LinuxWorld Takes Integration to the Next Level With New Enterprise Solutions Center

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JANUARY 14, 2003 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, and leading systems integrator Wild Open Source today announced major sponsors of the all-new Enterprise Solutions Center, a hot spot on the floor of the upcoming LinuxWorld Conference & Expo. Presented by Wild Open Source and Linux International, the Enterprise Solutions Center will showcase best practices in Open Source integration through the eyes of a model financial services company (Acme Financial Services Inc.). LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, the premier event exclusively focused on Linux and Open Source solutions, will take place January 21-24, 2003 at New York City's Javits Center.

 

With "corporate headquarters" in booth 339, the Enterprise Solutions Center is an integrated, vendor-neutral pavilion showcasing business solutions based on Linux, Open Source and commercial technologies. All LinuxWorld attendees are invited to tour the data center of Acme Financial Services and learn how the IT team integrated various technologies to solve common enterprise IT problems through ongoing, live demonstrations.

Sponsors making the Enterprise Solutions Center possible through their leading technologies and IT talent include Dell, HP, Intel, NEC, Oracle and Sybase, along with a host of Open Source Project teams such as Samba, Apache, Debian and SendMail.

The Enterprise Solutions Center will feature the look and feel of a medium-sized business. The office environment will feature an operational data center spotlighting solutions for:

Advanced storage and data management

Internet infrastructure

Desktop productivity applications

Wireless and remote office solutions

To further engage attendees, the Enterprise Solutions Center will host regularly scheduled speaker presentations and panel discussions which address the products and technology used in each of the solutions on display. These sessions will feature prominent Linux and Open Source experts, product specialists, developers and system integrators.

"The goal of the ESC was to have the attendee look at it and say, 'That is my company,'" said Jon "maddog" Hall, executive director of Linux International and one of the leading speakers for the Enterprise Solutions Center. "If we can get most of the attendees to see these Open Source and Open Standards products as working in their company, solving their problems and creating new opportunities for them, then we have succeeded."

Attendees visiting the Enterprise Solutions Center will receive a blueprint for planning and implementing enterprise-grade Linux and Open Source solutions in a vendor-neutral environment. Visitors to the Enterprise Solutions Center will be able to discuss their unique needs with key vendors, and will also receive a CD-ROM detailing the system requirements and source code necessary to build these solutions within their own environment.

"The ESC is new to LinuxWorld and is also leading the way in demonstrating Open Source technology interoperating with traditional commercial software in a real world environment," said Henry Hall, president of Wild Open Source.

"The ESC is the ideal showcase for Linux and open source in business environments and applicable to a broad range of attendees, from high-level business managers to IT Administrators," said Judy Chavis, Worldwide Linux Director, HP Industry Standard Servers. "Showing how Linux-based technology solutions can be used to solve common enterprise IT problems is a key component of HP's Linux strategy, and sponsoring this event is proof of Linux's applicability."

"IDG World Expo is constantly adding new elements to LinuxWorld, and we're especially excited about the impact the Enterprise Solutions Center will have on extending the use and adoption of Linux and Open Source in IT environments," said Darrell Baker, IDG World Expo's vice president of event services.

"LinuxWorld attendees need to understand business applications, and the Enterprise Solutions Center will offer tools to help them make informed decisions about the use and deployment of Linux and Open Source technology within their IT environments."

For more information about LinuxWorld Conference & Expo/New York 2003 and to register, visit http://www.linuxworldexpo.com.

About LinuxWorld Conference & Expo

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is the premier event exclusively focused on Linux and Open Source solutions. As the world's most comprehensive marketplace for Open Source products and services, LinuxWorld provides business decision-makers with information and resources to implement Linux and open source solutions into business infrastructure and enterprise networks. For more information or to register for the event, visit the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Web site at www.linuxworldexpo.com, or call (800) 657-1474. For exhibiting opportunities, please contact Frank Netherwood (A-K) at (508) 424-4860 or frank_netherwood@idg.com or John Yurewicz (L-Z) at (508) 424-4852 or john_yurewicz@idg.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) produces IT-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of IT-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo, Integrated Security Conference & Expo and BiometricsWorld Conference & Expo. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG's research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at www.idg.com.

About Wild Open Source Inc.

Wild Open Source Inc. headquartered in Burlington, MA, with offices in the SF-Bay Area and Canada was founded in early 2001. Wild Open Source provides services and solutions leveraging Open Source technology for enterprise customers. With its deep Open Source knowledge and impressive roster of Open Source experts and technologists, Wild Open Source is dedicated to providing the industry's most comprehensive suite of products, services and solutions. More information about Wild Open Source can be found at www.wildopensource.com.

About Linux International

Linux International is a multi-national association of Linux Vendors who have been promoting Linux to both commercial companies and governments since 1994. Linux International helps to facilitate standards, trade shows, conferences and other educational and instructional venues for the marketing and promotion of Linux. You may read more about Linux International and its member companies at www.li.org.