Computerworld Names Spectra Logic User in the "Best Practices in Storage" Awards

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 R. C. Willey Home Furnishings Recognized by IDG’s Computerworld for Excellence in Storage

BOULDER, Colo.–Nov. 15, 2006 – Spectra Logic, storage provider for R.C. Willey Home Furnishings, today announced that its user has been selected by Computerworld as a finalist of its “Best Practices in Storage” Awards Program.

The award identifies and acknowledges excellence among users of storage IT solutions and approaches. Honorees were announced Nov. 2 the Gala Evening at Storage Networking World (SNW) at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Fla. SNW is co-owned  by IDG’s Computerworld, the “Voice of IT Management,” and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA).

More than 100 IT end-user companies and organizations responded to an initial “call for nominations,” which was originally announced to multiple industry audiences, including Computerworld subscribers responsible for storage IT management. Finalists were evaluated by a panel of judges based on case study submissions that profiled the company, its IT department and infrastructure project management challenges, as well as application deployment details, summaries of the key technology used and measurable solution outcomes.

Sponsored by EMC, Computerworld’s “Best Practices in Storage” Awards Program identifies and acknowledges excellence among users of storage technology in the following categories:

  • Planning, Designing and Building a Strategic Storage Infrastructure
  • Storage Reliability and Data Recovery
  • Securing the Storage Fortress
  • Systems Implementation
  • Innovation and Promise

“IT storage is one of the fastest growing sectors in the technology industry, and these finalists have shown they are leading the innovation and unique use of the evolving technologies,” said Ron Milton, Executive Vice President of Computerworld. “The organizations and professionals judged to be finalists in Computerworld’s Fall 2006 ‘Best Practices in Storage’ Awards Program have demonstrated to be at the forefront of managing today’s storage technology.”

R.C. Willey was named finalist in the “Securing the Storage Fortress” Category, which recognizes organizations that proactively observe the need to protect their stored data from internal and external threats. Finalists demonstrated focus on the individual security concerns of the specific organization and how the solution applied caters to those needs, while still maintaining usability and efficient data access.

R.C. Willey’s I.T. team had an excellent track record with both Spectra Logic products and support staff, and recently added Spectra® BlueScale® encryption to further safeguard sensitive data while they relocated the disaster recovery center. Spectra’s AES-256 bit encryption lets the company encrypt and backup data using only the library— with no additional appliance required.

“By implementing Spectra Logic’s BlueScale Encryption solution, we are able to backup, encrypt and compress data with advanced key management, all in a single unit,” said Richard Sheridan, I.T. Manager for R.C. Willey Home Furnishings. “With this solution, we are confident we’ve safeguarded corporate data and comply with state and national laws.”

About R. C. Willey Home Furnishings                                                                                                                                                                                                                         R.C. Wiley has grown over the last 75 years to the largest home furnishing store West of the Mississippi River.  By offering customers an opportunity to shop for everything for your home all under one roof, they have an enormous selection of electronics, flooring, major appliances and furniture.  Recognized nationally for excellence in service to the customer they grew from a family owned business one that is today owned by the investment giant Warren Buffet of Berkshire Hathaway.  Adding the buying power of other home furnishings stores in the nation they are able to offer the very best values on everything they sell.   R.C. Willey is not only a leader in the home furnishing category but their associates have developed and invented software and systems to handle inventories and information as they continue their enormous growth into new markets.

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