Software as a Service (SaaS),"Green" Hosting and Virtualization Highlighted Plus Hands-On Technical Labs
RENTON, Wash., March 12, 2008 – Software as a service (SaaS), "green" hosting, virtualization and the Parallels Open Platform are among the key topics to be featured at the third annual Parallels Summit 2008. This free, two-day event will welcome customers, partners and other industry participants from around the world on May 19-20 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.
This year's Summit will feature keynotes by industry leaders and innovators, as well as in-depth product, strategy and networking sessions for business and technical professionals. The event will also include hands-on technical labs for Parallels Plesk Control Panel, Parallels Virtuozzo Containers and Parallels Plesk Billing, sponsored by HP.
"The Parallels Summit 2008 brings together business and technical professionals to discuss not only virtualization and automation technologies, but also broader hosting and SaaS trends and opportunities," said Kurt Daniel, senior vice president of marketing and online, Parallels. "This year’s event will build on the momentum of the previous two years and offers valuable networking with potential business partners, Parallels technical and business resources, and other industry participants."
The Parallels Summit 2008 begins Monday, May 19 at 9 a.m. with morning sessions followed by the opening keynote at 1:30 p.m. The Summit program concludes on Tuesday, May 20 at 5 p.m.
The agenda features two tracks: a business track, which will focus on product features, profitability and use cases; and a technical track, which will focus on product-specific implementations, architectures and hands-on problem solving.
Featured speakers include:
Bill McNee, Founder and CEO, Saugatuck Technology, who will share findings from Saugatuck Technology’s most recent SaaS research program and annual SaaS Research Report.
Dan Golding, Analyst for Tier 1 Research, who will provide expert analysis of the hosting industry and trends.
Serguei Beloussov, CEO of Parallels, who will describe the next generation of SaaS and virtualization based on Parallels’ unique perspective due to its large, global customer base.
Top-level Executives, who represent industry leaders and innovative smaller companies who will discuss technology developments that are shaping the industry.
Parallels will also host two evening networking events for attendees. On Monday night, attendees are invited to join Parallels for an Odyssey Boat Cruise. Event participants staying through Tuesday evening can choose to attend a Washington Nationals baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at the brand new ballpark, which features a high-definition scoreboard that displays more than 1 million pixels.
A detailed agenda of planned sessions and activities is available at www.parallels.com/summit/agenda/.
Register, Reserve Hotel before April 19
Parallels Summit 2008 is expected to attract hundreds of business and IT professionals from around the world. Space is limited and registration and hotel accommodations are subject to availability. To register or become a sponsor, visit www.parallels.com/summit/ today.
About Parallels - Optimized Computing
Parallels (formerly SWsoft) 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. For more information, please visit www.parallels.com.