3 November 2011

Technology movers & shakers are converging on Phuket, Thailand, for year’s NetEvents APAC Summit

The two hottest pre-IPO companies from Silicon Valley – plus top execs from HP, Brocade, Extreme, Bluecoat and more – make NetEvents APAC 2011 Summit THE place to network on 16/17th November

2011’s been a topsy-turvy year for the IT industry, with both the promises and the threats of The Cloud looming over us, with smart-phones toppling governments, Wiki-leaks undermining PR campaigns, a revival of interest in Software Defined Networks and the passing of Steve Jobs, patron saint of user friendly IT…

Time to take a deep breath, and spend a couple of day’s quality time mixing with the best brains in the business and finding out what to prepare for in 2012… for that is what the NetEvents APAC Summit in Phuket is all about.

There will be top executives from HP, Extreme and Brocade’s Silicon Valley offices there, plus MEF President Nan Chen and key players from many others including SourceFire, Fortinet, BlueCoat and Bluecat to name just a few.

Which are the two “hottest” pre-IPO networking companies in Silicon Valley right now? Most would name Palo Alto Networks and Arista Networks – and we have top execs from BOTH companies attending NetEvents and featuring:

· Palo Alto’s official main launch in to the APAC market, headed by serial entrepreneur Nir Zuk who invented the Firewall when at CheckPoint, then created the world’s first Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) and is now leading his latest start-up company into a radical new approach to security

· Arista Networks, it’s also their formal APAC press launch. Co-founded by industry legend Andy Bechtolsheim (founder and Chief Architect of Sun and the guy that wrote Google’s initial seed fund cheque of $100,000 – according to Wikipedia, this turned in to $1.7 billion) and former Cisco #2 Jayshree Ullal (voted among the “Top 50 most influential people in networking”). Jayshree is President & CEO of Arista and VP of Marketing Douglas Gourlay will be joining us in Phuket - he’s a terrific public speaker!

So what more’s in store for the lucky attendees? As well as two days rubbing shoulders with the industry’s movers and shakers in the relaxed yet focused environment of a world-class hotel, there’s an outstanding conference programme including the following highlights:

· Opening keynote from Nir Zuk followed by Q&A session on new thinking to keep ahead of modern malware

· Follow up debate on defending the enterprise from new-generation cyber attacks, chaired by Tim Dillon, AVP Asia Pacific End User & Mobility Research, IDC

· A ‘Quick Fire’ crystal ball shootout when we challenge the analysts to come up with their hottest predictions

· Ian Keene, Vice President, Gartner, challenging industry greats Arista, Brocade, Extreme Networks and HP to fight “Head 2 Head” for a major virtualization contract

· “Ethernet's role in the Cloud” debate chaired by Matt Walker, Principal Analyst, Ovum

· A debate on the implications of the trend from desktop to smart handheld devices, lead by Tim Dillon, IDC

Last but not least we have the acclaimed NetEvents speaker John McHugh, Brocade’s Chief Marketing Officer. Voted among the world’s “Top 50 most influential people in networking” when running HP Networking Worldwide and growing their business from around $20M to well over a $billion during his tenure, John faces the challenging task of rounding off the year 2011 – and a year of NetEvents Summits – by distilling some really sound practical advice for the coming year – not to forget some of his perceptive (as well as provocative!) predictions for 2012.

With the opportunity to quiz these top executives in front of their competitors on-stage, as well as sitting down in small groups of individually schedules briefings, plus shared hospitality events and quality time together in comfortable surroundings… what more can we say but:

“NetEvents APAC Summit – be there or get lost in the Cloud!”

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