Before becoming a Cisco Fellow in the SAVBU working on Datacenter switching products, Tom was Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Datacenter, Switching, and Services Group at Cisco. In that role, in addition to running the day-to-day business, he was the chief architect of the Cisco Nexus 7000 data center platform that was recognized with the 2008 Interop Best of Show Winner in the Infrastructure category. He holds 68 patents (49 issued, 19 pending) all in the networking and storage networking fields.
Preceding that, Edsall was General Manager of the Data Center Business Unit responsible for the MDSand Nexus 7000 product lines. Before that he was CTO and co-founder of Andiamo Systems, Inc., a storage networking start-up acquired by Cisco. Prior to Andiamo, he was Vice President of Engineering at Cisco and one of the system architects responsible for the Cisco Catalyst 5000 and 6000 product lines. Two of Tom’s products, the Catalyst 6000 and Nexus 7000, have been the recipients of the prestigious Cisco Pioneer Award.
Prior to Cisco, he was a co-founder and a member of the senior engineering management team at Crescendo Communications, Cisco’s first acquisition. Edsall holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University where he now lectures occasionally.
VP Enterprise and Data Center Market Research
Alan Weckel is VP of Enterprise and Data Center Market Research at Dell’Oro Group, where he is in charge of Ethernet switch research and new areas such as SDN forecasting and WAN optimization. He has written many articles for the trade and technical press, and is frequently quoted in such leading media as Bloomberg, Business Week, Forbes, Network World, and the Wall Street Journal. Before joining Dell’Oro Group, he held engineering and software development positions at Raytheon, General Electric Power Systems, and Cisco. He holds a BSEE and an MS in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Abstract: Ethernet Markets: Where Are the Opportunities, How Big, and When?
Ethernet is obviously the most widely accepted and most popular protocol in networking today. But what does this mean for actual business opportunities? We will cover markets from several points of view. First, we will cover market acceptance of 10 GbE, 40 GbE, and 100 GbE. Second, we will consider application areas, including adapters, switches, servers, and storage. We will include the effects of new megatrends such as cloud computing, convergence, the emergence of Chinese vendors, white box switching, SDN, and big data.
Brad Booth is a Principal Engineer at Microsoft, where he works on networking strategy for Microsoft’s cloud data centers. He was previously a Distinguished Engineer in the Office of the CTO at Dell, where he was in charge of layer 1 and layer 2 networking protocol strategy and focused on their next generation server-storage-switch fabric. He has also held engineering positions at Applied Micro, Intel, PMC-Sierra and Bell-Northern Research. He founded the Ethernet Alliance and later served as its President and Chair. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Victoria (Canada)
Abstract: Ethernet: Building a Castle on a Cloud
Ethernet is THE interconnect in cloud data centers. As more services, applications, and data move to the cloud, cloud providers will need far more servers and bandwidth. Their deployment model must satisfy both organizations and the worldwide market of connected consumers. Can Ethernet keep up with the insatiable appetite for data and applications anywhere and anytime? What changes are required to Ethernet technology as clouds become the largest buyers? How can the Ethernet ecosystem respond quickly enough to their rapidly changing needs and requirements?
Vice President of Product Marketing
Arpit Joshipura is VP Product Marketing at Dell Networking. A strong advocate of network virtualization and software-defined networking, he has emphasized their use in developing switches that are cheaper, use less power, and occupy less space. He has helped lead Dell to rapid expansion in the switch market, so it is now third in market share for 10GbE switches and second only to Cisco for 40GbE. He heads the marketing effort that is positioning Dell as a leader in next-generation, high-speed networking to meet the needs of the data explosion.
Joshipura joined Dell through the acquisition of Force10 Networks where he was Chief Marketing Officer. Before working at Force10, he was Vice President, Strategy and Market Development at Ericsson and VP Product Management and Marketing at Redback Networks. A networking veteran with over 20 years experience, he has also held executive management positions at Ciena, ONI, Caspian Networks, and Nortel Networks. He received his MBA and MS in computer engineering from North Carolina State University and his bachelor of science in electrical engineering and telecommunications from Gujarat University (India).
Abstract: Customer-Oriented Approach to Implementing SDN
The Cloud Ethernet Forum
Chairman, Ethernet Alliance
Chief Ethernet Evangelist, Dell CTO Office
John D’Ambrosia is the Chief Ethernet Evangelist in the CTO Office of Dell. In this capacity John has been an industry leader in the development of Ethernet-related technologies since 1999. John is currently the acting chair of the IEEE 802.3 400 Gigabit Ethernet Study Group, a member of the IEEE 802 Executive Committee, and Chairman of the Ethernet Alliance. Prior to these efforts, John served as chair of the IEEE P802.3ba Task Force, which developed the specifications for 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s Ethernet, and chair of the IEEE P802.3bj 100 Gb/s Backplane and Copper Cable Task Force. He is a blogger for EE Times and China Network World, giving insights into the state of the Ethernet EcoSystem. For his ongoing contributions to the continuing success of Ethernet, in 2013 John was honored by the Ethernet Technology Summit with the Ethernet Achievement Award, and was inducted into the Light Reading Hall of Fame.
Abstract: Never Enough - 400 GbE!
The ever-increasing thirst for bandwidth remains unabated. Over the past year in the IEEE 802.3 Working Group, the definition of the 400 Gigabit Ethernet project has been underway, and is poised to be officially approved by the time of the Ethernet Technology Summit. However, as the rate of Ethernet has increased and the solutions have moved towards a parallelized approach, advanced technologies, such as advanced signaling modulation and photonic integration, have become more integral to the ultimate solution set. This presentation will frame the challenges faced by the 400 GbE project, and explore how these solutions could have an impact on 100GbE
Senior Director Ethernet Product Management
Comcast Business Services
Scott Cassell is Sr. Director of Ethernet Product Management at Comcast Business Services. In this role, Cassell is responsible for the introduction and lifecycle management of the Ethernet Private Line, Ethernet Virtual Private Line and Ethernet Network Service products serving businesses and mobile/cellular carriers.
Cassell has more than 20 years of technology product development, product management, engineering, business development, marketing and strategic sales experience. Prior to joining Comcast, he held a variety of positions at AT&T, Globalnet, Qwest Communications, CenturyLink and Savvis.