IEEE ComSoc and Computer Society Joint Meeting: July 14th in Santa Clara, CA

Cloud Computing: Impact on IT Architecture, Data Centers and the Network

Three keynote talks from VMware, Microsoft and Ericsson will be followed by a lively panel/ Q and A session with Juniper Networks also participating.  We are all very excited about this comprehensive and well balanced look at cloud computing from both a computiing and communications perspective. It should be one of the best technical meetings of the year!
6pm-6:30pm Refreshments and Networking
6:30pm-6:40pm Opening Remarks
6:40pm-8pm Presentations (3)
8pm-8:45pm Panel Session + Audience Q and A
8:45pm-9pm Informal Q and A with panelists
Presentation Titles and Abstracts
Building Many Bridges to the Cloud, Robin Ren, Director of R&D, Cloud Applications and Services, VMware
Cloud computing is on every CIO's top priority list nowadays. However, like any "game-changer" technologies in history, today's Cloud Computing field can appear to be both exciting and chaotic. Most large technology companies claim to have at least one cloud product or service. Many start-up companies are also trying different ideas. In the introduction, we will offer answers to some basic questions:
  • What is Cloud Computing?
  • Why does Cloud matter?
  • How will Cloud change the IT industry?
We'll look at the major Cloud Computing players, trying to analyze the big trend and compare different approaches. In the end, there are several valid ways to move from traditional IT to the Cloud, targeted at different audiences and workloads. It is important to understand how you can participate and benefit from this new "IT gold rush."
Cloud Data Centers and Networking Trends, Alan G. Hakimi, Senior Cloud Architect, Microsoft Services Enterprise Strategy and Architecture
The data center is at the heart of cloud computing. It brings dynamic virtualized server and storage environments to users via networks that provide cloud connectivity. The networks used to access cloud services will need more intelligence in several areas. They will have to quickly react to changes in the computing/storage environment, recovering from faults, and increasing or decreasing scale. This session will describe some architectural patterns in IaaS with respect to designing around resiliency and bandwidth. We will discuss the differences between traditional data centers and cloud data centers including intra-data center and inter data center communications. This session will also address networking trends with respect to federating clouds and providing secure, high quality network access to the data center.
Cloud Connectivity – offensive or defensive play? Arpit Joshipura, VP of Strategy and Market Development, Ericsson Silicon Valley
Cloud services and advanced devices are worthless without connectivity. At the same time, cloud services are increasing in value with the addition of mobility. This talk focusses on value of connectivity to the cloud and discusses the mobile aspects that an operator can leverage. With the asset of connectivity, an operator can use Cloud as both an offensive and a defensive strategy. This talk outlines the details of this strategy and identifies requirements on connectivity including type of access, SLA, QOS, Interoperability and standardization.
Additional Panelist: Colin Constable, Chief Enterprise Architect within the office of the CTO, Juniper Networks
Robin Ren is a Director, R&D at VMware in Palo Alto, California. He manages an engineering team in the new Cloud Applications and Services BU. He is involved in many of the VMware's cloud initiatives at the Infrastructure-, Platform-, and Application-as-a-Service layers. He is also the ambassador at the headquarters for the VMware R&D Center in Beijing China.
Alan Hakimi joined Microsoft in 1996 as a member of the Microsoft Consulting Services group. Alan is an IEEE member and has MCA and CITA-P architect certifications. He is currently working in Microsoft Services leading efforts on Enterprise Strategy and Cloud Architecture. Alan enjoys cycling, hiking, making music, cooking, and studying philosophy. His blog on Zen and the Art of Enterprise Architecture is located at
Arpit Joshipura heads up Strategy & market development for Ericsson in Silicon Valley. In his role, responsible for network operator architecture strategies including IP, Convergence, Cloud. He is a valley veteran and has worked in several startups and established companies in leadership roles – business and engineering. Arpit is a veteran speaker and panelist at ComSocSCV meetings He gives Indian classic music performances and plays the harmonium.
Colin Constable joined Juniper Networks in September 2008. He previously spent twelve years at Credit Suisse, most recently as the Chief Network Architect & EMEA Infrastructure CTO. In this role he created and published the "Credit Suisse Network Vision 2020" focused on seven sub domains of networking. He built a governance framework leveraging the strategies structure to ensure cross technology tower engagement and decision making, both technical and financial. He also led numerous programs to increase cross-technology, technical knowledge.     More information at:

