Data Centre Innovation Day Speakers


Cas & Jonesy

Cas and Jonesy (James Castrission and Justin Jones)
Adventurers and Award Winning Film Makers

Cas and Jonesy are two Aussie Explorers constantly pushing the boundaries of human endurance.

On the 26th January 2012, they made history by completing the longest unsupported polar expedition of all time. In 100 years of polar exploration no-one had ever walked from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back without assistance. Many had tried, none had succeeded. After 89 gruelling days they made it back to the coast after having skied 2275km with everything they needed to survive in the harshest environment on Earth.

Four years earlier they Crossed the Ditch – paddling 3318km without assistance across the Tasman Sea for another world first. They braved 10 metre swells, howling winds, endured severe food and sleep deprivation and adverse winds and currents. They became the first kayakers to cross the Tasman Sea as well as becoming the longest transoceanic double kayak expedition. Staggering upon the shores of New Zealand, the adventurers were sunburnt, bearded, underweight, and physically and mentally wasted…but most of all happy to be alive.

The boys are highly regarded as two of Australia’s premier public speakers and have written and produced four award winning books and documentaries about their expeditions.

Courtney Dodds

Courtney Dodds
Managing Director, Data Centre, Cisco, Asia Pacific and Japan

Courtney Dodds is the Managing Director of Cisco’s Data Centre portfolio in the Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) region. He is responsible for the go-to-market strategy and sales for Cisco’s Data Centre software, hardware as well as partner alliances solutions. This covers a portfolio of server and hyper-converged infrastructure, data centre networking as well as private and hybrid cloud management for the region.

Courtney brings over two decades of technology sales leadership experience to the APJ Data Centre team and is passionate about helping customers leverage emerging technologies to modernise their data centres and accelerate their journey to the hybrid cloud.

Prior to his current role, Courtney was Director of the Data Centre Portfolio for Cisco Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). It was here, that he helped lead Cisco’s market transitions in ANZ into compute, software defined networking, private cloud and built a team that has captured and maintained the number one market share of x86 blade servers in Australia.

He is also the Co - Executive sponsor for the Cisco Connected Women in Australia Technology Network, a programme designed to help women develop their skills as individual contributors, managers, and executives as well as provide guidance to young women interested in IT careers.

Courtney joined Cisco in 2008 as a Business Development Manager where he worked with both commercial and public sector customers to address their data centre infrastructure projects and challenges.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Swinburne in Melbourne, Australia and is based in Melbourne where he lives with his wife and two children.

Brad Haczynski

Brad Haczynski
Managing Director, Cisco Global Account Team, Intel Corporation

Brad is responsible for leading the worldwide Cisco sales team at Intel since 2014. Brad has been with Intel for 15 years in a variety of sales and marketing roles around the globe including multiyear assignments in both EMEA and Asia Pacific. Brad has a broad background including product marketing manager, geo marketing manager, field sales engineer, business development manager, and APJ sales director.

Brad has recently been recognised by Intel executive management for being a champion for diversity and inclusion by building one of the highest performing, diverse teams at Intel. He was recently elected as the 2017 advisor to the board of the Women @ Intel Network (WIN).

In his downtime Brad likes to spend his time outdoors on the Oregon coast with his wife and 4 children as well as being an active member in the local community for STEM education to support his 3 daughters’ aspirations to follow in their father’s footsteps. Brad holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of South Florida and began his career at Intel in the Sales and Marketing Leadership Development Program.

Ben Kelly

Ben Kelly
Network Architect, Cisco IT

Ben Kelly has 20 years of networking experience and has been with Cisco since 1997. He's worked in a number of areas such as customer support, early field trials and in Cisco internal IT where is currently an IT architect in the data centre infrastructure team. In that role he's been involved in the rollout of UCS, Nexus, Cisco's internal private cloud and has most recently on Application Centric Infrastructure.

James Leach

James Leach
Director, Computing Systems Product Group, Cisco

James Leach is the Director of Platform Strategy for Unified Computing at Cisco. He is responsible for leading the team that defines the platform strategy within the UCS Product management team. He joined Cisco in 2010 as a Senior Product Manager helping to launch the some of the early UCS server platforms. James has also held the position of Principal Engineer within the UCS Product Management team where he was responsible for defining the 3rd and 4th generation UCS server portfolio.

Prior to joining Cisco, James held a variety of roles at Hewlett Packard within the blade server product management team including leading the Virtual Connect product portfolio. James had joined Compaq Computer in 1989 and held positions in operations and engineering including serving as Program Manager for worldwide beta program engineering for both Compaq and Hewlett Packard (post-merger).

James holds a B.S. In Computer Information Systems and received a Master’s Degree in Business from Rice University.

James resides in Raleigh, North Carolina where he enjoys spending his free time playing golf and Ice Hockey. James is also a Certificated Commercial Pilot and takes time to be active in the aviation community. James also is an active Board Member of The Sanfilippo Foundation For Children.

Ish Limkakeng

Ish Limkakeng
Vice President, Marketing, Insieme Business Unit, Cisco

Ish Limkakeng serves as VP, Marketing for the Insieme BU of Cisco, delivering next generation data centres that deliver agility, performance, scale, and security with open ecosystems. The integrated portfolio includes the Nexus 9000 line of switches, automation with choice in SDN solutions including Cisco ACI, orchestration with Cisco CloudCenter, and Tetration Analytics – offering full visibility into the data centre. Ish holds a BS in Economics from Wharton School and an MBA from Harvard.

Frank Palumbo

Frank Palumbo
Senior Vice President, Global Data Centre/Virtulisation and Enterprise Networking Sales, Cisco

As Senior Vice President of Global Data Center/Virtualisation & Enterprise Networking Sales at Cisco, Frank Palumbo is responsible for growing the company’s unified fabric data center architecture and enterprise networking sales, while helping customers achieve positive business outcomes. The portfolio under Palumbo’s purview encompasses servers, security, switches, management and automation and multi-cloud orchestration solutions, as well as networking, including storage, virtual, application and enterprise networking.

Palumbo has been instrumental in creating Cisco’s data centre business five years ago and growing it into the market leader that it is today. Prior to joining Cisco 20 years ago, Palumbo held a number of sales and marketing roles at Wang Laboratories.

Palumbo holds a degree in business administration from Rutgers University, and has a passion for marathons, triathlons, Giants and Yankees.

Greg Scarlett

Greg Scarlett
Systems Engineer, Cisco, Australia and New Zealand

Greg is a Systems Engineer focused on Data Centre and Cloud Software. A 12 year veteran of Cisco, Greg spent several years working in the TAC as a technical leader, supporting a wide range of Cisco products, including UCS, Nexus and other Data Centre focused solutions. He spent a year working with the UCS Business Unit in the US, focusing on Cisco’s Storage strategy, before returning to Australia and taking on a Systems Engineer role in early 2016, focusing on Data Centre and Cloud solutions based on Cisco’s Enterprise Cloud Suite, including UCS Director and Cisco Cloud Centre. Greg holds a Data Center CCIE, RHCE, VCP and is passionate about all things Cloud, DevOps and Data Centre. When not at work, Greg can be found sailing on Sydney Harbour, or possibly further offshore.

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