March 26-29, 2018 - Los Angeles, CA
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Thursday, March 29 • 12:20pm - 1:10pm
Panel: Open Networking Driving Data Center and Cloud Innovation - Moderated by Cliff Grossner, IHS Markit

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Open networking encourages innovation through collaboration. Open specifications and the reference code also allow vendors to leverage external networking competencies to formulate and commercialize new technologies at a rapid pace. Within a few years, the open source community has produced several breakthrough projects in cloud, NFV, SDN, and big data analytics. A switchover from closed to open networks will be essential to a high-tech economy. With this decision comes many potential challenges: deciding the key enabling technologies for Open Networking, avoiding OINO (Open-In-Name-Only) traps, picking through different open APIs options for Open Networking. This panel will explore the growing importance of open networking in driving creative, scientific and technological advancement, including automation leveraging AI and machine learning (ML).

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Cliff Grossner

Executive Director Research & Technology Fellow, Omdia (formerly IHS Markit)
"As head of the Cloud and Data Center Research Practice, he is responsible for research quality across the practice and his research is focused on cloud services, data center compute and networking, and software defined networking (SDN). Dr. Grossner has more than 25 years of telecommunications... Read More →

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Kevin Deierling

VP Marketing, Mellanox Technologies
Kevin Deierling is VP of marketing at Mellanox Technologies, responsible for enterprise, cloud, storage, big data, and machine learning businesses. Previously he served as VP of technology at Genia Technologies, Chief Architect at Silver Spring Networks, and VP marketing and business... Read More →
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Andre Fredette

Sr. Principal Software Engineer, Office of Technology, Red Hat
Andre Fredette is a software engineer on the Emerging Technology Networking team in the Red Hat Office of the CTO.  He is currently working on project Axon, a multi-cloud networking effort, in collaboration with the IBM SDN business unit.  Andre has extensive experience as a leader... Read More →
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Rajesh Gadiyar

VP, Data Platforms Group & CTO Network Platforms Group, Intel
Rajesh Gadiyar is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Network Platforms Group and leads the Architecture & Systems Engineering organization. He is focused on delivering a scalable and efficient architecture for next generation communications platforms. He leads the architecture... Read More →
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Bhavani Krishnan

VP of Program and Product Management, CENGN
Bhavani is the VP of Program and Product Management at CENGN. She has 25+ years experience in the Telecom Services sector with Bell Canada, and in Product Management at Cisco Systems. Some of her notable career achievements include, the launch of the first data network in Canada... Read More →
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Ali Tizghadam

Principal Technology Architect, TELUS
Ali Tizghadam is a member of TELUS team acting as Principal Technology Architect for network softwarization. Ali earned his PhD from Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Toronto in 2009. Before pursuing his PhD Ali has been working for over 10 years in Telecom... Read More →

Thursday March 29, 2018 12:20pm - 1:10pm PDT
Wilshire Grand Ballroom II