Network World Live’s IT Roadmap: Dallas Conference Will Open to Full House; More than 1,000 IT Decision-Makers Registered for One-Day, Information-Packed Event

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – SEPTEMBER 6, 2006 – Network World Live, producer of the IT Roadmap conference and expo series, today announced that its Dallas conference has sold out its sponsor/exhibition space and topped 1,000 registrants for the September 13 event.

The success of the series is a direct result of its model: bringing solid, actionable content in digestible tracts to major metropolitan cities across the nation. In the summer of 2005, Network World Live sponsored research to determine how IT decision-makers prefer to meet vendors, analyze networking solutions, and gain insight into the hot button issues directly affecting their network. The content and structure of the IT Roadmap series, which will reach four cities in 2006, was built based on direct feedback from this audience.

Karen Shockley, director of applications support for AMTRAK, attended the IT Roadmap: Boston conference in March. Following the event, Shockley said, "This conference was among the most professional I've ever attended. The material was excellent, the speakers knowledgeable and to the point, and the time allowed to each topic was right on target. I highly recommend this conference to my colleagues interested in furthering their knowledge in networking."

"Networking professionals have more than their fair share of responsibilities maintaining, improving, and maximizing their company infrastructures," said John Gallant, president and editorial director of Network World. "We respect their time limitations and designed the IT Roadmap series to deliver the content they need, when and where they need it."

IT Roadmap: Dallas will explore the seven topic areas identified as the highest priorities to network IT decision-makers as they plan improvements and allocate IT budgets for their companies.

Those topics are:

— Application & Content Security

— The New Data Center

— Enterprise Mobility

— Network Management

— Storage & Data Compliance

— VoIP, Convergence & Collaboration

— Network & Application Acceleration

For a look at the complete agenda, the speakers, and descriptions of the seven tracks, visit:

IT All-Stars

One of the best-received components of the IT Roadmap conference content is the end-user panel made up of Network World Enterprise All-Stars. Drawn from Network World's pool of 50 Enterprise All-Stars, an annual review of exceptional uses of technology in key industries, a panel of experienced executives kick off the conference, sharing their expertise and insights with Network World Editor Beth Schultz in an agenda-setting discussion.

Sharing details of their real-world networking projects, implementations, and expertise, and ensuring that IT Roadmap: Dallas attendees return to work with actionable strategies, will be:

— Greg Britz, Manager of Technology Services, BNSF Railway: implemented a wireless infrastructure upgrade for the company's 44,000 widespread employees, who rely on the firm's wireless networks to keep in touch.

— Arun DeSouza, Manager, Global Service Assurance and Chief Information Security Officer, Inergy Automotive Systems: led a two-phase infrastructure project called INSERVE at Inergy, during which he managed a global Active Directory implementation across 40 sites on time and under-budget and deployed Packeteer QoS devices across Inergy's global enterprise.

— James Hettrick, IT director, City of Loma Linda, California: built the Loma Linda Connected Community Program (LLCCP), which made Loma Linda the first city in America to implement a fiber and structured wiring building code for all new home and business developments.

— Jamey Vester, production control, Subaru of Indiana (SIA): implemented virtualization at SIA, and has been working with VMware for more than two years.

Expert IT Advice

Highlighting each track's presentation by an industry analyst is a candid presentation by an enterprise IT leader, who will share best practices relating to the session's topic area. Presentations will include:

Architecting for Defense in Depth

Phil Keith, Director of Technical Security at Sabre Holdings, will detail the security architecture that helps the company provide end-to-end security that stands up to audits, risk assessments, mergers and acquisitions. Sabre Holdings is the parent company of two of the best-known names in the travel industry: Travelocity and the Sabre Travel Network, the world's largest electronic network.

The Evolution of Wireless at BNSF Railways

Greg Britz, Manager of Technology Services for BNSF Railways, will outline the recent upgrade to the company's wireless infrastructure, which reduced manpower needs, increased efficiency during repairs and inspections, and added new wireless capabilities including broadband hotspots and voice over WiFi.

