Atlanta Computer Games Conference Draws Experts from Across North America
ATLANTA - September 22, 2009– Peak 10, Inc., the leading independent data center operator and managed services provider, will serve as a keynote sponsor and panelist moderator for the 2009 Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Expo (SIEGE), which is being held on Oct. 2-4, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Atlanta.
Hosted by the Georgia Game Developers Association (GGDA), SIEGE has become one of the leading computer and video game conferences in North America. The event includes three days of keynote lectures from industry experts, interactive panel discussions on pertinent industry topics and a career fair.
Peak 10 will sponsor and introduce SIEGE’s opening keynote speaker, Jason Della Rocca, former executive director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) and founder of Perimeter Partners. Additionally, Bill Cashman, senior solutions manager at Peak 10 and an avid gamer, will moderate the expo’s Scalable Infrastructure panel, which will showcase best practices, methodology and technologies utilized to ensure a secure and fast IT infrastructure while maintaining scalability.
“We are excited to be introducing such a sought-after expert as Jason,” said Matt Searfoss, the vice president and general manager of Peak 10 Atlanta.“His infectious passion for interactive entertainment will energize our attendees to spread his enthusiasm for growing the industry locally and beyond.”
Della Rocca is the former president of the IGDA and founder of Perimeter Partners, a consultancy focused on developing game industry clusters around the world in partnership with stakeholders from the game industry, government and academia. Della Rocca has been involved in the industry for more than a dozen years and has spoken at conferences worldwide. Due to his advocacy for expressive power of games and industry-building efforts, he was awarded with the inaugural Ambassador Award at the eighth annual Game Developers Choice Awards, which honors individuals who work to advance the industry through facilitating better game communities or by educating those outside the industry on its promise.
“Peak 10 has a keen understanding of the critical role that redundant, highly-available IT solutions play in game companies’ success,” said Cashman.“There are a variety of virtualization solutions available, which a growing number of our gaming clients are utilizing to maintain uptime and reduce latency. I am looking forward to sharing these solutions and best practices during the Scalable Infrastructure panel and hope attendees will walk away with further insight on how to best secure and maintain their applications and IT infrastructures.”
Active in the computer and video game industry, Peak 10 offers cutting-edge cloud-based services and virtualization solutions that allow businesses to reduce hardware and space requirements, optimize server utilization and provide higher levels of availability for an organization’s IT infrastructure. Peak 10 has leveraged this technology in customized solutions benefiting game companies in the interactive games sector such as Emergent Game Technologies, a leading source for all the game development tools required to build, test, manage and expand interactive games. Peak 10 owns and operates data centers in nine key markets that include Cincinnati, Ohio; Atlanta, Ga.; Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C.; Tampa and Jacksonville, Fla.; Nashville, Tenn.; Louisville, Ky.; and Richmond, Va.
About Georgia Game Developers Association
Georgia Game Developers Association (GGDA) is a non-profit trade association of businesses and professionals of the video and electronic game manufacturing industry of Georgia. GGDA is committed to the growth and development of this industry and the success of its members as they compete internationally. GGDA’s mission is to promote the growth and success of game manufacturers in Georgia by providing oversight and guidance of government and academic involvement, identification and availability of resources, creation and application of best practices and certification. For more information, visit www.ggda.org
Founded in 2007, Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Expo (SIEGE), has already established itself as one of the largest video game trade shows in the southeast. This year, SIEGE expects over 650 registered attendees. The Expo is a service of the Georgia Game Developers Association, Inc., a non-profit 501?(6) trade association. All of the proceeds from the show directly benefit the growth of the industry. SIEGE’s staff is composed almost entirely of volunteers who donate about 10 hours of service in exchange for a free 3-day pass. Some of the coordinators are even compensated with peanuts for the hundreds of hours that they spend organizing the event. SIEGE provides a venue for professional growth and collaboration, creates business opportunities, attracts attention from venture capital and angel investors, and showcases our Southeastern companies. For more information, visit www.siegecon.net/SIEGE2009.
About Peak 10, Inc.
Peak 10 is the leading independent data center operator and managed services provider, delivering scalable, economical and reliable solutions for hosting and managing complex information technology infrastructure. Its expert team embraces the industry's evolving technologies by adopting and tailoring solutions such as virtualization and cloud-based services as part of its robust managedservices offering. The company's strong customer focus, financial stability, geographic diversity and technical strength attracts market-leading companies such as LendingTree, Global Knowledge, Pergo, Healthways, Churchill Downs and The Fresh Market. Peak 10 is SAS70 Type II compliant and helps companies meet the requirements of various regulatory compliance acts such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), HIPAA, PCI and Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLBA). For more information on data center solutions from Peak 10, visit www.peak10.com.
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