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ION-Krakow at PLNOG 11: Swords, Knights, Castles, Internet?

This week ION Krakow, co-located with the Polish Network Operators’ Group (PLNOG), took place bringing IT professionals and industry leaders from all over Europe together to discuss emerging technologies including IPv6, DNSSEC, and Routing Resiliency and Security. While getting a large number of professionals in one venue is a major feat in itself—PLNOG is one of the biggest network conferences in Poland—the conference organizers took it one step further with an amazing medieval theme made certain that the event would be pretty memorable.

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Conferences and sword fights do not normally go hand in hand, but between medieval tournaments, and a party in a castle, we love it when a theme is truly carried through.

In addition, PLNOG 11 debuted PLNOG4KIDS – a series of events and meetings organized for 9-12 year old children.

Of course, there was a lot going on behind the scenes to make sure the event would go off without a hitch, not unlike the challenges ION panelists discussed during panels “Slaying the Two-Headed Beast: Challenges and Triumphs of DNSSEC” and “Fortifying the Castle: An Update on Global IPv6 Deployment.” Check out the links to archived webcasts here.



(Left to Right: ION-Krakow IPv6 panelists take questions from the audience; ION-Krakow speakers Jan Žorž and Sander Steffann)

Now, onto ION-Toronto!


UNH-IOL Celebrates 25 Years of Education & Innovation

IOLNext week Joya and I will head to Durham, New Hampshire to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL).  Since 2010, we’ve served as the agency of record for this premier independent provider of conformance and interoperability testing services for the networking industry.

Founded in 1988, the UNH-IOL has worked with some of the world’s leading technology companies to introduce new, innovative products and services to market, while preparing the next generation of engineers.  With a unique model of blending industry expertise with an educational mission, the lab employs more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students that gain hands-on experience with developing technologies such as Automotive Ethernet, Home Networking (think “Connected Home”) and the next generation Internet protocol, IPv6.

On Monday, September 16 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET, Wireside will join industry and community leaders from across New Hampshire, distinguished UNH-IOL alumni, and current staff and students to commemorate the lab’s significant milestone.  The event will feature interactive demonstrations of the latest technical advancements, tours of the UNH-IOL’s 32,000 square-foot facility, and remarks from special guests such senior vice president of engineering for Enterasys Networks, Dave Kjendal; UNH president, Mark Huddleston; and CEO and founder of QA Café, Joe McEachern.  Erica Johnson, director of the UNH-IOL, and Amy Davies, UNH computer science student and UNH-IOL employee, will also address the audience.

If you’re a member of the press or analyst communities and are interested in attending the event to connect with the IT leaders of today and tomorrow, and learn about the UNH-IOL’s involvement with testing various cutting edge technologies, please let us know!

From RVA to USC: Sending-off the Business Leaders of Tomorrow

We deliver stellar results to our clients on a consistent basis, but it’s not all work and no play for the Wireside ladies.  Outside of the office, our team is involved in a variety of activities and organizations – from PRSA, Ad Club, AMA, James River Writers to Richmond’s historical Quoit Club.

RVA_GamecocksOne group that I’m actively involved in is the University of South Carolina alumni chapter here in Richmond.  Serving on the leadership team as the organization’s communications and social media chair, I’m tasked with raising awareness of the chapter throughout the region and energizing the alumni base to get involved.  We coordinate several events during the year including football watch parties, networking happy hours and philanthropic initiatives like our SEC Alumni Blood Drive Challenge which is taking place all this month.

Our most recent event was the freshman send-off, held last week at Dave & Buster’s.  The alumni association, My Carolina, partnered with our local chapter to welcome some of the nearly 80 Richmond-based students heading to the University of South Carolina this fall.  We hosted approximately 50 guests, including students, family members and university staff.  Two days later, I traveled with the leadership team to Charlottesville, Virginia to support that area’s freshman send-off event as well.charlottesville_pic2

The caliber of students in attendance at these two events was so impressive.  Many of them had their sights set on the International Business Program, which is no surprise – it’s the number one program in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report.  With strong ties to and admiration for my alma mater, I’m confident the university will equip those students with the education and skill set they need to emerge as strong, successful leaders.  Hopefully they’ll work for Wireside when they’re through!

Happy Golden Anniversary to AMA Richmond

50thparty1On Wednesday, June 26th the Richmond chapter of the American Marketing Association celebrated a huge milestone – its 50th Anniversary – with a party at Hardywood Brewery in Richmond and Wireside was happy to join in on the festivities.

Hardywood is one of the many craft breweries that have popped up all over Richmond and is a great venue to grab a cold beverage on a hot summer day, while listening to music and visiting with friends.  They also host a weekly food truck round-up on Thursday nights that has a rotating cadre of 12-15 different food trucks and a weekly farmer’s market on Wednesday evenings.  It seems that you could go to Hardywood every day of the week for a different event!

At the AMA Richmond event, there was an outdoor tent set up for people brave enough to weather the afternoon thunderstorm, as well as a private bar set up inside where people could sample some of Hardywood’s brews.  They also had food catered from two local food trucks – Grate Gourmet Fusion Pizza and Boka Tako Truck.  The food was delicious – I highly recommend checking out where their food trucks are parked in Richmond, or heading to Hardywood on a Thursday evening – to try them out.

It was great to get to network with marketing and communications industry people and celebrate such a great organization.  For anyone looking to meet fellow marketers and work on career development, the AMA is offering a promotion waiving the $30 registration fee for new professional memberships.  Hurry up and sign up as the offer is only for a limited time.