Anderson Center for Autism wins Computerworld Honors Programme Laureate for leveraging NEC HYDRAstor against data storage growth

Santa Clara 20 April 2009NEC Corporation of America, a premier provider of IT, network and identity management solutions, has announced that the Computerworld Honors Programme has recognized Gregg Paulk, director of Information Technologies for Anderson Center for Autism, as a Laureate for his innovative use of NEC HYDRAstor Grid storage to address its storage back-up and archive challenges. This year's Honorees will be commemorated during the 21st Annual Laureates Medal Ceremony & Gala Awards Evening on June 1, 2009 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. For over two decades, Computerworld Honors has acknowledged those individuals and organisations that have used information technology to benefit society.


Anderson Center for Autism is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing the highest quality programmes possible for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Equally important is the organisation's commitment to maintain an ongoing fully integrated support network for their families and guardians. Information technology plays an important role in Anderson Center for Autism's ability to address these goals.

"Anderson Center for Autism was faced with the daunting task of bringing our IT infrastructure out of the IT Stone Age and converting millions of paper documents stored in trailers off-site to readily-accessible digital archives", stated Gregg Paulk, director of Information Technologies for Anderson Center for Autism. "NEC HYDRAstor provided a cutting-edge technology solution that could tackle existing data back-up and archives as well as the future data we expected to accompany our plans for aggressive organisational growth. It's extremely gratifying to be recognized by the Computerworld Honors Programme as the culmination of our efforts."

Anderson Center for Autism leveraged NEC's HYDRAstor Grid storage technology to unify, optimize, and simplify its back-up and archiving needs, while improving IT efficiency and reducing costs. In the end, they eliminated failed tape back-ups, and reduced their back-up window by 90 percent. HYDRAstor's DataRedux is a key green initiative for Anderson Center of Autism enabling IT to store 44TBs of data in 1TB of physical disk space.

"It's fabulous that Gregg is receiving this recognition for being a pioneer in implementing cutting-edge technology to benefit society and so appropriate during National Autism Awareness month", stated Karen Dutch, vice president of marketing, NEC Corporation of America, IT Platform and Solutions. "As a partner in Anderson Center for Autism's IT transformation, we applaud Gregg and his team in this achievement."

NEC's HYDRAstor is part of NEC's Dynamic IT Infrastructure - a solution that includes servers, storage, virtual desktop solutions, and system software which are smart, flexible, adaptive to change, scalable, resilient, and continuously evolving. Along with NEC's complete range of services - the NEC Dynamic IT Infrastructure provides an ideal platform for virtualization, consolidation and business continuity and is ideal for driving greater value and efficiencies in solutions for physical security, law enforcement, emergency response, travel and entertainment, education, high performance computing, and business. This type of infrastructure allows IT organisations to move forward confidently and meet changing and growing business needs in an efficient manner.

"Each Laureate selected for this honour understands the importance of using one's resources and technical prowess to benefit one's fellow man", stated Bob Carrigan, Chairman of the Computerworld Honors Programme Chairmen's Committee and President, IDG Communications.

The Computerworld Honors Programme unites Chairmen and CEOs of the world's foremost information technology companies to recognize the most outstanding user achievements in technology each year. The technology achievements honoured by this programme are preserved and protected in national archives, and in over 350 universities, museums, and research institutions throughout the world. Each year, members of the Chairmen's Committee, a group of 100 Chairman/CEOs of global technology companies, nominate individuals and organisations around the world whose visionary applications of information technology promotes positive social and economic progress.

Anderson Center for Autism (ACA) provides services to 138 students and 57 adults on the autism spectrum, with staff of 600. Backed with a longstanding tradition and history of support that spans more than 80 years, ACA relies on its expert team, evidence-based approach to treatment, compassionate care, and more to provide a safe, comfortable and enriching environment that promotes countless opportunities for Lifelong Learning.

NEC Corporation of America is a technology provider of network, IT and identity management solutions. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, NEC Corporation of America is the North America subsidiary of NEC Corporation. NEC Corporation of America delivers technology and professional services ranging from server and storage solutions, IP voice and data solutions, optical network and microwave radio communications to biometric security, virtualization and digital cinema solutions. NEC Corporation of America serves carrier, SMB and large enterprise clients across multiple vertical industries. More company news is available in the VMW February 2009 article St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center improves safety and regulatory compliance with Wi-Fi temperature monitoring solution from NEC and AeroScout.

Source: NEC Corporation of America

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