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The Metaswitch team gathered in Florida for tech talk, Harry Potter, football, gold medal winners and plenty of swimming pools

Phil Harvey

October 5, 2012

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Metaswitch Forum 2012 -- Now that Metaswitch Networks has concluded its annual customer confab (and now that we've given you a taste of The Future of Metaswitch), we should end the week with some pretty pictures.

Click on the image below to launch the slideshow, then navigate by clicking on the arrows above each pic: Photos and captions by Phil Harvey except where otherwise noted.

— Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

A Banner Year

A look at the hall where all the action was to take place, just before the show.

The Pool View

The Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando is a not a bad place to spend a couple of days.

Front View

This hotel has a thing for fountains.

The Other Pool View

I lost count of all the pools.

The Host

Metaswitch's Steve Gleave got the crowd going and kept the show moving. Photo courtesy of Metaswitch.


Light Reading's Phil Harvey (left) quizzes Metaswitch CEO John Lazar (middle) and CTO Martin Taylor about tech and transformation. Photo courtesy of Metaswitch.

The Chief

Metaswitch CEO John Lazar lays out his plan. Photo courtesy of Metaswitch.

Ashton Eaton

Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton talks about how improving in small ways can yield big results.

Pace Yourself

Eaton talks about taking on 10 events at once and the discipline required to maintain focus. Photo courtesy of Metaswitch.


Eaton, Gleave (middle) and Lazar (far left) talk to reporters during a lunch meeting.

World Class

It's almost uncanny how humble and unassuming this guy is, even though he's an absolute Olympic badass.

Football Freestyle

World record holder Daniel Cutting (left) and Mark Harlow are moving too fast for my camera to focus.


The ball control these two have is simply phenomenal.

Neck Catch

Daniel Cutting (right) does a handstand while holding the ball behind his head. Not easy. Trust me.

Watching the Future

At the Metaswitch booth, video on demand is, well, on demand.

Still Holding

Daniel Cutting and Mark Harlow hold the pose.


A hands-free approach to video conferencing at the Polycom booth.

The Castle

In the dark of night, we ventured to the Harry Potter amusement park in Orlando.

All Aboard!

The Hogwarts Express is heading our way.

About the Author(s)

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey is the Editor-in-Chief of Light Reading. He (barely) manages editorial operations and news coverage for the Light Reading network's digital properties, including Light Reading, The 5G Exchange, Connecting Africa, Telecoms.com and Broadband World News.

Phil rejoined Light Reading in 2018; he's been a member of the LR editorial staff for a combined 15 years. In between stints at Light Reading, he was the news editor at CRN and, before that, the communications director at Metaswitch Networks. During the late 90s, Phil covered networking and telecom in Silicon Valley as a staff writer at Upside (R.I.P.) and (the original) Red Herring magazine.

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