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.

Jeremy Foster

Jeremy Foster
Global UCS Sales Director, Cisco

"Throughout my career I have had the privilege to work alongside innovative and talented people. I credit much of my success to their hard work, willingness to collaborate and genuine drive help our customer deliver business results. At Cisco, we embrace “big thinking” and encourage teams to support, mentor and inspire each other every day."

As the Director of Global Sales for UCS, Jeremy Foster is charged with driving cross functional execution for Cisco’s compute and Hyper Converged solutions. In this capacity, he builds internal and external stakeholder alignment across field sales, sales support, partners, alliances and other influencers to identify mutually beneficial opportunities for UCS, a $3B+ growth business. Responsible for developing and managing GTM strategies, programs and processes, he is passionate about removing roadblocks and finding new ways to help Cisco teams, partners and customers win together.

Jeremy’s more than 15+ years selling Data Centre solutions has been distinguished by over-achievement of targets and high customer satisfaction levels. He has lead in roles at various companies ranging from Datacentre Facilities (Power/Cooling), Software, Server technologies…. Somehow I want to put a resume sentence here. He is particularly excited about the future of UCS, Cisco’s fastest-growth product to get to $1B, and looks forward to helping the eco-system capitalise on market-momentum as Cisco continues to deliver innovative solutions that drive value for Fortune 1000, public sector, service providers and SMB clients.

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.

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.

Denis Maguire

Denis Maguire
Data Centre Sales Manager, Cisco, Australia and New Zealand

Denis Maguire is the Regional Manager of the Data Centre Sales team for Cisco Australia and New Zealand. In this role, Denis is responsible for the continued growth and adoption of Cisco’s DC solutions across ANZ.

Together with our strategic alliance and channel partner community, Denis leads a team of Data Centre experts focused on delivering value to our customers through business-relevant data centre technologies and solutions. Cisco’s focus on open standards and policy based solutions to provide simplicity, efficiency and flexibility across both private and public cloud solutions.

During his three years at Cisco, Denis has been part of a broader high performing team that has once again resulted in Cisco achieving the market share leader position in x86 blade servers in Australia (Source: IDC). Prior to his current role, Denis focused on selling Cisco’s Data Centre solutions into Cisco’s top enterprise accounts across New South Wales.

Prior to Cisco, Denis worked for various IT companies over the past twenty years, including NetApp, Onyx Software and Andersen Consulting.

Denis holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, USA.

Sidney Morgan

Sidney Morgan
Distinguished Engineer, Cisco

Sidney Morgan is a Distinguished Engineer in Cisco IT’s Customer Strategy and Success group focusing on Data Centre, Virtualisation and Cloud Services. As a leading IT expert and champion for Cisco data centres, Sidney has proven himself to be a highly successful technical leader and innovator within the Customer Strategy and Success (CS&S) team and IT overall. He is an active contributor to Cisco’s internal cloud program and application consolidation into Cisco’s new active-active data centres in Texas, and is a highly sought-after speaker who regularly presents to executive-level and technical customers.

Before joining IT CS&S, Sidney led Cisco IT’s Services Oriented Data Centre team, which was responsible for the architecture, design, build, and operation of Cisco next-generation data centres. Sidney contributed to Cisco’s long term data centre strategy developing a multiple phase program to address Cisco’s data centre capacity and business resiliency requirements. Sidney has been with Cisco for ten plus years in a variety of technical and managerial positions. Prior to joining Cisco, Sidney was the Global Datacom Manager at Sybase for six years where he was responsible for Sybase data centres and wide-area networks. Sidney is actively contributing to Cisco’s Internal Cloud Program and application consolidation into Cisco’s new active-active data centres in Texas.

Sidney holds a BSEE/MSEE degree from the University of San Diego, California.

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.

Carlos Pereira

Carlos Pereira
Distinguished Systems Engineer, Cisco

Carlos Pereira is a Distinguished Systems Engineer II at Cisco Systems involved in Cloud, ACI, SDN & Data Centre designs and architectures. Carlos's expertise includes: end-to-end DC virtualisation; BigData and Hadoop; SDN (software defined networking); Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) ; routing & DC switching; DC security; Storage & SAN environments and design; servers (big-iron, blades, rack-mounts and Unified Computing); hypervisors, Linux Containers (Docker) and virtualised services / NfV; high-performance computing (HPC) & HFT; applications integration and optimisation; mission critical applications; cloud orchestration and InterCloud; During his more than fourteen years at Cisco, Carlos was initially in charge of Tier-1 channels technical development and since 2004 works as a Consultant and Technologist for Data Centre, SDN and Cloud projects. Carlos holds a electronics engineering degree from Brazilian Navy Academy and a computers engineering degree from University of Sao Paulo (Brazil).

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.

Mark Swalwell

Mark Swalwell
Product Sales Specialist, Cisco, Australia and New Zealand

Mark Swalwell is the Datacentre Solutions specialist for Queensland and Northern Territory. In this role, Mark is responsible to developing and providing Datacentre solutions with modern and agile strategies for customers. These include the class leading HyperFlex HyperConverged Servers, next-generation Cisco Unified Computing System, Nexus Series Switches and key Cloud solutions using ACI and Cloudcenter in Hybrid Solutions.

Mark has been with Cisco for 6 years focused on the expanding Datacentre innovation technologies from Cisco.

Prior to joining Cisco, Mark has been working in the IT industry for over 20 years, including 8 years at Dell where he held several roles across Australia and Singapore focused on Servers & Storage, and with Systems Integrators.

Mark lives in Brisbane with his wife and 2 children, is a Wallabies and long suffering Reds rugby fan and is trying to motorcycle in as many countries as possible.

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