The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Los Angeles Convention Center,
Los Angeles, California, USA

Impact of Mega Data Centers on the Industry Supply Chain

Thursday, 24 March, 11:00 - 12:30
Expo Theater III, Exhibit Hall A


Session Description

Unprecedented demand for servers, switches and optical connectivity in Mega Data Centers created a whole new market segment and restructured the industry supply chain in 2010-2015. Has this restructuring been completed by now or is it just the beginning? It is possible that Amazon, Google and Microsoft have already made most of their impact on the industry by now and it will be up to the other operators of Mega Data Centers to lead the industry development.


Dr. Vladimir Kozlov, Founder and CEO of LightCounting Market Research

Vladimir Kozlov is the founder and CEO of LightCounting, an optical communications market research company established in 2004 with an objective of providing in-depth coverage of market and technologies for high speed optoelectronic interfaces employed in communications. Dr. Kozlov has more than 20 years of experience in lasers, detectors, optoelectronics, optical communications and market research. Dr. Kozlov held market analyst, product development and research staff positions at RHK Inc., Lucent Technologies and Princeton University. Serving as Senior Market Analyst at RHK, Dr. Kozlov initiated coverage of several segments of the optical component and module market, including optical transceivers. He completed numerous projects on technology and market analysis for leading optical suppliers.

Dr. Kozlov was involved in development of 10Gbps and tunable laser products at Lucent Technologies, thin film organic semiconductor optoelectronics at Princeton University and blue-green semiconductor lasers at Brown University. Dr. Kozlov also conducted research on ultrafast lasers and spectroscopy of semiconductors. During his career, Dr. Kozlov contributed to establishing of several start-up companies in the area of optoelectronics, including Microtech Instrument Inc., Fianium Ltd and LX Medical Inc. All these businesses are commercializing optical technologies for industrial and medical applications.

Dr. Kozlov holds several US patents and has numerous publications in the area of optoelectronics. He received M. Sc. at Moscow State University in Russia and Ph. D in Physics at Brown University in the United States.


Yuval Bachar, Principal Engineer, Global Infrastructure Architecture and Strategy, LinkedIn

Yuval Bachar is a principal engineer in the global infrastructure and strategy team for Linkedin, which is responsible for the company strategy for data center architecture and implementation of the mega scale future data centers. In this capacity, he drives and supports the new technology development, architecture, and collaboration to support the tremendous growth in LinkedIn’s future user-base, data centers, and services provided. 
Prior to Linkedin, Mr. Bachar was the leader and architect for Facebook data center networking hardware, responsible for the development of the Wedge and 6-Pack first top of Rack (ToR) and modular open networking gear. In addition, Mr. Bachar was the innovator and driver of the $1/1G optical technology initiative for 100G pluggable modules. Furthermore, he redefined the backbone architecture and integration of colored optics into the switching platforms. Earlier, Mr. Bachar served as Senior Director of Engineering in the CTO office in the Data Center Group at Cisco, which is responsible for the company’s data center product portfolio and next generation innovation. In this capacity, he drives and supports next generation systems’ architecture, product market positioning, and cross-Cisco product alignment. Yuval Bachar is also responsible for evangelizing new technologies around IoT and its integration to the data center architecture.
Mr. Bachar has been a contributor to the PCI standard and several IEEE standards. He holds six approved US patents in the networking and system design areas and three Cisco pioneer awards.
Mr. Bachar has a BSEE from the Technion in Haifa.

Christophe Metivier, VP Manufacturing and Platform Engineering, Arista Networks

Christophe has a twenty-year track record of bringing to market successful products and innovations in the networking, optical and computer industries. Prior to joining Arista, Christophe was at Cisco for more than 15 years. He held several leadership roles as VP/GM of the Catalyst 4500 platforms, VP of Engineering for the 6500 System and General Manager of the Transceiver Module Group where he drove the 10G optics form factor transition. Christophe was one of the first 4 employees at Granite Systems in 1995. Christophe holds a MSEE from the University of Toulouse in France.

Osa Mok, CMO, Innolight Technology Corp.

Mr. Mok is an international marketing executive in the Telecommunications Industry with over thirty years of experience in both Fortune 500 and start-up companies. He joined Hambrecht and Quist (now JP Morgan Chase) in the early 1980’s as a Communications Technology Analyst.  From 1985 to 1992, he was Director of International Marketing for GTE (now Verizon). He won outstanding sales achievement awards and received several President’s quality awards for distinguished management achievements.  From 1993 to 1999, he worked as an International Business Development Executive assisting several Fortune 500 companies to develop communications business in Asia and South America.  Mr. Mok co-founded Pine Photonics, an optical transceiver startup, in April 2000.  He grew the company significantly despite a severe industry downturn and sold the company to Opnext in 2003. In 2008, Mr. Mok co-founded InnoLight Technology Corporation.  In just 6 years, InnoLight has successfully become a leader in 40G data center business for optical transceivers and has sales presence in all major continents of the world.  Mr. Mok received a MBA degree from University of Santa Clara, and a M.S. from Texas A&M University.

Rafik Ward, Vice President of Global Marketing, Finisar

In this role, he is primarily responsible for Strategic Marketing, Product Management, and Corporate Communication functions. Since joining the company in 2003, Rafik has held a variety of progressive roles including Product Marketing Manager, Product Line Management and Senior Director of Marketing. He holds an MBA degree from MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

Chongjin Xie, Chief Optical Network Architect, Alibaba Group

Chongjin Xie received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China in 1996 and 1999, respectively. He worked at Photonics laboratory, Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden as a post-doctor from 1999 to 2001. Dr. Xie joined Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies (Now Nokia) in Holmdel, New Jersey, USA in 2001 and became a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in 2013, doing research on optical communication systems and networks. He has been involved in research on high-capacity optical transmission systems and networks, from 10-Gb/s and 40-Gb/s direct-detection systems to 100-Gb/s and 400-Gbs coherent-detection systems. Dr. Xie joined Alibaba Group in Nov. 2014 as a senior director and chief optical network architect in Ali Infrastructure Service, in charge of datacenter optical technologies.

Dr. Xie has authored and co-authored more than 200 journal papers and conference publications, two book chapters and one book in print. He is an associate editor of Journal of Lightwave Technology, and has served as chairs, TPC chairs or TPC members in many conferences. Dr. Xie is a Fellow of OSA and a senior member of IEEE.


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