New Product Achievement Award Winners Named at COMNET Conference & Expo; Awards Recognize Top Products Making Their Debut at COMNET 2002

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JANUARY 31, 2002 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets, has announced the winners of the New Product Achievement Awards at COMNET Conference & Expo, held this week at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The awards, sponsored by InfoWorld, recognized the best new products making their public debut at COMNET this year.


Winning products were selected by a panel of nine judges, which included leading members of the trade and business press, industry research firms and academia. Entries were evaluated on the basis of innovation, industry contribution, integration with current product lines, migration capabilities, support provided and return on investment.

"While the economy may be stuck in neutral, these companies are charging ahead with exciting new technology, much to the benefit of users," said Robert Magnuson, president of InfoWorld. "They are great examples of the energy, creativity and drive we all associate with information technology providers."

From scores of new products submitted for consideration in each of seven categories, judges chose the following as the best in each category, recognizing the companies in an award ceremony held on the COMNET show floor on January 30th:

Best New Network Management Product

Fluke Networks, Inc., OptiView Workgroup Analyzer

Best New Carrier or WAN Service/Product

Apogee Networks, Inc., NetCountant Accountability 4.0

Best New LAN or Internetworking Product

Cisco, Cisco Catalyst 4006 with Supervisor Engine III

Best New Network and System Infrastructure Product

MatrixNet Systems, Inc., Matrix Insight

Best New Wireless/Mobile Product

Vernier Networks, Inc., Vernier Networks System

Best New Telephony, Fax or Conferencing Product

NetIQ Corp., VoIP Assessor 1.1

Best New Security Product

NetScreen Technologies, Inc., NetScreen-200 Series

"IDG World Expo extends a hearty congratulations to the winners of the New Product Achievement Awards, which represent the best new products in the industry," said Darrell Baker, vice president of event services, IDG World Expo. "As the first event of the year for the networking and communications industry, COMNET is the perfect forum to recognize these new, innovative technologies."

New Product Achievement Award judges included Douglas Barney, editor-in-chief, Network Computing; John Dix, editor-in-chief, Network World; Maryfran Johnson, editor-in-chief, Computerworld; John McConnell, president, McConnell Associates; Rick Sturm, president and author, Enterprise Management

Associates; Michael Vizard, editor-in-chief, InfoWorld; Robert Preston, former editor-in-chief, Internet Week; Charlie Babcock, former technology editor, InteractiveWeek; and Scott Ellison, Program Director, Wireless and Mobile Communications, IDC.

COMNET Conference & Expo 2003 is scheduled to take place January 27-30, 2003 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

About COMNET Conference & Expo 2002

COMNET Conference & Expo, produced by IDG World Expo, is the premier event for companies focusing their IT initiatives on building or growing a "smarter network." COMNET attracts top executive decision-makers, buyers and users of networking and communications infrastructure within organizations and government agencies. ESPWorld and Enterprise Application Summit, featured at COMNET Conference & Expo 2002, will provide additional insight and solutions for a range of issues faced by network and business leaders, such as handling in-house enterprise issues, assessing new applications and working with service providers. For more information, please visit

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( 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, BioITWorld Conference & Expo and COMNET Conference & Expo, which features Enterprise Application Summit and ESPWorld. 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 (, which comprises more than 300 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at