Attendee registration for the Parallels Summit 2009 has surpassed 1000, marking Parallels Summit 2009 as the biggest event in the hosting industry. Sponsors of the Feb 2-4 event in Las Vegas, NV, represent some of the world’s top technology companies including Gold sponsors Intel, Microsoft, and Enom, along with Silver sponsors AMD, OpenSRS, Mesh.eu, ZT Systems, R1Soft, WebhostingDay 2009, Open-Xchange, Cloudmark, Verisign, ePages, InterNetX, Sarito, Acronis, and Global Relay. The annual conference will also include a hands-on technical lab for Parallels solutions, sponsored by HP.
"Parallels Summit 2009 represents a great opportunity for the hosting industry to gather and discuss the evolution of the industry and exchange information on topics such as Cloud Computing, Software as a Service, virtualization and automation and the role we all play in this ecosystem," said Morris Miller, Founder, Rackspace. "Parallels plays a key role in the hosting space and I look forward to the interaction between the world’s top hosters at the Parallels Summit this year."
The event will focus on how end-user organizations can optimize their IT through Cloud Computing, Software as a Service, and the implementation of virtualization and automation technologies. This not only enables businesses of all sizes to reduce their total costs of IT ownership and increase productivity, it also represents strong potential revenue streams for independent software vendors (ISVs), the channel and service providers.
"Cloud computing is emerging as an exciting and energy efficient approach to providing dynamic IT resources," said Bernie Meyerson, VP Strategic Alliances and CTO, IBM. "We are happy to be able to participate in Parallels 2009 Summit to present the path the computing industry has taken to this stage, from the origins of the power challenges to the holistic approach to these problems."
The event is free for Parallels customers, partners and anyone interested in learning more about how virtualization and automation software can optimize their use of technology. In addition to the in-depth product, strategy and insight sessions, attendees are invited to participate in two networking events; an opening reception on Monday night and on Tuesday, and a Parallels Plesk Panel 9.0 Launch Party at Mix Lounge on the famous Las Vegas Strip.
The Parallels Summit 2009 features keynotes by industry leaders and innovators, as well as a panel session entitled "Weathering the Storm: Finding Silver in the Clouds." Speakers include Morris Miller, Founder of Rackspace; Bernie Meyerson, CTO and VP of Strategic Alliances at IBM; Paul Ghostine, VP and GM of the Desktop Virtualization Group, Quest; Dylan Larson, Director of Server Platforms at Intel; Bill McNee, Founder, Saugatuck Technology and Andreas Gauger, Founder of 1&1. Industry expert Micheal Sippey from Sixapart will also be on hand to discuss the advantages and complexities of social media and explain how business and technical professionals can take advantage.
"Cloud Computing is transforming and disrupting the IT industry," said Antonio Piraino, Senior Analyst, Tier 1 Research. "The most meaningful conferences being hosted in the IT sector today should be focusing on the affects that new Cloud Services are having in the market. This is why we participate in focused conferences like Parallels Summit 2009; to ensure that industry peers are collaborating, and that emerging success stories and technologies continue to be assessed, illustrated, and embraced."
"We are pleased to be welcoming such an impressive group of globally recognized industry leaders and innovators to the Parallels Summit 2009," said Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels. "Current economic conditions create unique opportunities for those in the hosting industry with foresight and agility to execute and capture those rewards. Attendees will be given a rare opportunity to network with industry heavyweights and share insights on important computing trends such as cloud computing, virtualization, software as a service, automation, and more."
Please visit parallels.com/summit to register, reserve hotel accommodation or become a sponsor. Hotel availability is limited and rooms are on hold until January 12th, 2009. A detailed agenda of planned sessions and activities is available online.
About Parallels — Optimized Computing
Parallels (parallels.com) is a worldwide leader in virtualization and automation software that optimizes computing for consumers, businesses, and service providers across all major hardware, operating systems, and virtualization platforms. Founded in 1999, Parallels is a fast-growing company with 900 employees in North America, Europe, and Asia.