0 thoughts on “IEEE ComSoc and Computer Society Joint Meeting: July 14th in Santa Clara, CA

    1. Hi Alan,
      How can I get access to presentation of the speakers? It was mentioned that they will be posted.
      Could you please send or post the link?
      Thank you very much>

    About 7 years ago, grid computing with a SOAP based web services foundation was as hot a topic as cloud computing is now. But both those technologies have not been commercially successful. Why do you think cloud computing will succeed while grid computing failed to attract a critical mass market ?
    What foundation technologies, if any, will cloud computing be based on, e.g. SOAP or REST web services, IP VPNs, IP Sec, server virtualization, etc?
    What specific attributes are needed for a cloud resident data center? Are the virtualization requirements the same as for an on premises data center?
    Which cloud based services are dependent on the client operating system? Which operating systems are most likely to be used to deliver cloud services?
    How will computing and network SLAs be provided and what type of contract will be required for these? How will the SLAs be monitored for compliance?
    What type of network parameters might be part of the SLA, e.g. availability, reliability, throughput, peak rate, error rate, delay/ latency, jitter, other QoS?
    Most people assume that an IP VPN will be used to access cloud computing services?
    Will other access technologies be used, e.g. Ethernet virual private line. And will the interface depend on whether it's Infrastructure as a service, Platform as a service, or Application software as a service?
    How will the network infrastructure provider work with the computing/ data center/ application software vendor to deliver the cloud service package to the end user/ IT department?
    Will there be one or different L2/L3 technologies for fixed and mobile access to cloud services?
    Is 4G a pre-requisite for most mobile based cloud services and especially for Application as a Service?
    What type of Network security will be needed for Cloud Computing? Is it just at the IP layer, or lower layers too, e.g. access authentication, authorization, other mechanisms?
    Please address the each of the following inter- networking scenarios and what is the likely Network to Network (NNI) interface for each:
    1) Private cloud bursting to public cloud either for workload overflow or segmentation and partitioning of workloads between public and private clouds
    2) Federated cloud serving a community of interconnected users from different organizations
    3) Public cloud to public cloud providers (non Federated)
    Which components of cloud computing would benefit most from interoperability and standardization?
    Which aspects can be vendor specific/ proprietary?
    What are the most important cloud computing standards organizations we should watch for each of the different cloud components?
    When might we see solid cloud computing standards and true interoperability amongs multiple cloud vendors?
    It seems most IT organizations are looking at Infrastructure as a Service or Applications as a Service, with Platform as a Service not in great demand. Is that accurate and if so why?

  2. Decades ago, terms similar to the concept of cloud computing emerged and businesses were selling products under these terms: "transparently distributed systems", "distributed single virtual machine", "the network is the computer", "write (deploy) once, run it from anywhere", etc. 
    How would you describe the fundamental difference between the concept of network architecture of cloud computing and the concept of systems advertised under these terms decades ago?

  3. Leslie,  The key difference now is that the servers used for Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, or Software/Apps as a Service are accessed via a broaband Internet connection- most likely an IP VPN.  The network provider is not likely to also be the Cloud services provider

    Please refer to other articles on cloud computing I've written for

  4. Post session comment by speaker/ panelist Arpit Joshipura of Ericsson Silicon Valley:
    Alan and all
    Really enjoyed the presentations and interactions. Now that I have done 3 of these for you, one feedback is that your audience has "lots" of great questions.
    To allow for that, instead of cutting your intro or speakers presentations, we can request the panelist and speakers to answer in a shorter version
    (and not everyone has to speak… one or two are fine…) That way, you can get more questions through the funnel… that is just food for thought…
    anyway, great discussions yesterday.

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