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Vail Resorts Reports Fiscal 2013 First Quarter Results and Early Season Indicators

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) today reported results for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 ended October 31, 2012 as well as certain early season indicators.

Highlights

  • Resort Reported EBITDA loss, which includes the Company's Mountain and Lodging segments, was $54.5 million for the first fiscal quarter of 2013, reflecting a decline of 8.6%, or $4.3 million, compared with the same period in the prior year.  Excluding first quarter net seasonal losses related to Kirkwood, Skiinfo and Flagg Ranch, which were acquired after the first quarter in the prior year, Resort Reported EBITDA declined 5.1%, which was slightly favorable to our expectations.
  • Net Loss Attributable to Vail Resorts, Inc. was $60.6 million for the first fiscal quarter of 2013 compared to a net loss of $55.7 million in the same period in the prior year, a decline of 8.7%.
  • Sales of season passes (including 4-Packs) through December 2, 2012 for the upcoming 2012/2013 ski season were up approximately 5% in units and approximately 8% in sales dollars compared to the same period in the prior year, adjusted as if Kirkwood were owned in both periods. 
  • In the first quarter of fiscal 2013, we closed on four Ritz-Carlton Residence units, with Real Estate net revenue of $11.9 million. Net Real Estate Cash Flow was $5.5 million for the first fiscal quarter of 2013. 

Commenting on the Company's fiscal 2013 first quarter results, Rob Katz, Chief Executive Officer said, "Our first fiscal quarter is historically a loss quarter since our mountain resorts are not open for winter ski operations during the period.  The quarter is driven primarily by our late summer mountain activities, dining, retail and lodging operations, and administrative expenses for our year-round employees.  In the first quarter of fiscal 2013, we observed improving trends in our summer business in both our Mountain and Lodging operations from improved summer visitation in our mountain resorts driving increased summer activities revenue, higher lodging RevPar and improved dining revenues.  Our Lodging business also benefitted from increased group business at Keystone, as well as the addition of a new national park property, Flagg Ranch, partially offset by lower results at our Grand Teton Lodging Company ("GTLC") summer national park business, which was impacted by the effects of wildfires in the area. For the quarter, our Resort Reported EBITDA loss, excluding Kirkwood, Skiinfo and Flagg Ranch, declined 5.1%, which was slightly favorable to our expectations, reflecting the increase in revenues from our Mountain and Lodging summer operations, which was more than offset by normal expense increases across our business as well as lower retail sales compared to the record pre-ski season sales of the prior year."

Turning to Real Estate, Katz said, "In the first quarter of fiscal 2013, we closed on four condominiums at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail and are pleased with the continued momentum of sales at this luxury project.  Although Real Estate Reported EBITDA was a negative $3.7 million in this year's first quarter, given that the vast majority of costs included in cost of sales were incurred in prior years, Net Real Estate Cash Flow was a positive $5.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2013."

Katz continued "Our balance sheet remains in a very strong position.  We ended the quarter with $44.0 million of cash on hand, and our Net Debt was 2.4 times trailing twelve months Total Reported EBITDA.  We had no borrowings under the revolver component of our senior credit facility and we have virtually no principal payments on debt due until 2019."

Katz added "I am pleased to announce that our Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend on Vail Resorts' common stock of $0.1875 per share, payable on December 27, 2012 to shareholders of record on December 19, 2012."

Regarding the upcoming ski season, Katz said, "Our 2012/2013 ski season is just underway and we are looking forward to a memorable season.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of Vail Mountain and we are looking forward to events all year long that celebrate this milestone.  To commemorate the occasion, we recently christened our new state of the art, high-speed 10 passenger gondola at Vail, named Gondola One, as a tribute to Vail's original gondola that was the first gondola in Colorado when it opened in 1962.  The new gondola is the first of its kind in North America and is the fastest gondola of its type in the world.  Additionally, the gondola has cabins that include heated and cushioned seats and Wi-Fi access for our guests."

