IDG’s Network World Picks its 10 Companies to Watch in Networking in Annual NW200 Issue

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – APRIL 24, 2000 – Network World, the Leader in Network Knowledge, this week published its annual guide to 10 hot young companies to watch in the networking industry in the Network World 200 Issue. The NW 200 is a special issue ranking the 200 biggest U.S. public companies in the network industry and is complimented by a series of short articles that report individually on ten innovative network companies posed to make significant strides in the year 2000.

Network World Editor's chose companies primarily based on the innovation they've shown in creating new products or services aimed at addressing challenging new business needs and opening new markets. Other considerations included the industry experiences of each company's founders, top executives and other personnel; the amount and type of funding the company has received; and early customer and test center testimonials, where applicable. Presented here are Network World's selections for the 10 hot companies to keep an eye on for 2000:

2nd Century Communications (http://www.2c2.com)

Adero (http://www.adero.com)

Bowstreet (http://www.bowstreet.com)

Loudcloud (http://www.loudcloud.com)

Network ICE (http://www.networkice.com)

NoWonder (http://www.nowonder.com)

Quantum Bridge Communications (http://www.quantumbridge.com)

Riversoft (http://www.riversoft.com)

SilverBack Technologies (http://www.silverbacktech.com)

Top Layer Networks (http://www.toplayer.com).

"By this time next year, some of these corporate newbies will have gone public, and maybe they'll have grown enough to qualify for the Network World 200, our annual ranking of the top public companies in the network industry," said Beth Schultz, Executive Editor of the Signature Series. "Others will have been consumed by bigger, technology-hungry vendors. Either way, the unfolding history of their hot products and services are sure to be worth our readers attention."

More information and analysis on these companies is available on Network World Fusion http://www.nwfusion.com/nw200 .

About Network World's Annual Network World 200 Issue

The Network World 200 Issue, part of Network World's premier Signature Series, profiles the 200 biggest U.S. based public network companies and provides guidance for determining the health and financial well-being of network vendors. It also profiles 10 start-ups to watch in the networking industry.

About Network World

Network World, Inc. the leading network media company is shaping the future of enterprise network computing through its print publication, Network World, its online extension Network World Fusion (http://www.nwfusion.com), and its educational seminars and events nationwide. Network World, Inc. empowers Network IS professionals with the knowledge required to meet their evolving business needs.

About International Data Group

Network World, Inc. is a division of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 290 computer magazines and newspapers and 4,000 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 250 targeted Web sites in 55 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 42 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.