IDG’s InfoWorld Announces Speaker Lineup for Virtualization Executive Forum

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – AUGUST 7, 2006 – IDG's InfoWorld, the leading integrated media brand for IT solutions management, today announced the official speaker lineup for its Virtualization Executive Forum, taking place on September 25 and 26 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Over 20 industry experts will be speaking at the event, with more to be named in the coming weeks. Speakers will help executive-level attendees demystify the path to successful virtualization of the enterprise. InfoWorld's multi-dimensional communications program focuses on the benefits of various virtualization approaches, including server, hardware-assisted, storage, application, and desktop virtualization. InfoWorld also identifies benefits of linking these different technologies as part of an 'enterprise virtualization' infrastructure. Cost to attend InfoWorld's Virtualization Executive Forum is $895, with InfoWorld subscriber and early registration discounts available.

Register now at: http://VirtExecForum.com/register .

Scheduled keynotes include: Tony Bishop, Senior Vice President and Director of Product Management at Wachovia Bank; Dr. Jeffrey Jaffe, Chief Technology Officer at Novell; Andi Mann, Senior Analyst at Enterprise Management Associates; and Steve Yatko, Managing Director, Global Head IT R&D for Credit Suisse and Chief Technology Officer for Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse.

Scheduled session speakers include (listed alphabetically):

Andrew Binstock, Principal Analyst, Pacific Data Works LLC; and Senior Contributing Editor, InfoWorld

Chris Burry, Technology Infrastructure Practice Director, Avanade

Simon Crosby, CTO, XenSource

Doug Dineley, Test Center Executive Editor, InfoWorld

Dr. J. Kelly Flanagan, Information Technology Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Brigham Young University

Steve Fox, Editor-in-Chief, InfoWorld

Andre Hill, Director of Linux Programs, Novell

Scott Jones, Product Manager, Altiris

Mike Neil, Senior Director Virtualization Strategy, Microsoft Corporation

James Phillips, Senior Director, Software Lifecycle Solutions, VMware

Brian Stevens, CTO, Red Hat

Arun Taneja, Founder, President & Consulting Analyst, Taneja Group

Nicholas Tang, Director of Operations, Community Connect Inc.

Neal Tisdale, VP, Software Development, NewEnergy Associates, a Siemens Company

Mornay Van der Walt, Vice President, IXIS Capital Markets

Alex Vasilevsky, CTO and Founder, Virtual Iron Software

Paul Venezia, Senior Contributing Editor, InfoWorld

Tom Yager, Test Center Chief Technologist, InfoWorld

Virtualization Executive Forum's strong speaker lineup has attracted the top vendors driving enterprise virtualization. The Cornerstone sponsor is Novell. Platinum-level sponsors include: EMC, Intel, PolyServe, Red Hat, and VMware. Gold-level sponsors include DataSynapse, Emulex, IBM, and Microsoft. Additional sponsors will be named in the coming weeks.

"By assembling the industry leaders driving enterprise virtualization, InfoWorld's Virtualization Executive Forum aims to help business and IT decision-makers walk away with actionable strategies that maximize the value of their technology investments today," said Jill Martay, InfoWorld's director of events.

About InfoWorld Media Group

InfoWorld Media Group helps IT solutions management choose the right technology, within the context of a cohesive strategy, for business impact at their organizations. Rather than merely covering the enterprise technology market, InfoWorld identifies and promotes emerging technology segments that add unique value for the organizations that implement them, as well as the vendors that provide those solutions. Using an integrated communications approach including online, events, a weekly print publication, research, and a continued investment in an independent Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide both hands-on analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging technologies and products. Visit InfoWorld at http://www.infoworld.com .

About 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 www.idg.com .

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