Server Access and Virtualization Business Unit
Brice Achkir is a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems, focusing on high-speed architecture/design and signal integrity. His research interests include high-speed digital and mixed-signal designs, active and adaptive optics, and networking. He has also done research and development in optics design. With Cisco since 1999, he has previous experience with many companies such : ITF optical technologies, Beltron, SCI, IRH …. He holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in applied physics, physics, and Electrical engineering.
Dan Joe Barry
Brian A. Berg
Berg Software Design
Berg Software Design is a consultancy that has provided design and development services for storage devices, storage interfaces and file systems since 1985.
Brian A. Berg, its President, has a wealth of experience with Storage Area Networks, iSCSI, SCSI, USB, SAS, IDE/ATA/ATAPI/SATA and Fibre Channel, as well as Flash Memory, Optical Storage (CD, DVD), Magnetic Storage, RAID Arrays and Server Blades.
IT Brand Pulse
Burniece Consulting Services
Tom Burniece is an independent business consultant, with over 30 years of senior management experience in the networking and storage markets. He specializes in working with startups and small companies to build a strong strategic plan that is executable and can lead to a successful company.
Mari Mineta Clapp
Mari Mineta Clapp has over 20 years of experience in high tech developing new markets, creating powerful brands and highly differentiated marketing platforms for innovative start-ups focused on data center or carrier networks. She works closely with IT leaders to drive thought leadership and network transformation as large corporations take greater control of their network infrastructure and deploy open networking solutions.
Mari was VP of Corporate Relations at Big Switch Networks and led the company’s corporate and Open SDN product launch and worked with Jayshree Ullal and Andy Bechtolsheim on the launch of Arista Networks and the industry-changing Arista 7500. She was also on the launch team at Avici Systems, the first start-up to make it into the core of AT&T’s network- subsequently she was hired as a direct report to the CTO of AT&T. Mari was VP of Corporate Relations at Vidyo, Inc. the winner of the 2010 Wall Street Journal Innovation Award, VP of Marketing at BitGravity, a next generation CDN, and VP of Corporate Relations at UB Networks, the pioneer in Ethernet networking, founded as Ungermann-Bass.
Vice President of Product Marketing
Principal Analyst and Co-Founder
Michael Howard co-founded market research firm Infonetics Research in 1990, and today is recognized worldwide as one of the industry’s leading experts in emerging markets, network operator trends, and user buying patterns.
Orange Silicon Valley
Co-initiator and founding member of the Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) industry specifications group (ETSI ISG). Responsible for the group’s communications and a liaison between the NFV group and ONF.
Senior Manager of Solutions Marketing
Mike McNamara is a senior manager, product marketing at NetApp. Mike has 24 years of marketing experience in the computer industry, with 19 years in the storage industry. Before joining NetApp over 7 years ago, Mike worked at Adaptec, EMC and Hewlett Packard.
Chief Strategy Officer
With 25+ years experience in the telecommunications market, Dr. Ray Mota brings a talent for complex technical thinking and provides strong direction, sharp analysis, and expert advice on networking issues, specializing in design, implementation, and troubleshooting. Ray has developed a vast network of influential relationships, which has strengthened his solid reputation among his peers in the industry.
Prior to assuming a partnership at Synergy, Ray honed his industry experience and expertise as a user, manager, and network integrator. His management career is highlighted by the strong direction and expert advice, as well as his commitment to maximizing organizational efficiency and empowering others to succeed, that he provided during his tenures at Aberdeen Group, ManageAll, Micros-To-Mainframes, Advanced Technology Group, and Eastman Kodak.
Routinely called upon to speak as a guest lecturer throughout the country, Ray is recognized as an expert in topics relating to networks and architecture. He has been the keynote speaker for Internet World (Amsterdam), E-Services World (Paris), Business Journal Summit, and Hewlett Packard Executive 2000. He has also been a presenter at the Columbia Business School. His commentaries and analyses have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Telecom Magazine, MSNBC, CNN Money, Forbes, Fortune, NY Times, and the SF Chronicle.
In October 2000, HispanicBusiness.com selected Ray, with other notables Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs and Alex Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers, as one of the top one hundred most influential Hispanics in the United States.
Ray’s numerous professional affiliations include the Princeton University Club; MIT Enterprise Forum; National Association of Rocketry; and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Ray holds five amateur baseball World Series titles and has coached at the Arizona Diamondbacks Training Centers. His successful baseball career inspired him to write Maximum Ability, (Lulu.Com, 2005), which focuses on mind power and using the cognitive abilities involved in sports to achieve excellence in not only the athletic arena but also in business fields and in other aspects of a person’s life. Ray donates 100 percent of the book’s proceeds to Motavation Group, which organizes sporting events for sick children.
Cadence Design Systems
Distinguished Engineer/IBM Data Center Marketing CTO
VP Market Development