Storage Networking World Announces Finalists for the Spring 2009 “Best Practices in Storage” Awards Program

FRAMINGHAM, MA — Mar 19, 2009 — Storage Networking World (SNW) in conjunction with Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), announced 15 Finalists for its twice yearly "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program. From this prestigious field of Finalists, the top Honoree in each category will be recognized during the SNW "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program Ceremony on Tuesday, April 7, 2009. SNW Spring 2009 will be held April 6-9, 2009 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando.

The Finalists (in alphabetical order by company) for SNW's Spring 2009 "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program are:

In the category of "Innovation and Promise," the three Finalists are:

— Activision Publishing, Inc. (Santa Monica, California)

— Argus Information & Advisory Systems (White Plains, New York)

— Cigna – Health Insurance (Windsor, Connecticut)

In the category of "Planning, Designing and Building Strategic Storage Infrastructure," the three Finalists are:

— Applied Materials Corp (Austin, Texas)

— Cancer Treatment Centers of America (Schaumburg, Illinois)

— City of Altamonte Springs (Altamonte Springs, Florida)

In the category of "ROI and Best Practices in Green Computing and the Data Center," the three Finalists are:

— Burt's Bees (Morrisville, North Carolina)

— ROEL Construction (San Diego, California)

— San Diego Data Processing Center (SDDPC), (San Diego, California)

In the category of "Selecting and Deploying Storage Networks," the three Finalists are:

— City of Altamonte Springs (Altamonte Springs, Florida)

— LSI Corporation (Milpitas, California)

— Penson Financial Services (Dallas, Texas)

In the category of "Storage Reliability and Data Recovery," the three Finalists are:

— Herbalife (Los Angeles, California)

— Infosys Technologies Limited (Bangalore, Karnataka)

— State of Michigan, Dept of Information Technology (Lansing, Michigan)

"Data and storage networking initiatives are one of the most important pillars of the IT infrastructure," said Ron Milton, executive vice president of Computerworld. "The organizations and professionals judged to be Finalists in SNW's Spring 2009 'Best Practices in Storage' Awards Program have unlocked the true value of network storage and its strategic importance to their businesses."

Produced by Computerworld and co-owned by Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), SNW is the largest event for IT end-users, vendors, channel partners, press and analysts involved in storage, data center, infrastructure, and business continuity technologies. SNW also offers the world's largest Expo devoted to storage and related technologies.

For more information about the "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program or SNW Sping 2009, please visit www.snwusa.com.

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld's award-winning Web site (www.computerworld.com), 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.

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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 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.