Speakers and Sponsors
We built an excellent speaker roster for the Forum – from Federal agency experts to industry luminaries. The Forum brought together the best and the brightest in the Federal IT community to have a meaningful collaboration that proved useful in efforts to modernize Federal IT infrastructure. First up is one of our sponsors.
Program Manager Supercomputing & Revenue Protection
Mailing Information Systems
US Postal Service
Chief Information Officer
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
Director, Enterprise Services
Office of the Chief Information Officer/Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management
Department of Labor
Chief Technology Officer and Vice President
Corporate Development and Emerging Business
Former Director, National Weather Service
currently Vice President of Weather Products and Services
Harris Government Communications Systems
Chief Technology Officer
Systems Engineering Manager
Manager, Advanced Services
Scot Atkins is a Program Manager for the US Postal Service, holds a degree in mathematics and physics, and architects supercomputing systems providing world class operational and revenue protection solutions to real-time, big data challenges pushing the limits of volume, velocity, and variation (3V's). Scot has been with the USPS for 19 years as a Program Manager, Operations Research Analyst, and acting Industrial Engineer, and previously served with the US Army as a Special Operations R&D Pilot and Test Officer for 10 years. Supercomputing and Special Operations have represented the cutting edge in requirements challenges and creative innovation while Revenue Protection and Special Operations have represented the challenge of protecting against persistent threat. Scot has combined these nearly 30 years of experience to provide state-of-the-art IT architectural solutions to what may arguably be one of the world's most voluminous real-time transactional data problems, while dispelling and demystifying the mutually exclusive myth of modern high density supercomputing vs. cloud computing.
Ron Bewtra serves as the Chief Technology Officer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). As CTO, Ron lead the effort to establish the 5-year network strategic plan and NOAA-wide network optimization initiative. Mr. Bewtra also leads the NOAA High Performance Computing (HPC) Integrated Management Team and is responsible for IT at NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory located on Princeton University's Forrestal campus. In addition, Mr. Bewtra supports HPC acquisitions and design for other Federal Agencies.
Tim Braly has been with Brocade for 9 years and has worked in the networking field for more than 17 years. As a Senior Systems Engineer and Brocade Distinguished Architect, he is focused on understanding the networking requirements of the Federal Customer and developing solutions to meet their unique needs. Prior to joining Brocade, Tim worked for X-ISS building and managing two of the world's top 500 Super Computing Clusters used for the oil and gas industry and several smaller clusters used for the military aerospace industries. Prior to X-ISS, Tim worked for Lucent Technologies as a Network Engineer supporting the US Army where he designed and managed large-scale ATM and Ethernet through commercial-off-the-shelf management tools and custom build applications he wrote to simplify configuration and empower help-desk personnel to close networking tickets through automation without the need to escalate. Recently Tim has been deeply involved in the design and development of Software Defined Networking (SDN) with Brocade and other industry experts. He holds a Bachelors in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Information Sciences from Hawaii Pacific University.
Lloyd Carney was named Chief Executive Officer of Brocade in January 2013 and will be appointed to the Brocade board of directors. As CEO, Carney is responsible for executing the Company's vision and strategy to lead the networking industry through its next phase of evolution that will be defined by data center virtualization, cloud computing and software networking.
Before joining Brocade, Carney was CEO and member of the board of directors at Xsigo Systems, a technology leader in the data center virtualization market with solutions for cloud computing and software-defined networking. Previous to that, Carney was CEO of Micromuse, Inc., a networking management software company which became an integral part of the IBM Tivoli framework. Carney also has extensive experience in the IP networking industry. He served as the Chief Operating Officer at Juniper Networks where he oversaw the engineering, product management and manufacturing divisions. Carney also served as President of the Core IP, Wireless Internet and the Enterprise divisions at Nortel Networks, which generated multi-billion dollars in revenue. Before this, Carney was the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise Business Unit at Bay Networks.
Carney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute and a Master of Science degree in Applied Business Management from Lesley College, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
For the past two decades Mr. Charles has helped hundreds of technology manufacturers succeed in the government marketplace. His breadth and depth of expertise on every dimension of the government technology ecosystem provide technology manufacturers with a clear focus and a cohesive strategy for the greatest success. Mr. Charles is adept at mapping technology product lifecycles with appropriate channel strategies, optimizing the right mix of contract vehicles while navigating the procurement regulations to develop tactics for success in both the long and short terms. An avid speaker at industry events, Mr. Charles leads immixGroup's training workshops and has authored a monthly column in Washington Technology.
Prior to founding the immixGroup, Mr. Charles served as vice president of contract management with Selbre & Associates. He received a BA in Communications & Business, Magna Cum Laude from Temple University and has completed extensive coursework in government procurement at American University, George Washington University, University of Virginia and the National Contract Management Association.
