Who Are the New Leaders in the Network Industry and How Are Established Players Protecting Their Turf

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – MARCH 11, 2003 – Top Executives from Cisco, Consumer Electronics Association, EMC, General Motors, Intel, Motion Picture Association, Network Appliance, Nortel, Verizon and Others Join Customers, Investors and the Media to Debate Industry Opportunities and Challenges

What new services, products and technologies are redefining the network industry? Who are the people behind them? What's ahead for networking and how will it change the lives of consumers, business leaders, investors and others?


These and related issues vital to the future of networking will fuel the discussions at VORTEX 2003, May 18 to 20 at the Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point, Calif. Featuring the industry's most powerful personalities participating in unscripted fireside chats, town-hall meetings, debates and panel presentations, the award-winning event will delve into key topics such as:

Is broadband at the tipping point?

Cable's plan for network domination

How Wi-Fi will disrupt everything

The future of digital entertainment

The new Asian giants of networking

The killer app of online gaming

The silver lining in the security mess

New architectures for networked storage

The virtualization of computing and networking

Celebrating its sixth year, VORTEX is a must-attend event for the best minds in networking. Developed and moderated by VORTEX Executive Producer John Gallant, president and editorial director of Network World, Inc., the invitation-only conference delivers a mix of formal and informal sessions that give participants the opportunity to exchange ideas about the strategies and solutions that are redefining communications. VORTEX is produced by IDG Executive Forums, a division of Network World, Inc.

Part of what sets VORTEX apart from other events is the outstanding quality of its guest speakers – network industry veterans, entrepreneurial visionaries and decision-makers at global customer organizations. The VORTEX 2003 speaker line-up includes:

Craig Barrett, CEO, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC)

J. Scott Dinsdale, EVP of Digital Strategy, Motion Picture Association

Frank Dunn, President & CEO, Nortel Networks (NYSE: NT) (TSX: CT:NT)

Charlie Giancarlo, SVP & GM, Technology Development, Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO)

Bill Huang, CTO, UTStarcom (NASDAQ: UTSI)

Dr. Paul Jacobs, EVP & President, Wireless & Internet Group, QUALCOMM (NASDAQ: QCOM)

Ted Julian, Founder & Chief Strategist, Arbor Networks

Scott Kriens, Chairman & CEO, Juniper Networks (NASDAQ: JNPR)

Kevin J. O'Hara, President & CEO, Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT)

James Ramo, CEO, Movielink

Jay Rolls, Vice President of Data Engineering, Cox Communications (NYSE: COX)

Ivan Seidenberg, CEO, Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ)

Stratton Sclavos, Chairman & CEO, VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN)

Tony Scott, CTO, Information Systems & Services, General Motors (NYSE: GM)

Gary Shapiro, President & CEO, Consumer Electronics Association

Alex St. John, Co-founder & CEO, Wild Tangent

Joseph Tucci, President & CEO, EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC)

Dan Warmenhoven, President & CEO, Network Appliance (NASDAQ: NTAP)

"The profound changes underway in the network industry make coming to VORTEX more important than ever," said Gallant. "Those in attendance will hear first-hand about the issues that keep business leaders awake at night – and discuss those insights with others in an intimate and informative setting. They'll also learn more about the most pressing challenges and promising opportunities shaping the competitive landscape. That kind of interaction is invaluable."

VORTEX and Executive Producer Gallant have earned industry-wide respect for consistently delivering a prestigious and content-rich event. In its February 2003 issue, Business 2.0 named VORTEX among the handful of technology conferences not to be missed in 2003. In the article, The Best: Where to Schmooze in 2003, the magazine stated that "Gallant attracts a first-rate roster of telecom and data industry pooh-bahs and shakes them up with his playful but tough questions." Additionally, Conferenza – the leading resource for information regarding technology conferences – recently honored Gallant as Best Host. He was recognized for "doing his homework and using a non-confrontational style that often gets executives to reveal more than they intend."

Previous attendees found VORTEX to be a valuable forum for information exchange and insight. VORTEX 2002 attendee and co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto, Doc Searls, said, "VORTEX delivers a whirlwind of clues in two solid content-packed days."

Members of the media are welcome to request an invitation at www.idgef.com/vortex/press/index.html, or contact Becky Ayers at CHEN PR (bayers@chenpr.com, 781-466-8282 x34).

VORTEX 2003 sponsors include Battery Ventures (http://www.battery.com), Cisco Systems (http://www.cisco.com), Business 2.0 (http://www.business2.com) and CHEN PR (http://www.chenpr.com). Limited sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information or to request an invitation, visit http://www.idgef.com/vortex/index.html.

About IDG Executive Forums

IDG Executive Forums, a division of Network World, Inc., is an information resource company dedicated to serving executives in the high technology marketplace. Most widely known for producing the high-tech industry's premiere executive conferences and newsletters, the company's products include AGENDA(R), DEMO(R), DEMOmobile(R), DIGITAL SPECTRUM(TM), VORTEX, DEMOletter(R), and VORTEX Digest. All registered trademarks are owned by IDG. More information can be found at http://www.idgef.com.

About Network World

Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, empowers Network IT Executives through education, information and community. Network World is the leading provider of news, analysis, reviews, events and education on information technology. Network World publishes the leading newsweekly, Network World, hosts the most active online community, Network World Fusion (www.nwfusion.com), and produces educational seminars and events worldwide.

About IDG

Network World, Inc. is a division of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and IDG's research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at www.idg.com.

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