DC & Cloud Day


09:00 - 09:30 Short introduction of the sponsors / event partners


09:30 - 10:00 Key Note
Ivan Pepelnjak & Christer Swartz
Three Geographies of IT – Silicon Valley, US and Rest-of-World

Ivan Pepelnjak, Independent Network Architect

Ivan Pepelnjak, CCIE#1354 Emeritus, is an independent network architect, book author, blogger and regular speaker at industry events like Interop, RIPE and regional NOG meetings. He has been designing and implementing large-scale service provider and enterprise networks since 1990, and is currently using his expertise to help multinational enterprises and large cloud- and service providers design next-generation data center and cloud infrastructure using Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) approaches and technologies.

Ivan is author of several Cisco Press books, and a series of highly successful webinars. To learn more about him, visit ipspace.net or read his blog at blog.ipspace.net.

Christer Swartz, Worldwide Consulting Engieer Data Center, Virtualization & Service Providers at Palo Alto Networks
Christer Swartz has 20+ years of experience in CCIE Networking, Data Center, and Security architecture in both Enterprise and Service Provider environments. He is based in California and is responsible for driving Security integration into Data Center, Cloud, and Virtualization technology across Palo Alto Networks’s global theaters.

His background includes having been part of the original team at Cisco back in its early days, then subsequently at the European
Service Provider Swisscom, at Netflix during their Internet videostream architecture and deployment, and at Nokia, designing and
implementing large-scale Data Center, hybrid Cloud, and SDN networks.

He focuses on implementing network-based Next Generation security in evolving SDN and NFV architectures in modern Cloud architectures.

Three Geographies of IT – Silicon Valley, US and Rest-of-World
Vendors, industry media, and pundits love to tell you how everything you do is obsolete, and how you should start using next-generation (whatever it means) concepts like clouds, everything-as-a-service, and DevOps to make your business more agile.

The only problem: the people promoting new technologies or products usually never deployed them, and most everyone around you is not doing it (whatever it is). However, there are tons of large organizations using these amazing new technologies (at least according to those same vendors and pundits). How true is that? Do we really have three geographies of IT (Silicon Valley, US and rest-of-world)? Christer Swartz and Ivan Pepelnjak will discuss these challenges and try to give you a broader perspective during the DC Day keynote.

10:00 - 10:30 Key Note
Cisco, Dirk Stöckmann, Technical Solution Architect
Impact of Digital Transformation on Data Centers and Clouds
Cisco, Dirk Stöckmann, Technical Solution Architect

Dirk Stöckmann joined Cisco in 2001 as a global Systems Engineer covering multi-national and global accounts. Since 2009 his work has been dedicated to Data Center technologies encompassing virtualisation, automation and Data Center fabrics. With the introduction of Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), Dirk moved to the European Data Center team as an evangelist of Cisco’s Data Center vision and technology towards executives, architects and engineers. A key component of Dirk’s focus and passion is aligned with the incubation and launch of new and emerging Data Center technologies. Today, Dirk holds the position of Technical Solutions Architect within the Tetration Analytics group of Cisco’s world wide Data Center organization.

Dirk holds multiple industry certifications including CCIE (R&S) accreditation.

Impact of Digital Transformation on Data Centers and Clouds
Application Evolution drives new workload locations and impacts management & operations. A set of initiatives with use cases and a common methodology enabling organizations to clean-up and modernize datacenter and cloud infrastructure by simplifying and automate their infrastructure with full visibility and control in getting ready for the digital transformation.

Visibility across everything in your data center in real time? With hardware and software sensors we give you behavior-based application insight with deep forensics. Move to a highly secure and reliable zero-trust model. Dramatically simplify your operations. We incl. in this session a demo on Application Dependency Mapping, machine learning, behavior analyticx and automated whitelist policy generation.

10:30 - 11:00 Break


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12:00 - 13:45 Lunch

13:45 - 14:15 Key Note
ServiceNow, Myke Lyones, Director and Head of Strategy
Build your wings before jumping into the cloud
ServiceNow, Myke Lyones, Director and Head of Strategy

Myke is a Director and Head of Strategy for ServiceNow’s Security Business Unit helping larger companies better respond to imminent security incidents, quickly find indicators and observables of compromise, and effectively remediate known vulnerabilities. Myke has over 16 years experience in information technology and security.

Prior to moving to the Security Business Unit, Myke led ServiceNow’s information security group and was brought on board to help secure the cloud startup while creating a mantra of transparency. He has also held Senior Security positions at Grey Global Group, Y&R, WPP Group, and GE Capital.

Build your wings before jumping into the cloud
The move to the cloud has began already some years ago, but not the acceleration of its adoption is faster and faster. Driven by agility, efficiency and competitiveness, the curve of adoption is phenomenal. Cloud initiative are even not anymore driven by IT, but by all part of the business. Business cloud services provide a real consumer experience within the organisations. Faster experience, more user friendly interface, a “like at home” feeling for the user….

However, not all clouds are the same. How to choose or even differentiate between Public, Private or Hybrid, Single or Multi Tenant. How do you know what to assess in terms of legal, compliance, security and performance.

In this session Myke Lyons will discuss best practices for acquiring cloud services like IaaS, PaaS, and IaaS.

14:15 - 14:45 Key Note
Microsoft Switzerland, Dr. Marc Holitscher, Chief Technology Officer
The Intelligent Security Graph
Microsoft Switzerland, Dr. Marc Holitscher, Chief Technology Officer

Marc articulates Microsoft’s technology vision and strategy with lighthouse customers, key business decision makers and government thought-leaders. He supports customers in translating new technologies and innovations into business impact and outcomes. Top of mind are emerging technology issues and how they relate to different aspects of the economy and society at large. Marc is a member of the board of Microsoft Switzerland.

The Intelligent Security Graph
Real cyber threat intelligence requires more data than most organizations can acquire. Global cloud providers can rely on an unparalleled body of threat intelligence created from various sources: Microsoft analyzes—over 300 billion authentications processed per month, 200 billion emails scanned for malware and phishing, and one billion Windows devices updated.



Learn in this session more about the unique insights that are generated from this vast pool of security signals through machine learning and human intelligence and how they complement traditional security solutions.

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15:20 - 16:00 Break
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Continuation DIGS Workshop
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17:35 - open end Apéro & Networking

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