IDG’s InfoWorld Announces Winners of Annual Product of the Year Awards

SAN MATEO, Calif.— Feb. 15, 1998– InfoWorld, the enterprise computing newsweekly, today announced the winners of its 18th annual Product of the Year awards.

The InfoWorld Test Center reviewed thousands of products and solutions during 1998. Those products that scored a 7.0 or higher (out of 10.0) in a Test Center Comparison or were rated "excellent" or "very good" in a standalone review qualified for Product of the Year consideration.

Eight Categories of winners were selected. They are as follows:

— Network Hardware: Internet Devices Inc.'s Fort Knox Policy Router F-300

— Network Software: Novell Inc.'s Novell ZENworks

— Internet/intranet Software: Netscape's Netscape Communicator 4.5

— Workgroup and end-user Software: Lotus' Lotus Notes and Domino 4.6

— Client/Server Hardware: IBM's ThinkPad 600

— Application Development Tools: Symantec's Visual Cafe for Java 2.5

— Database and server Software: Microsoft's SQL Server 7.0

— Operating System: Red Hat Software's Red Hat Linux 5.2

"This year, InfoWorld expanded the Product of the Year issue to also highlight the technologies, people and products that made a significant impact in 1998," said Sandy Reed, editor in chief of InfoWorld. "As always, our readers played a role in these awards and, this year, nominated candidates for the eight awards bestowed by our columnists."

The InfoWorld columnist awards are as follows:

— Nicholas Peterely gives the Industry Achievement to the entire community of software developers. Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly & Associates, a leading publisher of books about the Internet and open source technologies will accept the award on behalf of all software developers.

— Bob Metcalfe names Jon Postel the Industry Plumber. In 1981, Poste became the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, responsible for the Internet's DNA, Internet addresses and protocol conventions- Internet plumbing. He passed away in October of 1998, after three-decades of being a steadfast steward of the Internet.

— Ed Foster Sun Microsystems the Technical Support Award to for going the extra mile to help customers not only with problems with Sun products but with competitors products as well.

— Jeff Symoens honors Novell with the Integration and Management Award for pioneering new technologies in 1998 and introducing ZENworks and Novel Directory Services for NT 2.0.

— Dylan Tweney names Mark Hurst of Creative Good the Netrepreneur for making Web commerce sites easier to use.

— Laura Wonnacott gives the Firefighter of the year award to an IT manager at a travel agent who used a quality control software program that took up to four hours to process reports.

— Maggie Biggs gives the Enterprise Development Award to: Oracle, Sybase, and Informix for their work in porting their database engines to Linux during 1998.

— Stuart McClure and Joel Scambray give the Golden Guardian Award to three areas: Perimeter security with Sonic Systems' SonicWALL firewall appliance; VPN solutions, particularly Permit Gateway from TimeStep, which was the winner of our VPN comparison in

1997; and open-source solutions, such as the IETF's IPSec, nmap, and L0phtcrack.

About InfoWorld

Headquartered in San Mateo, in the heart of Silicon Valley, InfoWorld Media Group publishes InfoWorld and InfoWorld Electric (www.infoworld.com).

InfoWorld, "The Voice of Enterprise Computing," is a newsweekly that focuses on editorial coverage of client/server products and solutions used in corporate enterprises, and has earned a reputation for the timeliness and accuracy of its coverage of the people, technologies, products and companies that make a difference in the IT industry. InfoWorld's $21 million dollar cross-platform, networked test bed — the InfoWorld Test Center — conducts the industry's most trusted testing of enterprise products.

InfoWorld Media Group also publishes InfoWorld Electric, the leading enterprise computing authority on the Web, which features daily technology news, product reviews, opinions, and interactive discussion forums, along with a weekly e-mail newsletter (the InfoWorld Scoop) and a complete archive of InfoWorld's print edition.

InfoWorld Media Group is a wholly-owned independent business unit of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 285 computer magazines and newspapers and 500 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology specific sites around the world through IDG.net (http://www.idg.net), which comprises more than 200 targeted Web sites in 52 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 110 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 41 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.