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Open Data Center Alliance Announces First Forecast 2013 Speakers

PORTLAND, Ore., March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today announced the first group of speakers, presenters and moderators for Forecast 2013, ODCA's second annual conference where global IT managers and services and solutions providers come together to discuss cloud adoption based on ODCA requirements. The speakers are leaders in shaping conversations on cloud computing and join Mario Mueller, BMW's Vice President of IT Infrastructure, Chair of the Open Data Center Alliance, and Forecast 2013's keynote speaker at this year's event. Forecast 2013 is taking place in conjunction with GigaOM Structure in San Francisco on June 17 and 18.  Registration information, including information about early bird registration which runs through April 30, is available on the Forecast 2013 website.

Forecast offers a unique opportunity for participants to engage with peers on best practices for adoption of enterprise ready cloud deployments and to learn about the latest ODCA developments from ODCA leadership. The event includes interactive sessions on ODCA Master Usage Models and ODCA deployment success stories as well as panel sessions that include Software Defined Data Center, Business Transformation for Enterprise IT, Getting Value out of all of that Data, and Is Private Cloud here to Stay? The complete two-day agenda is published here. ODCA welcomes the following group of experts to the Forecast 2013 speaker lineup:

Reyk Bederke, Portfolio & Solution Design, T-Systems, will discuss T-System's ODCA cloud implementation.

Winston Bumpus, Director of Standards Architecture, VMware, President, DMTF, will participate on the Software Defined Data Center panel.

Herb Congdon, Associate Vice-President of Technology & Standards, Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), will participate on the Is Private Cloud Here to Stay panel.

Denis Curran, General Manager Strategy and Innovation, National Australia Bank (NAB), will discuss NAB's ODCA cloud implementation.

Matt Estes, Director of Architecture, Disney Technology Solutions and Services, will participate on the Getting Value out of all of that Data panel.

Mike Gualtieri, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, will moderate the Getting Value out of all of that Data panel.

Phil Harris, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Cloud & Systems Management Technology Group, Cisco, will lead the Cisco Q&A session.

Marcel Heilijgers, Executive Director, Cloud Credential Council, will participate on the Business Transformation for Enterprise IT panel.

Das Kamhout, Intel Principal Engineer, Director of IT Cloud Strategy and Architecture, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the ODCA U session and will moderate the ODCA U Q&A.

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