Automating for QoS

Ed Potter, Senior Infrastructure Optimization Consultant at JCPenney, monitors the company's innovative network management system, which applies statistical analytics to determine what defines normal variance and usage trends in its infrastructure. Potter will provide an overview of the system and explain how it was integrated with network and business metrics to provide true indicators for changing utilization and focuses attention to potential root-causes of concern.

Synchronous Replication and ILM: The Path to Maximum Data Availability and Protection

Matt Pittman, Director of Enterprise Systems for Penson Financial Services, will discuss the criticality of accurate and timely data within the financial industry and how that plays into Penson's storage requirements, including disaster recovery, data availability and information lifecycle management (ILM) planning.

The Good, Bad and Ugly of a VoIP Implementation

Bobby Badugu, Vice President of Information Technology for Gold's Gym International, Inc., spearheaded a VoIP rollout to more than 50 of its gyms and regional offices, bringing significant cost benefits to the company. Badugu will explain the pros and cons of the Gold's Gym experience with VoIP, and offer advice for other would-be implementers.

Providing Enterprise QoS Around the Globe

Arun DeSouza, Manager of Global Service Assurance and Chief Information Security Officer for Inergy Automotive Systems, led the company effort to centralize mission critical applications and servers, while ensuring high performance across its converged global network. DeSouza will detail how the company managed to control and allocate bandwidth while minimizing latency for users across the globe.

Server Consolidation through Virtualization

Jamey Vester is part of the production control staff for Subaru of Indiana. The company faced a serious server problem: its 10 racks of servers had the company maxed out on everything from power to air conditioning. Vester will explain how the company used virtual machine technology to solve the problem, ultimately reducing the number of production servers so dramatically that they now fit on just two racks.

About the IT Roadmap Series

The IT Roadmap series encompasses insight from Network World's top editorial team, perspectives from respected industry analysts, valuable case studies from IT buyers and presentations from the top technology solutions providers. Each IT Roadmap conference explores key topic areas identified as the highest priorities to network IT decision-makers as they plan improvements and allocate IT budgets for their companies. Each conference also features a private IT Expo of vendors offering best-of-breed technologies, allowing attendees to source, compare, and evaluate innovative solutions and potential new partners. Taking place quarterly in major cities across the U.S., the IT Roadmap series will next take place in Dallas on September 13, followed by IT Roadmap: San Francisco on November 30. Free to qualified applicants, potential IT Roadmap: Dallas attendees can sign up here:

IT Roadmap: Dallas Sponsors and Partners

Platinum sponsors are American Power Conversion (APC), AT&T, Blue Coat Systems, Brocade Communications, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., Citrix Systems, Inc., Dell, Inc., Fiberlink Communications, Fluke Networks, Foundry Networks, Ipswitch, Inc., Juniper Networks, Inc., NetScout Systems, Inc., Network General, Optinuity, Inc., Packeteer, Inc., ShoreTel Inc., Symantec, and Time Warner Cable Business Class. Gold sponsors are Akamai Technologies, Application Security, Inc., Clearswift Corporation, Expand Networks, Extreme Networks, Inc., F5 Networks, Finjan Inc., Gigamon Systems, Global Knowledge, Internet Security Systems, Inc., KACE, Lucent Technologies, Micro Works Computer Center, Mimosa Systems, Mitel, MRV Communications, Inc., n3k Informatik, Inc., Netli, NetQoS Inc., Network Physics, Neverfail, Inc., Nimsoft Inc., Persystent Technologies, Positive Networks, RealOps, Inc., Riverbed Technology, ScanSafe Inc., ScienceLogic, SecureWave, Shunra, Silver Peak Systems, Skybox Security, Inc., SonicWALL, Inc., Trapeze Networks, Webroot Software, Inc. and Xirrus, Inc. Conference partners are the Texas council of AeANet, The DallasBlue Business Network, and The Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

About Network World

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