Network Management Tools Top Exhibitors’ New Product Lists For ComNet/San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 23, 1998 – Two-thirds of exhibitors at IDG's upcomingComNet/San Francisco Conference and

Exposition will unveil new products at the show, according to a survey of exhibitors by IDG Expo Management Company,

producers of the event.

Of the companies showcasing new products at ComNet/San Francisco, nearly one in two will be displaying network

management products, the survey revealed.

"The fact that two of every three companies will be unveiling new products at the show – and that most of those products are

network management-based – underscores the importance of ComNet/San Francisco to the networking and communications

industries," said Michael D. Munn, Show Director for ComNet/San Francisco. "We're not surprised that companies will be

showcasing their latest and greatest network management products at ComNet/San Francisco. This show leverages the

strong ComNet brand internationally by catering to the growing number of networking firms in and around the Bay Area – the

hub of the networking/communications industries for the world."

In addition to network management products, the survey also revealed forty percent of exhibitors will showcase new

infrastructure products. This category includes WAN switches, data/voice over WANs, E1, Advanced Intelligence Multiplexer

(AIM) and remote network management products.

Exhibitors in their responses revealed their enthusiasm for the diversity of new products expected to be on display at ComNet/

San Francisco.

"We are confident that ComNet/San Francisco will be every bit as successful as our experience was with ComNet/ Washington,

D.C.," said Karen Oullette, Marketing Communications Director for exhibiting company BICC Brand-Rex of Willimantic,

Connecticut.

In addition to identifying the categories of new products they will be displaying, exhibitors were also asked to identify potential

or emerging industry trends. Exhibitors chose Internet services as the leading force, followed by ATM/Gigabit Ethernet and

Web-based applications as the second and third drivers, respectively. Remote access products followed next, ranking in the

top 70th percentile of all responses.

Remote access products are an integral part of ComNet/San Francisco. The show will feature the first-ever Remote Access

and Telecommuting Pavilion, featuring the most innovative telecommuting and remote access products.

In response to other questions, three of four companies exhibiting at the show say they plan to market their products on-line.

A number of companies said they already market all their products on-line.

The survey was based on a comprehensive questionnaire circulated to all participating companies.

About ComNet Conference & Exposition

ComNet/ Washington, D.C. and ComNet/ San Francisco produced by IDG Expo Management Company, is the largest

technology conference and exposition dedicated to global networking utilizing wide-area telecommunications,data

communications networking and Internet technologies. Each year more than 800 manufacturers and suppliers of computer

networking hardware, software, services, and solutions participate in ComNet. Founded in 1977, ComNet Washington, D.C.

has served the IT market for two decades as the premiere information source for networking professionals. ComNet has

captured the imagination of IT buyers, information seekers and network professionals responsible for designing, building,

facilitating and managing global networks. ComNet has won such support from IT product marketers that IDG Expo

Management was compelled to add a new, second ComNet. ComNet San Francisco will debut at the Moscone Convention

Center Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 1998. The success of ComNet impacts over 80 countries around the world and more than a dozen

other ComNet branded events in Europe, Asia and South America. For more information on ComNet Conferences and

Expositions, call 800-545-EXPO or visit our Web site at www.comnetexpo.com

About IDG Expo Management Company

Headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, IDG Expo Management Company is a premium producer and manager of

exposition and conference events that shape the U.S. IT marketplace. IDG Expo Management Company is an affiliate of the

IDG World Expo Corporation family of companies; together, the two companies produce the broadest array of conferences

and expositions related to information technology around the world. IDG Expo-produced events include the MACWORLD