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NYC LOCAL: Thursday 21 May 2009 UNIGROUP: Vince Sykes, of Blade Network

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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Thursday 21 May 2009 UNIGROUP: Vince Sykes, of Blade Network Technology, on Converged Fast Networks
Date: 19 May 2009 14:10:04 -0400

  what="official UNIGROUP announcement"
  rsvp="requested, see below"
  entrance-fee="for non-members yes, see below"
  location="Cooper Union on the Island of the Manahattoes, see below"
  edits="some paragraphs removed so notice fits in mailboxen">

 Date: Fri, 15 May 2009 13:47:18 -0400 (EDT)
 From: Unigroup_of_NY <>
 Subject: UNIGROUP Meeting 21-MAY-2009 (Thu): Converged Networks



       When:  THURSDAY, May 21st, 2009    (** 3rd Thursday **)

      Where:  The Cooper Union  <>
              School of Engineering
              51 Astor Place  (8th Street, between 3rd and 4th Ave)
              East Village, Manhattan
              New York City
              Meeting Room: The Driscoll Room: 136E (1st Floor)
              ** Please RSVP **

       Time:  6:15 PM - 6:30 PM  Registration
              6:30 PM - 6:45 PM  Ask the Wizard, Questions,
                                 Answers and Current Events
              6:45 PM - 7:00 PM  Unigroup Business and Announcements
              7:00 PM - 9:30 PM  Main Presentation

      Topic:  Converged Networks:
              Infiniband / FibreChannel / 10GbE / iSCSI

   Speakers:  Vince Sykes,
              Director, Channel Business Development for North America,
              Blade Network Technology <>



    Unigroup's May 2009 meeting will be a discussion about the latest
    technology, standards and architectures for Converged Networks, the
    mixing/integration of classic networking (TCP/IP) and Storage Area
    Networks (SAN).  Our presenter will be Blade Network Technology, a
    manufacturer of high speed network switches, which operates in this
    technology space.  We hope to learn about, and compare and contrast,
    various high speed networking technologies including: Infiniband,
    Fibrechannel, 10GbE and iSCSI.

    Upcoming meetings:
    18-JUN-2009: To-be-announced or skipped (we may not have a meeting room).
    16-JUL-2009: To-be-announced.



    To REGISTER for this event, please RSVP by using the Unigroup
    Registration Page:

    This will allow us to automate the registration process.
    (Registration will also add you to our mailing list.)
    Please avoid emailed RSVPs.

    Please continue to check the Unigroup web site and meeting page,
    for any last minute updates concerning this meeting.  If you
    registered for this meeting, please check your email for any last
    minute announcements as the meeting approaches.  Also make sure
    any anti-spam white-lists are updated to _ALLOW_ Unigroup traffic!
    If you block Unigroup Emails, your address will be dropped from
    our mailing list.

    Please RSVP as soon as possible, preferably at least 2-3 days
    prior to the meeting date, so we can plan the food order.
    RSVP deadline is usually the night before the meeting day.

    Note: RSVP is requested for this location to make sure the guard
          will let you into the building.  RSVP also helps us to
          properly plan the meeting (food, drinks, handouts,
          seating, etc.) and speed up your sign-in at the meeting.
          If you forget to RSVP prior to the meeting day, you may
          still be able to show up and attend our meeting, however,
          we cannot guarantee what building security will do if
          you are "not on the list".



    Topic: Converged Networks: Infiniband / FibreChannel / 10GbE / iSCSI


    As data centers evolve to Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE), a
    high-bandwidth, non-blocking network is required to support lossless
    I/O transactions over Ethernet, such as Fibre Channel over Ethernet,
    iSCSI, and IP NAS. CEE, is an enhanced Ethernet that enable
    convergence of various applications in data centers-onto a single
    interconnect technology.

    More details to be [hopefully] announced soon.

    Web Resources:

    Blade Network Technology


    Speaker Biography:

    Vince Sykes brings more than 15 years of networking and communications
    engineering, product management, product marketing, and business
    development expertise to BLADE Network Technologies in one and 10
    Gigabit Ethernet, fiber optics, TCP/IP, ATM, SONET and data center
    routing and switching technologies.

