As we look forward to holding our Fall Packet Optical Networking Conference (PONC) in Monza Italy (November 14 and 15, 2012), our thoughts go back to the Spring event earlier this year. Over 150 customers from more than 50 companies attended the PONC in Richardson Texas – a 50% increase over 2011, and we’re expecting another terrific turnout in Italy. The theme in Richardson was Convergence, referring to the elimination of layers (whether those are IP or optical layers), the elimination of interconnects between those layers, and simplifying operations. Our attendees therefore had an early view – a peek “behind the curtain” if you will -- on the concepts and technologies that were key components of the recent Cisco Elastic Core solution announcement which featured our new nLight technology.
Since our customers consistently ask us for ways to reduce cost and simplify their network, we’ll continue the “Convergence” theme in Monza. There are very few companies that can bring all those pieces together to address this challenge in the way that Cisco can and attendees will learn compelling insight and perspective from our industry’s business and technology leaders.
Besides a comprehensive list of informative lecture and labs that can be selected based on interest and needs, there will also be live demonstrations of cutting edge solutions, all while interacting with their contemporaries and Cisco experts in beautiful northern Italy.
Take a moment to view the a video (below) and hear from Bill Gartner – VP and General Manager of Cisco’s Converged Optical and Routing Business unit, and three attendees of our Spring ‘12 PONC event: Jeff Finkelstein – Sr. Director of Network Architecture, Cox Communications, Ian Redpath – Principal Analyst, Ovum, and Sterling Perrin – Sr. Analyst, Optical Networks, Heavy Reading.
See you in Monza!