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.

Watch the panel

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!

 

The Fabric recently hosted the CXO Council meeting. The Council consists of CXOs of industry leading companies to discuss and gain private access to the latest breakthrough innovations in next-generation enterprise cloud infrastructure technologies.

The theme for the meeting was “Reimagining infrastructure in a distributed era.”

Arun Chandrasekaran, Distinguished VP, Analyst from Gartner, set the stage by presenting Gartner’s view of how the future of infrastructure is everywhere. He opined that it is not just a journey to the cloud but a journey to a mix.

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.

Throughout the discussion, CXO Council members shared their perspectives. Performance, Security, and Compliance were clearly on top of their minds. The fast pace of technology, moving towards microservices and serverless, is creating challenges for organizations that are over a century old. Their challenge is supporting internal operations through legacy mainframe infrastructure while delivering modern user experience using microservices to millennium customers. They opined that they go with an approach of different horses for different courses.

Security is a broad area, and the advice from CXOs was that not all problems have a solution, so take an approach to reduce the risk area. The key takeaway is to focus on three things:

  1. Who did what when
  2. Who is doing what when
  3. Who could do what when

We asked the leaders the key issues on top of their minds as they go through their digital transformation journey. Not surprisingly the top 5 were:

  1.  Optimization their deployments for hyper growth and hyper scale
  2. Hiring talent
  3. Transforming department culture from IT support to a SW organization
  4. Cost reduction through modernization of platforms while maintaining legacy systems
  5. Safety and security of people and assets

In the end, there was advice for startups: If you want to sell into an enterprise, you should provide discrete value. Your offering should save around 30% of the current spend to make the effort of transitioning out worthwhile.

It is always hard to get into the schedule of CXO’s and I am grateful to all for making their valuable time available for an engaging afternoon.

I am very excited to welcome Gary Messiana, newly appointed CEO of The Fabric co-creation Mesh7 (previously Kavach), a cloud-native application security mesh company funded by Juniper, Splunk, and March Capital Partners.

Gary brings an extensive track record of executive leadership, operational excellence and success with strong client-centric philosophy in application software, security and hosted infrastructure. He joins Mesh7 as CEO following the successful sale of Nominum Incorporated, a DNS based security company, where he served as CEO starting in 2011. Prior to Nominum, Gary was an EIR (entrepreneur-in-residence) at Bessemer Venture Partners where he focused on the software and infrastructure as a service sector. Gary also served as CEO of Netli, a content and application delivery network provider servicing both the carrier and enterprise markets. Netli was successfully sold in 2007 to Akamai. Prior to joining Netli, Gary served a CEO at Diligent Software Systems, a provider of strategic sourcing software that he sold to B2E Markets in 2003.

We look forward to working with Gary and Mesh7 team that consists of domain experts in application security, cloud technologies, and distributed systems.

Welcome to The Fabric family, Gary.