Datacenter Transformation 2017

A Blueprint for Open Networking

Marriott Hotel Frankfurt, September 26th 2017

Building upon the success of last year's conference, we are delighted to announce the launch of Datacenter Transformation 2017!

This is a must-attend event for IT Professionals, Engineers and Business Leaders working in Data Centers, Cloud, Carriers/Telcos, Financial Services, Media & Broadcast and High-Performance Computing. You'll learn about the technologies and hardware that form the basis of open networking from those pioneering new standards in the Open Compute industry and those executing large-scale deployments through tales from the field, and glimpses into the future. Many of our speakers featured at the OCP Summit in California earlier this year.

This conference is designed to educate, empower, and inspire those who are looking for open networking solutions to drive their business forward.



10:30 - Registration & Refreshments

Exhibitor Zone


11:00 - OCP Keynote

Is the future of Data Centers Software-Defined?
John Laban, OCP Foundation


11:30 - Time to Put the Cat Out

Facebook/Cumulus Linux - the Cream of Web Scale Networking
Stefaan Eens, Cumulus Networks


12:00 - Open Networking Advancing, Expanding & Deploying

Tales from the Field and a Glimpse into the Future of Open Networking
George Tchaparian, Edge-core Networks


12:30 - Networking Lunch

Product demonstrations and ‘Meet the Speakers’
Exhibitor Zone


13:15 - Where the Cloud meets the Ground

Marcus Köhler, Dipl.Ing., Director Int. Sales & Bus.Dev, e-shelter


13:30 - Interoperability & the Rise of Open Optical Monitoring

How Finisar is pioneering Standards in the Open Networking Stack
Christian Urricariet, Finisar Corp.


14:00 - Innovation in Hypersale Data Centers

High Performance & Scale-out Computing
David Ingersoll, Penguin Computing


14:30 - Coffee Break

Coffee, Networking & Product Demonstrations
Exhibitor Zone


14:45 - The Wire Can't Lie

Consolidated Network Monitoring in Ultra-Low Latency Next-Gen Networks


15:15 - Is the Future of Datacenters Software-Defined?

Panel Discussion and Q & A with all speakers


15:45 - Wrap Up

Wrap up of the day's events
Frank Krämer, EPSGlobal


16:00 - Networking Reception

Post-event reception with Irish Whiskey Tasting
Jameson Brand Ambassador


Learn from the industry thought leaders and OCP founders on how to build a roadmap to SDN.


CEO at Edgecore Networks

George is a seasoned technology executive that brings more than 30 years of industry experience to Edgecore Networks Corporation’s Open (White Box / Bare Metal – SDN / NFV) and Traditional (L2/L3) Wired and Wireless Networking businesses.
George is also the GM for Accton Group Open Networking Business and the Vice Chair of Open Compute Project (OCP), Taiwan. Prior to leading Edgecore Networks, George served as SVP of R&D for Accton Technology Corporation.
Under his management, Accton’s first OCP Open Networking product won “Network World Top 20 Best Products of 2015”.


Senior Director of Marketing at Finisar

Christian Urricariet is Senior Director of Marketing at Finisar, focusing on data center and service provider solutions for customers worldwide. Since joining the company in 1999, he has held a variety of Product Management roles encompassing the 400G, 100G, 40G, 10G, 2G and 1G optical product lines. Prior to joining Finisar, he held several telecom product marketing and business development positions at Raychem Corporation, focusing on fiber optics and access network electronics products.
He holds an Electronics Engineering degree from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology (ITBA).


SVP International Sales at Penguin

Sales and Sales Management Professional accross small and large companies. Proven track record of closing large deals accross many industries. Strategic thinker with the ability to do tactical execution.

During his time as VP Sales America's & APAC for Versant, David was responsible for all revenue in the Americas and Asia Pacific Region, both Indirect and Direct Sales Channels. My team covered Enterprise Accounts, ISV/OEM relationships, Distributors in China, India, Korea and Japan.

Stefaan Eens


Sales Executive EMEA at Cumulus Networks

With over 20 years in the networking industry, Eens has extensive experience in providing solutions to Enterprise and Service providers.
Eens’ network career began in the mid 1990’s when ethernet switching was introduced, moving to security and back to networking arriving at today's public/private Cloud platforms that bring simplicity, safety and cost savings to the modern Enterprise and Service Provider companies.

Prior to Cumulus Networks, Eens held senior sales and management positions at 3Com, Extreme Networks, Juniper and A10 Networks.

John Laban headshot


Open Compute Project Foundation

John Laban began his career as part of the design team for London's First Internet Exchange (Telehouse LINX-One). He was the Telecommunications Infrastructure Planning Manager for Canary Wharf London Docklands.
John has spent the last few years designing enterprise datacenters for major banks in Turkey.

In his role at the OCP Foundation, John is responsible for educating and facilitating the adoption of OCP hardware in Europe and is a sought-after keynote speaker, having presented to tens of thousands worldwide.


