IDG World Expo Announces Comprehensive Enterprise IT Conferences and Solution Showcase ; OpenSource World, Next Generation Data Center and CloudWorld Co-locate to Cover the Full Spectrum of Enterprise Technologies

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – March 12, 2009 – LinuxWorld Conference & Expo® is expanding to become OpenSource World™ and is co-locating with Next Generation Data Center™ and CloudWorld™ to offer an end-to-end view of enterprise technology within the data center, IDG World Expo announced today. These events, scheduled for August 12-13, 2009, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, will provide comprehensive technology conferences with an IT solution showcase element.

From cost-effective open source solutions and data center tools to cloud computing strategies, these events will cover the full spectrum of integrated, enterprise technologies aimed at increasing data center efficiency and reducing costs. Qualified IT professionals will get an in-depth look at key technology trends, as well as a chance to meet face-to-face with vendors who offer the best solutions for their unique needs. Attendees will include: IT directors and managers; IT architects; line-of-business managers; system administrators; and, corporate developers seeking innovative, real-world solutions to meet technology needs across the data center.

“The IT marketplace is changing, particularly given the current economic climate. Evolving LinuxWorld to OpenSource World and co-locating it with Next Generation Data Center and CloudWorld creates an efficiency that maximizes productivity for both our attendees and exhibitors,” said Mary Dolaher, chief executive officer of IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows and events. “These events enable IT professionals to network and share best practices with their peers, meet the vendors creating the next generation of enterprise tools, and receive hands-on training to implement cost-effective strategies to increase performance, flexibility and scalability in their data centers.”

Conference program track highlights will include: Enterprise Application Infrastructure; Deployment and Management; Open Source in Mobile; Security; Virtualization; Data Center Applications; Enterprise Storage; and, Cloud Applications and Infrastructure.

”LinuxWorld and Next Generation Data Center have been go-to events for IT professionals for years,” said Jeffrey M. Kaplan, conference chairman for CloudWorld and managing director at THINKstrategies, Inc. “Co-locating with CloudWorld in 2009 will make this one of the most comprehensive technology conference programs. The sessions and content that will be covered at CloudWorld will provide valuable information and insight to help companies develop their cloud computing strategies and capitalize on the business benefits of this exciting new platform.”

To learn more about these events, visit: http://www.opensourceworld.com. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Amy Bonner at abonner@idgworldexpo.com or (508) 424-4892.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) is a leading producer of tradeshows and events for professionals and consumers seeking world-class education, strategic business relationships, and access to industry-leading products and services. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo®, Electronic Entertainment Expo® (E3 Expo®), Next Generation Data Center™ (NGDC™), OpenSource World™, CloudWorld™ and REVEAL Los Angeles…The Fashion & Design Event™. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

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