Opening Keynotes

Leading Data Center Transformation: Cloud-enabled, Software-defined, Network-transformed

In this keynote speech, QCT President Mike Yang will share his view on data center transformation journey, how QCT is leading the transformation, and what QCT has done in the transformation of “cloud-enabled”, “software-defined” and “network-transformed”.

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Mike Yang

President, QCT

With more than 25 years of IT industry experience, Mike transforms the organization from an ODM to a leading datacenter solution provider that delivers servers, storage, network switches, integrated rack systems, and cloud solutions all under one roof. Enabling customer to easily adopt cloud by offering one-stop-shop experience.

Mike leads the company to be in the driving seat of cloud computing industry. QCT and Quanta comprehend with all the capability of assisting business transition smoothly to the cloud and to achieve the vision of software define data center (SDDC), currently is the largest cloud datacenter hardware provider in the world.

The Importance of Next-Gen Solutions

The data explosion drives architecting a new datacenter which will be built at the “rackscale” and no longer architected at the individual server level. To address the exceptional demands on networks, service providers are looking for systems that deliver greater agility and cost efficiency. Our deep collaboration with Quanta has enabled us to offer reference solutions to our joint customers across cloud, enterprise, and communications which simplify and accelerate customer adoption and deployment.

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Jason P. Waxman

Corporate Vice President & General Manager, Datacenter Solutions Group, Intel

Jason P. Waxman is a corporate vice president in the Data Center Group and general manager of the Datacenter Solutions Group (DSG). DSG’s objective is to develop and deliver innovative solutions that are of high customer value, easy to deploy, and are cost efficient. In collaboration with the Enterprise & Government, Comms, and Cloud business units, DSG provides a well-coordinated solutions approach across development, business plans, and implementation, addressing each sectors unique requirements. Examples include Intel’s datacenter autonomous driving, software defined infrastructure, big data analytics and artificial intelligence, non-volatile memory, genomics, rack scale design, and network function virtualization solutions.

Waxman joined Intel in 1997 and has held several roles in cloud, enterprise, and data center computing. Before leading the Datacenter Solutions Group, Waxman was general manager of the Cloud Platforms Group where he managed Intel’s business, products, and technologies for cloud service providers. Prior to that, Waxman was general manager of high-density computing and led the definition and introduction in enterprise of Intel Xeon platforms. Before coming to Intel, Waxman worked in strategic planning and manufacturing for Emerson Electric as a management consultant.

Waxman is an industry advocate for standards in data center computing, including board roles in the Open Compute Foundation and the Server System Infrastructure Forum. He initiated Intel's role as technical advisor to the Open Data Center Alliance. He is involved in non-profit charities and acts as a trustee to the Oregon Health and Sciences University and a board member for the Boys and Girls Club. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, a master's degree in operations research, and an MBA degree, all from Cornell University.

Partner Keynotes

Realizing Value with Hybrid Cloud

Cloud is everywhere and has transformed the way we think about using technology to enable business outcomes. However not all scenarios work well when paired strictly with public cloud. Situations that require extreme connectivity, or have regulatory concerns due to sensitive data, or have performance and availability concerns may all be examples where a combination of public cloud and on-premises cloud can be used to provide an optimized outcome.

Learn how Accenture and Avanade have invested in cloud computing and how they see hybrid cloud evolving to support a growing number of industry scenarios.

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Scott Harrison

Managing Director, Accenture

Patrick Cimprich

Executive, PS&O Lead – Cloud Arch, Avanade

Scott :

Scott has been with Accenture for more than 25 years where he has held numerous leadership positions within Accenture’s Technology Innovation & Ecosystem practice.

In his current role, Scott is responsible for driving Accenture’s Microsoft business globally. He has worked on some of the largest and most complex Microsoft programs with a focus on business transformation. He is tasked with expanding Accenture’s Microsoft business across Accenture’s key industry segments and geographies, continuing to deliver new and innovative business solutions.

