Tom Edsall is the Chief Technology Officer of Cisco’s Insieme Business Unit, a Cisco Fellow, and a co-founder of Insieme Networks, Cisco’s widely discussed, internally funded spin-in/startup. At Insieme (recently spun back into Cisco), Edsall led the development of the Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). It includes a new line of Nexus 9000 switches that form an application-aware switching fabric along with a centralized controller that manages both virtual and physical network infrastructures.
A 20-year Cisco veteran and one of the company’s leading switch architects, he has been responsible for the widely used MDS, Nexus 7000, and Catalyst 5000 and 6000 product lines. Two of his products, the Catalyst 6000 and Nexus 7000, received the prestigious Cisco Pioneer Award. He holds over 70 networking-related patents and has written many papers, including a winner of the Sigcomm 2014 best paper award.
Before joining Cisco, he was a co-founder and member of the senior engineering management team at Crescendo Communications, Cisco's first acquisition. Edsall holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from Stanford, where he has also been a Visiting Scholar and occasional lecturer.
Abstract: Applications Rule in Today’s Networks
The key to understanding today’s networks is to know the applications that run on them. Enterprises want to maximize application performance (at, of course, a reasonable cost). They want applications to handle big data, provide real-time results, be accessible from everywhere, and offer a high level of security. Networks must be application-centric. What does that mean? It means that networks must be flexible enough to configure their resources rapidly (and automatically) to suit specific applications, whether they involve data analytics, ERP, CRM, transaction processing, business planning, or other major tasks. Networks must also be able to provide metrics that describe application performance and can indicate problem areas. The application-centric network focuses on the results enterprises want to see (and need to prosper or even survive in a highly competitive and fast-changing world).
President and CEO
Mayer recently joined IXIA after a 25-year technology career with her most recent position being Senior Vice President/General Manager, Network Functions Virtualization Business at Hewlett-Packard. She was previously Senior VP/GM, HP Networking, Senior VP Worldwide Marketing at Blue Coat Systems, and Chief Marketing Officer at Mirapoint. One of the highest ranking and most highly regarded women in technology today, Mayer said on assuming her CEO role that “Ixia is at the forefront of enabling the development, deployment, monitoring and security of mobile, virtualized, cloud and wireline networks. It is an honor to build upon Ixia’s strong legacy and foundation at this pivotal time for the company and the networking industry.” She describes herself as a results-oriented leader with a collaborative management style that enables cross-functional teamwork and consistently delivers business results. According to IXIA’s chairman Errol Ginsburg, “Bethany was instrumental in pioneering HP’s SDN and NFV initiatives, product strategies, and ecosystem development, and she possesses a deep knowledge of the network equipment and security markets.”
Abstract: How Data Centers Can Meet Exploding Application Demands
The tremendous growth of online applications, the need for rapid service deployment, and the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) are all driving the demand for huge increases in data center performance. Greater application complexity, reach, and sophistication, as well as ever more complex security threats, are forcing data centers to face new challenges. They must meet application performance demands while providing resilient security and still maintaining an eye on the bottom line.
So how do we meet the challenges? The industry has been quickly identifying a wide variety of promising approaches to help cope with the new realities in data centers. Technical advances ranging from 25GbE to Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) are on a fast track to deployment, with the goal of delivering reliable, cost-effective performance on which data centers can depend.
Sr VP/GM Ethernet Business Unit
Ahmet Houssein joined QLogic in July of 2014 to head up the company’s Ethernet business unit. He has more than 25 years of experience as a senior hands-on executive with established success in delivering innovative products and driving profitable business growth for companies ranging in size from start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations. Houssein has extensive experience with computer systems and a deep understanding of critical operational and business drivers in multiple markets and industries. He served as president and CEO of Silverback Systems, which was sold to Brocade and was the vice president and general manager of Adaptec’s Storage Solutions Group. Prior to that Houssein was the general manager of Intel’s Server Group and was one of the key leaders in the creation of the Next Generation I/O architecture, which ultimately was the foundation for the InfiniBand and PCI-Express industry standards. Houssein was a founding board member of the Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA).
Abstract: Using the Latest Ethernet Standards: More Bandwidth at Lower Cost
More bandwidth is surely the name of the networking game today. Architects designing for applications such as high-performance computing, Hadoop, and object storage clusters need more bandwidth than 10 Gigabit Ethernet can provide. However, 100 GbE connections remain very expensive, and 40 GbE ones are less than optimal. The new 25GbE and 50 GbE adapters (available in late 2015 and early 2016) offer more bandwidth than 40GbE adapters with fewer switch ports and cables. With support for RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE), such adapters can provide the leading-edge speed previously possible only with InfiniBand. They will bring data centers to a new level of processing power well-suited to the era of big data, real-time analytics, and cloud computing.
