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NETWORK WORLD AND LEADING INDUSTRY EXPERTS FORM ALLIANCE FOR REAL-WORLD PRODUCT TESTING

 FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Network World, the premier networking trade publication, today announced the establishment of the Network World Test Alliance. The alliance brings together some of the industry's leading authorities on network technology to provide readers with a new level of rigorous product testing under demanding, real-world conditions.
 By investing resources in comprehensive real-world testing, the alliance will be focused on addressing the kinds of performance issues that cannot be measured in a laboratory environment alone.
 Members of the alliance include Harvard University's Network Device Laboratory; the International Computer Security Association; Focus Software Inc.; and TeleChoice, Inc.
 During 1993, members of the Network World Test Alliance will undertake a series of real-world tests of internetworking systems, network software, security tools and other products and technologies that will be documented in in-depth feature articles in Network World.
 "Our goal in establishing the alliance was to form a partnership with some of the industry's foremost experts on enterprise networks," explained John Gallant, Network World's editor. "Together we will bring their knowledge of technology to bear on common issues our readers deal with on a daily basis," he added.
 "One of our most important jobs is to help readers make informed buying decisions," noted Network World Features Editor Charles Bruno. "Comprehensive product testing is a critical component in our editorial coverage. Network users need to know how products perform in real- world, enterprise network environments. The Network World Test Alliance will help us provide that kind of insight."
 Under the auspices of Scott Bradner, consultant with Harvard University's Office of Information Technology in Cambridge, Mass., Harvard's Network Device Test Lab will work with Network World on interoperability testing of internetwork equipment, such as multiprotocol routers. Bradner is an authority on internetworking technologies and a recognized expert on testing of internetwork products.
 The International Computer Security Association, based in Washington D.C., is a forum for users and vendors to exchange information on security issues and computer virus activity. Its mission is to help LAN users improve the security of their systems, reduce the threat of viruses and ensure data integrity. Dr. David Stang, noted author as well as founder and research director of the association, will oversee the development and writing of the monthly test series.
 Focus Software, the New Hampshire-based network integration and consulting services firm. will evaluate and test network software. Under the direction of Dr. Ugo Gagliardi, its founder and president, Focus will conduct a battery of tests on networked-based applications to explore users' interoperability needs. Gagliardi holds a chair at Harvard University as a Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Engineering.
 TeleChoice is a Montclair, N.J.-based consultancy specializing in strategic planning and analysis of intelligent networks, services and applications. Spearheaded by Daniel Briere, president, who is also a contributing editor of Network World, TeleChoice will bring their years of experience in wide-area networking to evaluate equipment and services used in voice and data networks.
 Network World, established in 1986, is the national newspaper of enterprise network strategies. Network World is the fastest growing newsweekly in the networking market, providing information on network products and services including managing the enterprise network for corporate competitive advantage. Network World is published by Network World Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG).
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 /CONTACT: Evilee Thibeault of Network World, 508-875-6400; Stephanie Kellar of Rourke & Company, 617-267-0042 (ext. 330), for Network World/


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