InfoWorld Sets Agenda for Market Maker Event on Enterprise Virtualization

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JULY 26, 2006 – IDG’s InfoWorld, the leading integrated media brand for IT solutions management, today announced the agenda for Virtualization Executive Forum, taking place on September 25 and 26 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. The executive-level event is designed to 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:

Virtualization Executive Forum’s innovative agenda has attracted many of the top experts driving enterprise virtualization in both the business and technology communities. Scheduled keynotes include: Tony Bishop, Senior Vice President and Director of Product Management for Wachovia Bank; Dr. Jeffrey Jaffe, Chief Technology Officer at Novell; and Andi Mann, Senior Analyst at Enterprise Management Associates. A complete agenda is available at: .

The inaugural event has already attracted the top vendors driving enterprise virtualization. The Cornerstone sponsor is Novell. Platinum-level sponsors include: EMC, PolyServe, Red Hat, and VMware. Gold-level sponsors include DataSynapse, Emulex, IBM, and Microsoft. Additional sponsors will be named in the coming weeks.

"Organizations are increasingly looking to manage the complexity of today’s IT infrastructures,” said Doug Dineley, InfoWorld's executive editor and content chair for the event. "While virtualization is a potential solution, barriers remain to true enterprise implementation. They include inadequate skills at the company, software licensing, and performance and scalability. Virtualization Executive Forum aims to help IT solutions management solve these challenges by connecting them with the experts driving enterprise virtualization now and into the future.”

InfoWorld’s enterprise virtualization build-out mirrors its successful SOA advocacy approach: face-to-face InfoWorld Executive Forum events, online community media (Weblog, podcast, newsletter), online special sections, and coverage in the weekly print publication. Editorial and advertising programs are already ongoing throughout

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