|| ||"Robert Halpin" <Robert.Halpin@mslpr.com>|
|| ||LinuxWorld Attendance Tops 19,000|
|| ||Tue, 28 Jan 2003 13:42:22 -0600|
OPEN SOURCE COMMUNITY, EXHIBITORS MAKE NEWS AT LINUXWORLD NEW YORK
More than 19,000 flock to see the latest in Open Source, as the Linux
OS continues its rapid growth in enterprise computing
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - January 28, 2003 - IDG World Expo, the leading
producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT
markets, today announced that 19,383 members of the Open Source
community gathered in New York last week to learn about the latest Open
Source trends, network with peers and test-drive the newest products.
LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, the premier event exclusively focused on
Linux and Open Source technologies, took place at New York City's Javits
Center January 21-24, 2003.
To kick off its fifth year, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo propelled
Linux and Open Source technology into 2003 with scores of case studies
of successful enterprise implementations, new product introductions and
a significant amount of educational content on a packed show floor.
Following are some highlights:
§ AMD made a number of announcements, including beta availability
of the 64-bit version of IBM's DB2 Universal Database software for
servers based on the upcoming AMD Opteron processor.
§ Astaro Corporation announced Astaro Security Linux V4, its
all-in-one Internet security software appliance which combines a
firewall/ VPN gateway, anti-spam, a URL blocker, content filtering and
virus protection for small and midsize businesses as well as
enterprises. This complete software appliance bundles a hardened Linux
operating system and can run on any Intel server.
§ Emic Networks announced Emic Application Cluster (EAC) for
Apache, a new application-clustering product designed to provide the
best price/performance Lintel-based cluster platform for horizontal
scaling of Web applications.
§ Freshwater Software announced a Monitor Development Kit (MDK)
and an accompanying hosted online community to support the growing
community of technology providers and IT groups embracing the advantages
of agentless monitors.
§ The GNOME Foundation reached an agreement with Bitstream to
release fonts under an Open Source license, with 10 fonts to be released
under a special license. These fonts will deliver advanced font
capabilities to all developers and users of free and Open Source
§ Red Hat announced plans for a comprehensive framework as the
next step in building an integrated enterprise Linux platform, including
an enterprise systems management framework consisting of Red Hat
Network's software delivery and maintenance functionality combined with
a monitoring and reporting system.
§ IBM announced a variety of new hardware, software, and services
offerings to help companies expand the use of Linux across an e-business
infrastructure, making it easier to integrate everything from access
devices to servers.
§ The SCO Group announced the development of SCOoffice Server, a
backoffice suite for small-to-medium businesses which includes SCO Linux
4.0, SCOoffice Mail Server 2.0 and SCOoffice Base Server.
§ Storix introduced System Backup Administrator (SBA) for Linux, a
full-featured backup management and flexible system recovery product
supporting LVM, software RAID and all major filesystems.
§ Sun Microsystems and Ximian announced the Sun* ONE Connector for
Ximian Evolution to provide integration for Sun ONE users with Linux and
Solaris* desktops to the popular Evolution email and calendaring
workgroup information client.
§ UnitedLinux unveiled its software developers program, the
UnitedLinux Developer's Zone, and a Certification Program to be created
jointly with the Linux Professional Institute (LPI).
"LinuxWorld provides IBM with a great opportunity to meet with our
customers and other members of the open source community. In fact, more
than 800 IBM customers and business partners joined us this year at
LinuxWorld for the IBM customer day," said Jim Stallings, general
manager, Linux, IBM. "The overwhelming customer response reaffirms IBM
commitment to Linux and our unique ability to fulfill our customers'
hardware, software, and services needs as they respond to the demands of
a changing marketplace."
"As a new experience for our company, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo was
fabulous," said ProActive Monitoring Chief Operating Officer Bob Mason.
"We had few expectations and thought of our exhibit as a feedback
opportunity. It turned out to be much, much more. We found niches of
clients we did not expect and positive reactions to our service."
Also on the show floor, visitors stopped by the all-new Enterprise
Solutions Center, an integrated, vendor-neutral pavilion showcasing best
practices in Open Source integration through the eyes of a model
financial management company. Sponsors making the Enterprise Solutions
Center possible through their leading technologies and IT talent
included Dell, HP, Intel, NEC, Oracle and Sybase, along with a host of
Open Source Project teams such as Samba, Apache, Debian and SendMail.
LinuxWorld Conference & Expo attendees packed the keynotes and feature
presentation to hear from some of the industry's leading companies.
