As every year, we are incredibly excited to host The Fabric Annual Summit and meet again with our peers, investors, advisors, our co-created companies, and technology leaders in the cloud/IoT infrastructure space.

This year’s theme was Reimagining Infrastructure for a Distributed Era. We kicked off the Summit with a CXO Council meeting in Palo Alto.

Arun Chandrasekaran, Distinguished VP, Analyst from Gartner, set the stage by presenting Gartner’s view of how the future of infrastructure is everywhere.

Gartner predicts that by 2021, 40% of large enterprises will be integrating edge computing principles into their IT projects, up from less than 3% in 2018.

Read The Fabric CXO Council takeaways.

The Fabric Annual Summit followed an intimate, invitation-only meeting with CXOs. After opening remarks from The Fabric’s hosts, Rajan Raghavan and Prabakar Sundarrajan, we were thrilled to have Chris Bedi, CIO at ServiceNow, as a keynote speaker. Chris Bedi talked about infrastructure challenges for the enterprise world.

Watch Bedi’s talk.

Chris Bedi, CIO, ServiceNow

The fast pace of technology, moving towards microservices and serverless, is creating challenges for organizations that are over a century old.

Karl Gouverneur, CIO at Northwestern Mutual and Girish Juneja, Chief Digital Officer at Dover Corporation, talked about how they approach transformation from their IT support teams into an innovative software organization within their companies.

Karl Gouverneur, CIO, Northwestern Mutual & Girish Juneja, Chief Digital Officer, Dover Corp

Amit Zavery, Head of Platform at Google Cloud and Anuj Kapur, Chief Strategy Officer at Cisco, discussed the evolution of application architecture, changes from the distributed infrastructure perspective, organizational, and operational implications.

Watch their fireside chat.

Amit Zavery, Head of Platform, Google Cloud & Anuj Kapur, Chief Strategy Officer, Cisco

A panel on Trends in a distributed world concluded the Summit. Panelists Mallik Tatipamula, CTO at Ericsson, Silicon Valley, Kapi Attawar, Chief Revenue Officer, Blockchain at Samsung, Dr. Stuart Evans from Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley and Debo Dutta, Distinguished Engineer at Cisco focused on how connectivity, compute, control/decision theory, applications, and blockchain evolve to address the infrastructure for a distributed era.

Moderated by Prabakar Sundarrajan, Chief Strategist at The Fabric, each panelist shared insights and discussed use cases, challenges, and opportunities in a distributed world.

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From left to right: Moderator: Prabakar Sundarrajan (Chief Strategist, The Fabric); Panelists: Kapi Attawar (Chief Revenue Officer/Blockchain – Samsung), Debo Dutta (Distinguished Engineer, Cisco), Dr. Stuart Evan (CMU, Silicon Valley), Mallik Tatipamula (CTO, Ericsson, Silicon Valley)

Prabakar Sundarrajan, The Fabric Chief Strategist also elaborated in a series of five blogs the ways that infrastructure and applications are being decentralized, thereby driving needs to evolve infrastructure (compute, network, storage, security, and orchestration) to meet the resulting challenges.

Read Prabakar’s blog:

·      Distributed applications, containers, micro-services, API revolution

·      Distributed edge compute infrastructure

·      Distributed trust, enterprise blockchain, need for distributed tracking

The Summit 2019 photo album

Once again, we’d like to thank the speakers and our guests who made The Fabric Annual Summit 2019 a success. We’re looking forward to the next one!


This year’s theme of The Fabric Summit was Infrastructure Innovations for a Connected World.

Every year, The Summit attracts over 150 CxOs, investors, advisors, entrepreneurs. This year we surpassed these numbers.

Rajan Raghavan, CEO of The Fabric spoke about The Fabric co creation model and shared the success of the first fund that started in 2012 and closed this year. He shared that the first fund achieved a return placing it amongst the top 2% venture performers. Prabakar Sundarrajan, Chief Scientist at The Fabric shared that Microservices, Edge computing and Blockchain infrastructure were the three technology areas being explored by The Fabric for co-creating new companies.

