COMNET Leaps Into 2002 With First Chance To Check Out Innovative New Products For The Enterprise

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JANUARY 22, 2002 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, announced today that the show floor at COMNET Conference & Expo will be packed with 2002's newest hardware, software and services for networking and communications professionals. COMNET is the year's first opportunity for enterprise decision-makers and end users to evaluate their options for secure, reliable, cost-effective network solutions.


COMNET Conference & Expo will take place at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., January 28 – 31, 2002.

Among the many exhibitors presenting new products are:

Agilent Technologies (booth 664) will showcase the FrameScope 350, the first handheld analyzer that enables IT support staff, network installers and service providers to verify the performance of key network services

Avaya (Booth 516) will introduce VSU-5 VPN Service Unit, a Broadband VPN and firewall solution for Small and Home Offices that is purpose-built to deliver high quality, QoS enabled Voice over VPN

Cisco (booth 826) will showcase its Catalyst 3550 Series Intelligent Ethernet Switches, a new line of enterprise-class, stackable, multilayer, Intelligent Ethernet switches in Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet configurations that deliver, for the first time, network-wide intelligent services, such as advanced quality of service, rate-limiting, security access control lists, and high-performance, full dynamic IP routing – while maintaining the simplicity of traditional local area network (LAN) switching

Interlink Networks (booth 741, Wireless Solutions Pavilion) will showcase the RAD-E Enterprise Access Server, which provides scalable, integrated, strong authentication and authorization for managing remote and wireless LAN access to enterprise networks

NetIQ Corporation (booth 646) will introduce its Security Analyzer version 4.1, which helps secure corporate systems and networks by automatically detecting the latest known security vulnerabilities and providing extensive reports and guidance on how to address them

NetScreen Technologies, Inc. (booth 556) will showcase its NetScreen-200 Series, which can segment networks into more easily controlled security zones, providing better protection while facilitating the processes advancing business today

OPNET Technologies Inc. (booth 1038) will introduce IT Guru 8.5, which enables IT professionals to diagnose application performance and network configuration problems, validate changes, and predict end-to-end performance with precision and confidence

Radware (booth 254) will showcase its Peer Director, which allows service providers and large enterprises to cost effectively control their Internet routing by enforcing policies on traffic redirection across various Internet links

Vernier Networks, Inc. (booth 838, Wireless Solutions Pavilion) will showcase the Vernier Networks System, which solves the WLAN management challenge by providing fine-grained access control, transparent Layer 3 roaming capabilities and next generation Airwave Security

X-MARK/CDT (booth 2012) will showcase the new Free Standing Swing Rack, which provides easy access to the rear of rack mounted equipment in a free standing environment

In addition to these and many more new product announcements, COMNET Conference & Expo attendees can also check out:

Keynotes, presented by Ivan Seidenberg, president and co-CEO, Verizon Communications; Wolfgang Kemna, CEO, SAP America, Inc.; Patrick Nettles, executive chairman, CIENA Corporation; and Ian Foster, head of Distributed Systems Lab; Argonne National Labs

Network World's VPN Showdown, moderated by Network World President and Editorial Director John Gallant

A Town Meeting, "What's Ahead in Communications Policy and Regulation?" moderated by Richard Wiley, former chairman of the FCC and senior partner of Wiley, Rein & Fielding

Wireless Solutions Pavilion, showcasing products and services from leading wireless infrastructure vendors in the industry

Security Square, featuring vendors providing the most up-to-date technologies to secure enterprise networks

Enterprise Application Summit Educational Sessions, a conference track open to all attendees that addresses architecture and management issues surrounding the deployment and secure integration of CRM, supply chain, peer-to-peer, XML and collaborative applications for the enterprise

ESPWorld conference sessions, designed to provide clear guidance for successfully selecting and managing service providers and outsourced IT projects during these challenging times

COMNET New Product Achievement Awards, sponsored by InfoWorld, which will recognize the best new products making their public debut at COMNET 2002

COMNET Conference & Expo sponsors include RiverSoft (cornerstone sponsor); Cisco Systems and Micromuse (platinum sponsors); Avaya, fSONA and Internap (gold sponsors); and Visual Networks (silver sponsor).

For registration and exhibiting information, visit the COMNET Web site at

About COMNET Conference & Expo 2002

COMNET Conference & Expo, produced by IDG World Expo, is the premier event for companies focusing their IT initiatives on building or growing a "smarter network." COMNET attracts top executive decision-makers, buyers and users of networking and communications infrastructure within organizations and government agencies. ESPWorld and Enterprise Application Summit, featured at COMNET Conference & Expo 2002, will provide additional insight and solutions for a range of issues faced by network and business leaders, such as handling in-house enterprise issues, assessing new applications and working with service providers. For more information, please visit

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( 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, BioITWorld Conference & Expo and COMNET Conference & Expo, which features Enterprise Application Summit and ESPWorld. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

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