IDC Conference to Address Current Trends and Future Developments in Virtualization Technology

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JANUARY 9, 2006 – IDC today announced that VMware has been added to the list of prestigious companies sponsoring IDC's Virtualization Forum: Making Optimal Use of IT Resources, scheduled on February 6, 2006 at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City.

Designed to help IT and business executives answer key questions about how to effectively exploit computer resources, this one-day interactive forum presents IDC's view of the many forms of virtualization and how the effective use of this technology can cut costs, support an ever-changing dynamic environment, and make more optimal use of IT resources. Program coverage offers insight and examples of how virtualization can dramatically change the way corporate computing is done and effect a company's ability to achieve the goal of improved performance, scalability, reliability, and availability.

Featuring case studies and real-world perspectives from users, IDC analysts, and industry experts, the conference has a stellar line-up of speakers including executives from AMD, American International Group, Capital One, Cisco Systems, Deluxe Labs, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel Corporation, Oak Associates, VA Medical Center, and Wachovia.

According to Vernon Turner, group vice president and general manager of IDC's Enterprise Computing group and conference chairman, "Virtualization technology is fundamental to hardware resource sharing and dynamic allocation of resources to user workloads. This technology is gaining ground as IT and business executives are progressively understanding the impact that hardware and software approaches to virtualization can have on IT costs, business efficiency and overall value to the organization." Due to this widespread interest in current trends and future developments in virtualization, IDC has scheduled a repeat session of the Virtualization Forum, to be held in San Francisco on June 22, 2006.

A complete list of Sponsors and Partners of the Virtualization Forum include: Intel, AMD, HP, Cisco Systems, IBM, Platform Computing, VMware, Neoware, Women in Technology International, Wall Street Technology Association, Application Development Trends Magazine, Enterprise Systems Journal, HPC Wire, Virtual Strategy Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

For more information or to register for the conference, please visit IDC's website http://www.idc.com/virtualizationforum06 . Complimentary press passes are available for qualified journalists. To request a press pass, please contact Dana Basilone at 508-988-6891 or dbasilone@idc.com.

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