August 30th Deadline Approaching for SNW’s “Best Practices” Awards Program

FRAMINGHAM, MA — August 12, 2010 — Computerworld, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), and SNW are seeking IT user-organization case study submissions for their Best Practices Awards Program.

Eligible nominees are exclusively IT end-user organizations. Nominations of IT end-user organizations are accepted from IT users themselves, their public relations representatives, or vendors on behalf of their IT end-user customers. Multiple submissions of case studies describing different deployments per IT end-user/organization will be considered.

Deadline for Receipt of Submissions via Online Process: Monday, August 30, 2010. Five finalists will be chosen in each category and honored at SNW, taking place October 11-14, 2010, at the Gaylord Texan Conference Center in Dallas, Texas. Award recipients will be recognized on the conference website (www.snwusa.com), in an event press release, and may be featured in a special Computerworld supplement.

The online nomination form can be found here: (http://bestpractices.computerworld.com/2010/SNWFALL/)

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

Best Practices in Green Computing, Energy Efficiency and the Data Center, for:

– Achievements in deploying greener IT footprints, data centers, servers and or storage environments

– Deployments of energy efficient data centers and IT infrastructures, EPA EnergyStar, LEEDS, and EU CoC

– Implementations of environmentally-friendly and cost-efficient computing scenarios

Best Practices in Planning, Designing and Building a Next Generation Storage and Server Infrastructure, for:

– Well-architected storage implementations based on a defined vision, risk assessment, and cost/benefit justification

– Deployments that allow users to easily access stored data of all types with converged data center networks

– Case studies on data center architectures involving technologies including virtualization, modular storage, blade systems, and global management

Best Practices in Storage Resiliency, Data Protection and Recovery, for:

– Strategies ensuring highly available information and data access

– Implementations of successful business continuity, data protection and disaster recovery initiatives

– Case studies highlighting a mission-critical data access disruption and the positive recovery results

Best Practices in Technology Innovation and Promise, for:

– Implementation of cutting-edge storage technologies shown to break barriers and norms to achieve higher gains, results or competitive advantage, e.g. solid state storage devices, policy management, etc.

– Use of new technologies to successfully address business objectives, or existing technologies deployed in new and innovative ways to achieve faster infrastructure, better analysis or lower cost

– Strategies for building a data driven enterprise, data governance practice or other transformational program

Best Practices in Virtualization and Cloud Computing, for:

– Experiences demonstrating the value of virtualized storage and server environments

– Case studies of successful applications of cloud computing and managed services for data storage environments

– Implementations revealing costs, benefits and tradeoffs successfully considered in moving to these models

For complete information and to submit a nomination, please visit: http://bestpractices.computerworld.com/2010/SNWFALL/

Nominated IT end-users will receive complimentary registrations to SNW.

"Best Practices" Awards Program finalists and honorees will be entitled to use the SNW logo and promote the achievement on their corporate Website and in marketing collateral, etc.

For additional information contact Joy Latino at jlatino@computerworld.com

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About Computerworld

For more than 40 years, Computerworld has been the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld's award-winning Web site (Computerworld.com), twice-monthly publication, focused conference series and custom research form the hub of the world's largest global IT media network.

Computerworld's Web site and print publication have won more than 100 awards in the past five years alone. Recognitions include Jesse H. Neal Awards (from American Business Media) in 2008 for Best Web Site, Best Online Articles or Series, and Best Blog; the Magazine of the Year Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors in 2004 and 2006, and the ASBPE's 2008 Web Site of the Year award and 2006 award for Best Overall Web Publication; and Folio magazine's 2006 Gold Eddie Award for the best technology/computing magazine. Computerworld.com was also named one of the "10 Great Media Web Sites" by BtoB magazine in July 2007. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3 million unique monthly visitors and a print audience of more than 1,059,000 readers each week (IntelliQuest CIMS, Spring 2009).

About IDG Enterprise

IDG Enterprise, an International Data Group (IDG) company, brings together unique editorial brands (CIO, Computerworld, CSO, DEMO, InfoWorld, IT World, Network World and The Industry Standard) to serve the information needs of our technology and security-focused audiences. As a digital-centric media company we serve our reader and advertiser audiences with award-winning content and community, driving conversation and conversion, across our entire portfolio of awarding-winning, websites, events, magazines, products and services. In addition, the CIO Executive Council, a peer advisory service, brings together the nation's top CIOs, as well as provides community and leadership development tools for their staffs.

Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com.

About the SNIA

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit global organization, made up of some 400 member companies 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 www.snia.org.

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