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Light Reading's Byte and Switch announces its first annual Big Bytes Awards competition

NEW YORK -- Light Reading's Byte and Switch (www.byteandswitch.com), the premier online storage networking publication, today announces its first annual Big Bytes Awards competition to recognize outstanding new products, services, and players in the storage networking industry.

The Big Bytes Awards, which are open to all and entirely free to enter, will focus on generally available products and services announced after September 2005. In addition, there will be awards for outstanding user organizations of varying sizes and for the best public and private storage suppliers.

To enter, please visit: www.byteandswitch.com/awards.

Big Bytes will be awarded in the following categories:

• Products & Services – Recognizing outstanding innovations in storage networking technology. Separate awards will be given for: Backup & Archiving; NAS; SAN; Services; Storage Network Security; Storage Management Software; and Storage Network Test Equipment.

• User Excellence – Recognizing end-user organizations nominated by their suppliers for exceptional innovation, ROI, and creativity in storage networking. Separate awards will be given for: Small to Medium-Sized Businesses; Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises; and Large Enterprises.

• Companies – Recognizing distinguished storage networking suppliers. Separate awards will be given for Private Companies and Public Companies.

Nominees in all categories will be judged by a panel composed of the Byte and Switch editors and an independent advisory board that Byte and Switch will invite from across the industry.

The award winners will be announced on September 12 in a formal presentation at StoragePlus 2006 – Byte and Switch's two-day enterprise storage conference and exhibition, to be held in Burlingame, Calif., September 12 and 13. Members of our independent advisory board will be participating in the StoragePlus 2006 conference.

For more information about StoragePlus 2006, visit: www.storageplusexpo.com

The deadline for Big Bytes Awards entries is August 18, 2006. To enter, fill out a simple Web form at: www.byteandswitch.com/awards.Please be as detailed as possible: The more specific information we have on your product, service, user site, or favorite company, the better your chances to win.

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Contact:

Amy Averbook
Director of Marketing
Light Reading Inc.
[email protected]
212-925-0020 x112

About Byte and Switch
Originally launched in June 2001, Byte and Switch addresses the need for clear, concise information and analysis about the exploding field of storage networking. The new Byte and Switch's goal is to meet and exceed IT users' growing need for information about enterprise storage networking and data center infrastructure.

About Light Reading
Reaching a core audience of more than 917,000 enterprise IT managers and executives, Light Reading Inc. publishes Light Reading, the leading global content site for the telecom industry; Byte and Switch, a storage networking site; , dedicated to wireless networking; Dark Reading, an IT security site; and Heavy Reading, a market research site offering quantitative analysis of telecom technology to carriers, service providers, and vendors. Light Reading was acquired by United Business Media in August 2005, and operates as a unit of CMP Technology.

About CMP Technology CMP Technology (www.unitedbusinessmedia.com), a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $3 billion.

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