Storage Networking World Spring 2005 Announces “Best Practices In Storage” Award Winners

PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 11, 2005 – Storage Networking World (SNW), co-owned by IDG’s Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), today announced winners of its “Best Practices in Storage” Awards Program sponsored for the fourth consecutive time by EMC. The winners will be honored at the SNW Spring 2005 conference being held April 12-15 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix. SNW is the world’s largest storage networking event and the industry’s leading educational forum for IT managers, storage architects and infrastructure professionals.

A panel of judges evaluated end-user case studies according to their substantiated storage networking solution attributes and achievements. All winners will be honored and presented a memento commemorating their award during a special ceremony held at SNW at noon on April 14th.

“Best Practices in Storage” Awards Program Winners

Today’s announcement includes two co-winners and one honorable mention in each of the five award categories:

Systems Implementation: Barclays, Knutsford, United Kingdom and Pacific Capital, Santa Barbara, California. (Honorable Mention: C2 Solutions, Plantation, Florida)

Storage and Reliability and Data Recovery: United States Postal Service, Washington, DC and US Army Corp of Engineers, Huntington District, Huntington, West Virginia (Honorable Mention: Cisco Systems, Inc., San Jose, California)

Data Lifecycle Management: St. Luke’s Health System, Lee’s Summit, Missouri and University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas (Honorable Mention: OSF HealthCare, Peoria, Illinois)

Industry Regulation Compliance and Corporate Governance: Alliance Bernstein, Secaucus, New Jersey and MONY Group, an AXA Financial Company, Syracuse, New York (Honorable Mention: The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio)

Innovation and Promise: Lehman Brothers, New York and Overstock.com, Salt Lake City, Utah (Honorable Mention: LexisNexis File & Serve, Bellevue, Washington)

“Storage Networking World’s Spring 2005 ‘Best Practices in Storage’ award winners demonstrate the impact storage has across all industries – ranging from a state university deployment to those of large financial corporations,” said Ron Milton, executive vice president, Computerworld. “As the premier educational forum for storage networking users, SNW is proud to recognize end-users for their accomplishments and provide the open forum for sharing lessons learned and in-the-trenches feedback to the winners’ peers.”

Judges of the SNW Spring 2005 ‘Best Practices in Storage’ Awards Program were:

Zak Zacharia, BuilderDepot.com

Norman Owens, Carlson Companies

Andy Uhrinek, Cingular

Lucas Merian, Computerworld

Greg Schulz, Evaluator Group

Richard Villars, IDC

Ellen Lary, Tutelary, LLC

Bruce Thompson, SanTech Consulting

Bruce Hoard, SNWOnline.com

A wide range of IT end-user companies and organizations responded to an initial “call for nominations,” which was originally announced to multiple industry audiences, including Computerworld subscribers responsible for storage solutions. Finalists were evaluated by a panel of judges who ranked the finalists in each of the categories based on their demonstrated storage networking achievements. These achievements were measured against a set of constructed criteria such as return on investment; strategic/substantive importance to the business; customer impact; positive impact on other business/organization units; and attention to interoperability issues and heterogeneous platform integration challenges based on case study submissions that profiled the company, its IT department and storage challenges, as well as application deployment details, summaries of the key technology used and measurable solution outcomes.

SNW is the leading global event series focused on the continued, rapid growth and implementation of storage networking technologies. With a concentration on end-user education, SNW’s content-rich agenda and quality presentations have earned the conference a reputation as the industry’s leading forum. Throughout the four-day conference in April, companies including SAIC, Kodak EasyShare Gallery, and EFILM, Inc. will share their successes and challenges and the latest technologies, standards, business benefits and products will be presented to the end-user audience. In addition, they will have access to the most comprehensive storage training available within the storage networking industry. Additional program details are available at www.snwusa.com.

About Computerworld

Computerworld, the “Voice of IT Management,” is the most trusted source for the critical information needs of senior IT management. Computerworld’s integrated offerings form the U.S.-based hub of the world’s largest (58-edition) global IT media network through its weekly publication, Computerworld.com Web site, focused conference series and custom research. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 print and online awards for editorial and design excellence, surpassing its direct competition by an order of magnitude. Recognition includes the 2004 Magazine of the Year Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and a Jesse H. Neal Award for “Best News Coverage.” In print since 1967, Computerworld is the source for information technology management, with a guaranteed rate base of 180,050, a total print audience of 1,138,000 (IntelliQuest CIMS 2004 Business Influencer Study) and an online audience of over 1 million unique monthly visitors (DoubleClick).

Computerworld is a business unit of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading technology media, research and events company. A privately held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers, including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites, with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide, including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®, Macworld Conference & Expo®, DEMO® and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

About the SNIA

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit organization made up of more than 300 companies and individuals spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA members share a common goal: to set the pace of the industry by 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 further information, visit http://www.snia.org.

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