The Data Center Network: The Future Is Now

Sponsor: Blade Network Technologies
Featured Analyst Firm: Gartner
Speakers: Joe Skorupa, Vikram Mehta
Type: Audio (26 minutes)



Your company is dealing with the need to meet the increasing demand of cloud computing, financial services, Web 2.0, mission critical and other HPC applications, while lowering cost, power and complexity. So, the big question is ─ how do you meet these demands? We’ve got those answers in this program.

Join Joe Skorupa, Research Vice President at featured analyst firm, Gartner, Inc., and Vikram Mehta, CEO of BLADE Network Technologies, the data center switching and network virtualization company, as they look at what’s driving the new demands on the data center, the tools and solutions that can address those challenges, and how you can determine the right solutions for needs at the network edge; which is closer to your business, users and innovations.


  1. Hear these experts discuss CIOs’ top data center challenges and best practices for addressing them.
  2. Learn about emerging trends, such as: the move to 10 and 40Gb Ethernet, converging on Ethernet, standards-based solutions, the importance of network virtualization and the future of technologies such as DCB/CEE and FCoE.
  3. Discover how virtualization and VM mobility is affecting data centers, and how network-aware virtualization is critical to ensuring data security, as well as gaining the full benefits of dynamic, virtualized environments.
  4. Benefit from expert advice about best practices for scaling up or scaling out your data center, as well as recommendations for optimizing your networks, based on the latest Gartner research and enterprise customers.

This Webcast will discuss how bringing speed and intelligence to your network edge is critical for increasing performance, efficiency, security and ease of management, while lowering overall total cost of ownership.

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About Vikram Mehta, President and CEO, BLADE Network Technologies
Vikram Mehta is the driving force behind the company’s growth and rapid global expansion, making BLADE one of the fastest growing companies in enterprise data center networking. Under his leadership, the company has attracted partners such as HP, IBM, Juniper Networks, NEC, Netezza and SGI, and closed a Series B financing for a valuation of $240M. Vikram brings over 23 years technology industry experience, and has been at the helm of the company since its inception. He brokered the spin out of Nortel’s Blade Server Switch Business Unit (BSSBU), establishing BLADE as an independent company in February 2006. Vikram came to Nortel in 2000 through its acquisition of Alteon Web Systems and there he laid the foundation for what became Nortel’s BSSBU. Prior to this, he spent 12 years at Hewlett-Packard in various management and executive positions in several countries across the Asia Pacific region and the US. His last position at HP was general manager Enterprise Servers, Americas Region, a $1B+ business. In 2009, Vikram won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award in the “Emerging” category for Northern California, and was subsequently honored as a National Finalist Winner and inducted into the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Hall of Fame. Vikram has been a frequent speaker at industry events and is often quoted by media and analysts. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology.

About Joe Skorupa, Research VP, Gartner
Joe Skorupa is part of the Data Center Transformation and Security Research unit. His research focuses on maximizing application performance via advanced networking technologies, including Layer 4-7 switching, and WAN optimization. He also covers data center network convergence, fabric-based infrastructure and delivery of rich media, including video within the enterprise. In addition, Mr. Skorupa advises vendors on product, market and partnership strategies. Through extensive collaboration, Mr. Skorupa's research extends to intersections between networking and adjacent research areas, including storage, servers and data center optimization. The research covers topics including Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), I/O virtualization, and emerging data center architectures, such as cloud computing and fabric-based computers. Mr. Skorupa has more than 25 years of experience in enterprise, service provider and storage networking. He has held a variety of engineering, marketing and analyst roles at companies such as FORE Systems, Bytex, Motorola and RHK.