Panel II: Less Hyper Scale and More Co-location and Compute at the Edge?

Wednesday, 09 June 13:30 – 15:00

Moderator: Robert Blum, Intel, USA

Panel Description:

A lot of focus has been put on the economy and scale of hyper scale data centers. The last decade witnessed a massive scale out of data centers, some of which contain upwards of a hundred thousand severs and require more than a hundred Megawatts of power. However, security, privacy and data sovereignty considerations have also required the use of much smaller data centers closer to the end user. And with the roll out of 5G and the need for more and more data tied to time critical applications such as real time maps for autonomous driving, edge and co-location data centers are becoming an increasingly critical component of the network as well. 

This panel will discuss the latest trends in data centers from an infrastructure and networking hardware perspective. What vectors and opportunities exist to reduce power consumption, size, and cost, what architectures are being considered inside data centers, and how are data centers evolving and being linked together at the regional and global scale to address the needs of the new decade?  

Speakers:

Dan Pitt, MEF ForumUSA
Presentation Title: Edge-Based Telecom Services: Where Computing and Communication Collide

Zuowei Shen, Google, USA
Presentation Title: Data Center Interconnects Trends and Opportunities: Intra-Data Center

Chongjin Xie, Alibaba, USA
Presentation Title:
 Combining Center and Edge to Extend Cloud Computing Applications

Saurabh Sandhir, Nokia, USA
Presentation Title: SD-WAN and Enterprise Edge in 5G World

Ed Baichtal, Equinix, USA
Presentation Title: To be determined

Biographies:

Ed Baichtal, Equinix, USA
Presentation Title: To be determined

Ed Baichtal is currently a Solutions Architect with over 25 years of industry experience including managed IT services. He has developed and deployed countless hybrid deployments, and currently guides customers on their IOA journeys at Equinix, providing network standards to expand their business.
 

Robert Blum, Intel, USA

Robert Blum is General Manager of New Business and Sr. Director of Marketing for Intel’s Silicon Photonics Product Division. 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 telecommunications products 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, while completing his master’s thesis and holds a doctorate degree in Physics from the University of Technology in Hamburg. He has also studied and done research at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, Switzerland, and at Stanford University, California.

Dan Pitt, MEF ForumUSA
Presentation Title: Edge-Based Telecom Services: Where Computing and Communication Collide

Dan Pitt, a leading voice of the Open Networking movement since its inception, serves as senior vice president of MEF (officially retired but very active), applying SDN, NFV, Cloud, Disaggregation, and Open Source to the offering of new, dynamic services across a global system of automated networks. Prior to MEF he was executive director of ONF from 2011-2016 and served as Dean of Engineering at Santa Clara University. His industrial career includes Nortel Networks, Bay Networks, HP Labs, and IBM Research Zurich. He holds a B.S. from Duke and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois and is a Fellow of the IEEE.
 

Saurabh Sandhir, Nokia, USA

Presentation Title: SD-WAN and Enterprise Edge in 5G World

Saurabh Sandhir heads Product Management at Nuage Networks. Saurabh brings over 17 years of experience leading cross-functional engineering, product management and marketing teams focused on networking software products. Prior to Nuage, Saurabh was Head of Technology Strategy at Ericsson. Before that, Saurabh held a variety of leadership roles during a 13 year tenure at Juniper Networks including product line responsibility for Juniper’s network programmability and NFV platforms. Saurabh played key role in building Juniper’s SDN partner and channel programs and defining the SDN architecture/strategy leading to the acquisition of Contrail Systems.

Saurabh has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, a Masters in Computer Science from Purdue University and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley.

 

Zuowei Shen, Google, USA
Presentation Title: Data Center Interconnects Trends and Opportunities: Intra-Data Center

Zuowei Shen is a senior staff hardware engineer at Google technical infrastructure, working in optical interconnect and system architecture. Her research interests include network interconnect, signal integrity, server/storage/network hardware design, optics to machines and innovative system architecture. Prior to joining Google, Zuowei was at Avago Technology , where she works on signal integrity and optical transceiver design. Zuowei received her Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering and M.S. degree in Statistics from University of California, Davis. She received her B.S.degree in Electrical Engineering from Peking University.
 

Chongjin Xie, Alibaba, USA
Presentation Title:
 Combining Center and Edge to Extend Cloud Computing Applications

Chongjin Xie is a senior director at Alibaba Cloud, leading an optical network team working on datacenter optical interconnects and transport networks. Prior to joining Alibaba in 2014, Dr. Xie was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, doing research on optical communication systems and networks. He was a post-doctor at Chalmers University of Technology from 1999 to 2001, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications in 1996 and 1999, respectively. Dr. Xie has published one book, 5 book chapters and over 200 papers. He is a Fellow of OSA and a Fellow of IEEE.