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TMCNet:  Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Sonus Among Powerhouse Lineup in ITEXPO Miami Keynote Panels

[January 28, 2013]

Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Sonus Among Powerhouse Lineup in ITEXPO Miami Keynote Panels

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Industry icons debate who will win the enterprise cloud battle and explore growth opportunities for the service provider
NORWALK, CT. - January 28, 2013 - Industry experts will take to the ITEXPO Miami 2013 stage from January 30 to 31 for two keynote panels that will debate what's on tap in cloud computing and to examine opportunities for service providers in the enterprise and consumer markets. The opening keynote on Jan. 30 at 4:00 p.m. features Cisco, Citrix, Gartner, HP, IBM and Microsoft on the panel, 'Battle for the Cloud: The Future of Cloud Computing.'

On Jan. 31 at 10:00 am, experts from Alcatel-Lucent, Firespotter Labs, Ingate, Sansay and Sonus will deliver the keynote panel, 'The Future of Service Providers - Dumb Pipes or Global Leaders.'
ITEXPO Miami 2013, the world's largest and best-attended communications and technology trade show, is held January 30 - February 1, 2013, at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, Florida.
Battle for the Cloud: The Future of Cloud Computing Panelists Include:
  • Cisco: Roberto D. De La Mora, Senior Director of Unified Communications (News - Alert) WW Collaboration Solutions Marketing
  • Citrix: Peder Ulander, Vice President of Product Marketing, Cloud Platforms Group
  • Gartner: Lisa Pierce (News - Alert), Managing Vice President
  • HP: Kiran Bellare, Director of Product Marketing
  • IBM: Mike McCarthy, Vice President of Cloud Computing, IBM Global Technology Services
  • Microsoft: Skip Chilcott, Senior Product Marketing Manager
Keynote Panel Moderated By: TMC Editorial Director Erik Linask

Competition is nothing new to the technology arena - it's what breeds innovation and defines new trends. When new ideas reach the point of becoming disruptive, competition heats up to the point of a tech war, which is where cloud computing has taken the industry. Vendors large and small are making a play in the cloud, and it's profoundly changing how businesses think about, purchase and manage technology.

What does that change mean? How will providers and users alike handle concerns over privacy and security? Where does open source fit into the picture? Does cloud mean the end of local computing completely? TMC's Editorial Director Erik Linask will lead a panel of cloud computing leaders to answer these questions and find out what technologies will dominate the cloud landscape.

The Future of Service Providers - Dumb Pipes or Global Leaders Panelists Include:
  • Alcatel-Lucent: Jason Collins, Vice President of Emerging Technology and Innovation
  • Firespotter Labs: Craig Walker, CEO and Founder
  • Ingate: Steve Johnson (News - Alert), President
  • Sansay: Dave Walters, Vice President of Business Development
  • Sonus: David Tipping, Vice President and General Manager, SBC Business Unit
Keynote Panel Moderated By: TMC Senior Editor Peter Bernstein
In a data-driven world, what will be the role of the network operators? Will they be 'dumb pipe' companies, or will they leverage their unique assets-communications infrastructure, connectivity, market coverage and customer intimacy-to emerge as the hubs of dynamic global ecosystems? New capabilities and services are being developed and delivered to customers in multiple form factors on multiple screens, and developments like virtualization, WebRTC and CDNs further threaten the value of the network operator as a traditional service provider. 
The coming months will require a strategy decision on the part of network owners: Will they cede the high value-added ground to others or succeed in asserting the imperative of their centrality to creating the future? TMC Senior Editor and 35-year veteran of the telecom industry Peter Bernstein will lead this critical discussion with a panel of high-profile vendors with a critical stake to claim in the new service delivery paradigm.
'Our keynote panels are addressing two major concerns for the industry right now: what's next for the cloud and how can service providers adapt and stay relevant to an abundance of new services and capabilities,' said Rich Tehrani, TMC CEO and ITEXPO conference chairman. 'Not only will attendees gain insight into the latest developments and expectations for the IP Communications industry, but they'll hear it from the industry's leading experts. These panels will present best practices and valuable information so that attendees can make better business decisions in 2013 and beyond.'
ITEXPO is proudly supported by Diamond Sponsors: Digium (News - Alert), Telefónica; Platinum Sponsors: AudioCodes, NETXUSA, Interactive Intelligence, Sansay; Gold Sponsors: ADTRAN, Commlogik, 888VoIP, Genesys, Sagemcom, Sangoma, snom, tw telecom, TAQUA, Vitelity, Voxbone, Yealink (News - Alert).
Registration for ITEXPO is now open. Your ITEXPO conference registration also includes access to sessions within the collocated Asterisk World and Cloud4SMB programs. For information about exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities for ITEXPO Miami, contact Joe Fabiano, 203-852-6800 x132 or Maureen Gambino, (203) 852-6800 x109. For media registration, contact Ashley Baster.
For the latest ITEXPO news, updates and information, follow on Twitter at @ITEXPO. Share news of your ITEXPO participation to your audience by distributing announcements, giveaways, relevant press releases, etc. through your social media channels. Contact TMC's Diana Bakowski (203-852-6800 x122) to learn the benefits of joining the social team.

About TMC
TMC is a global, integrated media company that helps clients build communities in print, in person and online. TMC publishes multiple magazines including CUSTOMER, INTERNET TELEPHONY, M2M Evolution and Cloud Computing. TMCnet is read by as many as 1.5 million unique visitors each month, and is the leading source of news and articles for the communications and technology industries. TMC is also the producer of ITEXPO, the world's leading B2B communications event, as well as industry events: M2M Evolution; Cloud4SMB Expo; DevCon5; Super Wi-Fi Summit, CVx; Asterisk World; StartupCamp, and more. Visit TMC Events for a complete listing and further information.
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