Speakers

Name and BioPhoto
Avi Freedman
Avi Freedman has decades of experience as a leading technologist and executive in networking. He was with Akamai for over a decade, as VP Network Infrastructure and then Chief Network Scientist. Prior to that, Avi started Philadelphia’s first ISP (netaxs) in 1992, later running the network at AboveNet and serving as CTO for ServerCentral.
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Clay Haynes
Clay is a Senior Network Engineer at Nexum, Inc. He has 10+ years of experience in server, networking, and security environments. Clay has earned the prestigious JNCIE-ENT and JNCIE-SEC certifications, and has been a big proponent in datacenter interconnect technology.
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Denise Fishburne
Denise “Fish” Fishburne, CCDE No.20090014, CCIE No.2639 (R&S,SNA), is an engineer and team lead with the Customer Proof of Concept Lab (CPOC) in North Carolina. Fish is a geek who absolutely adores learning and passing it on. She works on many technologies in the CPOC, but her primary technical strength seems, however, to be troubleshooting. Fish has been with Cisco since 1996, CPOC since 2001, and regular speaker at Networkers/Cisco Live since 2006.

CiscoLive is a huge passion for Fish! As such, in 2009, she got even more deeply involved with CiscoLive by becoming a CiscoLive Session Group Manager. Look for Fish swimming in the bits and bytes all around you, or just go to www.NetworkingWithFish.com.
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Diptanshu Singh
Diptanshu Singh (3xCCIE,CCDE) is a Solutions Architect with Cisco Systems mostly focused on service providers and data center. He is a network enthusiast passionate about network technologies so not only is it his profession, but something of a hobby as well.
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Hemanth Maturi
Hemanth Maturi is a Senior Manager, Network Operations for Equinix and has about 15 years of experience in Networking Industry. Currently, he is responsible for deployment, rollout and support of Network Services offered in Equinix Data Centers for America Region. Prior to Equinix, he worked in various roles at Cisco Systems in its engineering divisions working on various routers & switches running IOS-XR & NexusOS software. He was deeply involved in the design, validation and certification of various Customer Deployments specifically in the Service Provider Market Segment. He holds a Masters in Computer Science from Utah State University and a MBA from Santa Clara University.
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Jon M Dugan
Jon is a software developer and a former network engineer at ESnet, the US Department of Energy high performance science network. His professional interests include building tools to help network engineers, network monitoring and visualization, network automation and high performance networking. He currently leads a small software development team at ESnet.

After graduating from the University of Illinois (UIUC), he spent the early part of his career as a network engineer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). He was very active in the joint IEEE/ACM Supercomputing conference series. Dugan is based in Chicago, Illinois. When not working he enjoys cooking, woodworking and tinkering with electronics.
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Matt Griswold
Matt Griswold is currently CTO for United IX, an Internet exchange in Chicago. He has a broad background including development, networking and system administration and is passionate about peering and Internet. He is passionate about peering and Internet communities and has volunteered for organizations including Euro-IX, NANOG, Open-IX and PeeringDB.
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Matt Levine
Matt Levine has been a entrepreneur, leader and innovator for more than 15 years, and is the founder and CTO of CacheFly. Having pioneered the first TCP anycast CDN, Levine has still continues to evangelize the technology, now implemented by some of the largest internet companies in the world. Levine has presented at various conferences, sharing best practices in accelerating content delivery to effectively serve the needs of organizations that use it as a key business driver. Matt's most notable speaking engagements have come in the form of presentations and panel discussions at NANOG, Hosting Transformation Summit, Velocity, Global Peering Forum and New Media Expo.
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Nick Slabakov
Nick has been in the networking industry for over 20 years, with the last 11 at Juniper Networks, where he has been working with some of largest service providers on their scaling challenges. He is currently architect for the Cloud vertical in Juniper, and is fortunate to work with some of the most innovative customers and focuses in new areas like network programmability, platform disaggregation, and SDN.
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Ramakrishnan Durairajan
Ram Durairajan is a graduate student in the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received the M.S. degree in 2014, and is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree. Before joining UW-Madison, Ram earned his B.Tech. in Information Technology from the College of Engineering, Guindy (CEG) in 2010. Ram is currently a research assistant and member of Wisconsin Advanced Internet Laboratory (WAIL) and Wisconsin Institute on Software-defined Datacenters Of Madison (WISDOM) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ram's research vision is to create a “robust Internet” by understanding the Internet’s topology and outage risks through principled measurements. To that end, in his graduate work, Ram is developing frameworks for (i) measuring and analyzing the topological structure of the Internet, (ii) measuring and understanding the outages and risks, and (iii) proposing easy-to-deploy robustness suggestions to mitigate network outages.
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Ron Winward
Ron Winward is a Security Evangelist for Radware, where he helps execute the company’s thought leadership on today’s security threat landscape. Ron brings nearly 20 years of experience in the Internet service provider space, most recently as Director of Network Engineering for a global infrastructure and colocation provider. With an expertise in network architectures and DDoS mitigation, Ron has helped design solutions for carriers, enterprises, and cybersecurity service providers around the world.
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Russ White
Russ White has more than twenty years' experience in designing, deploying, breaking, and troubleshooting large scale networks. Across that time, he has co-authored more than forty software patents, has spoken at venues throughout the world, has participated in the development of several internet standards, has helped develop the CCDE and the CCAr, and has worked in Internet governance with the ISOC. Russ is currently a member of the Artchitecture Team at LinkedIn, where he works on next generation data center designs, complexity, security, and privacy. His most recent books are The Art of Network Architecture and Navigating Network Complexity.

MSIT Capella University, MACM Shepherds Theological Seminary, PhD in progress from Southeastern Theological Seminary, CCIE #2635, CCDE 2007:001, CCAr.
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Tom Dwyer
Tom is a Principal Engineer and Data Center Practice Lead at Nexum Inc., a VAR, MSP, and a Training Services provider based out of Chicago. Tom has over 20 years of experience focused on networking, security and datacenter technologies. Tom is certified by Juniper as a JNCIE-ENT.

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