Virtualization A Key Theme At LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit

FRAMINGHAM, MA – NOVEMBER 16, 2006 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, has announced that conference content for the inaugural LinuxWorld(R) OpenSolutions Summit(TM) will feature case studies, panels and technical sessions focusing specifically on virtualization, a key topic that has emerged in the Linux and open source industry. The OpenSolutions Summit, scheduled to take place February 14-15, 2007, at the New York Marriott Marquis, is a unique conference that provides attendees with the opportunity to learn from open source deployment experiences of their peers.

Highlighting the virtualization track are two real-world case studies that will be presented by executives at Nationwide Insurance and Solvay. Steve Womer, Sr. IT Architect at Nationwide Insurance will present "Shared Penguins: How To Have Hundreds Of Virtual Servers With A Shared Root." Nationwide recently implemented a shared file system in their Linux environment, allowing them to share the Linux binaries among several hundred servers and reducing disk requirements by 57%. This session will discuss their approach and the advantages and disadvantages of employing such a system.

"Companies are increasingly turning to virtual environments because they reduce hardware and software costs, improve performance or scalability, and reduce or eliminate unplanned downtime," said Womer. "Our virtualization success will serve as a great example for other companies considering similar migrations."

Bruce McMillan, Manager of Emerging Technologies at Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc., will present his case study entitled "Living In A Virtual World." During his address, McMillan will describe Solvay's server consolidation project and discuss topics relative to his experience including needs analysis, proof of concept, design and testing, implementation, cost savings and lessons learned.

"We are particularly excited about the case study presentations because they will provide attendees with real examples of open source virtualization deployments in innovative companies," said Melinda Kendall, vice president, LinuxWorld. "Hearing the facts straight from the people who have already been there is the most trusted way of receiving information. Learning what worked, what didn't, what obstacles were faced and how they were overcome will make the transition that much easier for other organizations considering an open source virtualization deployment."

In addition to these case studies, the conference will feature the following panels and sessions focusing on virtualization:

— "Virtualization and the Next Generation Data Center," with moderator Mark Grandinetti, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Virtual Iron Software, and panelists including executives from IBM, Intel, Microsoft, VM Ware and Virtual Iron Software.

— "GEP and PGA: Linux Grid Computing in Financial Modeling and Drug Discovery," presented by Daming Li, Executive Vice President, LITEC Systems Corporation.

— "Virtualize Your Entire Data Center," presented by Alasdair Rawsthorne, CTO, Transitive.

— "Linux Virtualization Technology Alternatives," presented by Kir Kolyshkin, Project Manager, OpenVZ (open source project).

— "Virtualization's Impact On Enterprise Security," presented by Kris Lamb, Director of Product Development, ISS.

LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit is a regional and vertically focused conference that addresses the needs and interests of IT professionals involved in the deployment of Linux and open source solutions. Attendees can register at www.linuxworldsummit.com . Conference passes are available for $995 and Sponsor Showcase passes are available at no cost to qualified attendees.

About LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit

LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit is a regional and vertically focused conference tailored specifically to the needs and interests of IT professionals involved in the deployment of Linux and open source solutions. LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit provides business decision-makers with information and resources to implement Linux and open source solutions into business infrastructure and enterprise networks for the financial, healthcare, manufacturing and retail markets. For more information visit www.linuxworldsummit.com . For sponsorship opportunities contact Ellen Boland at (508) 988-7830 or ellen_boland@idg.com or Christian Montminy at (508) 424-4852 or christian_montminy@idg.com.

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