COMNET Conference & Expo to Showcase Essential Networking Technologies for 2004

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JANUARY 20, 2004 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, today provided a preview of next week’s COMNET® Conference & Expo, which will take place at the new Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., January 26-29, 2004. This year’s event will deliver in-depth instruction for companies grappling with the challenges associated with wireless implementations, security, VoIP, WAN and the data center.

Now in its 26th year, COMNET provides a unique opportunity for the industry, technology users and government buyers to gather under one roof and evaluate today’s most pressing networking challenges and solutions. The COMNET exhibit floor will feature the latest networking technologies from companies such as Avcom, Avocent, Bluesocket, Canoga Perkins, Equinox Systems, Fluke Networks, Foundry Networks, Ipswitch, Lucent, Maxrad, OPNET Technologies, Smartbridges, Transition Networks, Verizon Wireless, and many others.

COMNET exhibitors planning to showcase new products include the following:

Avocent (booth 219) will introduce the EVR1500, an environmental monitoring appliance that alerts system administrators to the environmental conditions that can adversely affect the operation of servers and other network devices. The EVR1500 comes with four pre-set internal sensors for temperature, humidity, airflow and audio, as well as eight external configurable analog sensors.

Canoga Perkins (booth 536) will showcase the 2300 Series Fiber Optic Modem, which allows government agencies, system integrators and network administrators to extend standards based serial data over fiber optic cable at speeds ranging from 0bps to 20mbps. Fully manageable and NEBS Level 3 tested, the 2300 Series Fiber Optic Modem can extend equipment up to 100 km, and is certified for harsh environments.

Fluke Networks (booth 431) will introduce the latest enhancement to the OptiView™ Integrated Network Analyzer and the OptiView™ Workgroup Analyzer, which allow network managers to discover and characterize devices connected to remote subnets on a virtual local area network (VLAN). OptiView with VLAN Vision reduces equipment costs and troubleshooting times by speeding the deployment and maintenance of VLANs.

ImageStream Internet Solutions (booth 530) will showcase the TransPort™, a new entry-level router designed for premise applications where wire-speed performance is required using one or two synchronous serial or T1/E1 ports. Taking advantage of ImageStream's Enterprise Linux™ router distribution, the TransPort is one of the most capable, low-cost, business-class routers on the market.

OPNET Technologies Inc. (booth 211) will preview the newest version of OPNET NetDoctor, a powerful rules-based engine that enhances configuration management and service level assurance processes with multi-vendor configuration troubleshooting and validation. NetDoctor 10.5 will feature expanded rule suites, network configuration difference reports, audit compliance with security policies, and new firewall configuration troubleshooting and auditing.

Quick Eagle Networks (booth 635) will introduce the 4300 Access Router Series, new branch office routers for enterprise networks that provide CIOs and network managers with the reassurance of a cost-effective, scalable, multi-functional access device that provides many options for "last mile" network access redundancy. Featuring dual T1/E1 ports, dual Ethernet ports, DiffServ-compliant QoS, and software-based bandwidth upgrades, the 4300 Series routers are consolidated access devices that incorporate CSU / DSU, bandwidth shaping, and network monitoring into their routing capabilities.

Snake Tray (booth 324) will showcase Snake Bus, a state-of-the-art power distribution system that eliminates the need for traditional methods of hard wiring equipment to deliver power through data centers and workstations. The simplicity and flexibility of the Snake Bus system reduces equipment and labor costs, and is designed to change and grow with customers’ needs.

SSH Communications Security, Inc. (booth 624) will showcase SSH Tectia Manager, the first security management platform designed for the centralized deployment, configuration and monitoring for managed security middleware in large enterprises. The company will also showcase SSH Client/Server 4.0, a secure communications solution designed to protect enterprises, government and financial organizations from internal and external threats to the network.

Transition Networks (booth 425) will introduce several new releases within its Just Convert-It line of stand-alone media converters, which offers a lower-cost, no frills alternative to full featured converters. The company will also unveil the industry’s first remotely managed chassis-based RS-232 copper-to-fiber media converter.

COMNET Conference & Expo attendees can also network with their peers and obtain valuable education at a wide variety of informative conference sessions, special events and forums. This year’s conference program has been redesigned to provide a solid assessment of the top issues facing networking and communications professionals in 2004: wireless/mobility, VoIP, WAN, security and the data center.

Educational programs include:

• Five intensive conference modules, running one after the other throughout the week. Each module will provide three information-packed hours of education and discussion on a specific technology area.

• Ten half-day tutorials, which provide in-depth training and skills to address specific challenges from VoIP to security to on-demand computing.

• Keynotes presented by Dr. Whitfield Diffie, chief security officer & distinguished engineer at Sun Microsystems, Inc.; and Howard Anderson, senior managing director of YankeeTek Ventures.

• A feature presentation hosted by John Gallant, Network World president and editorial director. CIOs from Amtrak, the State of Connecticut and George Washington University will share their insights and money-stretching ideas for innovating in a tough market.

• A special Town Meeting, “The ‘Low Down’ on ‘High-Tech’ Communications Policy and Regulation” moderated by Richard Wiley, former chairman of the FCC and senior partner of Wiley, Rein & Fielding LLP.

• COMNET First: 30/60 Sessions, held on the exhibit floor, which deliver 30 essential networking tips in 60 minutes. Topics include “Improving Remote Worker Efficiency,” “Smarter, Faster, Better IT,” and “What Every Government Technologist Needs to Know About IP Communications.”

• The COMNET First: Outsourcing Summit, addressing the critical issues affecting the IT outsourcing industry for 2004. The Outsourcing Summit is hosted by the MSPAlliance.

• The COMNET First: Venture Summit, hosted by Ernst & Young and IDG Ventures, examining venture capital activity and the market outlook for communication networking.

• The Technology Spotlight Theater, where participating companies will offer information on cutting-edge solutions, as well as their perspectives on the industry.

For more information on the COMNET conference program or to register for the event, please visit www.comnetexpo.com.

About COMNET® Conference & Expo 2004

COMNET® Conference & Expo brings together the industry, technology users and government buyers to discover and evaluate the most pressing networking challenges and solutions. Since 1978, COMNET® has offered the year's first look at the best networking products, practices and trends through exhibits, focused educational programs and face-to-face commerce. COMNET® '04 will address the critical technologies impacting IT professionals today – security, wireless, VoIP, WAN and the data center. For more information, please visit www.comnetexpo.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading technology event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of technology-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•IT World Conference + Expo®, Health•IT World Conference + Expo™, COMNET® Conference & Expo, BiometricsWorld Global SeriesTM, Portable Power Conference & Expo® and Wireless Sensing Solutions™. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

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