Previously, Scott has led high profile engagements, primarily with Accenture’s Communications and High Tech clients. His work included formulating and implementing product, technology and operating strategies.

Prior to joining Accenture, Scott served as a submarine officer in the US Navy. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He also holds an MBA from the University of Washington. He is based in Seattle.

Patrick :

Pat Cimprich is an Executive and the Global Cloud Architect for Avanade’s Cloud Market Unit with responsibility for the portfolio of offerings that Avanade uses to help clients adopt cloud technologies. He engages with clients to understand their business priorities, and determine how cloud technologies can help them unlock greater value. Pat collaborates with the Avanade field as well as Accenture, Microsoft and many of our technology partners and customers to understand the fast pace of change in the cloud market and how those technologies can be applied to solve customer needs.

CORD - Transforming Operator Networks and Business Models

CORD™ is an open source platform taking the telecom industry by storm, so much so that HeavyReading recently predicted that fully 40% of all subscribers will be running on CORD within 5 years.

CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) is a platform being used to reinvent the edge of carriers’ networks. CORD delivers subscriber services (to residential, mobile and enterprise customers) on a nimble cloud-native platform. CORD leverages white box hardware, disaggregation and open source software to delivery disruptive economics and innovative new service capabilities.

Learn more about CORD, the reasons for its success and momentum, and more about how you can join and benefit from the vibrant ecosystem emanating from the project.

CORD is hosted by the Open Networking Foundation (ONF). The ONF is an operator led consortium spearheading disruptive network transformation. Now the recognized leader for open source solutions for operators, the ONF first launched in 2011 as the standard bearer for Software Defined Networking (SDN). Led by its operator partners AT&T, China Unicom, Comcast, Deutsche Telekom, Google, NTT Communications, Turk Telekom and Verizon, the ONF is driving vast transformation across the operator space. For further information visit http://www.opennetworking.org.

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Timon Sloane

Vice President Marketing & Ecosystem, Open Networking Foundation (ONF)

Timon Sloane is the vice president of standards and membership of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) leading the organization’s efforts with SDN standards, skills certification, and membership. In his role as vice president of standards, Timon’s primary focus is to drive activities within the organization relating to the OpenFlow® standard, bridging standards activities and open source initiatives to bring efforts in both areas under a single umbrella. Timon also leads efforts relating to the ONF-Certified SDN Professional (OCSP) Program to build and enhance the worldwide footprint of the ONF’s skills certifications. Timon works closely with current and potential ONF membership to ensure that the full community is working together towards a common goal of accelerating the adoption of SDN.

Prior to this new role, Timon provided product and management consulting services to numerous technology firms, most recently with Ericsson where he was driving product strategy for the networking product lines. His prior experience also includes executive roles in product management, marketing and engineering for firms such as Matisse Networks, Extreme Networks, NET, FlowWise and SCO. Timon received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

VMware Cloud and SDDC Vision

To respond to increasing demand for faster innovation, organizations are looking to shift to a more agile, service-oriented IT model that leverages the hybrid cloud. Customers are looking for a modern infrastructure that is based on a software-defined platform, that delivers enterprise capabilities and establishes a common operational model across public and private. A key aspect of the VMware Software Defined Data Center and Cloud Architecture is to turbo-charge data center, by enabling the deployment of traditional, cloud-native, and SaaS apps, for rapid business innovation and time to market. This architecture provides control of choice to run, manage, connect, and secure any applications running on any cloud delivered to any device.

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John Gilmartin

General Manager & Vice President of Integrated Systems BU, VMware

John Gilmartin leads VMware’s Integrated Systems Business Unit product management and marketing organization. He rejoined VMware in January 2013 as vice president of products, Storage and Availability. Prior to that, Gilmartin served as vice president of Marketing at Coraid, a storage start up developing a scale-out, distributed system for cloud and big data architectures. Before joining Coraid, he led the product marketing team for VMware's virtualization platform, VMware vSphere, developing go-to-market, partnering, and pricing strategies that helped grow the business to over $1B in license revenue. In earlier roles, Gilmartin served as a brand manager for enterprise servers at Dell, Inc., and as a strategy consultant at Marakon Associates advising clients on corporate and business unit strategy.

