Call for Nominations Now Open for InfoWorld’s “Best Practices in Virtualization” Awards Program

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Feb 13, 2009 — InfoWorld's Virtualization Executive Forum is seeking IT user-organization case study submissions for its inaugural "Best Practices in Virtualization" Awards Program. This program identifies and acknowledges excellence among organizations involved in virtualization and related technologies.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, March 9, 2009 and can be made at: http://bestpractices.computerworld.com/2009/Virtualization/

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.

Five finalists in each category will be recognized at the Virtualization Executive Forum, May 6, 2009, at the Phoenix Convention Center, AZ. The top honoree in each category will be recognized on the main stage during the Virtualization Awards Ceremony. All finalists will be recognized on the event website (www.virtexecforum.com) and in an event press release.

Honorees and Finalists will be recognized in each of the following four categories:

— The ROI of Virtualization and Consolidation

— Planning for Virtualization and Selling the Business and Cost

Advantages

— Securing, Managing, and Scaling Virtual Environments

— Green IT through Virtualization

All approved IT end-users nominated will be eligible and invited to attend the Virtualization Executive Forum, May 6, 2009, at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona with a complimentary registration.

Please contact Kelly McGill at 508-820-8653 with questions about InfoWorld's "Best Practices in Virtualization" Awards Program.

Additional information about InfoWorld's Virtualization Executive Forum can be found at www.virtexecforum.com.

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