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BladeSystems Insight Announces Opening Night Keynotes from National Football League and Blue Cross Blue Shield

MANCHESTER, N.H., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- As blades, virtualization and other technologies transform data center computing across a wide range of industries, PPM Media announced today that a special keynote program from the National Football League (NFL) and Blue Cross Blue Shield will kick off the second annual "BladeSystems Insight" summit. The event takes place May 12-14, 2008 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass in Tucson, Arizona.

MANCHESTER, N.H., May 5 /PRNewswire/ — As blades, virtualization and other technologies transform data center computing across a wide range of industries, PPM Media announced today that a special keynote program from the National Football League (NFL) and Blue Cross Blue Shield will kick off the second annual "BladeSystems Insight" summit. The event takes place May 12-14, 2008 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass in Tucson, Arizona.

The NFL's Director of IT, Jonathan Kelly, will address how IBM BladeCenter solutions have enabled the NFL to deliver reliable information services to its 32 teams and support the Super Bowl, being optimized for virtualization to help the NFL maximize server utilization and efficiency. According to Mr. Kelly, "the National Football League has standardized its business on IBM BladeCenter(R) and System xT servers with superior engineering innovations that have continued to deliver for the NFL year after year."

Russ Stringer, Manager of IT responsible for Disaster Recovery at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, will focus his keynote on how Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama has successfully virtualized and automated their data center by extensively deploying HP BladeSystem. "Consolidating our mission critical IT infrastructure with HP BladeSystem managed by HP Insight Control Environment has resulted in application deployment flexibility, significant TCO savings, lower power and cooling loads, high availability, and comprehensive disaster recovery capabilities," said Mr. Stringer.

Among the many additional summit highlights are luncheon keynotes from Allyson Klein of Intel and Charles Lang, President and CEO of Supermicro; a virtualization keynote from Barb Goldworm of Focus Consulting; a special presentation by The Green Grid; and industry premieres from APC and Emerson Network Power — the Emerson presentation will focus on cutting data center energy costs by 50 percent or more. Other participating vendors include Aperture, Blade Network Technologies, Broadcom, Brocade, Chatsworth, Cisco, Dell, Eaton, Egenera, Emulex, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Mellanox, Micron, Neteffect, Neterion, NetXen, NextIO, Server Technology, Sun, Teak Technologies, Teradici, Vette, Xiotech, 3Par, and others.

BladeSystems Insight enables vendors to conduct business with a hosted audience of pre-qualified IT executives from Fortune 1000 and other end-user companies. Vendors get guaranteed access to attendees in case study presentations, one-on-one meetings and networking events. The event has earned the endorsement of many industry associations including BladeSystems Alliance, Blade.org, SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) and many others. Industry analysts participate through research presentations and industry panels.

Vendors interested in sponsorship opportunities at BladeSystems Insight should email Paul Samargedlis at paul.samargedlis@ppmmedia.com or call 603-668-7141.

Accredited media professionals interested in participating in the Media Guest Program at the summit, or receiving information on setting up interviews before or during the summit, may contact Peter Gordon at 603-668-7143 or peter.gordon@ppmmedia.com.

For general information on BladeSystems Insight, visit http://www.bladesystemsinsight.com. BladeSystems Insight is produced by PPM Media, a leading producer of executive summits for IT and other industries. For more information, visit http://www.ppmmedia.com.

SOURCE PPM Media

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