Speakers in alphabetical order.
Mohit Lad is co-founder and CEO at ThousandEyes, a network performance management company. Mohit received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA where he conducted research in the area of large scale network diagnostics. Prior to ThousandEyes, Mohit contributed to the Traffic Explorer product at Packet Design and later worked at Nokia where he built a system to monitor mobile services performance. Mohit is an active member of North American Network Operations Group (NANOG) and was serving on its Program Committee.
William B. Norton
William B. Norton is the Chief Strategy Officer for IIX and Executive Director for DrPeering.net, a leading Internet Peering consultancy. He literally wrote the book on peering, “The Internet Peering Playbook: Connecting to the Core of the Internet,” and is an internationally recognized expert on Internet Peering and Internet Exchange Points, a strategy consultant, and a highly sought-after public speaker. From 1998 through 2008, Mr. Norton held the position of Co-Founder and Chief Technical Liaison for Equinix, Inc., a large-scale global provider of peering and colocation services. In this role he spent 90% of his time working directly with the Internet operations community facilitating interconnections, researching, and documenting the industry’s best current practices. The resulting “peering white papers” and the follow-on DrPeering.net website are the most widely cited sources for information on Internet Peering in the industry. Mr. Norton led seventeen North American Network Operators Group (NANOG) Peering Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions, which came to be a popular fixture at NANOG meetings. He established himself as a thought leader in the peering community by authoring the business models for how companies could use peering relationships to dramatically reduce their network costs. Mr. Norton’s Business Case for Peering is now used by virtually every company that engages in large-scale traffic engineering. When Mr. Norton left Equinix in 2008, it had a market cap of $3.6B. From 1987 to 1998 Mr. Norton was the Internet Engineering Manager responsible for, among other things, chairing the North American Network Operators Group (NANOG), the operations forum for the North American Internet from 1995 through 1998. He received his MBA from the Michigan Business School and his Computer Science degree from Potsdam College.
Ariën is one of the principal design engineers of the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX). In 2001 he joined AMS-IX when AMS-IX traffic peaked at 5Gb/s. It is almost 600 times higher today. Ariën played a key role in making AMS-IX one of the largest and most stable public internet exchange points in the world. Before joining AMS-IX he worked for AT&T Labs and AT&T Solutions in Europe. Ariën holds an Electrical and Electronics Engineering degree.