International Technical Sales Manager at Solarflare

Adam Darby has been with Solarflare since 2012, having previously worked with Cisco. Solarflare provides key building blocks for Financial Services Data Centers, with every Major Exchange, Commercial Bank and Trading Institution in over 82 countries using Solarflare.
Darby's focus is on Managed Service and Cloud Solutions, particularly Solarflare's new SolarCapture turnkey solution, with 40GbE lossless-to-disk packet capture provided in an open platform. Darby s also a Lecturer for Web Technologies, Linux, Networking and Robotics in the Open University.


Director Int. Sales & Bus. Dev at e-shelter

Marcus Köhler works for the IT industry more than 33 years. For 19 years with Hewlett-Packard’s German subsidiary in several consulting and sales positions. After various management assignments in the software and in the hardware divisions, he changed to the Rittal Group in 2003. As Senior Vice President Sales he was responsible for the global sales organization of the IT- and Infrastructure division


Watch the keynote sessions from Open Compute industry leaders at Datacenter Transformation last October.

Positive Disruption of the Datacenter Hardware Ecosystem

John Laban - Open Compute Project Foundation

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Bridging the Gap - Optics in Open Networks

Craig Thompson - VP, New Markets at Finisar

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Pushing Efficiency and Density in the Datacenter

David Ingersoll - SVP International Sales Penguin Computing

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John Laban headshot

Unleash the Power of SDN

Abhijit Naik - Senior Solutions Architect at IP Infusion

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Open Compute

Datacenters are moving towards infrastructure consolidation and resource convergence to minimize capital expense and to maximize usage of resources.

Conference Participants

cumulus-logoCumulus Networks is leading the transformation of bringing web-scale networking to enterprise cloud. Their networking switching software, Cumulus Linux, is the only solution that allows you to affordably build and efficiently operate your network like the world’s largest data center operators — unlocking vertical network stacks. With Cumulus Linux, you can run your data center networks the way Google and Facebook have done for years, highly automated, without all the development time or expensive, specialized hardware.

ipinfusion-logoIP Infusion has designed and delivered OcNOS (Open Compute Network Operating System). OcNOS™ is the first, full-featured network operating system for data center and enterprise networking, including advanced capabilities such as extensive protocol support for MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching). OcNOS brings the power of the Open Compute Project, an open hardware movement and foundation, to data networking to reduce operational complexity. OcNOS will help to accelerate adoption of the Open Compute Project in data networks, filling the current void for service providers and enterprises for a full-featured network operating system.

finisar-logoFinisar is a global technology leader in optical communications. Their world-class products enable high-speed voice, video and data communications for networking, storage, wireless, and cable TV applications. For 25 years, they have created critical breakthroughs in optics technology and supplied system manufacturers with the production volumes needed to meet the exploding demand for network bandwidth. Finisar's datacenter products include optical transceivers, optical engines, and active optical cables amongst others. Finisar is a regular contributor to the OCP, adding to their knowledge base with benchmark reports.

edgecoreEdgecore Networks Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Accton Technology Corporation, the leading network ODM. Edgecore Networks delivers wired and wireless networking products and solutions through channel partners and system integrators worldwide for data center, service provider, enterprise, and SMB customers. Edgecore Networks is the leader in open networking providing a full line of 1GbE, 10GbE, 25GbE, 40GbE, 50GbE, and 100GbE open and OCP switches that offer choice of NOS and SDN software for data center, telecommunications, and enterprise network use cases.

penguinFor well over a decade Penguin Computing has been the leader in developing open, Linux-based cloud and HPC solutions. With their unmatched Linux expertise, Penguin Computing offers a comprehensive portfolio of products, ranging from Linux servers and workstations to integrated, turn-key HPC clusters and cluster management software. Penguin Computing is a Platinum Tier Member of the Open Compute Project.

ocp-logoSolarflare is the leading provider of application-intelligent networking I/O software and hardware platforms that accelerate, monitor and secure network data, and is the pioneer in high-performance, low-latency 10/40GbE server networking solutions. With over 1,400 global customers, the company's products are widely used in scale-out server environments such as electronic trading, high performance computing, cloud, virtualization and big data.

solarflare-logoThe Open Compute Project (OCP) is an organization that shares designs of data center products among companies, including Facebook, Intel, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Seagate Technology, Dell, Rackspace, Ericsson, Cisco, Juniper Networks, Goldman Sachs, Fidelity, Lenovo and Bank of America.
The Open Compute Project's mission is to design and enable the delivery of the most efficient server, storage and data center hardware designs for scalable computing.

solarflare-logoe-shelter run data centers with an approximate area of 90,000 sqm at eight locations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Complex IT applications that are crucial to our customers' business processes have been added to the web servers from the start-up years. Our architects and engineers have developed a data center design for the security of these systems that optimizes energy efficiency and reliability taking economic efficiency into account.