Gilmartin holds a B.S.E from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Data Center Network Transformation through Merchant Silicon

1.Merchant silicon adoption momentum continues
2. Merchant silicon enables workload-specific network design
3. Broadcom's wide product portfolio has helped to transform the data center network design

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Mohan Kalkunte

Vice President of Architecture and Technology, Core Switch Products Business Unit, Broadcom

Mohan Kalkunte is the Vice President of Architecture and Technology in the Core Switch Products Business Unit at Broadcom Ltd. As the Head of the Architecture and Technology group, Mohan is responsible for the development of multiple flagship Ethernet Switching chips that span Small, Medium, Enterprise, Data Center and Service Provider markets. Mohan has over 29 years of experience in the field of networking, communications and semiconductors.

Mohan is a named inventor of over 120 patents. A former Broadcom Corporation Fellow, Mohan is also an IEEE Fellow and has several publications. He received his Ph.D in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Ohio State University in 1988.

Critical Roles in Accelerating Network Transformation

Cloud, Social, Mobile and Video proliferation continues to drive exponential data traffic growth on CSP’s networks. IoT will put further demands on the networks as we embark to connect 50B ‘things’ by 2020. Applications like VR will have a multiplier effect on required network throughput. Self-driving cars and auto-pilot-drones will push the network’s limits to drastically lower its latency. Varying IoT business cases and use-cases will put dynamic pricing demands on the network. New, consumption based business models will become the norm.

To meet the growing traffic demands and to seize unprecedented IoT market opportunities, CSPs need to accelerate their network transformation with SDN and NFV. Tech Mahindra will share the details of its ‘Network Transformation Rubric’, enabling CSPs to holistically tackle their Network Transformation challenges. Further, we will share how we are strategically collaborating with strategic partners, like QCT for NFVI, in developing integrated solution blueprint for Network-of-the-Future (#NoF). For more details, please join us for this exciting keynote session.

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Arunmozhi Balasubramanian

Senior Vice President of Network Service Business Unit, Tech Mahindra

A multifaceted, strategic, creative business leader with global experience in all functions of Telecom – Product R&D, BSS/OSS systems, network realization, network operations (build and operate services) and mobile device ecosystem services.

26+ years of experience in managing large R&D, Telecom Network & IT services outsourcing engagements with a strong growth track record. Responsibilities cover large sales team building & coaching, operational management, practice building, business development and account management.

Proven track record of growth, sales team building, strategy development & organization design. Extensive experience in generating, identifying and capitalizing on innovative revenue-generating ideas, cost saving opportunities, motivating & coaching sales teams and communicating effectively with all levels of organization and with engaging CXO levels at customer organizations.

Specialized services such as network operations & product engineering with multi country re-badging process and labor union relationship management experience.

QCT Keynotes

QCT: Evolution from Hidden Gem to Cloud Enabler

The data center landscape has changed very dramatically in the past decade with the growth of data and the way it is maintained. With that said, a data center is no longer just a simple operational cost, it has now become an important factor for business competitiveness. QCT comes from a group of “hidden” players that design and manufacturer original equipment for Tier 1 cloud service providers and today they have expanded their efforts to providing optimized business solutions. QCT aids companies as they face the challenges connected to digital transformation, and this is important for business continuity and profitability in the next decade as new applications such as AI & 5G roll out.

