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IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program has announced KOM Networks as a 2011 Laureate. The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.
“We are pleased that Computerworld Honors Program has recognized our company’s efforts to bring about social and environmental change while keeping in mind the technology needs of our customer in a down economy,” says Taher Shaath, CEO, KOM Networks. “As we celebrate our 42nd year in business we feel compelled to share our good fortunes and pave the road for others to pay it forward. We are humbled by this honor and feel privileged to be recognized as an example that will hopefully inspire others to make a positive impact on our environment while giving back to the community.”

“The number and quality of nominations this year were very inspiring and demonstrate how valuable IT is to community change,” said John Amato, Publisher, Computerworld. “Computerworld is very proud to name the 2011 class of Laureates and showcase their initiatives benefiting society through innovative uses of IT.”
KOM Networks created the Junk-A-Juke Upgrade Program to provide a very affordable vehicle to help customers overcome the upgrade costs for secure archive storage solutions without utilizing any capital expenditures while at the same time responsibly recycle obsolete and antiquated storage (Optical, RAID, SAN & NAS) including other electronic waste keeping it out of our landfills and donate the proceeds generated from the resale of usable components to Feed The Children US and Speroway (formerly FTC Canada) to help children in our own communities and around the world. The Junk-A-Juke program offers budget constrained organizations in highly regulated industries an opportunity to exchange their obsolete and legacy archive storage equipment for a new KOMpliance Archive Storage appliance with equal capacity and superior performance free-of-charge with a three year maintenance agreement. KOM’s goal is to collect and recycle enough hardware to feed one million children!

“When times are tough, businesses need to be more responsible in helping out where they can, so KOM Networks tried to think about ways we could help. There are still large numbers of inefficient, slow, expensive obsolete archive and storage devices being used,” said Kamel Shaath, CTO of KOM Networks. “Our free storage upgrade to KOMpliance will increase efficiency, protect data, and lower liability, risk and TCO; but the opportunity to protect our planet for future generations and feed hungry children today is our motivation. With the broad appeal of the Junk-A-Juke program it has been expanded to include the trade-in of any storage device for eligibility. It is truly a win-win-win situation. Our customers benefit, in some cases saving as much as $200K from their operating budgets. Collectively with our customers we remain responsible to the health of our environment and the future of our children. And most importantly, we are able to help feed less fortunate children in these hard economic times.”

The Computerworld Honors awards will be presented at the Annual Laureates Medal Ceremony & Gala Awards on June 20, 2011 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies and oral histories of Leadership Award recipients can be found at the Computerworld Honors website (

KOM Networks is a world leading provider of flexible, secure, tamper-proof data archiving and storage management software and solutions. Over 10,000 of the world’s leading corporations have recognized KOM Networks as the most logical, unobtrusive and secure way to store, access and protect their data. KOM is enabling enterprises large and small a cost effective way to improve productivity and meet compliance requirements without altering their network infrastructure or daily business routines. The industry pioneer holds vital industry patents for electronic file lifecycle management, virtual file management and eWORM fixed content hard disk archiving. Find out how KOM Networks can help you implement a comprehensive information lifecycle solution to optimize your existing storage environment and meet your compliance requirements. Contact us at 1-888-556-6462,

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Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results. 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. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Magazine of the Year by American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) awards in 2010, the 2009 Best Blog from the Neal awards, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from ASBPE. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3.5 million unique, monthly visitors (comScore Media Metrix, August 2010). Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events, and research company. Company information is available at