In his opening keynote address, AMD President and CEO Hector Ruiz
emphasized that the semiconductor industry needs to adopt a more
collaborative business model and behave more like the Linux community
for "true innovation." IBM Senior Vice President and Group Executive
Steven A. Mills assured the audience that Linux is deeply embedded in
the infrastructure and is here to stay.. Keynoter Randy Mott, senior
vice president and CIO of Dell Computer Corporation, described Dell's
successful switch to Linux within the company's sales functions, but
also warned that the industry needs to focus on constant, dramatic
innovation to ensure progress continues.
Red Hat CTO Michael Tiemann and Jeffrey M. Birnbaum took center stage
to present their Financial Services Case Study Keynote, which outlined
Morgan Stanley's recent Unix-to-Linux migration and resulting cost
savings for its computing environment.
The Linux Financial Summit made a successful debut at LinuxWorld in New
York, addressing Linux and Open Source solutions for the financial
industry with three days of in-depth sessions. The Egenera and
HP-sponsored Summit featured sessions hosted by Credit Suisse First
Boston, Egenera, HP, Intel, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Open Source
Development Lab (OSDL), Red Hat, Reuters and Salomon Smith Barney. Among
the presenters was Larry Augustin, who led a panel entitled "Linux on
Wall Street: Practical Experience Implementing Linux in Financial
Services." The panel highlighted real world examples from Credit Suisse
First Boston, Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan.
Conference program participation was up from LinuxWorld Conference &
Expo/New York 2002 by 64 percent, a testament to the operating system's
increased visibility. For the first time, the conference program not
only offered attendees a chance to learn about the latest developments
to help their businesses achieve success by implementing Linux and Open
Source Software, but also targeted specific industries (government,
telecommunications and finance) to show how that success was achieved.
>From introductory to advanced subject matter, LinuxWorld offered
attendees educational content through dozens of sessions such as the
packed "Introduction to LDAP," led by Gerald Carter, who directs the
Samba team at Hewlett-Packard. A dedicated track on the latest security
updates featured sessions presented by leading experts such as Jay Beale
of Bastille Linux and Michael Warfield of Internet Security Systems.
The LinuxWorld conference program also offered a look at how Open
Source software is impacting the government, along with different
projects that are being deployed. Representatives from NATO, Development
InfoStructure (dev-IS), Naval Oceanographic Office, US Census Bureau,
project eGovOS, National Technology Alliance (NTA), Lawrence Berkeley
National Lab/NERSC, Jefferson County, Colorado and the National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) gave firsthand accounts on
how Open Source software is working for them.
The Open Source Product Excellence Awards, sponsored by OSDN and
presented in conjunction with the UniForum Association and IDG World
Expo, recognized nine companies for their innovation in the Linux and
Open Source community. New categories this year included Best Front
Office Solution, Best Cluster Solution and Best Sys Admin Tools.
Award winners include:
· Best Network/Server Application: SuSE - Linux OpenExchange
· Best Developer Tools: IBM - Websphere Studio Application
· Best Data Storage Solution: IBM - Tivoli Storage Manager
· Best System Integration Software: Microsoft - Services for Unix
· Best Security Solution: Computer Associates - eTrust Antivirus
· Best Open Source Project: Ximian - Mono
· Best Front Office Solution: Ximian - Evolution
· Best Productivity Application: HRsmart - Applicant Tracking
· Best Cluster Solution: Red Hat - Advanced Server
· Best Sys Admin Tools: SCO Group - Volution Manager
· Best of Show: SGI - Altix 3000
The Golden Penguin Bowl resulted in a win for the Nerds after three
hard-fought rounds which were punctuated by humor. For the first time, a
tie-breaker question was needed following the final round when both the
Nerds and the Geeks managed to come up with enough points to earn a tie
score of 11,500. Hosted by Damage Studios' Chris DiBona, Bowl
participants included Jeremy Allison (Samba Team/HP), Gerald Carter
(Samba Team/HP), Scott Collins (Mozilla), Danese Cooper (Sun
Microsystems), Rob Malda (Slashdot.org), Jason Perlow (Linux Magazine),
Stacy Quandt (Giga), Dan Quinlan, Adam Turoff (Turoff Research) and Art
Tyde (Sputnik Communications Corp.).
The next LinuxWorld Conference & Expo takes place August 4-7, 2003 at
San Francisco's Moscone Center. For more information, visit
About LinuxWorld Conference & Expo
LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is the premier event exclusively focused
on Linux and Open Source solutions. As the world's most comprehensive
marketplace for open source products and services, LinuxWorld provides
business decision-makers with information and resources to implement
Linux and open source solutions into business infrastructure and
enterprise networks. For more information or to register for the event,
visit the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Web site at
www.linuxworldexpo.com, or call (800) 657-1474. For exhibiting
opportunities, please contact Frank Netherwood (A-K) at (508) 424-4860
or Frank_Netherwood@idg.com or John Yurewicz (L-Z) at (508) 424-4852 or
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