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ITW: An Informal Recap of A Carrier-Class & Service Provider Industry Event

Anthony Rossabi
May 24, 2013

Telx recently attended and was also a 2013 sponsor of the ITW (International Telecoms Week) conference held May 13-15 in Chicago. ITW is an annual meet point for the telecommunications community and offers various networking opportunities through meeting rooms, an integrated exhibit and bilateral table area, numerous breakfasts, lunches and cocktail receptions, and provides a wide range of conference sessions for attendees to benefit from.

The historically well-attended event brings together global service providers — in this case from Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas (North and Latin) — to discuss optimizing their global carrier services through strategic partnerships with their peers. In my time there I discovered representatives from wireless and traditional landline services to data centers offering a myriad of service options from multiple providers.

In addition to all of the networking opportunities, Telx’s SVP of Cloud Services, Joe Weinman, was a panelist on the topic, “What’s Next For the Networked Data Center,” which discussed the infusion and enablement of cloud in the data center.

The distinguished panel, which included a group of industry subject matter experts, examined trends impacting the intersection of carriers and data centers leading to a new type of distributed computing fabric. This included a broad range of cloud providers, enterprises, mobile and wireline network service providers, and other ecosystem players such as financial intermediaries, and virtual network operators. It also featured some interesting and insightful discussions between attendees and panelists.

For the event itself, I had the following take-aways:

➢ There continues to be trending toward a broad range of various service providers, whether it is the traditional carriers, the “over-the-top” players or enterprises seeking carrier-dense facilities with a number of different options for landline connectivity;

➢ There continues to be a demand from carriers for lower-latency paths, dispersing their PoPs around our (in this case Telx-specific facilities) in order to be closer to their customer base; and

➢ We believe these parallel paths will continue to extend to the enterprise vertical and will lead to significant growth for the foreseeable future.

Overall, this was a successful conference and I look forward to returning to future ITW related events where I will I have the opportunity to interact with industry leaders and experts.

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