Principal Architect, Azure Networking
Brad Booth is a long-time leader in Ethernet technology development and standardization. Currently heading up the 25/50G Ethernet Consortium, he is a Principal Engineer at Microsoft, where he leads the development of hyperscale interconnect strategy for Microsoft’s cloud datacenters. He is also the founder and past Chairman of the Ethernet Alliance. Brad was previously a Distinguished Engineer in the Office of the CTO at Dell Networking, where he developed Dell's next generation server-storage-networking fabric strategy. He has also held senior strategist and engineering positions at Applied Micro, Intel, and PMC-Sierra. The holder of 13 patents related to networking technologies, he has received awards from the IEEE Standards Association for work on Ethernet standards and awards for his contributions to Gigabit Ethernet, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and Ethernet in the First Mile. He was listed as one of the 50 most powerful people in networking by Network World magazine.
Abstract: From Silicon to System — How Hyperscale Impacts Your Design
Hyperscale cloud datacenters are so large that even the slightest change in component cost, power consumption, or utilization has a huge absolute effect. Datacenter operators are therefore emphasizing standards and products that provide improved customer experience with faster technology introduction or rapid network reconfiguration. Hierarchical SDN offers greater flexibility and faster adaptation to application demands than traditional IP routing. On-board optics reduces costs by placing the optical module on the switch or server motherboard. Flexible Ethernet lets network operators implement the appropriate Ethernet speed for a specific situation. Vendors must understand datacenter needs to quickly and cost-effectively plan for this fast-paced and growing market segment.
Chairman, Ethernet Alliance
Chief Ethernet Evangelist, Dell CTO Office
ohn D’Ambrosia is the Chief Ethernet Evangelist in the CTO Office at Dell. He has been an industry leader in the development of Ethernet-related technologies since 1999. Currently, he is chairing the IEEE 802.3 Higher Speed Ethernet Consensus Ad hoc, which is looking to initiate the 400Gb/s Ethernet Study Group. He is also chairing the IEEE P802.3bj 100 Gb/s Backplane and Copper Cable Task Force. In addition, John is a founder of the Ethernet Alliance, and is currently serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. John previously served as chair of the IEEE P802.3ba Task Force, which developed the specifications for 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s Ethernet, as well as chair of the Optical Internetworking Forum's Market Awareness and Education committee.
Abstract: Ethernet: Different Strokes for Different Folks
Designers are always waiting for the next higher rate of Ethernet. When is it coming and when will it dominate the market? Well, guess what, the Ethernet community is now preparing four new “higher” rates at the same time, namely 2.5 GbE, 5 GbE, 25 GbE, and 400 GbE. So designers should have a field day! 2.5 GbE and 5 GbE will allow higher throughput wireless networks and will speed up enterprise applications where legacy cabling cannot handle 10 GbE. 25 GbE will provide the next server interconnect rate for hyperscale data centers. And 400GbE will provide the next “fat pipe” for bandwidth killer applications driven by performance and throughput. Welcome to Ethernet’s new era, in which network designers have an entire toolbox of solutions to handle a huge range of applications.
VP Enterprise and Data Center Market Research
Alan Weckel is VP of Enterprise and Data Center Market Research at Dell’Oro Group. He manages Ethernet switch research and oversees work on the data center and SDN across the analyst team. He has expanded Dell’Oro Group’s research on the data center greatly to include deep analysis of network convergence with servers and storage systems. 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: SDN and the Cloud: Will They Revolutionize Ethernet Markets?
The entire Ethernet switch market is changing rapidly. Clouds and content providers now dominate sales in the data center. The big sites buy more than all enterprises combined, and the discrepancy will rise as enterprises move more of their computing to the cloud. So the major question is what do the big sites need? Obviously, they want high performance, low prices, low power consumption, simple administration, and tremendous flexibility. They need simplicity and automation, since they have to deal with thousands or millions of everything. They need immediate payoffs, since they don’t keep anything very long, and they have no legacy to worry about yet. SDN is a key part of the equation, since it will allow them to adapt their networks to whatever workload they have. And technologies such as 25GbE with immediate price/performance advantages will find rapid acceptance. Other users will simply have to trail along or buy from specialized vendors who offer specific features at higher prices.
Larry Roberts is best known as the leader of the team that created the ARPANET using packet switching techniques. The ARPANET was later converted into the current Internet, hence making him one of the true founders of the Internet. He has received many awards, including the National Academy of Engineering’s Charles Stark Draper Prize “for the development of the Internet”, the AFIP Harry Goode Memorial Award, and the IEEE 2000 Internet Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The founder and CEO of five telecommunications companies, he has developed many leading edge products to advance Internet capability, QoS, and reliability. He holds 11 patents and has given invited presentations at many conferences worldwide. He holds a PhD in electrical engineering, an MSEE, and a BSEE from MIT.
Abstract: Fireside Chat with Internet Pioneer/Co-Inventor
Organizer/Introducer: Alan Weissberger, Content Manager, IEEE Communications Society
Interviewer: Geoff Thompson, Principal, GraCaSI
What can we learn from the origins, emergence, and explosion of the now omnipresent Internet? Join Internet pioneer (and ARPANET creator) Larry Roberts in exploring how the Internet came about, how it reached its present state, and where it is heading in the future. This interview will cover both historical lessons and future trends.