25th COMNET Conference & Expo Delivers Real Solutions, Education For Communications Networking

FRAMINGHAM, MA – FEBRUARY 4, 2003 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, today announced that IT leaders from enterprises, telecommunications and government learned valuable strategies to solve today's communications networking challenges at COMNET Conference & Expo, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last week at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. COMNET 2003 featured more than 60 educational sessions and the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the industry's leading vendors, including ADTRAN, Agilent Technologies, Canon USA Inc., CIENA Corporation, Compuware, Fluke Networks, Foundry Networks, Graybar and Tyco Electronics.


COMNET Conference & Expo is the leading East Coast event focusing on the most pressing issues in communications networking for the enterprise. Last week, exhibitors introduced a multitude of new products to improve business productivity and achieve significant cost savings. Following are some highlights:

ADTRAN, Inc. introduced NetVanta 3305, a full-featured router ideal for solutions requiring simultaneous corporate Frame Relay connectivity and secure Internet access from a single platform.

AFL Telecommunications introduced the Noyes M100 OTDR, the world's first hand-held, single-mode/multimode, four-wavelength Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) with integrated VFL (visual fault locator) based on the latest PDA technology.

Celite Systems launched Celite System CS200 and CS400, DSL Headend products that reduce the facility-based carrier's deployment cost of bringing broadband services to their residential users over the existing twisted pair.

DIRAK, Inc. showcased its E-LINE electronic latches to help protect equipment enclosures with security and data collection features, while occupying the same space as mechanical latches with conventional keys.

Foundry Networks, Inc. introduced the industry's first 2-port, 10GbE, wire-speed, non-blocking module to use Xenpak-based pluggable optics, designed to lower total cost of ownership and to provide performance and capacity scalability.

Ipsum Networks spotlighted Route Dynamics, the industry's first solution to enable IP (Internet Protocol) Assurance by passively monitoring the routing protocols (OSPF, BGP, IS-IS) to provide real-time layer 3 topology, fault management and root-cause analysis for IP Routed networks.

Mobile Satellite Ventures announced plans to broaden its market by incorporating cellular access into its satellite service by incorporating satellite capability into a handset that is indistinguishable from a traditional phone.

Omnitron Systems Technology announced the additions of new modules to its iConverter managed media converter product family, which enhance user flexibility to integrate legacy and advanced technologies into a single seamless managed network.

OPNET Technologies Inc. showed off OPNET IT Guru 9.1, which embeds expert intelligence about how networked applications, routers, and servers operate, enabling enterprises to isolate the source of current problems and to predict the impact of changes before time and money are spent on implementation, or mistakes are made.

Radware Inc. showcased its revolutionary Content Inspection Director™ (CID), which is designed to increase the performance, availability and scalability of anti-virus services.

Server Technology, Inc. showcased the new Sentry Power Tower XL, which provides network managers exclusive tools for maximizing network uptime, combining intelligent power distribution, remote reboot control and power measurement.

Site Monitoring Inc. showcased Plus 2 IT Center In A Box, a revolutionary approach to server room design that allows immediate return on investment, and makes the need for colocations a thing of the past.

Transition Networks extended its Point System™ multi-protocol and multimedia converter modular platform with a new 8-slot chassis, and also launched new ethernet and fast ethernet copper-to-fiber media converters with an extended operating temperature range for harsh environments.

VocalData, Inc. showcased VOISS™, providing IP Centrex, hosted PBX, business trunking, and residential services, and enabling service providers to start reliable, revenue-generating basic and enhanced telephone services with a minimum investment in a wide variety of network configurations.

"This is our first year as a COMNET exhibitor," said Patrick Rafter, director of corporate communications, Bluesocket, Inc. "The quality of the leads we received throughout the show was first rate and we expect will lead to significant new business. We look forward to returning in 2004," said Rafter.

"Weathering the storm during these tough times requires a forum to explore the most effective IT solutions," said Rob Scheschareg, vice president of sales, marketing and product development at IDG World Expo. "This year's COMNET took a close look at how to get the most out of constrained budgets, while spotlighting innovation and encouraging as much in-person interaction as possible throughout the exhibit floor as well as conference sessions."

Making its debut at the 25th COMNET was the National Convergence Summit, which provided two days of intense education and training for IT leaders looking to take advantage of today's top convergence technologies. The Summit featured sessions presented by top executives from companies driving the future of this industry, including AT&T, Avaya, BellSouth, Cisco, IBM, Siemens and WebEx.

COMNET's conference program addressed issues and questions relating to the top technologies for enterprise IT leaders, including Web services, wireless, voice over IP (VoIP), security, storage and network infrastructure.

COMNET's keynotes and feature presentations offered attendees an opportunity to learn what 2003 holds for communications networking from the industry's most respected experts. In the opening keynote, Daniel J. Mehan, Ph.D, CIO of the Federal Aviation Administration, discussed the FAA's multiple levels of physical and IT security and how they form a highly effective line of defense. Steve Gomo, CFO of Network Appliance, Inc., emphasized that storage issues need to be addressed simultaneously from the business and IT points of view and pointed to fabric attached storage as a major trend for the storage market. John Schwarz, president and COO of Symantec, discussed security challenges within the enterprise, noting that the technology to secure systems is in place, but that the problem is in managing information.

John Gallant, president and editorial director of Network World, moderated the "Web Services Showdown" featuring panelists Neil Charney of Microsoft, Adam Bosworth of BEA Systems, Bob Sutor of IBM and Ted Farrell of Oracle. The consensus was that

Web services are making progress but still have a ways to go, with continuing cooperation on standards being key to progress.

Richard Wiley, senior partner at Wiley, Rein & Fielding LLP, presented his 25th COMNET Town Meeting, "The 'Low Down' on 'High-Tech' Communications Policy and Regulation" featuring Kevin Kayes of the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation; Michael Gallagher of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration; James Bradford Ramsay of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners; and Bryan Tramont of the Federal Communications Commission.

IDG World Expo recognized outstanding innovation with the COMNET New Product Achievement Awards, the categories for which reflected the most valuable assets of technology products and services in today's enterprise IT environment. The categories and winners were:

Return on investment: Ipsum Networks for its Route Dynamics

Total cost of ownership: NetPredict for its NetPredictor 1.7

Overall cost reduction: Allot Communications for its NetEnforcer AC 102/202

Faster time to market: Celite Systems for its CS200/CS400 DSL Headend

IT labor saving/reducing: NavCom Technology, Inc. for its Safari Network SR-7100 Mark II

Faster time to value: Radware for its Content Inspection Director (CID)

Most Innovative: Allot Communications for its NetEnforcer AC 102/202

For more information on COMNET, visit http://www.comnetexpo.com.

About COMNET Conference & Expo 2003

COMNET Conference & Expo, produced by IDG World Expo, is a catalyst for buyers and sellers in the communications networking industry to connect with the newest technologies and meet the experts driving the industry to a prosperous future. COMNET empowers network executives, service providers, carriers, suppliers/resellers and government agencies to make informed technology decisions for their network infrastructure at the beginning of each year. COMNET 2003 is a prime opportunity to learn from successful implementations of new technologies, with a special focus on security, web services, storage and wireless infrastructure. For more information, please visit http://www.comnetexpo.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (http://www.idgworldexpo.com) produces IT-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of IT-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo, Integrated Security Conference & Expo, BiometricsWorld Conference & Expo and PortablePower. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

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