Industry Leaders Converge to Discuss Next-Gen Networks

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Industry leaders kick-off FutureNet confernce. FutureNet is the premier industry event focusing on the next generation of networks. FutureNet consists of tutorials, standards discussions, case studies.

The leading technology conference held in Boston Massachusetts, FutureNet: MPLS, Ethernet 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 Mike Tighe, Chairman Metro Ethernet Forum, Executive Director of Business Product Strategy who will address Underlying business & IT trends driving the growth of Ethernet and MPLS. Mr. Tighe 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.

Ben Vos, Vice President, Core Technologies, Sprint Nextel is the Wednesday keynote speaker and he'll discuss IMS and The Foundation for Converged Customer Services. This presentation will review the wireline and wireless components of a modern service provider's network, explain how IMS helps enable new functionality within the overall network architecture, and look at mobile data and integrated, managed voice and data services that are being offered right now as a result of the integration of these technologies.

The final day of the conference is divided into two tracks. For Service Providers, sessions include Keynote: The Role of MPLS Technology in the Evolution of 4G Mobile Networks, Doug Hunt, CTO IP Division, Alcatel-Lucent. This presentation examines the role of MPLS technology in the evolution to 4G mobile networks, considering mobile WiMAX as a case study. As mobile operators begin deploying a new generation of services based on mobile WiMAX, they will require the flexibility to support a range of access technologies, with an evolution path to all-IP transport. Issues addressed in this presentation include efficient support for the range of access types, synchronization and timing distribution, and meeting service demands including resiliency and QoS in what is often a multi-technology and multi-provider infrastructure. The presentation considers staged deployment scenarios leading from current-generation mobile network infrastructures to those supporting mobile WiMAX.

Alla Reznik, Group Manager, IP & Ethernet Services, Verizon Business will deliver the Enterprise Keynote: MPLS and VPLS - Deploying Solutions and not just Technology.

Today enterprises are faced with a myriad of networking options, including Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPNs, whereby determining which is the best option can be confusing. How do you know which one is right for your organization? Alla Reznik, will address what companies should know before they build or buy their next-generation network by highlighting two customers using both Layer 2 and 3 VPN services today from Verizon. The session will provide an opportunity for them to share their key business drivers which led to their ultimate networking solutions. They will also share details as to the upsides and potential pitfalls, and what specific applications may have influenced their decisions.

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.

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