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Judging draws to a close and finalists are announced for the Networking Industry Awards.

London, 29 May 2001 – Judges announce the finalists for the eighth annual Networking Industry Awards 2001(1), presented by CMP Europe Ltd. The independent judging panel (2) has received more entries this year than any other before.

The awards, which are regarded as the highest accolade of industry achievement, will be presented at the annual gala dinner on the evening of Tuesday 26th June 2001 at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, NEC Birmingham. They are held in conjunction with the UK’s pre-eminent networking and networked solutions event for IT, telecoms and the Internet, Networks telecom 2001 (26th-28th June, NEC Birmingham) (3).

The finalists in the respective categories are:

1. NETWORK PROFESSIONAL AWARDS


Network Professional of the Year

Nick Johnson - Senior Consultant of Parallel,
Tony Cook - Project Manager of EDS,
Peter Kidd - Head of IT Pindersfields&Pontefract Hospitals NHS Trust.

Network Team of the Year

Eurostar UK (Network Team),
NTL (ntl ExCel Team).

e-Business Project of the Year

Novell UK/Metastorm - Bracknell Forest Borough Council e-Government Project,
Thomas Cook/ICL - thomascook.com Travel Site.

Most Innovative Use of Technology

Oncue Telecoms (Oncue Interactive Kiosk),
Pindersfields & Pontefract Hospitals NHS Trust (Trusts IT Strategy),
Prime Business Solutions (Relocation to Benham Valance).

2. NETWORK SERVICES AWARDS


Voice and Data Service Provider of the Year

Energis plc,
Fibernet,
Prime Business Solutions

Channel Partner of the Year

NSC Technology,
Data Integration,
Prime Business Solutions

Network Training Company of the Year

Cablenet Training Services Ltd,
Horizon MTS

Network Recruitment Consultancy of the Year

ELAN Computing,
Best International


3. PRODUCT AWARDS


Network Management

Websense Inc (Websense Enterprise V4.2),
Compuware (ECOScope),
CA Computer Associates (NetworkIT 2.0),
Smarts Inc (InCharge Version 4).

Network Troubleshooting/Analysis Tool

Compuware (Application Vantage),
Fluke Networks (NetTool),
HCL Comms (NetBox Network Monitoring Suite),
Phoenix Datacom (Agilent Advisor- Software Edition).

Infrastructure

Foundry Networks (BigIron 15000 Switching Router),
Packeteer (PacketShaper 6500),
Microsoft (Exchange 2000),
Expand Networks (Accelerator 2750).

Web Software

Global Sight (GlobalSight System 3),
Compuware (Application Expert),
Visual Insights (eBizinsights XL),
Microsoft Ltd (BizTalk Server 2000),
Microsoft (Commerce Server 2000).

Web Hardware

Sun Microsystems (Cobalt Qube 3),
3Com (3Com Internet Server),
Packeteer (Packetshaper 1500).

Mobile Communications

Norwood Systems (Enterprise Mobility Release 1.0),
Red-M (3000AS Access Server),
Orange (High Speed Data Service),
Dell (Latitude C800),
Ericsson (R520 GPRS phone with Bluetooth headset).

Storage

Quantum ATL (M1500),
Computer Associates (ARCserve 2000 for Windows NT),
CommVault Systems (Galaxy 3.1),
Hewlett Packard (Ultrium 230),
Overland Data (Libraryxpress Neo Series).

Security Product

Global Secure Services - formerly Global Technology Associates (Private Ark Network Vault),
Netscreen Technologies (Netscreen 1000),
Messagelabs (Skyscan Antivirus),
Network ICE (ICE pac 2.5 Security Suite),
Novell UK (iChain).

Voice Integration

Nortel Networks (Remote Office 9150),
Ezenia! (Ezenia! Interactivity v1.0),
Ambient (Active8).

Networking Innovation

Quantum Bridge (QB5000 Optical ACCESS Switch),
ONI Systems (Online 9000 Optical Transport Platform),
Sun Microsystems (Sun Netra X1 Server),
Packeteer (AppVantage),
Top Layer Networks (AppSwitch 3500).

Best Product of Networks telecom 2001

Riversoft (Version 3 NMOS and Fault Finder),
Hewlett Packard (Procurve 4108),
Aculab (Whirlwind),
Packeteer (AppCelera),
NetScreen Technologies (NetScreen 500),
TopLayer Networks (SecureWatch).


For further information on the award categories, the independent judging panel, the awards sponsors or table reservations, please visit http://ww.networkingawards.com or telephone Mark Lloyd on 01923 330220 or email markl@dial.pipex.com.

Notes to Editors:

(1) Networking Industry Awards 2001 will officially recognise companies, individuals and teams who have made a significant contribution in the voice and data networking market.

(2) Entries have been judged by an independent panel of leading professionals from industry associations, consultancies, corporate user organisations and key editors of supporting publications.

(3) Networks telecom 2001, the UK’s largest and most comprehensive event about network and networked solutions for the IT, telecoms and Internet industry, is being held at the NEC, Birmingham 26th-28th June 2001.

About CMP Europe Ltd

CMP Europe Ltd. has more than 20 years of experience in producing industry leading, business-to-business events and publications that reflect the rapidly changing and diverse market of IT. The Company remains at the forefront of the industry by continuously developing existing events and adding new products to its portfolio. CMP’s current successful events and publications in the UK include Com Europe and Call Centre Focus magazines and Networks telecom, Webcom, GIS, Call Centre Expo and Technology For Marketing events.

CMP Europe Ltd is a leading provider of business to business marketing services and information to the hi-tech markets of IT, electronics and games. The expanding range of events, publications and on-line services benefit from CMP’s strong industry focus and, as part of CMP Media Inc, a unique global and regional reach. CMP Europe was formerly the IT, electronics and games interests of Miller Freeman UK. Further information about CMP Europe can be found at http://www.cmp-europe.com. CMP Media Inc. (http://www.cmp.com) is part of United Business Media, formally United News & Media plc. Further information can be found at http://www.unitedbusinessmedia.com

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