IDG World Expo Launches Next Generation Data Center Conference & Expo

FRAMINGHAM, MA – DECEMBER 12, 2006 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events around the globe, has announced the launch of Next Generation Data Center Conference & Expo (NGDC), scheduled to take place August 7-9, 2007 at the Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, CA. The event will focus on new technologies and their impact on the data center, covering mission-critical applications and the technology supporting those applications including storage, servers, networking and communications.

The new event is targeted to data center professionals ranging, from IT architects to system administrators, seeking the right products and services to add to their end-to-end solutions as they adapt to ever increasing needs for flexibility, scalability and performance. The event will feature presentations by leading technology experts and innovative IT executives who will address what is happening in the data center today and what's likely to happen next. Multiple tracks will provide attendees with a full spectrum of best practices and emerging trends across key topic areas including SOA, virtualization, grid, security, application optimization, information life cycle management, automation, compliance, VOIP and network management.

"IBM recognizes the importance of this event to educate data center professionals on new technologies and their impact within the data center," said Peter McCaffrey, Director, Virtualization and Data Center Infrastructure at IBM. "We stress the significance of modernizing the data center by applying and integrating new business processes in order to help clients simplify global operations. We look forward to the opportunity to sharing those strategies with NGDC attendees."

Partnering with Next Generation Data Center as the official content website is Network World, a leading media expert on the New Data Center concept. Network World will provide extensive coverage of the event including articles and podcasts, on-site video broadcasts of keynotes and podcast interviews, and post-event news.

"This is a great opportunity for us to expand our long-time focus on the evolving data center – a topic we've committed significant level of resources to in the past four years," said John Gallant, president and editorial director, Network World. "Launching this event is testament to the level of understanding that IDG has regarding the marketplace. We're excited to be sharing content with World Expo and building a combined community."

Next Generation Data Center will launch simultaneously alongside LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, the premier event for data center professionals using Linux and open source solutions in their enterprise. The co-location of these two events allows for NGDC attendees and LinuxWorld conference and exhibition attendees to visit both trade show floors bringing together more than 10,000 buyers.

For more information on Next Generation Data Center Conference & Expo, or to register for the event, visit www.ngdcexpo.com .

For exhibiting opportunities, please contact Ellen Boland at (508) 988-7830 or ellen_boland@idg.com or Christian Montminy at (508) 424-4852 or christian_montminy@idg.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( www.idgworldexpo.com ) produces tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld(R) OpenSolutions Summit(TM), SaaScon(TM), GridWorld(TM), OSBC(R), Digital ID World(R), RoboBusiness, RoboNexus, RoboDevelopment Conference & Expo. and Next Generation Data Center. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's online network includes more than 400 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment, and gaming worldwide. IDG is a leading producer of more than 170 technology-related events including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo, DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. Additional information about IDG, a privately-held company, is available at http://www.idg.com .

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