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James Jau

Vice President of Research and Development, QCT

James Jau is the Vice President of Research and Development of QCT. He has more than 25 years of experience in server-related designs, and is responsible for all the research, development, management, and product planning for QCT’s cloud computing products, including server, storage, network switch, and rack systems. James previously worked in various hardware designs and leadership roles at Wang Laboratory, Digital Equipment Corp. and HTC. He received his master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University and his bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering from Taiwan’s National Tsing Hua University, the top university in the technology field in Taiwan.

Software Defined Data Center for Private and Hybrid Clouds

Software defined data centers (SDDC) were first introduced in public clouds deployed by hyperscale players for scalability, agility, control and efficiency advantages. QCT will share its view of extending the SDDC principles to private and hybrid clouds and also its current collaborations and co-engineered projects with industry leading virtualization technology providers. Private and hybrid cloud adopters are looking to acquire fully integrated, tested, and certified hardware and software from a single source with significant end user benefits including ease of deployment, faster time-to-value, and fully integrated and optimized rack level solutions. We will showcase our experiences in extending the public cloud to private and hybrid clouds and how it can help in evaluating and adopting SDDC in organizations.

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Jen-Yao Chung

Associate Vice President, QCT

Dr. Jen-Yao Chung is an Associate VP, Research and Development within Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT). He works with global cloud virtualization software providers, global professional service companies and hardware manufactures to create hyper converged cloud solutions. He leads the design and development for Software Defined Storage and Big Data Solutions. He manages the QCT worldwide Cloud Solution Centers (US, Taiwan, and Germany) design and deployment. His current focus is in the design and development of Azure hybrid clouds and hardware-as-a-service. Dr. Chung received his Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an IEEE Fellow, a Distinguished Engineer of ACM, and Member of IBM’s Academy of Technology.

Network Transformation through Network Function Virtualization

For the past 10 years, cloud technology has transformed data centers and brought a series of innovative services to businesses. With the combination of cloud technology and network function virtualization, they will bring in network transformation to both telcos and enterprises. Some of the industry’s momentum and technology will be covered in this session to underline their overall values to businesses. Finally, QCT’s solution portfolio will be introduced to address the needs in both telcos and enterprises.

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Gary Lee

Associate Vice President, QCT

Gary Lee is now the associate manager of Quanta Cloud Technology, he leads the engineer team to develop the SDDC era, and focuses on cloud and software defined solutions to satisfy the demands of SI and business customers. Gary Lee has more than 20 years’ experience in the IT industry and 5 years of experience as a business consultant.

Breakout Sessions

NFV Solution at Commercial Network

NFV is not academic nor research technology anymore. Affirmed does have more than sixty commercial networks running on live now. The speech is to update those commercial use cases.

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Taka Oshima

General Manager & Vice President, APAC, Affirmed Networks

Taka Oshima is VP and general manager of APAC of Affirmed Networks. He was most recently VP and general manager of APAC at Sonus Networks. Taka led Sonus business in APAC region, established the team from the scratch, and accomplished various large network projects. Prior to this position, Taka accumulated his telecom careers at various leadership positions at Lucent Technologies and AT&T Network Systems at Both Tokyo, Japan and Holmdel US, Taka holds a MSIA (MBA) from Carnegie Mellon University.

Edge Computing: The Epicenter of 5G Service Innovation

In this presentation, Rajesh will discuss the rapidly evolving space of Edge Applications. He will discuss the multi-access edge opportunities…and the key technology innovations Intel is driving to address the requirements of edge applications.

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Rajesh Gadiyar

Sr. Director of Architecture & Systems Engineering, Network Platforms Group, Intel

Rajesh Gadiyar is the Sr. Director of Architecture & Systems Engineering in the Network Platforms Group at Intel. He is focused on driving a scalable and efficient architecture for next generation communications platforms. He leads the architecture efforts to accelerate Network Function Virtualization (NFV).

