SOURCE: Blade.org

May 12, 2008 08:00 ET

Blade.org Technology Symposium 2008 Identifies Seven Key Trends That Will Influence IT

The Future of Technology Explored by APC, BLADE Network Technologies, Brocade, Devon IT, Emulex, IBM, Intel, NetApp, NetXen, QLogic, VirtenSys and VMware

MEDIA REGISTRATION: Press and Analysts Are Welcome. To Confirm Your Attendance Please Contact pr@blade.org

PISCATAWAY, NJ--(Marketwire - May 12, 2008) - Blade.org, the industry consortium driving innovation in blade-based solutions, announced the Blade.org Technology Symposium 2008 -- a one-day forum on Thursday, June 19 at Bridgewaters in New York City -- to explore the seven key innovations that are expected to influence the future of technology.

Blade.org Technology Symposium will convene Blade.org member companies, end users and stakeholders to explore the top seven trends that are shaping the future of blade server-powered data centers: virtualization, dynamic IT, power and cooling, security, networking, storage, and microprocessing and memory. The first-annual symposium will feature guidance on where technology is headed from technical executives and senior technologists at APC, BLADE Network Technologies, Brocade, Devon IT, Emulex, IBM, Intel, NetApp, NetXen, QLogic, VirtenSys and VMware as well as a panel of visionary end user adopters of advanced data center and blade server technologies.

WHAT:  Blade.org Technology Symposium 2008
       http://www.blade.org/2008tech_symposium/index.cfm
WHO:   Blade server ecosystem vendors and end users present to an audience
       of CIOs, data center architects, facilities managers, investors
       and media.
WHEN:  Thursday, June 19 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
WHERE: Bridgewaters, 11 Fulton St., New York, NY
WHY:   Gain insights unavailable elsewhere into the top seven innovations
       shaping the way blades specifically and technology in general will
       be used in the years ahead; capitalize on these innovations.

"Blade infrastructures are maturing to address the most pressing issues that trouble CIOs, data center architects and facilities managers with emerging technologies for virtualization, converged I/O and networks, solid-state storage and systems management for power and cooling," said Dr. Tom Bradicich, IBM Fellow and vice president Systems Technology, IBM rack, blade, and x86 servers. "As the popularity of blade solutions skyrockets, the Blade.org Technology Symposium offers revealing technical insights and the opportunity for end users and vendors to collaborate. The goal is to ensure that blade infrastructures increase the contribution of IT to the success of the business."

Blade.org Technology Symposium future looking presentations will cover topics including:

--  Data Center Deployments: End user insights on data center best
    practices.
--  Close-coupled™ Cooling: A new concept for data center heat
    rejection.
--  I/O Virtualization: Advances in hypervisors that significantly reduce
    virtualization overhead.
--  Desktop Consolidation: Architecture, scalability, power savings and
    multimedia delivery using blade servers to consolidate desktops.
--  Embedded Virtualization: The radical miniaturization of virtualization
    platforms for high density, enhanced security and increased reliability.
--  Data Center Concerns: Reducing data center complexity by leveraging
    new blade server architectures and I/O connectivity for improved access to
    data storage.
--  10 Gigabit Ethernet: Server I/O fabric convergence for lossless, low-
    latency, low-power, and low-cost data networking, storage and clustering
    with a focus on Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).
--  Converged Data Center Infrastructures: Drivers for a new age of data
    center fabrics.
--  Processor and Memory Trends: Demand for new data center efficiencies
    and virtualization drives the need for lower-power, more dense servers.
    

Blade.org Technology Symposium 2008 will be rich in technical insights from leading IT industry technologists about how to best prepare for and leverage the next wave of technology innovation and will include an end user panel to provide real-life examples of successes and challenges. The day-long event will be fast-paced, concentrated and revealing. Contact info@blade.org to request an invitation to attend. Press and analysts are welcome. For more information, visit http://www.blade.org/2008tech_symposium/index.cfm.

About Blade.org

Blade.org is a collaborative vendor and end-user community focused on accelerating the development and adoption of blade server solutions. The organization provides leadership to the blade market and fosters a thriving industry ecosystem focused on delivering valuable solutions to blade computing customers. For more information, visit http://www.blade.org.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Zee Zaballos
    ZNA Communications
    +1.831.425.1581, ext. 201
    pr@blade.org