – Computerworld, the Voice of IT Management, announced the Honorees for Storage Networking World's twice-yearly "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program during a Gala Evening and awards ceremony at the Storage Networking World (SNW) Conference. The awards were presented during a ceremony marking the culmination of the conference held last week at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.

The Honorees for Storage Networking World's Spring 2008 "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program are:

— In the category of "Innovation and Promise:"

Livermore Computing, Livermore, California

— In the category of "Planning, Designing and Building a Strategic

Storage Infrastructure:" British Columbia Interior Health Authority,

Kelowna, British Columbia

— In the category of "Selecting and Deploying Storage Networks:"

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

division of NASCAR, Charlotte, North Carolina

— In the category of "Storage Reliability and Data Recovery:"

New York Independent System Operator, Rensselaer, New York

"This year's Honorees represent a variety of organizations, all of which have unlocked the true value of networked storage and its strategic importance to their businesses," said Ron Milton, Executive Vice President of Computerworld. "The Honorees have demonstrated continued excellence in the use of storage technology and have accomplished extraordinary business challenges."

"NASCAR Media Group is working to keep 50,000 hours of video content online, preserving the visual history of our sport," said Scott Rinehart, Director of Internal Operations for NASCAR Media Group. "I am tremendously excited about winning this award. Given the competition we were up against and the brainpower that's attending this conference — it's very fulfilling to be honored."

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

About Computerworld:

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld's award-winning Web site (, weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research form the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Folio Magazine's 2006 Gold EDDIE Award for the best technology/computing magazine, the 2004 and 2006 Magazine of the Year Award, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). In addition, in 2007 Computerworld's then editor in chief, Don Tennant, received the prestigious Timothy White Award from American Business Media. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 2 million unique, monthly visitors and a print audience of 1,222,000 readers each week (IntelliQuest CIMS Spring 2007).

About International Data Group (IDG):

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG's online network includes more than 450 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment, and video games worldwide. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.

IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.

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About the SNIA

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit global organization, made up of some 400 member companies and 7,000 individuals spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA's mission is to lead the storage industry worldwide in developing and promoting standards, technologies, and educational services to empower organizations in the management of information. 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