Industry Leaders Converge for Next-Gen Networks

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Industry visionaries Dr. Stuart Elby, VP, Network Architecture of Verizon and Distinguished Engineer of Juniper Networks, Dr. Yakov Rekhter's lead an impressive list of keynote speakers, panelists, and industy leaders at Futurenet Expo April 30-May 3 in New York City.

The leading technology conference held in New York City, FutureNet: MPLS, VPLS and Beyond attracts industry leaders as keynote speakers. FutureNet Expo features sessions to help enterprises and service providers stay at the forefront of the telecommunication and IP network transformation.

The opening keynote features industry visionary Dr. Stuart Elby, VP, Network Architecture, Verizon. Dr Elby will be followed by a half day of presentations dealing with MPLS Present & Future then the balance of the sessions for the first day will address The Great Ethernet Debate.

Distinguished Engineer of Juniper Networks Dr. Yakov Rekhter's is the Wednesday keynote speaker and he'll discuss Next Generation Multicast in RFC2547 VPNs This presentation describes a new solution to supporting multicast in 2547 VPNs. This solution follows the same architecture, and uses the same mechanisms as the unicast 2547 VPNs. Dr. Yakov Rekhter's keynote is followed by programs that cover New Service Opportunities: Fixed Mobile Convergence Triple and Quadruple+A11 play and the afternoon sessions will focuses on Security, Encryption and Privacy.

The final day of the conference is divided into two tracks. For Service Providers, sessions include Keynote: Profiting from Convergence. Defining Growth Paths for Telecom Service Providers by Salvador Arias, Strategy Partner, IBM; After two decades of false dawn, the telecom industry is showing real signs of converging with the IT, electronics and media. Convergence of communications networks, devices and content is enabling service providers to deliver new converged services (voice, data, video and applications) over a single Internet protocol (IP) network. Offering the potential of revenue growth and capex and opex savings, convergence looks set to re-shape the telecom industry over the next decade.

With their network expertise and established customer relationships, telecom providers are uniquely positioned to profit from convergence. But do telcos really understand convergence? What are the implications? What is the customer demand for converged services? How do service providers respond to the demand? What challenges need to be addressed by operators to benefit from the converged landscape? What are the network and technology implications? And what might the winning business models look like?

This study considers these and other key convergence issues and draws upon recent examples of telecom provider plays in the convergence space, supported by senior telecom executive research conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EiU) for IBM.

The study concludes with an assessment of the implications of convergence for a range of established and new business models.

Brett Theiss, Director of Product Management, New Edge Networks, An Earthlink Company will deliver the Enterprise Keynote, Shifting the Network Paradigm. Brett will review the convergence of applications over a network is causing paradigm shifts from traditional carrier approaches and customer expectations from their providers. New networks are increasingly complex and require carriers to coordinate work beyond the "demarc" point. Customers are turning to their network providers to ensure all their LAN applications perform as expected over their new blended WAN; customer and application- centric SLA's are emerging; truly strategic partnership relationships between enterprise and provider will be imperative in the new network era. How providers respond will help build customer acceptance of networks and overall market growth as well as individual provider success. In this session, both service providers and enterprises will hear about real-life experiences from innovative networking approaches that are stimulating more customer acceptance and value for providers.

About FutureNet
FutureNet is the evolution of MPLScon from a standalone conference on MPLS and VPN technology to an enhanced and expanded conference and expo focusing on next generation networks and technologies. FutureNet is simply the premier industry event focusing on the next generation of networks. FutureNet consists of tutorials, standards discussions, case studies and vendor presentations to provide a single place where those involved in developing, deploying, managing and marketing business data and voice services can converge.

About Conference Director
Irwin Lazar is a Principal Analyst & Program Director, Convergence & Collaboration at Nemertes Research, where he develops and manages research projects, conducts strategic seminars, and advises key clients. His background is in network operations, engineering, voice-data convergence, and IP telephony. A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Mr. Lazar is responsible for benchmarking the adoption and use of emerging technologies in the enterprise.

About Nemertes
Nemertes specializes in analyzing and quantifying the business value of emerging technologies. Nemertes selects technical and business issues to research based on input from our clients and benchmarks participants. http://www.nemertes.com

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