[NRG] FW: Wed at Hariri: Mark Stuart Day speaks on Rethinking Enterprise IT via Infrastructure Middleware

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Rethinking Enterprise IT via Infrastructure Middleware

Mark Stuart Day

Chief Scientist
Riverbed Technology


Abstract: Enterprise IT is currently experiencing a transition that may be as dramatic as the arrival of the Web. The collision of virtualization, mobile devices, and cloud computing are causing a major rethinking of what is desirable and what is possible. An important element of that rethinking is a set of technologies for control and visibility of distributed application traffic, generally relating to network layers 4-7. This collection of technologies is sometimes referred to by marketers as a performance platform but it is probably best understood in technical terms as infrastructure middleware: software that adds value by mediating between applications and IT infrastructure. This talk includes an overview of application delivery controllers (ADC), WAN optimization controllers (WOC), storage delivery controllers (SDC), cloud storage gateways, and three different approaches to visibility: flow-based, packet-based, and agent-based. The overview will highlight some notable innovations by Riverbed in each area, as well as noting the opportunities for synergy and cross-fertilization among the different kinds of products.

Bio: Mark Stuart Day is a Visiting Fellow of the Hariri Institute and Chief Scientist at Riverbed Technology. At Riverbed, he has led the company's competitive analysis and contributed to its technical strategy since 2004, as the company has grown from a 40-person startup to a public company with more than 2500 employees. Before Riverbed, he was technical lead for product management in the content networking business unit of Cisco Systems. He joined Cisco with the acquisition of SightPath, a Boston-area startup. Before that, he was at Lotus, where his work contributed to the creation of Lotus Sametime.  Dr. Day has chaired Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) working groups on Instant Messaging and Presence Protocol (IMPP) and Content Internetworking (CDI). He holds more than thirty patents relating to presence, streaming media, content networking, mobile communications, security, and telephony. Dr. Day's other notable work includes contributions to the programming languages Argus and Theta, and to the distributed object database Thor. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 1995.


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