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  • The Fabric’s talk: Co-creation model and technology directions by Rajan Raghavan and Prabakar Sundarrajan

Toby Redshaw, SVP, Verizon gave the first keynote speech. He laid out how billions of connected devices will long battery life using 5G networks will drive the ‘smarts’ in IOT. How the integration of SDNs, Cloud RAN, Deep Fiber and millimeter wave spectrum will deliver ultra-low latency and faster data speeds for AR/VR and multi-player games. If 4th industrial revolution is AR/VR/MR + AI + IoT + NextGen Cloud/Edge + 5G then Verizon is leading the pack. Toby invited startups to explore the 5G Labs being setup by Verizon to accelerate innovation using an outside-in approach.

While Toby shared how a person handicapped in motor skills after a stroke can use AR/VR to train at home and bring back their dexterity using the capabilities enabled by 5G, Kartik Kumar, VP, Levi Strauss & Co. shared how Project F.L.X. (future led execution) connects with the need for self-expression and customization in the digital era. He shared how such projects are possible by saying no to monolithic code and moving to microservices and automation.

Sumant Mandal from March Capital Partners shared the VC perspective on the industry trends.Sumant shared that fewer, but larger deals are taking place and capital availability is high. At the same time the average time to exit is around 6.1 years. He shared that the market temperature is heated and growth in cloud has greatly outpaced other industries. Three technology trends, cloud, AI and blockchain were driving flexibility, intelligence and trust into the core plumbing that will provide the base for fog/edge computing, IoT and multi-cloud solutions.

I moderated a panel on IoT security with representation from academia, technology developers and implementors. Dr. Donald Reising from UTC started off by brining forth an analogy of security with moats and walls of a fort. Josh Nash of Microsoft built on the analogy and shared how security is not just at the perimeter but on every layer. He shared how security is not just HW or SW but HW + SW + services and discussed the 7 properties thesis of Microsoft’s work in this space. Dr. Rajive Joshi from RTI shared how it is as important to secure the data in motion within the pipe as the pipe itself. He shared of the work being done by industry consortiums to create standards like Industrial Internet Connectivity Framework and the Industrial IOT Security Framework. Ben Hendrick stressed the need for careful planning when going for IoT implementations. He emphasized the need for securing the IT as well as the OT networks.

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Join us on April 20th to hear a panel of experts from VISA, Symantec, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and The Fabric talk about Security and Compliance in the Hybrid Cloud Age.

This meetup has brought together distinguished speakers from VISA, Symantec, HPE and The Fabric to discuss what is required to accelerate cloud adoption for the industry’s most sensitive applications. Research shows that Security and Compliance issues impact the pace at which enterprises are moving applications to the cloud.

Entrepreneurs looking for ideas should attend and not miss this opportunity to network with thought leaders.


Vijay Sondhi, VISA: Senior Vice President and Head of Innovation group at VISA. Prior leadership roles with – Fidelio Software (now Oracle), iXOS Software (now OpenText), and Xenon Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:XENE).

Rehan Jalil, Symantec: Senior Vice President and GM of Cloud Security at Symantec. Previously, he was the Founder and CEO of Elastica, acquired by Blue Coat Systems.

Dave Larson, HPE: Vice-President of Security Solutions and Chief Technologist within the Software-Defined and Cloud Group at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. Previously at Corero Network Security, TippingPoint, Tizor Systems (Netezza/IBM), Sandburst Corporation (Broadcom) and Xedia Corporation (Lucent).

Janga Aliminati, Co-Founder and CTO at Stealth Startup with experience as Chief Architect at VISA and Oracle for Cloud Development

Prabakar Sundarrajan, CTO and Co-Founder of The Fabric – investing in cloud infrastructure startups. Prior experience at Juniper (Ankeena), Citrix (NetScaler), Exodus

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