SNW Announces Finalists for Its Fall 2010 “Best Practices” Awards Program

FRAMINGHAM, MA — September 28, 2010 — SNW, in conjunction with Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), announced 25 finalists for its twice yearly "Best Practices" Awards Program, which identifies and acknowledges excellence among IT user-organizations.

Five finalists and one winner in each category will be recognized during an Awards Ceremony taking place at SNW, October 11-14, 2010, at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas.

The finalists (in alphabetical order by company) for SNW's Fall 2010 "Best Practices" Awards Program are:

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

Avnet, Inc. – Phoenix, Arizona

Credit Solutions – Dallas, Texas

King County – Office of Information Resource Management (OIRM) – Seattle, Washington

NetApp – Sunnyvale, California

The College of Saint Rose – Albany, New York

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

Alder Hey Children's Hospital – Liverpool, England

AlphaStaff – Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Clackamas County – Oregon City, Oregon

Qualcomm – San Diego, California

Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & Casino – San Juan, Puerto Rico

Best Practices in Storage Resiliency, Data Protection and Recovery:

Barclaycard US – Wilmington, Delaware

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Poulin Grain – Newport, Vermont

Victoria College – Victoria, Texas

Winckworth Sherwood – London, England

Best Practices in Technology Innovation and Promise:

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists – Bethesda, Maryland

Garden City Co-op, Inc. – Garden City, Kansas

Oroville Hospital – Oroville, California

Qualcomm – San Diego, California

TechniGraphics, Inc. – Wooster, North Dakota

Best Practices in Virtualization and Cloud Computing:

Almaviva Tele Sistemi Ferroviari (TSF) – Rome, Italy

Applied Materials – Austin, Texas

Cartika IT Solutions Inc. – Toronto, Canada

Gilbarco Veeder-Root – Greensboro, North Carolina

Sprint – Overland Park, Kansas

SNW Fall 2010 will spotlight IT management's most important topics broken down into 14 separate tracks including: The Energy Efficient Data Center, Data Management, Data Security, The Converged Network, Backup and Archiving, Virtualization, The Future Data Center, Cloud Storage, Storage Management, Solid State Storage, Storage over IP, Cloud Computing, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and Professional Development.

SNW attendees will be able to participate in more than 120 end user case study sessions, analyst presentations, SNIA tutorials and vendor solution spotlights; hear from CIO and technology visionaries presenting on some of the most topical challenges facing IT; and drill down into hot topics such as cloud, virtualization and data management in over 35 SNIA tutorials.

Attendees can preview the latest technologies in one of 10 SNW Hands-on-Labs and get SNIA certified by participating in content-rich SNIA Certification Prep Sessions. Attendees also have the opportunity to take a SNIA Technology Elective Program Qualification exam or SNIA Certification Exam.

For more information about the "Best Practices" Awards Program or SNW Fall 2010, please visit www.snwusa.com [http://www.snwusa.com].

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 [http://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 [http://www.snia.org].