CrossTech Forums Announces Strategic Partnerships with Blade Systems Alliance and Association of Information Technology Professionals Creating the Data Center Connect Community(TM)

Oct 20, 2009, 10:00 ET from CrossTech Forums LLC

CANTON, Mass., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- CrossTech Forums LLC ( a leader in the hosted executive conference market today announced the signing of a unique partnership agreement with two key associations in the information technology field. The agreement with the Blade Systems Alliance (BSA) ( provides for development of the 'Data Center Connect' online community, including educational sessions from the BladeSystems Insight Summit and Next Data Center conference series, white papers, webinars, and a growing research data set from the Blade Server Alliance's Interoperability Data Center testing lab in San Diego. The community site is under development and will launch in the Q1 of 2010. The BSA's monthly newsletter will be merged with the CrossTech Forums' Data Center Connect e-newsletter and expand circulation.

The agreement with the Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP) ( establishes a membership development opportunity through the 30+ educational programs CrossTech Forums and affiliate CrossTech Media ( host annually. ITEC Conference (, one-day technology leaders conferences held in 16 cities in 2010, will host AITP chapter meetings and provide AITP-driven conference tracks. CrossTech will also provide audience development efforts for AITP's 2010 National Conference in Chicago through the alliance.

BSA and AITP are premier sponsors of BladeSystems Insight Summit (, a three-day conference for C-level executives April 18-20, 2010 in Orlando. This is a hosted program where CrossTech Forums pays travel, hotel and registration fees for qualifying senior IT buying executives. BSA member companies enjoy special relationships with the Summit including speaking and sponsorship opportunities. The Summit is known for the One-on-One appointment process that greatly enhances sponsor return on investment (ROI) and the immersive education and peer networking process, a set of structured programs for the executives participating. AITP will be holding one of their strategic planning sessions in advance of the Summit in Orlando.

With the Next Data Center ( series of day-long programs in Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas, the associations play key audience development and sponsorship placement roles. AITP chapter leadership is active in content sessions and providing value-add to members through these programs.

About Blade Systems Alliance

The Blade Systems Alliance's (BSA) mission is to advance the adoption of modular and blade-based computing systems. In cooperation with the worldwide community of data center professionals and advanced systems users, BSA promotes multi-vendor standards for modular systems management and racking; works with the user community to address real-world data center and advanced computing issues; and delivers information, programs and forums to educate and inform. Blade Systems Alliance is a forum for end users, consultants, and vendors interested in the deployment and application of blade systems.

About Association for Information Technology Professionals

The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) is a professional association dedicated to promoting and evolving the technical skills and business acumen of the information technology business professional and to foster the profession of information technology business.

Founded in 1951, AITP today is comprised of over 6,500 IT professionals, academicians, and university students in the Information Technology industry throughout the United States, Canada and globally.

About CrossTech Forums

CrossTech Forums is a leader in Information Technology (IT) hosted-model executive summits serving the Data Center, Healthcare, Financial and Life Sciences industries. The hosted model summits bring C-level executives together with leading and emerging technology solution providers in Private Boardroom Appointments, One-on-One meetings and networking sessions to form strategic partnerships and secure new business in the technology sector.

    CONTACT: Bill Sell
    CrossTech Forums

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