Since joining Intel in 2000, he has held several positions in Engineering, Professional Services, Strategic Planning and Architecture. Prior to joining Intel, he led various engineering teams at Trillium Digital Systems and Wipro Ltd. He brings several years of experience in networking products, architecture, protocols, standards and software development for Voice over IP, cellular, broadband, mobile telephony and data networks. He represents Intel in standard committees such as ATIS TOPS council and TIA and is a TSC member of the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) initiative under Linux Foundation. He is a regular speaker at industry events and forums. Rajesh has a B.S. in Electronics and Telecommunications engineering from National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

OPNFV: The Foundation for Virtualized Networking Across Multiple End-to-End Open Networking Stacks

The Open Platform for Network Functions Virtualization (OPNFV) project facilitates the development and evolution of NFV components across various open source ecosystems. Through system level integration, deployment and testing, OPNFV creates a reference NFV platform to accelerate the transformation of enterprise and service provider networks. The project has become the only platform the brings together elements across multiple end-to-end open networking stacks.

In addition to an introductory overview of OPNFV, project director Heather Kirksey will outline recent progress in building a functional Virtual Central Office (VCO) proof of concept demo that depicts both business and residential services that, when virtualized, ultimately yield service agility, cost reduction and improved customer experience. Kirksey will also cover the upcoming OPNFV Compliance and Verification Program (CVP), detailing how OPNFV and its upstream communities are coming together—with input from global service providers, standardization organizations and other end users—to deliver a compliance testing program for the entire NFVI ecosystem.

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Heather Kirksey

Vice President of NFV and Director, OPNFV, The Linux Foundation

As OPNFV Director, Heather Kirksey works with the community to advance the adoption and implementation of open source NFV platform. She oversees and provides guidance for all aspects of the project, from technology to community and marketing and reports to OPNFV board of directors. Before Joining the Linux Foundation, Kirksey led strategic technology alliances for MongoDB. Earlier in her career she held various leadership positions in the telecom industry including running a partner program for CPE, doing solutions marketing for the IP Division at Alcatel-Lucent, business development, and participating in numerous standards activities. She received her master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Texas, Austin.

Compossible Resources with QCT Rackgo R (based on Intel® Rack Scale Design)

Businesses undertake very unpredictable challenges in today’s cloud era. A company’s competitiveness sometimes depends on how fast they can respond to the market’s demand. QCT Rackgo R is a revolutionary solution that allows data center operation to compose resource configurations (compute / storage / switch) for dynamic business requirements, allowing businesses to meet critical business requirements, and provide the right service at the shortest turnaround time.

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QCT Leads The AI Revolution

QCT led the AI revolution by contributing two major AI solutions, Big Sur & Big Basin, to the Open Compute Projects years ago. This year QCT has joined forced with Alibaba to introduce the latest AI platform in standard EIA 19”. These revolutionary platforms takes advantage of the industry’s latest accelerating technologies and runs them symphonically with AI frameworks. Alibaba will talk about how AI will change the entire cloud industry, and how they take advantage of the QCT platforms to enhance their own workloads in this knowledge-filled session.

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Alan Chang

Product Marketing Manager, QCT

Alan Chang has over 10 years of IT experience in both the hardware and software fields . He joined Quanta in 2010 and is currently the Product Marketing Manager for QCT, in charge of defining QCT’s product strategy. His team is responsible for the QCT server lines (QuantaGrid/QuantaPlex/QuantaMicro) and Rack solutions (Open Rack, OCS Rack) which includes their planning and go-to-market execution. Graduating from the University of California, Riverside with a Master’s Degree in Computer Science, his contributions to the industry include an extended 5 year roadmap for next wave and enterprise customers.

From Opened Control Plane to Programmable Data Plane

White box switches are a phenomenon in mega-scale data centers that disaggregate the networking hardware and software based on open and standard interfaces to prevent proprietary vendor lock in. This describes the “so called” opened control plane on white box switches. The next tide after the open control plane is the programmable data plane that makes a single SKU switch box a building block that can be deployed in different scenarios of applications through the field’s programmable data plane.