    Prior to joining BLADE, Vince was Senior Director of Technical Sales
    for Force10 Networks where he built the Northeast Systems Engineering
    Group from the ground up and was instrumental in expanding the Force10

    As Director of Product Marketing for Southampton Photonics, in the
    United Kingdom, he was responsible for providing competitive analysis,
    as well as the total system level definitions of the company's
    fiber-optic components, and all marketing and sales collaterals.

    Before that, Vince was a Product Manager and Consulting Systems
    Engineer for Cisco Systems, where he was responsible for a broad range
    of product management functions related to Cisco's routing and
    switching platforms including the Catalyst 8540, LS1010 and GSR
    120000, working directly with customers such as Level 3, British
    Telecom, AT&T and Verizon.

    Prior to joining Cisco, Vince was a Systems Engineer for Bay
    Networks/Wellfleet Communications in New York City, a Consulting
    Engineer at Stony Brook Technologies, and an Electronic Systems
    Engineer for the U.S. Air Force.

    Vince Sykes has a BSEE from Stony Brook University, an MBA from
    Pepperdine University and a JD from Pace Law School.


    Company Biography:

    BLADE Network Technologies is the leading supplier of Gigabit and 10G
    Ethernet network infrastructure solutions that reside in blade servers
    and "scale-out" server and storage racks. The company's customers
    include more than 300 of Fortune 500 companies across 26 industry
    segments, and an installed base representing more than 250,000 network
    switches and nearly 6 million switch ports connecting more than
    1,200,000 servers. For more information, visit
    Follow us on Twitter at BLADENetwork or read our tweets at



    Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR, and O'Reilly have
    been kind enough to provide us with review copies of some of their
    books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our
    meetings.  The publishers always ask that the persons receiving
    the books provide a review and/or feedback about their books.

    Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support
    provided by their User Group programs.

    Note: The chances tend to be about 1 in 5, that any attendee of
    our meeting will walk away with a fairly valuable giveaway
    (ie. most books are valued between $30 and $60)!

    As always, all of the books will be available for review at the
    start of the meeting.


    Fee Schedule:

    Unigroup is a Professional Technical Organization and User Group,
    and its members pay a yearly membership fee.  For Unigroup members,
    there is usually no additional charges (ie. no meeting fees) during
    their membership year.  Non-members who wish to attend Unigroup
    meetings are usually required to pay a "Single Meeting Fee".

        Yearly Membership (includes all meetings):      $ 50.00
        Student Yearly Membership (with current! ID):   $ 25.00
        Non-Member Single Meeting:                      $ 20.00
        Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with ID):    $  5.00

      * Payment Methods: Cash, Check, American Express.

      ! Students: We are looking for proof that you are
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        a CURRENT date.  We have been presented Student IDs
        containing NO dates whatsoever, and in the
        current environment, perpetual/non-expiring access
        to university facilities just does not feel right.
        If your ID contains no date, please bring
        additional proof of current enrollment.  Thanks,

    NOTE: Simply receiving Unigroup Email Announcements does
          NOT indicate membership in Unigroup.



    Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served.  This
    includes "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna
    and grilled vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato,
    tossed, pasta, etc), cookies, brownies, bottled water and
    assorted SOFT beverages.



      The Cooper Union  <>
      School of Engineering
      51 Astor Place  (8th Street, between 3rd and 4th Ave)
      East Village, Manhattan
      New York City
      Room: The Driscoll Room: 136E (1st Floor)

    Located on the North side of Astor Place (8th Street), between
      3rd & 4th Avenues.

    Building lobby sign-in is required at the guard's desk.
    Enter the building, check in with the guard at the lobby for
      directions to The Driscoll Room (1st Floor)...  From the
      main entrance, keep going straight beyond the guard till the
      end of the hall, make a left, pass the elevators (on your
      left), keep going, and Room 136E will be on your right.

    Nearest mass transit stations are:
      '6'           to Astor Place (stops right at The Cooper Union).
      'R'           to 8th Street, then walk about 2 blocks East.
      '4/5/6/R/N/Q' to Union Square, then walk South and East.
      'B/D/F/V'     to Broadway-Lafayette, then walk North and East.

    Free street parking becomes available at 6pm.

    There are also parking lots on Broadway at Astor Place.


    Please mark this meeting on your calendar and join us!
    Please tell your friends about Unigroup!

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  Unigroup Executive Director
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