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DCIA Brings Cloud Computing Conference to NAB

WASHINGTON, March 19 — The Distributed Computing Industry Association, an international trade organization with more than one-hundred industry-leading Member companies, including software developers, broadband network operators, and content providers, today announced the agenda, sponsors, and speakers for its inaugural CLOUD COMPUTING CONFERENCE at the 2012 NAB Show.

This second DCIA "Conference within NAB" is scheduled for Monday April 16th in N232 of the North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition, the DCIA will exhibit in N3222M at the CLOUD COMPUTING PAVILION, a first-ever special section of the NAB Exhibit Floor totally dedicated to cloud computing. For more information or to register, visit

"This very timely conference will demonstrate how software developers are addressing two major concerns with respect to cloud-based solutions for audio/video (A/V) delivery – reliability and security. Experts will provide insights into how cloud computing impacts each stage of the content distribution chain, from collaboration to storage and delivery all the way through analytics," said DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty in making the announcement.

Sponsoring companies include Aspera, Avid, Chyron, Front Porch Digital, and Rackspace.

The agenda for the conference, which begins at 10:30 a.m. and continues until 6:00 p.m. PT, will open with "Latest Trends in Cloud Computing Solutions for the A/V Ecosystem" and then move to "Key Pitfalls Associated with Cloud Computing in High-Value Content Implementations."

The conference will then explore "Various Ways that Cloud Computing Is Being Applied to the Content Creation Process – from Pre- to Post-Production," followed by "Alternative Approaches for Implementing Cloud Storage of Content Catalogs and Libraries and Leveraging Cloud-Based Distribution," and then, "New Levels of Media Performance Data Enabled by Cloud Computing – and Impact on Other Sectors."

The agenda will close out with "Navigating the Current Cloud Environment and Planning for What's Next," and finally, "Disruptive Effects of Cloud Computing Will Continue."

Keynote speakers for each of the above areas, respectively, include Bill Kallman, CEO, Scayl; Jim Burger, Member, Dow Lohnes; Jonathan King, SVP, Joyent; Shahi Ghanem, SVP, Strategy & Marketing, BitTorrent; Scott Brown, GM & SVP Strategic Partnerships, Octoshape; Jean-Luc Chatelain, EVP, Strategy & Technology, DataDirect Networks; and Ashish Gupta, Strategist, Cloud Infrastructure, Huawei.

The first panel will explore "Advanced Capabilities, New Features, Cost Advantages of Cloud Computing Solutions" with Mike Alexenko, Sr. Dir. Mkt. Dev., Cloud & Mobility, G-Technology; Scott Campbell, Principal, Media, Entertainment, and Telecoms, SAP; David Frerichs, Strategic Consultant, Pioneer Corporation; David Hassoun, Founder, RealEyes Media; AJ McGowan, CTO, Unicorn Media; Samir Mittal, CTO, Rimage; Michelle Munson, CEO, President, and Co-founder, Aspera; and Robert Stevenson, EVP, Interactive Entertainment, Gaikai.

The second panel will examine "Privacy Issues, Reliability Questions, Security Concerns in the Cloud Computing Space" with Dave Asprey, VP, Cloud Security, Trend Micro; Chris Kantrowitz, CEO, Gobbler; Tom Mulally, Consultant, Numagic Consulting; Graham Oakes, Chairman, Digital Watermarking Alliance (DWA); Dan Schnapp, Prtnr. & Ch. of New Media, Ent. & Tech., Hughes, Hubbard & Reed; Yangbin Wang, CEO, Vobile; Marvin Wheeler, Chairman, Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA); and Vic Winkler, Author, "Securing the Cloud."

The third panel will focus on "A/V Pre-Production, Production, Post-Production Clouds" with Jim Cady, President & CEO, Slacker; Tony Cahill, Chief Engineer, CET Universe; Guillermo Chialvo, Gerente de Tecnologia, Radio Mitre; Gerald Hensley, VP, Worldwide Entertainment Sales, Rovi Corporation; Ajay Malhotra, EVP, North America, Prime Focus Technologies; Todd Martin, SVP, Strategic Solutions Group. Chyron; Kirk Punches, VP, Business Development, Sorenson Media; and Jostein Svendsen, CEO, WeVideo.

The fourth panel will cover "Cloud Media Storage & Delivery" with Kris Alexander, Chief Strategist, Connected Devices & Gaming, Akamai; Bang Chang, VP, Server and Storage, SeaChange International; Stephen Condon, VP, Global Marketing Communications, Limelight Networks; Gianluca Ferremi, VP Sales & Marketing, Motive Television; Kshitij Kumar, SVP, Mobile Video, Concurrent; Kyle Okamoto, Sr. Mgr. Product and Portfolio Mgt., Verizon Digital Media Services; and Mark Taylor, VP, Media and IP Services, Level 3.

The fifth panel will address "Cloud Measurement, Analytics, Implications" with Sean Barger, CEO, Equilibrium; Thomas Coughlin, President, Coughlin Associates; Steve Hawley, Principal Analyst & Consultant, TVStrategies; Jonathan Hurd, Director, Altman Vilandrie & Co; Monica Ricci, Dir. of Product Marketing, CSG Systems; John Schiela, President, Phoenix Marketing International (PMI); Nick Strauss, Director of Sales, Verizon Digital Media Services; and Mike West, CTO, GenosTV.

The sixth panel will forecast the "Years Ahead for Cloud Computing" with Saul Berman, Lead Partner, IBM Global Business Services; Ian Donahue, President, RedThorne Media; Chris Haddad, VP, Technology Evangelism, WSO2; Wayne Josel, Counsel, Media & Entertainment, Hughes, Hubbard & Reed; Steve Mannel, Sr. Dir., Media & Comm.,; James Mitchell, CEO & Founder, Strategic Blue; David Sterling, Partner, i3m3 Solutions; and Chuck Stormon, CEO, Attend.

Moderators will include Adam Marcus, Technology Advisor, DCIA; Brian Campanotti, CTO, Front Porch Digital; and Sari Lafferty, Business Affairs, DCIA.

About the DCIA

The Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA) is a non-profit trade organization focused on commercial development of cloud computing, P2P, and related distributed computing technologies.

DCIA Membership is organized into three Groups: Operations, Platform, and Content. The DCIA conducts working groups and special projects, such as the P4P Working Group (P4PWG), Inadvertent Sharing Protection Working Group (ISPG), and Consumer Disclosures Working Group (CDWG). It also publishes the weekly online newsletter DCINFO.


Source: Distributed Computing Industry Association

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