Moving to the early ski season indicators, Katz said, "All seven of our mountain resorts are open and ramping up operations for the upcoming holiday season.  Season pass (including 4-Pack) sales are up approximately 5% in units and 8% in sales dollars through December 2, 2012 compared with the similar period in the prior year and including Kirkwood in both periods.  We are very pleased with the results of our pass sales effort this year, particularly given the challenging weather last season and the record performance we had in passes last year. We had anticipated the year-over-year percentage increase in season pass sales to come down from our last announcement in September.  The total growth of the program is slightly below our expectations, as we believe that the amount of sales that we pulled forward to earlier selling periods was somewhat larger than expected and that weather was still a concern for those purchasers who delayed their purchasing decisions. Sales in Tahoe and international markets continued to show the most strength.  We expect the final results of the program will be generally consistent with these percentage increases as final sales conclude in the coming weeks.  As a reminder, revenue from season pass sales is recognized over the course of the second and third fiscal quarters.  Lodging bookings for the winter season are slightly down to this time last year, with strength at Keystone, which has shown strong early bookings driven by our newly introduced "Kids Ski Free" program as well as strong results at our Doubletree at Breckenridge property that was branded at the end of calendar 2011.  Based on historical averages, less than 50% of the bookings for the winter season have been made by this time." 

Operating Results

A complete Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations can be found in the Company's Form 10-Q for the first fiscal quarter of 2013 ended October 31, 2012 filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The following are segment highlights:

Mountain Segment

  • Mountain segment net revenue for the first fiscal quarter 2013 was $51.9 million versus $49.7 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2012, an increase of 4.5%.  Excluding Kirkwood and Skiinfo (acquired after the first fiscal quarter of 2012), net revenues increased $1.1 million or 2.3%.
  • First quarter Mountain Reported EBITDA declined from a loss of $48.5 million in fiscal 2012 to a loss of $55.2 million in fiscal 2013.  The Kirkwood and Skiinfo acquisitions generated $2.3 million in negative EBITDA in the current year first fiscal quarter.
  • Mountain Reported EBITDA includes $2.7 million of stock-based compensation expense for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to $2.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2012.

Strong summer visitation supported revenue growth in summer activities and dining operations, including group and wedding business.  Dining revenues increased $0.7 million, or 12.9% in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to the same period in the prior year, with the addition of Kirkwood contributing $0.4 million to total dining revenues.  Retail/Rental revenues decreased by 0.9% compared to the same period in the prior year primarily due to lower sales at pre-ski season sales events compared to the prior year's record sales from these events.  Mountain operating expenses increased $9.0 million, or 9.1%, for the three months ended October 31, 2012 compared to the three months ended October 31, 2011 primarily driven by $3.4 million in expenses related to Kirkwood and Skiinfo, $2.7 million in normal wage adjustments and increased staffing levels to support higher volumes in summer operations and new retail stores, and $1.1 million in increased general and administrative expenses that include timing of marketing campaigns and a shift in allocated corporate expenses from the Real Estate segment to the Mountain segment, partially offset by lower employee medical costs due to continued benefits from a new plan design. 

Lodging Segment

  • Lodging segment net revenue was $52.5 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to $53.6 million for the first quarter of the prior fiscal year, a 2.0% decrease.  Excluding payroll cost reimbursement related to managed hotel properties, Lodging net revenues increased $3.5 million or 7.6%. 
  • For the first quarter of fiscal 2013, revenue per available room ("RevPAR") increased 7.8%, and average daily rate ("ADR") decreased 2.6% at the Company's owned hotels and managed condominiums compared to the same period in the prior year.
  • Lodging Reported EBITDA was $0.7 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to a loss of $1.7 million for the same period in the prior year, an increase of 141.1%.  The Flagg Ranch acquisition generated $0.6 million in EBITDA in the current fiscal year first quarter.
  • Lodging Reported EBITDA includes $0.4 million of stock-based compensation expense for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to $0.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2012. 

