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VP of Marketing, Egenera Inc.
Ken Oestreich is VP Marketing for Egenera. With over 20 years in enterprise software and data center automation, he’s now helping define the market for converged infrastructure and unified computing. Prior to Egenera he led Product Marketing at Cassatt Corp., where he developed the market for utility computing and internal cloud computing. Previously, Ken was with Sun Microsystems, driving business management for an incubator business unit, coordinating Java and software strategy, and driving Developer Marketing. He began at Sun developing the market for CORBA middleware and web services. Ken also helped found the Liberty Alliance, an industry-wide body defining federated identity standards for the internet. Prior to Sun, he held marketing and sales development positions in early-stage technology and consulting companies. Ken began his career in Electrical Engineering, controlling adaptive optics with Litton Industries. He holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia University.
Virtualization is causing the convergence of server, storage, and network platforms. At the same time, fewer CAPEX dollars coupled with rising energy costs is promoting data center managers to incorporate energy efficient and highly utilized IT equipment in the data center. This session will help data center managers understand virtualization’s role in convergence and plan for a more efficient and highly utilized server, storage and network environment.
Physical servers now support multiple Virtual Machines (VMs) that can be provisioned and moved between servers in a matter of minutes. There is just one huge problem – today the supporting network and management infrastructure is still largely static and physical. So while it is possible to move a VM between data centers in a matter of minutes, it can take days or weeks to get the supporting infrastructure in place. The panelists on this session will discuss solutions to this problem including new standards like IF-MAP, automation of functionality such as IP address management and the deployment of a new class of management product – the orchestration engine.