IDG's InfoWorld Names Top Technologies Impacting IT in 2004; Annual Technology of the Year Awards Honor 19 Innovative Solutions

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Jan. 6, 2004 -- InfoWorld Media Group, the provider of in-depth analysis of enterprise technology and strategies through its integrated online, print, research, and events channels, announced the recipients of its 2004 Technology of the Year honors. Results appear in the January 5 edition of InfoWorld and are also available online at: "This year looks to be brighter for IT -- budgets are thawing and innovation is in the air," said Steve Fox, InfoWorld's editor-in-chief. "Our annual awards highlight the passing year's key IT trends and unveil our Test Center analysts' picks for the most innovative and effective products in 2004."

InfoWorld's 2004 Technology of the Year award winners include:


Best Server Hardware: HP ProLiant DL760 G2
Best Server Blade System: RLX ServerBlade 2800i and System 600ex
Best Systems Management Solution: Vieo 1000 v1.1
Best Operating System: Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther)
Best Application Server: IBM WebSphere Application Server 5.0


Best Networking Hardware: Extreme Black Diamond 6808
Best Wireless LAN Solution: Vernier IS-6500p


Best SAN Solution: IBM TotalStorage SAN Integration Server
Best SAN Switch: Maxxan MXV320
Best NAS Solution: HP StorageWorks NAS b3000
Best Storage Management Software: Fujitsu Softek Automated Storage


Best Development Tool: Eclipse 2.1


Best Analytics/Reporting Solution: Iteration Real-time Reporting Suite


Best Hosted Application: Winter '04
Best Web Services Integration Solution: Grand Central Business 
 Services Network


Best Enterprise Collaboration Platform: IBM Lotus Notes/Domino 6.5
Best Team Collaboration Platform: Groove Workspace 2.5


Best Network Security Product: Niksun NetDetector
Best Application Security Product: KaVaDo InterDo 3.0

InfoWorld's annual Technology of the Year awards identify significant technologies of the past year that promise to make the greatest impact on enterprise IT strategies, and honor the products that best exemplify the implementation of those technologies. The Technology of the Year awards are not open to outside nominations; only products reviewed by InfoWorld's Test Center during the previous year are eligible. The final selections are made by InfoWorld's Test Center analysts and editors.

About InfoWorld Media Group

For 25 years, InfoWorld Media Group has provided cutting-edge coverage and evaluation of IT products and services for technology experts in senior management. Through integrated channels including print, online, event, and demand generation, InfoWorld reaches the most influential senior-level information technologists -- those who drive their enterprises' strategies and technology purchases. Powered by a continued investment in an independent Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide both hands-on analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging technologies and products. Visit InfoWorld at

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InfoWorld Media Group is a division of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 300 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at

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