Sponsorships for InfoWorld’s Virtualization Executive Forum Completely Sold Out; Strong Market Demand for Enterprise Virtualization Education Unites Vendors and IT Buyers

SAN FRANCISCO – SEPTEMBER 7, 2006 – IDG's InfoWorld, the leading integrated media brand for IT solutions management, today announced that all Virtualization Executive Forum vendor sponsorships have been sold. The event, focusing on convergence of various approaches to create a virtualized infrastructure, takes place on September 25 and 26 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Novell is the cornerstone sponsor. Platinum-level sponsors include: EMC, Intel, PolyServe, Red Hat, and VMware. Gold-level sponsors include DataSynapse, Egenera, Emulex, IBM, Kingston Technology, and Microsoft. The sponsorship lineup is the most extensive of any InfoWorld Executive Forum event to date. Additional information about Virtualization Executive Forum and the event sponsors is available at: http://www.VirtExecForum.com .

InfoWorld's integrated sponsorship packages help Virtualization Executive Forum vendor partners market their offerings to IT solutions management, using a cross-media approach including face-to-face, online, and print media offerings. All levels of sponsorship include branding and networking at the two-day event, participation in an online "Spotlight" focused on enterprise virtualization (Webcasts, white papers, news about virtualization), print advertising promoting their solutions in InfoWorld's weekly publication, as well as prominent mention in direct-response programs promoting the event.

InfoWorld's enterprise virtualization build-out mirrors the brand's successful technology advocacy approach: face-to-face InfoWorld Executive Forum events, online community media (Weblog, podcast, newsletter), online special sections, and coverage in the weekly print publication. Editorial and advertising programs are already ongoing throughout InfoWorld.com.

"InfoWorld is helping define the enterprise virtualization category, much like we've done with SOA," said Bob Ostrow, InfoWorld's president and publisher. "Moreover, InfoWorld's integrated opportunities help our Virtualization Executive Forum vendor partners build cross-media campaigns that maximize their investment in a variety of advertising mediums, with measurable performance. Look for continued innovations and leadership from InfoWorld."

About Virtualization Executive Forum

InfoWorld's Virtualization Executive Forum is designed to demystify the path to successful virtualization of the enterprise. InfoWorld's multi-dimensional communications program focuses on the benefits of various virtualization approaches, including server, hardware-assisted, storage, application, and desktop virtualization. InfoWorld also identifies benefits of linking these different technologies as part of an 'enterprise virtualization' infrastructure. Cost to attend InfoWorld's Virtualization Executive Forum is $895, with InfoWorld subscriber and early registration discounts available. Register now at: http://VirtExecForum.com/register .

About InfoWorld Media Group

InfoWorld Media Group helps IT solutions management choose the right technology, within the context of a cohesive strategy, for business impact at their organizations. Rather than merely covering the enterprise technology market, InfoWorld identifies and promotes emerging technology segments that add unique value for the organizations that implement them, as well as the vendors that provide those solutions. Using an integrated communications approach including online, events, a weekly print publication, research, and a continued investment in an independent Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide both hands-on analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging technologies and products. Visit InfoWorld at http://www.infoworld.com .

About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's online network includes more than 400 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment, and gaming worldwide. IDG is a leading producer of more than 170 technology-related events including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo, DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. Additional information about IDG, a privately owned company, is available at www.idg.com .

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