Revenue from owned hotel rooms increased $1.7 million, or 13.8%, for the three months ended October 31, 2012 compared to the three months ended October 31, 2011, primarily driven by $1.0 million in incremental room revenue from Flagg Ranch (an NPS concessionaire contract was awarded in November 2011) and an increase in group business primarily at our Keystone resort, partially offset by a decrease in GTLC transient revenue due to adverse conditions caused by late summer wild fires.  Dining revenues in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 were up $1.1 million, or 11.0% over the first fiscal quarter of the prior year, also primarily due to the addition of Flagg Ranch and increased group business at our Keystone resort.  Increases in operating expenses were partially offset by lower overhead and labor costs associated with the previously announced RockResorts reorganization plan. Excluding reimbursed payroll costs, operating expenses increased $1.1 million, or 2.2% in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to the same period in the prior fiscal year.   

Resort – Combination of Mountain and Lodging Segments

  • Resort net revenue was $104.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to $103.3 million in the first quarter of the prior fiscal year, a 1.1% increase.  Resort Revenue increased 2.7% excluding payroll cost reimbursement related to managed hotel properties in both periods, and excluding the first quarter of fiscal 2013 revenues related to Kirkwood, Skiinfo and Flagg Ranch.
  • Resort Reported EBITDA was a loss of $54.5 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to a loss of $50.2 million in the same period in the prior year.  Excluding Kirkwood, Skiinfo and Flagg Ranch, Resort Reported EBITDA declined 5.1%.

Real Estate Segment

  • Real Estate segment net revenue was $11.9 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to $13.1 million in the same period in the prior year.
  • Net Real Estate Cash Flow (a non-GAAP measure defined as Real Estate Reported EBITDA, plus non-cash real estate cost of sales, plus non-cash stock-based compensation expense, plus change in real estate deposits less investment in real estate) was a positive $5.5 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2013. 
  • Real Estate Reported EBITDA was a negative $3.7 million the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to a negative $4.7 million in the same period in the prior fiscal year, a 22.2% improvement.    
  • Real Estate Reported EBITDA includes $0.4 million of stock-based compensation expense for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to $0.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2012. 

In the first quarter of fiscal 2013, we closed on four condominium units at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail ($11.6 million of revenue with an average selling price per unit of $2.9 million and an average price per square foot of $1,165).

Total Performance

  • Total net revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 was $116.4 million, roughly flat compared to the same quarter in the prior year.
  • Net loss attributable to Vail Resorts, Inc. was $60.6 million, or a loss of $1.70 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to net loss attributable to Vail Resorts, Inc. of $55.7 million, or a loss of $1.54 per diluted share, in the first quarter of the prior year. 

Outlook

Commenting on fiscal 2013 guidance, Katz continued, "In September, we issued guidance of 27-32% growth in Resort Reported EBITDA.  Based on some of the most recent booking trends we are currently seeing, we believe that it will be more difficult to achieve that guidance than we anticipated in September.  We will know more about the season after the holidays and intend to address our fiscal 2013 guidance when we release our ski season metrics in mid-January."  

Earnings Conference Call

For further discussion of the contents of this press release, please listen to our live webcast today at 11:00 am ET, available at www.vailresorts.com in the Investor Relations section.

About Vail Resorts

Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone mountain resorts in Colorado, and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts, Inc. is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN).  The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.

