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


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 Solutions Group. Prior to joining Intel, Robert was Director of Strategic Marketing at Oclaro Inc., and held various Director of Product Management and Marketing 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 Darmstadt, Germany, from 1994-1996 while completing his master’s thesis 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. 

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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