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Paul Chang

Senior Manager of Switch Product Line Management, QCT

Paul Chang is experienced in product management and marketing from LAN, MAN to WAN solutions. He has led the product management and marketing team of the networking product line at QCT for more than 4 years.

The Power of Managed Hybrid Cloud “As-A-Service”

As more customers shift to cloud, they increasingly want to consume it on their terms. This means a pivot towards a hybrid model, with both on premise cloud assets, and public or hosted cloud assets. As they pivot, customers still want to simply consume, vs build and manage, regardless of the location.

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Mike De Luca

Senior Director, Global Cloud Enablement Lead, Avanade

Mike is Avanade's Global Azure Cloud Enablement (ACE) team lead. With over 20 years of industry experience, Mike has helped the world’s premier enterprises and online properties run efficient, agile and responsive operations. Mike holds fifteen technology certifications and holds several patents in cloud related technologies.

VMware Cloud Foundation

VMware Cloud Foundation in collaboration with QCT’s QxStack provides a unified SDDC platform for hybrid cloud. As an integrated stack that can be deployed on-prem or run as as-a-service from the public cloud, Cloud Foundation establishes a consistent operational model across clouds. QCT’s QxStack (powered by VMware Cloud Foundation) is QCT’s Hyper-converged Infrastructure and Hybrid Cloud platform that leverages cloud economics and enables multi-tenant architectures and hybrid-cloud portability, all done with corporate ordained policies with security at every layer.

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Peter Wei

Vice President of Business Operations, Integrated Systems BU, VMware

Peter Wei leads Business Operations at VMware’s Integrated Systems Business Unit (ISBU). In this role, he is responsible for all sales, business development, deployment and operations of all products created by ISBU. Prior to joining ISBU, Peter had leadership roles in other Business Units within VMware since 2007, including SDDC Product Marketing, vSphere Product Management, and Strategy and Planning roles. He also did a brief stint in Beijing as a Group Manager for Field Marketing. Prior to VMware, Peter was an Associate at McKinsey and company. In earlier roles, Peter was a Business Development Manager at Cisco, and a Software Engineer at IBM. Peter holds a B.S. from UC Berkeley, M.S. from Stanford, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School

Ceph Big Data Lakes for Hadoop/Spark

Respond faster to the needs of your data analyst/scientist teams by deploying a common Ceph object store under multiple on-demand Hadoop and Spark clusters. Reduce the costs of duplicating big data sets across multiple traditional HDFS clusters. Come hear the results of a 6-month, multi-company collaborative interoperability engineering effort between Ceph, Hadoop, and Spark, conducted in a large QCT server lab.

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Brent Compton

Senior Director Storage Solution Architectures, Red Hat

Brent Compton is Senior Director Storage Solution Architectures at Red Hat, leading the team responsible for building Ceph and Gluster reference architectures with hardware and software partners across the industry. Before Red Hat, Brent was responsible for emerging non-volatile memory software technologies at Fusion-io. Previous enterprise software leadership roles include VP Product Management at Micromuse (now IBM Tivoli Netcool) and Product Marketing Director within HP’s OpenView software division. Within enterprise IT, Brent also served as Director Middleware Development Platforms at the LDS Church and as CIO at Joint Commission International.

Clips from a recent conference presentation

Brent has a tight-knit family, and can be found on skis or a mountain bike whenever possible.

Fireside Chat Session

Session 1: QCT Rack Scale Design (RSD) Use Case

Steve Gillaspy, Senior Director, Intel Rack Scale Design Product Management, Intel

Guest speaker:
NTT: Mr. Arakawa, senior manager of NTT
QCT: James Jau, Vice President of Research & Development

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Session 2: QCT 2nd Generation Server Platforms Use Case

Mike Wagner, Sales Director of QCT

Guest speaker:
Dropbox: Rami Aljamal, Engineering manager
Cloudflare: Nitin Rao , VP of Infrastructure

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* Speech topics and speakers are subject to change