Future-Net 2009 to Focus on MPLS, Ethernet and Beyond

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Keynotes, Tutorials and Conference to Address Key Future Communications Services

Future-Net, produced by Tradeshow Management Services (TMS), today announced the leading technology conference returns to Boston for Future-Net 2009. The event will be held May 4-7 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, MA. Registration is now open at http://www.futurenetexpo.com.

Future-Net is both an educational conference and an exhibition. Over its nine year history, Future-Net has become the preferred learning venue in enterprise and consumer communications services, including MPLS and Ethernet, voice and SIP trunking, 3G/4G wireless, and network and application performance management.

This year's keynote reflects that tradition and includes Dennis Kruse, Chairman, Metro Ethernet Forum, who will address Carrier Ethernet Interconnect in the opening track, MPLS & Ethernet: Present and Future. The presentation examines this new Global Interconnect phase impacting enterprises, regional and global service providers. Topics include the cost savings of Carrier Ethernet to Service Provider interconnection, alignment of services classes, automated management and monitoring, together with simplification and standardization of provisioning, assurance and billing process. Mr. Kruse will be followed by a half day of presentations covering two areas, Carrier Futures: Wireless and Mobility, and Enterprise Solutions for Green IT and Collaboration.

John Day, Internet evangelist and adjunct at Boston University will keynote the Next Generation Internet & WAN Services Architecture track on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, where he will discuss The Internet Address Crisis Just Went to Defcon 5. This presentation looks at options to address IP address depletion, including IPV6 and the loc/id concept, and the challenges they face.

Future-Net will also feature a day of tutorials, which will examine the following topics:

  • Telecom Navigator Workshop - Nemertes Research
  • Which MVPN Option to Deploy - Cisco and AT&T
  • MEF Carrier Ethernet Workshop - Metro Ethernet Forum
  • IP/MPLS in the Mobile Radio Access Network (RAN) - IP/MPSL Forum
  • MPLS Inter-Carrier Interconnect (MPLS-ICI) - IP/MPLS Forum
  • MPLS in the Access - IP/MPLS Forum

Broadening its focus this year, Future-Net explores issues such as network neutrality, service-provider/enterprise demarcation, international challenges, and new triple and quadruple play offerings. The conference will continue its focus on both technical and business issues in all of these areas with a target audience of enterprises, service providers, and vendors in the communications services arena.

Conference sessions cover the following categories:

  • Transport Architecture & Service Evolution: Enterprises
  • Transport Architecture & Service Evolution: Service Providers
  • Operations and Management: Enterprises
  • Operations and Management: Service Providers
  • Real-Time Voice/Video Services
  • Security Approaches
  • Service Provider Resiliency Strategies
  • VPLS, T-MPLS, BB-TE/801.1Qay, and Ethernet
  • Wireless Services

The Future-Net 2009 exhibition floor will feature enterprise communications equipment suppliers and service providers in one location. This provides attendees the opportunity to meet with leading vendors to solve their networking needs. The list of Future-Net 2009 sponsors is still growing and currently includes Ipanema Technologies, Packet Design, Qwest, Netformx, Optelian, RAD Data Communications, WANDL, and Telco Systems. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Richard Vendola, 508.790.4751, or rvendola(at)futurenetexpo.com.

About Future-Net
Future-Net 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. Future-Net is simply the premier industry event focusing on the next generation of networks. Future-Net 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. For more information, visit http://ww.futurenetexpo.com.

About Conference Director
Irwin Lazar is Vice President of Communications Research 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.

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