The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Los Angeles Convention Center,
Los Angeles, California, USA

Data Center Summit: Next Generation Optical Technologies Inside the Data Center

Tuesday, 21 March; 12:15 - 13:45
Expo Theater II


Session Description

The data center summit panel will focus on next generation optical technologies likely to be used inside the data center.  It will include both standard solutions as well as custom ones. Panelists will discuss the following:
  • What are the evolving data center requirements?
    • Hyperscale perspective
    • Non-hyperscale perspective
  • What will be needed as data centers evolve and grow?
  • How are data centers working with optical components suppliers and equipment vendors to achieve their goals?
  • What is missing in the ecosystem?
This panel will have members from a cross-section of the value chain – data center operators, equipment suppliers and component suppliers.


Lisa Huff, Principal Analyst, Discerning Analytics, USA

Lisa Huff is Principal Analyst at Discerning Analytics, LLC (DA). Lisa is a Certified Data Center Management Professional (CDCMP®) and degreed electrical engineer with over 30 years experience in the data center, optics and electronics industries.  In addition to her position at DA, she is Telecom Director for Bishop & Associates, Inc. Lisa’s expertise is in data centers, data communications cabling and connectivity, networking equipment and optical components.  She has presented at many industry conferences including 7x24 Exchange International, Data Center World, ECOC, OFC, Transport Networks for Mobile Operators and Next Generation Optical Networking. Her most recent publications can be found on the Discerning Analytics home page.


Silicon Photonics and the Future of Optical Connectivity in the Data Center
Robert Blum, Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Development, Intel, USA

Robert Blum is Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Development for Intel’s Silicon Photonics Product Division. Prior to joining Intel, Robert was Director of Strategic Marketing at Oclaro Inc., and held various Director level roles for Oclaro’s DWDM and consumer laser portfolio. Before joining Oclaro, Robert was Product Line Manager for optical transmission components at JDS Uniphase Corporation and held various engineering and marketing management roles at Gemfire Corporation, all in California. Robert worked at Deutsche Telekom’s research labs in Germany as part of his master’s thesis at TU Darmstadt and holds a doctorate degree in Physics from TUHH in Hamburg. He has also studied and done research at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, Switzerland, and at Stanford University, California.

Defining the Link
Mike Connaughton, Market Segment Manager, Nexans, USA

Mike Connaughton is the Market Segment Manager for Data Centers at Nexans where he is responsible for strategic direction and product portfolio.  Mike received his BSEET degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology (Boston, MA) in 1990 and has been involved in fiber optic cable engineering and marketing ever since.  He has been a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) since 1997 and a Certified Data Center Designer (CDCD) since 2014. 

Optical Form Factor for Next Generation 400G Switching
Raju Kankipati, Product Manager, Arista Networks, USA

Raju Kankipati is a Product Manager at Arista Networks and drives Arista’s Optics and DWDM switch strategy. Raju uses his optics expertise and data center switching experience to help customers migrate to higher speeds in a cost-effective manner. Prior to Arista, Raju was a product manager at Cisco’s Transceiver Module group and before that he held various positions at Hitachi/Opnext/Oclaro for over 10 years. Raju holds a B.E (Honors) degree in Electronics from BITS Pilani, India and MBA degree from UC Berkeley’s Haas school of Business.

Datacenter Requirements on Next Generation Optical Interconnect Technologies
Chongjin Xie, Senior Director & Chief Optical Network Architect, Alibaba, USA

Dr. Xie is a senior director in Alibaba Group, leading optical network architecture, design and testing team to develop optical interconnects and networking technologies to support Alibaba online platform and cloud services. Prior to joining Alibaba in 2014, Dr. Xie was a distinguished member of technical staff at Bell Labs, doing research on optical communication systems. He was a postdoctoral researcher at Chalmers University of Technology from 1999 to 2001, received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications in 1996 and 1999. Dr. Xie is a Fellow of OSA and a senior member of IEEE.


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