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24 June 2003 NEC Hilton Hotel, Birmingham, UK.

London, 16 June, 2003. After weeks of debate and deliberation, the judges have announced the finalists of the 10th Networking Industry Awards 2003 and the inaugural LinuxUser & Developer Awards.

The Networking Industry Awards, organised by CMP Information in conjunction with Networks for Business 2003, will be presented at a Gala Awards dinner on Tuesday 24th June 2003 at the NEC Hilton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham, UK. The Linux Awards, in association with LinuxUser & Developer magazine, will also be presented at the Gala Awards dinner at the same time.

The Networking Industry Awards, judged by an independent panel of leading professionals within the networking industry, recognise the success of those companies leading the way in the voice and data networking market. The Linux Awards recognise the very best in the fields of Linux hardware, software, embedded systems and ISPs, with special awards for Corporate Contribution to Linux and Individual Contribution to Linux.

This year's finalists are as follows:

Network Professional of the Year
Bryan Thomas, Senior Consultant, Parallel
Ian Thomas, Consulting Engineer, Cisco Systems

Network Team of the Year
Ballymena Council Wireless LAN Project Team, Black Box Network Services
Cisco Systems, Cisco Systems

Network Project of the Year
Cap Gemini Ernst & Young: European Network & Security Management Centre
Foundry Networks: London Internet Exchange (LINX)
GFI Informatics Ltd: Chichester District Council
Omnetica: Cazenove ¡V ¡¦20 Moorgate¡¦
Telewest Broadband PLC: IP VPN with MPLS

Network Service Provider of the Year
Cable & Wireless
Thus PLC
Vanco PLC
Network Training Company of the Year
CableNet Training Service Ltd
Cisco Systems

NEW TECHNOLOGY AWARDS, sponsored by Mayflex
Best use of High Speed Technology
Cisco Systems: 51 Degrees ¡V broadband for London (
Foundry Networks: London Internet Exchange (LINX)
Telewest Broadband PLC: Fibre Services
Telewest Broadband PLC: Interactive nVOD Barker Channel

Best use of Wireless LAN Technology
3Com: 3Com installation with at Barney¡¦s Bar and Restaurant
BT Mobility: BT Openzone

SAN Product of the Year
EMC2 Computer Systems (UK) Ltd, Symmetrix DMX
Cisco Systems, Cisco MDS 9509
Nishan Systems, IPS 3300 Multiprotocol IP Storage Switch
Brocade Communications UK Ltd, SilkWorm 12000 Core Fabric Switch
Veritas Software Corporation, Veritas SAN Point Control Version 3.5
QLogic, SAN Connectivity Kit 2000

NAS Product of the Year
EMC2 Computer Systems (UK) Ltd, EMC Celerra NS600
Ingrasys Technololgy Inc, NAStorage 8100

Storage Management Product of the Year
Veritas Software Corporation, Veritas Backup Exec 9.0 Windows Server
DataCore Software, SANsymphony 5.1
EMC2 Computer Systems (UK) Ltd, EMC Control Centre Automated Resource Manager V5.1

Network Management Product of the Year
Websense, Websense Enterprise Verion 5
Vector Networks Ltd, PC-Duo Enterprise v2.0
LANDesk Software Inc, LANDesk Management Suite 6.62

Network Troubleshooting/Analysis Product of the Year
Fluke Networks, OptiView Wireless Network Analyzer
Phoenix DataCom/Agilent Network, Agilent Network Troubleshooting Center

NETWORK CABLING INFRASTRUCTURE AWARDS, supported by Network Cabling News and sponsored by BICSI Cabling Association.
Network Cabling Installation of the Year
Bailey Telecom, Manchester 2002
MiTech, Systemax / Misco Structured Cabling, Telephony, Contact Centre System
Comunica plc, HSBC Group

Network Cabling Product of the Year
3Com, 3Com Network Jack

Firewall Product of the Year
Cisco Systems, Firewall Service Module (FWSM)
Fortinet Inc, FortiGate Antivirus Firewall
Secure Computing Corporation, Sidewinder G2
Symantec, Symantec Enterprise Firewall 7.0

IDS Product of the Year
Cisco Systems, Cisco IDS 4250-XL
Entercept Security Technologies, Entercept 4.0
NetScreen Technologies Inc, NetScreen-IDP 500
Symantec, Symantec ManHunt

Anti-Virus Product of the Year
Sybari Software Inc, Antigen 7.0
Trend Micro, OfficeScan Corporate Edition

Infrastructure Product of the Year
Hewlett Packard Limited, HP ProCurve Switch 5372xl
Cisco Systems, Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Multilayer Switch
PowerDsine, Midspan Hub 6012

Most Innovative Product of the Year
PowerDsine, PowerDSine 6000 Range**
Cellglide, Cellglide GPRS Mobile Traffic Shaper
Mutiny Ltd, The Toshiba Network Monitor with Mutiny Onboard

Wireless Networking Product of the Year
Cisco Systems, Aironet 1200
ip.access Ltd, nanoBTS
Global Secure Systems Ltd, Vernier Networks IS 6500 Integrated System
Global Secure Systems Ltd, Air Magnet Duo a/b

The six categories and shortlisted products for the Linux Awards are:
Best Linux Software
Knoppix 3.0 Office
Best Linux Hardware
SGI Altix 3000
Apple iBook/PowerBook
Xinit Sharq SPS440

Best Embedded Linux System
MontaVista/Mitsubishi Wakamaru
Open Brick
Sharp Zaurus

Best Linux ISP
Positive Internet

Corporate Contribution to Linux

Individual Contribution to Linux
Alan Cox
Jon 'maddog' Hall
Richard M Stallman

For further information on the awards, or to purchase tickets for the Gala Awards dinner, please visit or call Mark Lloyd on 01923 330220.


Notes to Editor:

About Networks for Business
Networks for Business (formerly networks telecom europe 2002) was held in Halls 17-20 at the Birmingham NEC, UK. It ran from 25th-27th June 2002. Over 190 exhibitors and 11,559 people (ABC Audited) attended the event. Further information can be found at

About LinuxUser & Developer Expo ¡V The Linux Zone @ Networks for Business
LinuxUser & Developer Expo ¡V The Linux Zone @ Networks for Business is a brand new zone that will bring together some of the brightest minds in the open source movement, leading vendors and IT purchasers to provide the UK¡¦s definitive Linux forum. It will take place at the Birmingham NEC from 24-26 June 2003. For further information and registration, visit

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