“Top 10 Start-ups to Watch” Featured in Annual Network World 200 Issue

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – APRIL 29, 2002 – Network World, the nation's leading network news publication today published its annual list of 10 network start-ups to watch – cool new companies with innovative technologies for the hottest markets. This list is part of Network World's special Signature Series edition, The Network World 200 Issue which ranks the largest public, U.S.-based companies by revenue, profits, market cap, fastest growth, earnings per employee and more.


Drawing from a field of 90 candidates, Network World editors, columnists and staff writers chose the 10 finalists based on the novel approaches they are taking toward their respective target markets. Their products will help IT executives provide more efficient, flexible and secure services to help make employees more productive and improve customer satisfaction. These companies have groundbreaking technology, experienced management and financial backing from seasoned venture capitalists or angel investors. More information and analysis on these companies is available on our exclusive NW200 portal on Network World Fusion at www.nwfusion.com/nw200/2002.

This year's list of 10 start-ups covers the gamut of network technologies – from wireless Internet access to managed global network services, perimeter defense systems and Web acceleration. Network World's 10 start-ups to watch for 2002 are:

Boingo Wireless (http://www.boingo.com) – Wireless Internet access services

Egenera (http://www.egenera.com) – Next-generation corporate servers

ForeScout Technologies (http://www.forescout.com) – Advanced corporate security devices

Grand Central Communications (http://www.grandcentral.com) — Web services-based network services

Intelliden (http://www.intelliden.com) – Device management software

Maranti Networks (http://www.marantinetworks.com) – Storage networking platform

MeshNetworks (http://www.meshnetworks.com) – Peer-to-peer wireless network

Proficient Networks (http://www.proficient.net) – Internet infrastructure products

Redline Networks (http://www.redlinenetworks.com) – Devices for speeding Web transactions

Virtela Communications (http://www.virtela) – Managed global network services

"Among the 90 companies we evaluated, we think these 10 network start-ups in particular have the right technologies, management and strategies to make lasting impressions in their target markets," said Beth Schultz, editor, Signature Series. "They operate in promising fields, with distinguished product concepts."

The NW200 Issue is part of Network World's Signature Series, six innovative issues delving into the most important trends, companies, technologies, challenges and opportunities in the network industry.

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