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Challenge Accepted: Connecting Data Centers in the Cloud Era
Date / Time: Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 12:00 p.m. New York/ 5:00 p.m. London
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Mitch Wagner, Editor, Enterprise Cloud, Light Reading

Fady Masoud, Technical Marketing Senior Advisor, Ciena

Brandon Tikalsky, Director of New Market Design, Digital Realty

Traditional data center interconnection worked well in the old days, when users on desktop devices accessed siloed enterprise apps. But those days are gone. In today's cloud era, users expect information on-demand on mobile devices, anywhere and everywhere, accessed through public, private and hybrid clouds. New demand brings challenges to technology and operations that must be met by shrinking IT budgets and reduced resources. In this session, you'll learn more about the challenges for data center interconnection -- connections between data centers -- in the cloud era and how to overcome them with technology innovation that spans every aspect of data center networking. You'll learn how to satisfy today's requirements for scalability to meet unpredictable demand, programmability, flexibility and simplicity as well as bridging the culture gap between IT and networking within the business to get everybody working as a team.


Mitch Wagner, Editor, Enterprise Cloud, Light Reading
Journalist Mitch Wagner tracks technology and business developments for enterprise and service provider network operators. He was previously Editor in Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek.

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Fady Masoud, Technical Marketing Senior Advisor, Ciena
Fady Masoud's area of expertise focuses on the architecture and requirements of next-generation optical platforms. During his 20 years in the telecommunications industry, he has held various positions in the optical networking domain at Nortel and now Ciena working on some of the key and disruptive technologies that changed the telecom industry. He started as a hardware test engineer on the first OC-192 (10 Gbps) systems and then as a systems engineer on optical metropolitan products. Fady has written publications on data center interconnect solutions; next-generation optical networking, including 40G and 100G; ROADMs; intelligent network evolution strategies and architecture; and many other key topics.

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Brandon Tikalsky, Director of New Market Design, Digital Realty
Brandon is the director of new market design at Digital Realty, where he is in charge of developing Digital Realty’s interconnect networks in new and existing markets. On top of evaluating telecom options, Brandon helps to develop Digital Realty’s overall go-to-market cloud strategy and previously led the network provisioning team at Digital Realty. Prior to working at Digital Realty, Brandon was a senior fiber engineer, senior methods engineer and a network planning engineer at AboveNet and Zayo Group.

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