Lou Charlier is the Director of Enterprise Services, Office of the Chief Information Officer for the United States Department of Labor.
In this capacity, Mr. Charlier serves as a principal advisor to top Departmental executives and key agency managers in the area of information technology (IT) and information management. He plans, directs and overseas the Engineering and Operations programs for the Department, ensuring that they align to the Department's strategic plan and modernization effort. Along with these responsibilities, he assures that IT investments are executed with sound capital planning and investment strategies in accordance with Federal and Departmental regulations.
Prior to his appointment to DOL in October 2006, Mr. Charlier acquired broad experience in advanced technology and large scale distributed systems development and engineering. He served as the program manager for several DOD programs under contract. Mr. Charlier's foundation in Information Technology comes from 25+ years of Federal and contracting IT experience. He began his career in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged as a Data Systems Technician.
Lou Charlier holds a B.S. in Computer Networking from Strayer University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He also hold the following certifications: Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), ITIL Practitioner Certification (CCRM), and ITIL Foundation Certification.
He has received several Secretary's Exceptional Achievement Awards.
Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Corporate Development and Emerging Business
As Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Corporate Development and Emerging Business, Ken Cheng leads Brocade's technology strategy, software networking solutions, key business initiatives, M&A and investment portfolio as it focuses on the evolving data center infrastructure within enterprises, cloud service providers and Federal markets. Previously at Brocade, Cheng served as Vice President, Routing, Application Delivery and Software Networking Group since 2010. In this role, he drove the overall vision, strategy and execution of the Brocade advanced routing, application delivery and software networking business.
Cheng joined Brocade in 2008 through the company's acquisition of Foundry Networks where he held various executive management positions during his 12-year tenure. Prior to Foundry, Cheng served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Engineering for DG Systems (now DG FastChannel), a content distribution network company that operates the largest network designed specifically for media distribution. Cheng also held senior engineering management positions at Network Equipment Technologies (NET) and Bell Northern Research (later Nortel Labs).
Cheng has a BS in Applied Mathematics from Queen's University (Canada), an MBA from Santa Clara University, and a Certificate in Music from the Royal Academy of Music (England).
Mr. Terry Halvorsen serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of the Navy (DON). As the DON CIO, Mr. Halvorsen heads the Office of the DON CIO and is the DON's senior official and advisor on matters related to Information Management (IM), Information Technology (IT)/cyberspace (including national security systems) and Information Resources Management (IRM). Mr. Halvorsen has oversight for the IM function within the Office of the Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations, and Headquarters Marine Corps. He develops strategies, policies, plans, architectures, standards, and guidance, and provides process transformation support for the entire Department of the Navy. Additionally, he ensures that the development and acquisition of IT systems are interoperable and consistent with the Department's objectives and vision. Mr. Halvorsen also serves as the Department's Cyber/IT Workforce Community Leader, Critical Infrastructure Assurance Officer and the Senior Military Component Official for Privacy and Civil Liberties.
Prior to becoming the DON CIO, Mr. Halvorsen was the Deputy Commander, Navy Cyber Forces. He began serving in this position in January 2010 as part of the Navy Cyber reorganization. Previous to this, Mr. Halvorsen served as the Deputy Commander, Naval Network Warfare Command. He was responsible for providing leadership for over 16,000 military and civilian personnel and supporting over 300 ships and approximately 800,000 computer network users, all globally dispersed. In this position he was responsible for the business performance of Navy network operations, space operations, information operations and knowledge management. Mr. Halvorsen was directly involved in establishing governance structure, processes and mechanisms to optimize over $8 billion in Navy resources.
Mr. Halvorsen entered the Senior Executive Service in July 2004 as the Executive Director, Naval Personnel Development Command, responsible for overseeing all individual training in the Navy. Mr. Halvorsen was personally selected for the Chief of Naval Operations-directed Executive Review of Navy Training, which resulted in the Navy's Revolution in Training. At the conclusion of this project, Mr. Halvorsen was selected as the Director of Task Force Excel Atlantic, charged with improving the effectiveness and efficiency of Navy training. He also served as the Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education CIO. In February 2006 Mr. Halvorsen was designated Acting Executive Director, Naval Education and Training Command.
Mr. Halvorsen entered Federal Civil Service in 1985 as the Curriculum Instructional Standards Officer for Navy Cryptology Training, Corry Station, Pensacola, Fla. He has held numerous positions in the training community to include Deputy for C41 Training, Director Training Policy and Standards, and Director of Assessment, where he was one of the principal architects of the Navy's training reengineering efforts.