Statements in this press release, other than statements of historical information, are forward looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.  Such risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to prolonged weakness in general economic conditions, including adverse affects on the overall travel and leisure related industries; unfavorable weather conditions or natural disasters; adverse events that occur during our peak operating periods combined with the seasonality of our business; competition in our mountain and lodging businesses; our ability to grow our resort and real estate operations; our ability to successfully initiate, complete, and sell, new real estate development projects and achieve the anticipated financial benefits from such projects; further adverse changes in real estate markets; continued volatility in credit markets; our ability to obtain financing on terms acceptable to us to finance our real estate development, capital expenditures and growth strategy; our reliance on government permits or approvals for our use of Federal land or to make operational and capital improvements; demand for planned summer activities and our ability to successfully obtain necessary approvals and construct the planned improvements; adverse consequences of current or future legal claims; our ability to hire and retain a sufficient seasonal workforce; willingness of our guests to travel due to terrorism, the uncertainty of military conflicts or outbreaks of contagious diseases, and the cost and availability of travel options; negative publicity which diminishes the value of our brands; our ability to integrate and successfully realize anticipated benefits of acquisitions or future acquisitions; and implications arising from new Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB")/governmental legislation, rulings or interpretations. 

All forward-looking statements attributable to us or any persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements.  All guidance and forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date hereof and we do not undertake any obligation to update any forecast or forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.  Investors are also directed to other risks discussed in documents filed by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

We use the terms "Reported EBITDA" and "Net Debt" when reporting financial results in accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission rules regarding the use of non-GAAP financial measures.  We define Reported EBITDA as segment net revenue less segment operating expense plus or minus segment equity investment income or loss and for the Real Estate segment plus gain on sale of real property.  We define Net Debt as long-term debt plus long-term debt due within one year less cash and cash equivalents.  In addition, for the Real Estate segment we define Net Real Estate Cash Flow (which is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP) as Real Estate Reported EBITDA, plus non-cash real estate cost of sales, plus non-cash stock-based compensation expense, plus change in real estate deposits less investment in real estate, which we use as a cash flow indicator for our Real Estate segment.

Please see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below for more information.  For the Lodging segment we primarily focus on Lodging net revenue excluding payroll cost reimbursement and Lodging operating expense excluding reimbursed payroll costs (which are not measures of financial performance under GAAP) as the reimbursements are made based upon the costs incurred with no added margin, as such the revenue and corresponding expense have no effect on our Lodging Reported EBITDA which we use to evaluate Lodging segment performance.

Vail Resorts, Inc.

Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended

October 31,



2012


2011

Net revenue:





Mountain


$  51,912


$  49,670

Lodging


52,508


53,594

Real estate


11,930


13,109

Total net revenue


116,350


116,373

Segment operating expense:





Mountain


107,548


98,555

Lodging


51,806


55,301

Real estate


15,614


17,847

Total segment operating expense


174,968


171,703

Other operating expense:





Depreciation and amortization


(31,679)


(28,930)

Loss on disposal of fixed assets, net


(2)


(114)

Loss from operations


(90,299)


(84,374)

Mountain equity investment income, net


434


430

Investment income, net


54


64

Interest expense, net


(8,375)


(8,241)

Loss before benefit from income taxes


(98,186)


(92,121)

Benefit from income taxes


37,583


36,387

Net loss


$ (60,603)


$ (55,734)

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests


23


25

Net loss attributable to Vail Resorts, Inc.


$ (60,580)


$ (55,709)

Per share amounts:





Basic net loss per share attributable to Vail Resorts, Inc.

$    (1.70)


$    (1.54)

Diluted net loss per share attributable to Vail Resorts, Inc.

$    (1.70)


$    (1.54)

Cash dividends declared per share


$  0.1875


$    0.15

Weighted average shares outstanding:





Basic


35,700


36,066

Diluted


35,700


36,066

Other Data (unaudited):





Mountain Reported EBITDA


$ (55,202)


$ (48,455)

Lodging Reported EBITDA


$     702


$  (1,707)

Resort Reported EBITDA


$ (54,500)


$ (50,162)

Real Estate Reported EBITDA


$  (3,684)


$  (4,738)

Total Reported EBITDA


$ (58,184)


$ (54,900)

Mountain stock-based compensation


$   2,720


$   2,560

Lodging stock-based compensation


$    370


$    602

Resort stock-based compensation


$   3,090


$  3,162

Real Estate stock-based compensation


$    382


$    870

Total stock-based compensation


$   3,472


$  4,032





Vail Resorts, Inc.

