Light Reading and EdgeConnex® Present at Upskill University on the Future of the Metro Data Center Interconnect

NEW YORK, NY— July 20, 2016 — EdgeConneX®, specializing in global data center solutions at the Edge of the network, announces today it is teaming up with Light Reading on Friday, July 22 to present on the topic, The Future of the Metro Data Center Interconnect at Upskill University.  “Upskill U” is an online educational resource that delivers must-have information on themes that relate to the overall business transformation taking place in the telecommunications industry.

Phill Lawson-Shanks, chief architect and vice president of innovation for EdgeConneX, will deliver the live presentation online at Upskill University at 1 p.m. ET, and will discuss the future of metro data center interconnect, primarily from the telcos’ perspective.  What lessons can be learned from web-scale service providers, and what telecom operators should do differently to put data, content and network smarts where they are needed most, are among the topics Mr. Lawson-Shanks will explore.

Upskill U, presented by Light Reading in association with Cisco, is a unique online site where service provider and enterprise decision-makers can crowdsource the mission-critical intelligence they need to formulate business technology strategies and gain the business and technology know-how required to architect and monetize next-gen networks.

Upskill U courses are delivered by expert lecturers, including speakers from Tier 1 Cloud Service Providers (CSPs), leading academic institutions and analyst firms. AT&T, Verizon, Ericsson, Princeton University, Stanford University, as well as Heavy Reading are frequent participants. Sessions deep-dive into the business drivers, benefits, challenges and best practices of transformative technology like Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud, cyber security, NFV Management and Orchestration (MANO) , 5G, mobile video, analytics and other important developments.

During each 45-minute session, students can ask questions, interact with peers facing similar business and technology challenges, and download a wealth of additional learning materials. Courses are archived and online educational discussions take place 24 hours a day.

“In this new environment of innovation and influx of industry players, both service providers and enterprises need to reskill in order to develop business plans that break through these barriers and boost ROI,” states Stephen Saunders, Founder and CEO, Light Reading. “Upskill University tackles the industry’s toughest technological changes to provide industry professionals with the necessary knowledge to adapt to and thrive in the changing communications landscape.”

“I’m looking forward to discussing the advantages of a connected intelligent-edge strategy that pushes content and data closer to customers,” comments Phill Lawson-Shanks. “Upskill U is an excellent platform to help telecom industry professionals remain educated and informed and I am excited to share my experience and insight with attendees during this education-based session.”

To register for this course and access the complete Upskill U schedule, visit our website:

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