SOURCE: Computerworld


February 11, 2010 16:49 ET

March 8th Deadline Approaching for SNW's "Best Practices" Awards Program Nominations

Only Four Weeks Left to Submit for Sector's Top Awards Program That Recognize Excellence in Users of Storage Technology

FRAMINGHAM, MA--(Marketwire - February 11, 2010) - SNW, in conjunction with Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), is seeking IT end-user organization case study nominations for its "Best Practices" Awards Program. SNW's twice-yearly Awards Program identifies and acknowledges excellence among users of storage technology.

Five finalists and one honoree in each category will be recognized during an Awards Ceremony taking place at SNW, April 12-15, 2010, at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida. All finalists and honorees will be recognized on the event website, in an event press release, and may be featured in a special supplement of Computerworld magazine.

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
--  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

Entries must be submitted online by 8:00 P.M. EST Monday, March 8, 2010. There will be no extensions.

For complete information and to submit a nomination, please visit:

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.

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.

Please contact Kelly McGill at 508-820-8653 with questions about the "Best Practices" Awards Program.

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About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld's award-winning Web site (, bi-weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research forms the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3 million unique, monthly visitors and a print audience of 1,059,000 readers each issue (IntelliQuest CIMS Spring 2009).

Computerworld's conferences, with their focus on technologies and solutions, provide a rare opportunity for attendees to gain insight into the way user companies execute their strategies in the enterprise. Whether it's the prestigious Computerworld Honors Program, Computerworld's exclusive Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference or vertical industry events such as SNW, Business Intelligence Perspectives, or SaaScon, Computerworld's conferences provide the best environment for idea exchange among IT executives and IT solutions providers.

Computerworld is published by International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, research and event company. Company information is available at

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.

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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

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