Mountain Segment Operating Results

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)















Three Months Ended

October 31,


Percentage

Increase



2012


2011


(Decrease)

Net Mountain revenue:







Lift tickets


$    —


$   —


Ski school




Dining


6,373


5,647


12.9%

Retail/rental


26,725


26,964


(0.9)%

Other


18,814


17,059


10.3%

Total Mountain net revenue


$  51,912


$  49,670


4.5%

Mountain operating expense:







Labor and labor-related benefits


$  34,294


$  30,093


14.0%

Retail cost of sales


16,191


15,530


4.3%

General and administrative


27,304


25,706


6.2%

Other


29,759


27,226


9.3%

Total Mountain operating expense


$ 107,548


$  98,555


9.1%

Mountain equity investment income, net


434


430


0.9%

Mountain Reported EBITDA


$ (55,202)


$ (48,455)


(13.9)%





Vail Resorts, Inc.

Lodging Operating Results

(In thousands, except ADR and RevPAR)

(Unaudited)















Three Months Ended

October 31,


Percentage

Increase



2012


2011


(Decrease)

Lodging net revenue:







Owned hotel rooms


$ 13,694


$ 12,032


13.8%

Managed condominium rooms


5,814


5,546


4.8%

Dining


10,610


9,557


11.0%

Transportation


1,691


1,702


(0.6)%

Golf


7,536


7,445


1.2%

Other


9,983


9,577


4.2%



49,328


45,859


7.6%

Payroll cost reimbursement


3,180


7,735


(58.9)%

Total Lodging net revenue


$ 52,508


$ 53,594


(2.0)%

Lodging operating expense:







Labor and labor-related benefits


$ 23,450


$ 22,569


3.9%

         General and administrative


7,024


7,528


(6.7)%

         Other


18,152


17,469


3.9%



48,626


47,566


2.2%

Reimbursed payroll costs


3,180


7,735


(58.9)%

Total Lodging operating expense


$ 51,806


$ 55,301


(6.3)%

Lodging Reported EBITDA


$   702


$ (1,707)


141.1%

Owned hotel statistics:







ADR


$  180.70


$  188.98


(4.4)%

RevPar


$  113.32


$  102.50


10.6%

Managed condominium statistics:







ADR


$  194.26


$  191.48


1.5%

RevPar


$   30.75


$   29.11


5.6%

Owned hotel and managed condominium statistics (combined):







ADR


$  184.89


$  189.79


(2.6)%

RevPar


$   60.54


$   56.15


7.8%





Key Balance Sheet Data

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)




As of October 31,



2012


2011

Real estate held for sale and investment


$ 227,662


$ 263,130

Total Vail Resorts, Inc. stockholders' equity


$ 738,371


$ 763,430

Long-term debt


$ 489,525


$ 490,377

Long-term debt due within one year


848


1,063

Total debt


490,373


491,440

Less: cash and cash equivalents


43,985


44,738

Net debt


$ 446,388


$ 446,702

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Resort, Mountain and Lodging, and Real Estate Reported EBITDA have been presented herein as measures of the Company's financial operating performance. Reported EBITDA and Net Debt are not measures of financial performance or liquidity under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"), and they might not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. Reported EBITDA and Net Debt should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to, or substitute for, measures of financial performance or liquidity prepared in accordance with GAAP including net income (loss), net change in cash and cash equivalents or other financial statement data. The Company believes that Reported EBITDA is an indicative measurement of the Company's operating performance, and is similar to performance metrics generally used by investors to evaluate companies in the resort and lodging industries. The Company primarily uses Reported EBITDA based targets in evaluating performance. The Company believes that Net Debt is an important measurement as it is an indicator of the Company's ability to obtain additional capital resources for its future cash needs. In addition, the Company also uses the term Net Real Estate Cash Flow, which is not a measure of financial performance or liquidity under GAAP, as the Company believes it is important as a cash flow indicator for our Real Estate segment.

