IDG’s InfoWorld Names Top Technologies Impacting IT in 2004; Annual Technology of the Year Awards Honor 19 Innovative Solutions

SAN FRANSCISCO, CA – JANUARY 6, 2004 – InfoWorld Media Group, the provider of in-depth analysis of enterprise technology and strategies through its integrated online, print, research, and events channels, announced the recipients of its 2004 Technology of the Year honors. Results appear in the January 5 edition of InfoWorld and are also available online at: http://www.infoworld.com/reports/01SRtoy04.html .

"This year looks to be brighter for IT — budgets are thawing and innovation is in the air," said Steve Fox, InfoWorld's editor-in-chief. "Our annual awards highlight the passing year's key IT trends and unveil our Test Center analysts' picks for the most innovative and effective products in 2004."

InfoWorld's 2004 Technology of the Year award winners include:

SERVERS

Best Server Hardware: HP ProLiant DL760 G2

Best Server Blade System: RLX ServerBlade 2800i and System 600ex

Best Systems Management Solution: Vieo 1000 v1.1

Best Operating System: Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther)

Best Application Server: IBM WebSphere Application Server 5.0

NETWORKING

Best Networking Hardware: Extreme Black Diamond 6808

Best Wireless LAN Solution: Vernier IS-6500p

STORAGE

Best SAN Solution: IBM TotalStorage SAN Integration Server

Best SAN Switch: Maxxan MXV320

Best NAS Solution: HP StorageWorks NAS b3000

Best Storage Management Software: Fujitsu Softek Automated Storage

APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

Best Development Tool: Eclipse 2.1

DBMS/DATABASE MANAGEMENT

Best Analytics/Reporting Solution: Iteration Real-time Reporting Suite

ENTERPRISE APPLICATIONS

Best Hosted Application: Salesforce.com Winter '04

Best Web Services Integration Solution: Grand Central Business

Services Network

COLLABORATION SOFTWARE

Best Enterprise Collaboration Platform: IBM Lotus Notes/Domino 6.5

Best Team Collaboration Platform: Groove Workspace 2.5

SECURITY

Best Network Security Product: Niksun NetDetector

Best Application Security Product: KaVaDo InterDo 3.0

InfoWorld's annual Technology of the Year awards identify significant technologies of the past year that promise to make the greatest impact on enterprise IT strategies, and honor the products that best exemplify the implementation of those technologies. The Technology of the Year awards are not open to outside nominations; only products reviewed by InfoWorld's Test Center during the previous year are eligible. The final selections are made by InfoWorld's Test Center analysts and editors.

About InfoWorld Media Group

For 25 years, InfoWorld Media Group has provided cutting-edge coverage and evaluation of IT products and services for technology experts in senior management. Through integrated channels including print, online, event, and demand generation, InfoWorld reaches the most influential senior-level information technologists — those who drive their enterprises' strategies and technology purchases. Powered by 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 www.InfoWorld.com .