Ziff Davis Virtual Tradeshow to Highlight Disk-to-Disk Backup and Recovery

New York, NY - December 4, 2006 -- Ziff Davis announced today that it will present a virtual trade show titled "Disk-to-Disk Backup and Recovery," to be held Wednesday, December 6-doors "open" online at 9:00 a.m. EST and opening remarks begin at 10:00 a.m. EST. The half-day, live, interactive event, sponsored by Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) and Network Appliance (NASDAQ: NTAP), will focus on the shift of system and network backup technology from tape to disk and how organizations of all sizes can-and do-benefit today from this maturing technology.

The Ziff Davis Virtual Tradeshow will feature keynote presentations from Stephanie Balaouras, senior storage analyst at Forrester Research; Patrick Rogers, vice president of Product and Alliances Marketing at Network Appliance; and Rick Huebsch, vice president NetBackup product line at Symantec. The event highlights findings from the storage industry's first annual survey of worldwide adoption trends and satisfaction with current data-protection technologies. The Forrester study, commissioned by NetApp and Symantec, is based on interviews with 400 IT decision makers from around the world. The study reports on emerging best practices of combining disk-based backup and tape-based solutions for enterprise data protection. The paper will be available to all Ziff Davis Virtual Tradeshow attendees.

"It's exciting to track the evolution of a technology that has such a big impact on IT," said Michael Krieger, vice president, Ziff Davis Market Experts. "Dealing with the shrinking backup window has been a huge challenge for IT shops large and small, and this virtual trade show really demonstrates how disk-based solutions have moved into the mainstream and offer real benefits today."

Global enterprises want and need to understand how-and why-their peers worldwide are moving to disk-to-disk data protection. Here are some of the questions and answers that the Forrester survey and the virtual trade show participants will interactively address in detail:

  • The prevalence of disk-based data protection.
    Disk-based data-protection technologies have officially graduated from an emerging market phase to an expanding phase for both data center and remote office data protection.
  • The "why" behind which disk-based data-protection technologies are most widely adopted.
    Disk-based data-protection technologies, such as conventional disk, virtual tape, snapshot replication, and continuous data protection (CDP), have been deployed at varying levels and for different reasons.
  • The key drivers behind the increasing adoption of disk-based data protection.
    Disk-based data-protection solutions are helping users achieve their desired backup and recovery service levels.

In addition to keynote addresses from Forrester, NetApp, and Symantec, there will be breakout seminars and an expert panel exploring the various ways disk-based data-protection technologies can be applied in both the data center and remote office. Participants will hear from industry analysts, real-world users, expert moderators, and executives from the vendor community about real-world benefits of disk-based backup and recovery solutions.

"This event will provide customers with important information explaining why companies are deploying disk-based data-protection solutions in their existing tape environments," said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Products and Alliances at Network Appliance. "It will also explain how NetApp and Symantec can help IT decision makers bring the benefits of disk-to-disk backup and recovery to their own organizations with a range of tightly integrated disk-based data-protection solutions."

"Ziff Davis continues to innovate in virtual trade shows, with events relating to timely topics. In fact, Ziff Davis Media won the highest gold award from Folio Magazine as the best online event in 2005 for its Security Solutions Virtual Tradeshow," said Martha Schwartz, senior vice president, Ziff Davis Custom Solutions Group. "This Disk-to-Disk Virtual Tradeshow is the first of its kind, providing attendees a unique way to educate themselves on this topic while interacting with experts in the field in real time."

About Ziff Davis Media Inc.
Ziff Davis Media Inc. (
www.ziffdavis.com) is a leading integrated media company serving the technology and videogame markets. Ziff Davis reaches over 28 million people a month through its portfolio of 32 websites, 7 award-winning magazines, and hundreds of consumer and b-to-b events, as well as business IT tools, custom publishing, and direct marketing services. The company is headquartered in New York and also has offices and labs in San Francisco and Boston. The Company exports its brands internationally in 45 countries and 17 languages.

About Network Appliance
Network Appliance is a world leader in unified storage solutions for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992, Network Appliance has delivered technology, product, and partner firsts to simplify data management. Information about Network Appliance™ solutions and services is available at www.netapp.com.

About Symantec
Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.

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Ziff Davis Media Inc.
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Network Appliance, Inc.
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Symantec Corp.
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