SOURCE: Computerworld

March 23, 2007 11:46 ET

Computerworld Announces Finalists for the Spring 2007 "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program

Category Honorees to Be Announced April 18 at Storage Networking World Conference in San Diego

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 23, 2007 --Computerworld, the Voice of IT Management, today announced 25 Finalists for its twice yearly "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program. From this prestigious field, the top Honoree in each category will be announced at a Gala Evening celebration on April 18 during Storage Networking World (SNW) Conference taking place April 16-19 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, Calif.

The Finalists (in alphabetical order by company) for Storage Networking World's Spring 2007 "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program are:

In the category of Innovation and Promise, Finalists are:
- Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Va.
- Health Alliance, Worcester, Mass.
- Northeast Delta Dental, Concord, N.H.
- University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.
- Walt Disney Feature Animation, Burbank, Calif.

In the category of Maximizing ROI, Finalists are:
- Central Bank, Jefferson City, Mo.
- Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago, Ill.
- Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif.
- Cingular Wireless, Alpharetta, Ga.
- Six Flags, New York, N.Y.

In the category of Planning, Designing and Building Strategic Storage
Infrastructure, Finalists are:
- Cambridge University High Performance Computing Services, Cambridge,
  England
- Shinhan Bank, Seoul, Korea
- Silverpop, Atlanta, Ga.
- Telstra, Melbourne, Australia
- Woodbridge Township, Woodbridge, N.J.

In the category of Storage Reliability and Data Recovery, Finalists are:
- Edward Hospital & Health Services, Naperville, Ill.
- Fulton County, Atlanta, Ga.
- GFS Data Protection Services/Windows Live, Redmond, Wash.
- LifeGift Organ Donation Center, Houston, Texas
- New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, N.Y.

In the category of Systems Implementation, Finalists are:
- Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, N.Y.
- ICICI Bank, Mumbai, Maharashtra
- NBC Olympics, New York, N.Y.
- Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.
- The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva
"Data and storage networking initiatives are one of the most important pillars of the IT infrastructure," said Ron Milton, Executive Vice President, Computerworld. "The organizations and professionals judged to be finalists in Storage Networking World's 2007 'Best Practices in Storage' Awards Program have unlocked the true value of network storage and its strategic importance to their businesses."

Storage Networking World's Spring 2007 "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Program is sponsored by EMC Corporation.

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