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ComNet shifts focus from carriers to corporate nets

Jan 28, 20046 mins
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* Breaking news from ComNet 2004 * Breaking news from Lotusphere 2004 * News from LinuxWorld * Links to upcoming trade shows * Links to free Network World Technology Tours

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A shadow of its former self, the ComNet 2004 trade show opened this week in Washington D.C. Once a premier service-provider forum that packed the old Washington Convention Center, ComNet has only 76 exhibitors listed on its Web site, down from last year’s 141. The show has also shifted its focus from carriers to corporate networks, as indicated by the products set to debut at the event. Read the ComNet story below for details about the products and services that will be unveiled at the show.

Meanwhile, the IBM/Lotus crew is in Florida this week to host its annual Lotusphere conference. According to Network World Senior Editor John Fontana, who’s at the event, the show will be more Web(Sphere) than Lotus(sphere), but the intent is to give end users clear road maps whether they are committed to Domino, the new Lotus Workplace collaboration components that straddle the Domino and WebSphere worlds, or full-portal implementations using WebSphere and Java Platform 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE).

Please check back at the Network World Netflash news site for the latest headlines from ComNet and Lotusphere throughout this week (


ComNet changes focus to boost show, 01/26/04

A relocated, scaled-down ComNet 2004 opens its doors this week promising practical tips for IT executives, as well as product and service unveilings from Foundry Network, NetScout, Quick Eagle and Sprint.


Q&A: Lotus GM discusses past, present and future developments, 01/27/04

IBM Lotus is using its annual Lotusphere conference in Orlando, Fla., to review the software it released in 2003 and to lay out how its platforms – Notes/Domino, Lotus Workplace and WebSphere – all lead to the same destination – a place Lotus calls organizational productivity. Ambuj Goyal, general manager of Lotus Software, sat down with Network World senior editor John Fontana to talk about past, present and future developments.

IBM/Lotus affirms commitment to Notes Domino, previews software, 01/26/04

Lotus executives used the opening of the annual Lotusphere conference to assure users that the company is firmly committed to its Notes and Domino platform and highlighted the pledge by introducing client software.

Lotus partners ready wares for Domino with eye toward Workplace, WebSphere, 01/26/04

While IBM/Lotus is busy Monday at its annual Lotusphere conference outlining its product roadmaps, the company’s partners will be showing off what they have built and how they may help users extend and breathe new life into Domino.

IBM/Lotus plans to tie it all together, 01/26/04

IBM/Lotus plans to play a game of connect-the-dots this year at its annual Lotusphere conference as it juggles commitments to its faithful Domino customers along with its emerging collection of collaborative components that run on WebSphere.

Domino faithful feel back in the fold, 01/19/04

Lotus Domino is experiencing a revival within IBM, according to end users who say they couldn’t be happier about the development as the annual Lotusphere conference approaches later this month in Orlando.


Users swap strategies, 01/26/04

Stronger Linux support from software vendors and the ability to control the open source software is spurring large corporations to accelerate their adoption of Linux, according to users who spoke last week at LinuxWorld Expo 2004.

SuSE, IBM gain higher security certification, 01/21/04

Raising the security bar one notch higher, SuSE Linux and IBM Wednesday said they have achieved a more rigorous security certification for Linux operating system software running on Big Blue servers.

Novell CEO outlines challenges to Linux adoption, 01/21/04

“I expect some of you are here to see me because you’ve never seen anybody from Novell before,” Novell Chairman and CEO Jack Messman quipped at the start of his keynote address Wednesday, opening this week’s LinuxWorld show in New York.

Amazon’s two faces present IT challenge, 01/21/04 has two businesses: The one it runs in November and December during the height of the holiday shopping rush, and the one it runs the rest of the year.

Showtime for Linux, 01/19/04

With The SCO Group’s licensing issues roiling in the background and Microsoft demonstrating a Linux alternative, IT professionals aren’t distracted and are expected to do more than just window-shop this week at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in New York.

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Demo 2004>

Feb. 15-17, Scottsdale, Arizona

Get a first-hand look at the newest innovations that are tipped to make their mark on the year to come.

RSA Conference>

Feb. 23-27, San Francisco

Intel Developer Forum>

Feb. 27-29, San Francisco

VoiceCon 2004

March 1-4, Orlando, Florida

One of the highlights at VoiceCon 2004 is an IP telephony debate with execs from Nortel and Cisco.

Cebit Europe .)

March 18-24, Hannover, Germany

(also check out Cebit America coming to New York in May

Novell Brainshare

March 21/26, Salt Lake City, Utah

CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association) Wireless 2004

March 22-24, Georgia, Atlanta

Spring VON (Voice on the Net) 2004

March 29-Apr. 1, Santa Clara


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