Presented below is a reconciliation of Total Reported EBITDA to net loss attributable to Vail Resorts, Inc. calculated in accordance with GAAP for the three months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011.



(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

October 31,



2012


2011

Mountain Reported EBITDA


$ (55,202)


$ (48,455)

Lodging Reported EBITDA


702


(1,707)

Resort Reported EBITDA*


(54,500)


(50,162)

Real Estate Reported EBITDA


(3,684)


(4,738)

Total Reported EBITDA


(58,184)


(54,900)

Depreciation and amortization


(31,679)


(28,930)

Loss on disposal of fixed assets, net


(2)


(114)

Investment income, net


54


64

Interest expense, net


(8,375)


(8,241)

Loss before benefit from income taxes


(98,186)


(92,121)

Benefit from income taxes


37,583


36,387

Net loss


(60,603)


(55,734)

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests


23


25

Net loss attributable to Vail Resorts, Inc.


$ (60,580)


$ (55,709)



*

Resort represents the sum of Mountain and Lodging

Presented below is a reconciliation of Total Reported EBITDA to net income attributable to Vail Resorts, Inc. calculated in accordance with GAAP for the twelve months ended October 31, 2012. 


(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Twelve Months Ended

October  31, 2012

Mountain Reported EBITDA

$ 192,161

Lodging Reported EBITDA

8,762



Resort Reported EBITDA*

200,923

Real Estate Reported EBITDA

(14,953)



Total Reported EBITDA

185,970

Depreciation and amortization

(130,330)

Loss on disposal of fixed assets, net

(1,352)

Investment income, net

459

Interest expense, net

(33,720)



Income before provision for income taxes

21,027

Provision for income taxes

(9,505)



Net income

$  11,522

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

60



Net income attributable to Vail Resorts, Inc.

$  11,582



*

Resort represents the sum of Mountain and Lodging

The following table reconciles Net Debt to long-term debt and the calculation of Net Debt to Total Reported EBITDA for the twelve months ended October 31, 2012.



(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

As of October 31,  2012

Long-term debt


$ 489,525

Long-term debt due within one year


848

Total debt


490,373

Less: cash and cash equivalents


43,985

Net debt


$ 446,388

Net debt to Total Reported EBITDA


2.4

The following table reconciles Real Estate Reported EBITDA to Net Real Estate Cash Flow for the three months ended October 31, 2012.



(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

October  31, 2012

Real Estate Reported EBITDA


$  (3,684)

Non-cash Real Estate cost of sales


9,241

Non-cash Real Estate stock-based compensation


382

Change in Real Estate deposits less investments in Real Estate


(477)

Net Real Estate Cash Flow


$  5,462

 

SOURCE Vail Resorts, Inc.

