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Light Reading–s Upskill University Free Online Courses Turn to Telco Data Center

NEW YORK, NY — (Marketwired) — 07/12/16 — , a free online forum that focuses on delivering must-have education on the overall business transformation occurring in the telecommunications industry, is focusing its next round of lectures on telco data center transformation. During these courses, lecturers from EdgeConneX, Equinix, ON.Lab and Windstream will examine how telecom is evolving its data center strategy to support virtualization as quickly as possible while maintaining service standards and supporting future services.

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

Upskill U–s is always built around the hottest topics in the industry. This new four-part telco data center series includes the following lectures:

(Wednesday, July 20, 1:00 p.m. ET): Jeff Brown, Director, Product Management & Marketing, Windstream, explains how telcos are evolving data center strategies to support virtualization while maintaining service standards and supporting future services. This course prepares students for subsequent courses on the telco data center.

(Friday, July 22, 1:00 p.m. ET): Phill Lawson-Shanks, Chief Architect and Vice President, Innovation, EdgeConneX, explores the future of metro data center interconnect and covers lessons learned from web-scale service providers.

(Wednesday, July 27, 1:00 p.m. ET): Rodney M. Elder, Senior Solutions Architect, Equinix, examines the changing face of competition in the interconnection world and who can capitalize on new opportunities.

(Wednesday, Aug. 3, 1:00 p.m. ET): In this lecture, Guru Parulkar, Executive Director, Open Networking Research Center, Open Networking Lab, explains how telco central offices are being re-architected to look like data centers, why the transition needs to happen now and what the new central office will look like.

Each Upskill U course is a 45-minute session where students can ask questions, interact with other students with similar business and technological challenges and expertise, and download a wealth of additional learning materials. Courses are archived, and online educational discussions take place 24 hours a day.

Weekly Upskill U courses will continue to highlight some of the biggest names in the industry. So don–t get left in the dark when it comes to telco data center transformation, open source, NFV, SDN, IoT and more. Let Upskill U be your guiding light. for our current courses and upskill yourself today.

For the complete Upskill U schedule, visit our website: .

Light Reading () combines its research-led online communities and targeted events portfolio to help those in the global communications industry make informed decisions. is the ultimate source for telecom analysis for more than 400,000 subscribers each month, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content and reputation. Light Reading produces targeted communications events and focused one-day conferences each year for cable, mobile and wireline executives across five continents.

Amy Averbook
Marketing Consultant
Light Reading

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