LinuxWorld and Next Generation Data Center Address Key Trends Driving The Evolution of the Data Center ; Expert Panelists Provide Press Community with Industry Outlook

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JULY 30, 2007 –

What: LinuxWorld(R) and Next

Generation Data Center(TM) Conference & Expo (NGDC(TM)), a new

event focusing on the latest technologies and their impact on the

data center, have enlisted three of the industry's most

influential experts to provide the press community with in-depth

insight on growing industry trends that are driving the evolution

to a virtual and dynamic data center. Specific topics and trends

that will be addressed during this call include virtualization,

power and open source.

When: TODAY – Monday, July 30, 2007 at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT

Where: Teleconference Dial-in Information:

Dial-in Number: (877) 535-9568

Conference ID: 10088601

Who: The LinuxWorld and NGDC Panel consists of the following participants:

Matthew Lawton, IDC: Open Source Software Adoption: Drivers and Inhibitors

Matthew Lawton is a Director of IDC’s Worldwide Software Business Strategies Group, covering two programs: Open Source Software Business Models (OSBM), and Software Partner Analytics. In the OSBM program, Mr. Lawton examines the various business models that companies are using to make money from open source software, and the implications these models have on the software industry. For partner analytics, he is responsible for researching key software partner business metrics (coverage, composition, capacity, profitability, and share of resale and influence), identifying potential partners for vendors, and delivering the results of this research in new and innovative ways for IDC’s clients.

Andreas Antonopoulos, Nemertes Research: Virtualization

Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a Senior Vice President and Founding Partner with Nemertes Research, where he develops and manages research projects, conducts strategic seminars and advises key clients. Andreas is a computer scientist, a master of data communications and distributed systems, a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a self-professed geek, with an engineering, programming and consulting background. For the past 16 years, has advised a range of global industries on emerging technologies and trends, and developed business strategies for the efficient and effective use of technology.

James Hall, President, Blade Systems Alliance & IT Manager, Liebert Power & Cooling: Managing Future High Density Power Needs

Jim Hall is the IT Manager for Liebert Power and Cooling, Emerson Network. Jim is responsible for developing strategies and driving execution of programs targeted to educating IT managers and executives about power and cooling issues in data centers, computer rooms and other network locations. Jim also serves as the “voice of IT” within the Liebert solutions group and as primary liaison with IT industry associations. He is currently president of Blade Systems Alliance, an industry association focused on accelerating development and adoption of blade server technologies; he also serves on the board of the Central Ohio AFCOM chapter.

Please RSVP to charlotte_mccormack@idg.com, or call 508-424-4837.

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