Speakers

Speakers

Jeff Allen

Jeff Allen

Technical Solutions Architect
Cisco

Jeff Allen is a Technical Solutions Architect on Cisco's Worldwide Data Centre team where he focuses on future product direction and strategic DC opportunities. He joined Cisco from Hewlett Packard in 2009 after spending 12 years there where he focused on the server and networking product lines. Jeff holds various industry certifications and has a strong background in networking, storage, and server technologies. He is the author of the blog JeffSaidSo.com and lives in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) with his wife Angie and their 3 children who keep them busy with baseball, swimming, crossfit, and various other activities.

Soni Jiandani

Soni Jiandani

Senior Vice President, Marketing
Insieme Networks

Soni Jiandani is currently the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Insieme Networks, Inc. Insieme Networks is building next generation data centre solutions and is a majority-owned subsidiary of Cisco. Prior to Insieme, Soni was the Senior Vice President for the Server Access Virtualisation Technology Group at Cisco. In this capacity, she was responsible for the development and implementation of the Cisco-wide strategy for data centre access and virtualisation solutions including Unified Computing System and Unified Fabric (Nexus portfolio).

Soni was previously co-founder and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Partnerships for Nuova Systems. She was responsible for the development and implementation of marketing, technology partnerships and sales strategy programs for this data centre transformation focused start-up.

While at Cisco, she has played key roles in creating and executing strategic initiatives and driving product marketing development in the LAN switching arena. She was Vice President and General Manager of Cisco's LAN and SAN switching business unit within the Data Centre, Switching and Wireless Technology Group. In this capacity, she was responsible for the industry leading Catalyst modular switches and a comprehensive portfolio of intelligent MDS SAN switches.

Soni also served as Vice President of Marketing for the Cisco Internet Systems Business Unit and Vice President, Marketing for the Workgroup Business Unit.Her contributions enabled Cisco to secure its leadership position in Ethernet LAN switching.

Prior to her tenure at Cisco, she was a marketing executive at UB Networks where she was responsible for Virtual LANs and LAN switching market development. She also took on a sales role as Regional Manager, developing markets for the company in India. Prior to UB Networks, she drove numerous market development programs at Novell.

Soni holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from London University in England.

Ken Parrington

Ken Parrington

Product Sales Specialist
Cisco

Ken Parrington is a Product Sales Specialist with Cisco Systems Australia working in the Federal Government team in Canberra. Ken has been with Cisco for over 6 years and specialises in data centre technologies including Cisco Unified Computing System. He has 28 years of industry experience including 11 years at Sun Microsystems and two years at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. He holds a Master of Information Science from University of New South Wales, Graduate Diploma in Applied Computing from University of Central Queensland and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering from the South Australian Institute Of Technology.

Tommi Salli

Tommi Salli

Chief Data Centre Architect, Distinguished Engineer
Cisco

Tommi Salli, who was born and raised in Finland, has close to 20 years of experience working with computers. He has extensive server and application background from companies like SUN Microsystems and VERITAS Software, which later got bought by Symantec from where he moved to Nuova Systems that got bought by Cisco. He has held different positions from Sales Engineer to Technology Scouting in the office of CTO from product management to architect and during his journey, he has been responsible for multiple patent applications and holds three US patents. Tommi started his career in Finland, and then moved to Silicon Valley and is currently working for Cisco systems in Switzerland as a Distinguished Technical Marketing Engineer in Server Access and Virtualisation Group.