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17th Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterprises are using some form of XaaS – software, platform, and infrastructure as a service.
The Workspace-as-a-Service (WaaS) market will grow to $6.4B by 2018. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Seth Bostock, CEO of IndependenceIT, will begin by walking the audience through the evolution of Workspace as-a-Service, where it is now vs. where it going. To look beyond the desktop we must understand exactly what WaaS is, who the users are, and where it is going in the future. IT departments, ISVs and service providers must look to workflow and automation capabilities to adapt to growing demand and the rapidly changing workspace model.
Since 2008 and for the first time in history, more than half of humans live in urban areas, urging cities to become “smart.” Today, cities can leverage the wide availability of smartphones combined with new technologies such as Beacons or NFC to connect their urban furniture and environment to create citizen-first services that improve transportation, way-finding and information delivery. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Laetitia Gazel-Anthoine, CEO of Connecthings, will focus on successful use cases.
One of the biggest impacts of the Internet of Things is and will continue to be on data; specifically data volume, management and usage. Companies are scrambling to adapt to this new and unpredictable data reality with legacy infrastructure that cannot handle the speed and volume of data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Don DeLoach, CEO and president of Infobright, will discuss how companies need to rethink their data infrastructure to participate in the IoT, including: Data storage: Understanding the kinds of data: structured, unstructured, big/small? Analytics: What kinds and how responsiv...
Building low-cost wearable devices can enhance the quality of our lives. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Sai Yamanoor, Embedded Software Engineer at Altschool, provided an example of putting together a small keychain within a $50 budget that educates the user about the air quality in their surroundings. He also provided examples such as building a wearable device that provides transit or recreational information. He then reviewed the resources available to build wearable devices at home including open source hardware, the raw materials required and the options available to power s...
How do APIs and IoT relate? The answer is not as simple as merely adding an API on top of a dumb device, but rather about understanding the architectural patterns for implementing an IoT fabric. There are typically two or three trends: Exposing the device to a management framework Exposing that management framework to a business centric logic Exposing that business layer and data to end users. This last trend is the IoT stack, which involves a new shift in the separation of what stuff happens, where data lives and where the interface lies. For instance, it's a mix of architectural styles ...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo in Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal an...
DevOps tends to focus on the relationship between Dev and Ops, putting an emphasis on the ops and application infrastructure. But that’s changing with microservices architectures. In her session at DevOps Summit, Lori MacVittie, Evangelist for F5 Networks, will focus on how microservices are changing the underlying architectures needed to scale, secure and deliver applications based on highly distributed (micro) services and why that means an expansion into “the network” for DevOps.
The 3rd International @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo – to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY – is now accepting Hackathon proposals. Hackathon sponsorship benefits include general brand exposure and increasing engagement with the developer ecosystem. At Cloud Expo 2014 Silicon Valley, IBM held the Bluemix Developer Playground on November 5 and ElasticBox held the DevOps Hackathon on November 6. Both events took place on the expo floor. The Bluemix Developer Playground, for developers of all levels, highlighted the ease of use of...
We’re no longer looking to the future for the IoT wave. It’s no longer a distant dream but a reality that has arrived. It’s now time to make sure the industry is in alignment to meet the IoT growing pains – cooperate and collaborate as well as innovate. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, will examine the key ingredients to IoT success and identify solutions to challenges the industry is facing. The deep industry expertise behind this presentation will provide attendees with a leading edge view of rapidly emerging IoT oppor...
Connected devices and the Internet of Things are getting significant momentum in 2014. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, examined three key elements that together will drive mass adoption of the IoT before the end of 2015. The first element is the recent advent of robust open source protocols (like AllJoyn and WebRTC) that facilitate M2M communication. The second is broad availability of flexible, cost-effective storage designed to handle the massive surge in back-end data in a world where timely analytics is e...
We certainly live in interesting technological times. And no more interesting than the current competing IoT standards for connectivity. Various standards bodies, approaches, and ecosystems are vying for mindshare and positioning for a competitive edge. It is clear that when the dust settles, we will have new protocols, evolved protocols, that will change the way we interact with devices and infrastructure. We will also have evolved web protocols, like HTTP/2, that will be changing the very core of our infrastructures. At the same time, we have old approaches made new again like micro-services...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built to optimize Microsoft workloads, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Gridstore™ is the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built for Microsoft workloads and designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Gridstore’s hyper-converged infrastructure is the industry’s first all flash version of HyperConverged Appliances that include both compute and storag...
For years, we’ve relied too heavily on individual network functions or simplistic cloud controllers. However, they are no longer enough for today’s modern cloud data center. Businesses need a comprehensive platform architecture in order to deliver a complete networking suite for IoT environment based on OpenStack. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Dhiraj Sehgal from PLUMgrid will discuss what a holistic networking solution should really entail, and how to build a complete platform that is scalable, secure, agile and automated.