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ITW: An Informal Recap of A Carrier-Class & Service Provider Industry Event

May 24, 2013  |  Written by Anthony Rossabi, Managing Director, Telx, SVP DLR

Telx recently attended and was also a 2013 sponsor of the ITW (International Telecoms Week) conference held May 13-15 in Chicago. ITW is an annual meet point for the telecommunications community and offers various networking opportunities through meeting rooms, an integrated exhibit and bilateral table area, numerous breakfasts, lunches and cocktail receptions, and provides a wide range of conference sessions for attendees to benefit from.

The historically well-attended event brings together global service providers — in this case from Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas (North and Latin) — to discuss optimizing their global carrier services through strategic partnerships with their peers. In my time there I discovered representatives from wireless and traditional landline services to data centers offering a myriad of service options from multiple providers.

In addition to all of the networking opportunities, Telx’s SVP of Cloud Services, Joe Weinman, was a panelist on the topic, “What’s Next For the Networked Data Center,” which discussed the infusion and enablement of cloud in the data center.

The distinguished panel, which included a group of industry subject matter experts, examined trends impacting the intersection of carriers and data centers leading to a new type of distributed computing fabric. This included a broad range of cloud providers, enterprises, mobile and wireline network service providers, and other ecosystem players such as financial intermediaries, and virtual network operators. It also featured some interesting and insightful discussions between attendees and panelists.

For the event itself, I had the following take-aways:

➢ There continues to be trending toward a broad range of various service providers, whether it is the traditional carriers, the “over-the-top” players or enterprises seeking carrier-dense facilities with a number of different options for landline connectivity;

➢ There continues to be a demand from carriers for lower-latency paths, dispersing their PoPs around our (in this case Telx-specific facilities) in order to be closer to their customer base; and

➢ We believe these parallel paths will continue to extend to the enterprise vertical and will lead to significant growth for the foreseeable future.

Overall, this was a successful conference and I look forward to returning to future ITW related events where I will I have the opportunity to interact with industry leaders and experts.

Anthony Rossabi

Anthony Rossabi

Managing Director, Telx, SVP DLR

Anthony Rossabi is Managing Director, Senior Vice President – Digital Realty Trust, where he is responsible for driving strategic development and execution of the Telx line of business strategic initiatives globally. Mr. Rossabi holds BA, MBA, and JD degrees, with more than 17 years of experience in the technology and communications industries.  Prior to joining The Telx Group, he started his career as an assistant District Attorney in New York City before entering the technology sector. Since entering the technology industry, Anthony has served in various capacities for BellSouth (now AT&T), and WilTel (now Level 3), focusing on product innovation, international growth strategy, and customer solutions.  Later, he moved to Tata Communications, one of the largest global providers of undersea cable systems, serving as Senior Vice President, Global Carrier Solutions.