Four Day Virtual Conference Highlights Best Practices and New Methodology in Cloud Computing
Atlanta, GA — 4/19/2010
Cloud computing is revolutionizing the marketplace. Billion dollar businesses are being created from the cloud in the likes of Salesforce.com , Amazon and Google and traditional enterprise are struggling to identify how they maximize the value of the cloud and participate in the economic benefits the cloud provides while protecting their vital interests. Trust in the cloud starts with the interaction between the enterprise and the public or private cloud from which they are sending and receiving data. That connectivity today is provided by service providers in a variety of forms such as IP VPNs, MPLS VPNs, Ethernet VLANs, dedicated Ethernet, private Ethernet and private fiber optical connections. FiberLight , as Ben Edmond, EVP and Acting CTO presents in the conference, focuses on transforming the cloud by extending it in a private optical network directly to the customer to mitigate latency, increase availability and ensure best-in-class security.
As more companies deal with the pain of overburdened mainframes and limited storage capacity on network servers, it’s become clear that a better way to store and manage data is needed. Welcome to the world of cloud computing, where shared resources, offsite data storage and access to online applications has become mainstream in enterprise. In September 2009, an Aberdeen Group study found that disciplined companies achieved on average an 18% reduction in their IT budget from cloud computing and a 16% reduction in data center power costs.
“Having a secure path to connect with the cloud is critical to ensure widespread adoption and buy-in from key leadership within an enterprise.” said Ben Edmond. “As a leading provider of end-to-end optical networking solutions, we at FiberLight understand and fully support the secure transport of mission-critical applications for the purposes of business productivity, offsite storage, data replication, disaster recovery and business continuity. Private optical networks create that trust differentiator needed to have enterprise and government clients fully embrace placing their production environment in the cloud, not merely using the cloud as a data storage site. Enterprises achieve high value in cloud projects by having the bandwidth levels for optimal performance, the reliability levels of the data center extended to the network, and having the security of a private optical network; these three factors create a compelling reason to drive more resources to the cloud.”
Mr. Edmond is a guest speaker at this year’s Cloud Lab ’10 Event , being held as an online conference April 19-23. His presentation, Trusted High Capacity Onramps to the Cloud, looks at the reasons why private optical connectivity enables more efficient deployment of cloud-based applications and storage offerings, while addressing interfacing and connecting with the public and private cloud options available.
Ben Edmond joined FiberLight in 2008 as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing and was recently promoted to the role of EVP and Acting CTO. Mr. Edmond manages sales, marketing, product development and IS strategy, design and architecture. Mr. Edmond has more than 15 years experience in the telecommunications industry with a progression of sales, marketing and managerial experiences. He has a Master of Science degree in International Business from St. Louis University and a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from Northeastern University.
FiberLight provides Ethernet, Wavelengths, IP, SONET, and Dark Fiber optical transport network solutions to telecom carriers, government, enterprise, content providers and web centric businesses. FiberLight wholly owns its 500,000 fiber mile network in key growth areas and offers robust metro networks in 21 metros within Georgia, Florida, Washington, D.C., Texas, Virginia and Maryland, as well as Wide Area Networking options at layer 1, 2 and 3 to major commercial hubs throughout the country. Visit FiberLight at www.fiberlight.com . For conference information, visit www.cloudslamevent.com.