Data Driven Fluid Datacenter


Join Us!

  • Wednesday, July 31, 2013 6:00 PM to 
  • WSGR 650 Page Mill Rd., Palo Alto, CA (map)

Its time to bring the data center to the world of Big data. Today’s data centers are highly virtualized, have fluid resources across storage, compute and networking elements and are extremely difficult to manage and optimize. Data driven machine learning algorithms applied to the vast volume of data being generated by various elements within the data center could help optimize resource allocation, detect and predict problems and ultimately reduce cost. Prior approaches like manual monitoring, capacity planning and static networking topologies just cannot keep up with the demands of today’s data center. We invite you to come and listen to an expert panel consisting of startups, data center operators and large solution vendors on how they see this market develop and what they are doing to speed up the process.

Meet the experts

Klaus Oestermann, Group VP & GM Cloud Networking Group, Citrix

Klaus Oestermann is responsible for the Cloud Networking Group’s (CNG) development efforts, revenue attainment, product marketing, product management and overall strategic direction. CNG includes the 3 product groups around NetScaler, CloudBridge, as well as the company’s SP/Telco focused efforts with Bytemobile.

Klaus has held a variety of executive positions within the company, including consecutive VP and GM roles for the NetScaler Product Group, as well as Application Networking Group and Cloud & Networking Group. Prior to that, he was Area Vice President for the Western Region, United States, and senior director of worldwide channel strategy. In Europe, he was Citrix sales director for the Nordic Region of Europe. Prior to 1999 when Klaus joined Citrix, he was CEO at CMA Systems, and in his early career he worked for IBM Corporation.

He holds a Bachelors degree – HD Business Diploma Degree in Marketing Management & International Trade from Copenhagen Business School, as well as an Academy Economist degree in Marketing and Service Management.

Akram AbouEmara, Technical Director of Cloud R&D, Savvis

Akram runs the cloud R&D group at Savvis where he is focused on future innovations in SavvisCloud . Akram has more than 14 years of technology experience including R&D, software development and cloud architecture. Prior to Savvis, Akram held senior engineering positions at a number of silicon valley startups including NetXen (which was acquired by QLogic) and Fabric7. He also held software engineering positions at Nokia and HP. Akram has a BSc in Computer Engineering and a minor in math from Washington State University. In addition, he is a holder of 4 US patents.

Prabakar Sundarrajan, Founder & CTO, The Fabric

Ankeena/Juniper (New Media Infrastructure); CTO, Netscaler/Citrix; Founding team, VP Tech, Exodus; Founding advisor, Mimosa. Over 30 years of industry experience in companies such as Intel, HP/Tandem, HaL, and Transarc/IBM;. Strong infrastructure and software background. Multiple successful founder/startup exits..

Mike Bushong, VP of Marketing, Plexxi (moderator)

Michael Bushong is Plexxi’s Vice President of Marketing. Michael Bushong has acquired these skills having spent the previous 12 years at Juniper Networks where he led product management, product strategy, and product marketing organizations for Juniper’s flagship operating system Junos. Michael spent the last several years at Juniper leading their SDN efforts across both service provider and enterprise markets. Prior to Juniper, Michael spent time at database supplier Sybase, and ASIC design tool companies Synopsis and Magma Design Automation.

Mazda Marvasti, VP & CTO, Management Business Unit, VMware

Mazda Marvasti is currently the CTO of the Management Business Unit at VMware Corporation, the leader in virtualization and cloud enablement software. He arrived at VMware via the acquisition of his company Integrien which he was the co-founder and CTO from 2002 to 2010. He led the development of Integrien’s flagship product Alive that used patented statistical algorithms to proactively determine application performance issues. Prior to Integrien Mazda was the CTO of (acquired by Experian for $380M) where he built the initial team and launched the service to millions of daily users. A decade of experience at The Aerospace Corporation, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Research round out his 20+ years of Engineering and IT experience. Mazda holds a Masters degree from University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in Aerospace Engineering and holds multiple patents on large scale data analytics.


6:00-7:00pm: Registration and pre-party (with food & beverages)
7:00-7.20pm: Presentations
7:20-8:25pm: Panel discussion
8:20-8:40pm: Q&A session
8:40-9:00pm: Networking session

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This event is co-hosted by The Hive – Building Data Driven Businesses.