He graduated with honors from Widener University with a degree in history. He was a distinguished military graduate and a George C. Marshall award winner. Following graduation, Mr. Halvorsen was commissioned a Regular Army 2LT in May 1980 and attended Army Officer Basic Course and the Intelligence Officer Course. His first assignment was Executive/Operations Officer, Army Intelligence Detachment Pensacola, supporting the Army's training with the Navy. During this tour, Mr. Halvorsen obtained a Master's Degree in Educational Technology from the University of West Florida.
Xavier Hughes is the Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Labor at the U.S. Department of Labor, where he oversees the research and development agenda for open government, the introduction of new technologies to enhance agency customer service, and the use of open data ecosystems to protect the public and encourage problem solving.
As Chief Innovation Officer, Xavier leads the identification, evaluation and development of innovative business process and technology applications to improve DOL outcomes and simplify government operations. He is considered a leader in the area of open government and data liberation, having led the development and launch of several crowdsourcing data challenges covering worker safety and health, enforcement, labor statistics, disability employment, and equal pay.
Previous to joining the U.S. Department of Labor, Xavier worked for PRTM Management Consultants where acted as a senior advisor to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) senior officials, and provided subject matter expertise covering product development, supply chain optimization, and IT portfolio management to a multitude of private sector clients. He has over 15 years of professional experience within the public and private sector, encompassing business process improvement, strategic business planning and development, supply chain, IT platform development, and customer service.
Xavier attended the University of Miami where he received an undergraduate degree in Business Management. He is originally from San Sebastian, Spain, is fluent in Spanish, is an avid sports fan and competitor, and lives in Capitol Hill with his wife Alex and dog Lola.
On June 7, 2010, Bernard J. Mazer was selected as the Department of the Interior Chief Information Officer (CIO), assuming oversight responsibility for the Department's estimated $1 billion information technology (IT) portfolio. The Interior Department with an annual $15.8 billion budget is considered a large, decentralized Cabinet agency with over 67,000 employees and 236,000 volunteers located in approximately 2,400 locations across the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and Native American Lands.
As the Chief Information Officer, Mr. Mazer is responsible for providing strategic leadership and advice to the Secretary of the Interior on the effective use of Information technology assets. Mr. Mazer is focused on infrastructure modernization and ensuring that IT investments are cost effective, scalable, and aligned to DOI's mission and strategic direction. Further, he is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996, the eGovernment Act of 2002, and all other applicable laws, regulations, and directives. Before accepting this position, Mr. Mazer served as the Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service a bureau within the Department. He has over twenty five years experience in the field of information technology and communications, including 16 years of project management and 10 plus years experience in program development. During his tenure with Fish and Wildlife Service he served as the Acting Deputy Director for unified communications services on behalf of the Department.
Prior to his tenure at the Department of the Interior in 2008, he served as Deputy Director, and Chief of Information Communications and Technology team, within the Infrastructure and Engineering Office in the Economic Growth Agriculture and Trade Bureau in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). His last two years in USAID were devoted to working with various United States Government entities on reconstruction and stabilization efforts in post conflict countries on infrastructure and governance issues. Mr. Mazer supported and provided technical leadership and field support to USAID Missions in the areas of energy, information communications technology, and engineering services related to the development and effective use of critical economic infrastructure. He supported the USAID field missions largely through programs designed to: strengthen the legal, regulatory and institutional environment to promote private investment; promote the adoption of innovative technologies and approaches such as wireless broadband to increase access to infrastructure services by the underserved; promote and strengthen public participation in decision making to improve the governance of infrastructure services. Additionally, he also worked in the E-Government area building in various countries and within the Agency which included development of workforce planning, IT capital planning and investment management, enterprise architecture, information security, last mile initiatives, and strategic planning.
Mr. Mazer has also worked on the design to implement public-private partnership activities (often in conjunction with the USAID Global Development Alliance program) with private sector partners, including the U.S. Telecommunication Training Institute, private corporations and specialized Non Government Organizations (NGOs). Previously, Mr. Mazer worked in the Department of Defense in information management and telecommunications in the United States, Europe and Southwest Asia. He served as a Community Director of Information in Europe where he was responsible for automation, communications, IT security and privacy, records management and FOIA. Prior to that he was an instructor for the University of Maryland, European Division, where he taught information management courses on such topics as relational databases, operating systems, and business process design. He also worked in the deployment of standardized installation support systems for the US Army. Mr. Mazer, is a certified Project Management Professional, holds a Master's Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a Master's Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.
Steve is the founder of MeriTalk – an online community that hosts professional networking, thought leadership, and focused events to drive the government IT dialogue. A 20-year veteran of the government IT community, O'Keeffe has worked in government and industry and has contributed to The Washington Post and The Economist.
Today, he regularly sparks dialogue on his blog, My Cup of IT. O'Keeffe is a fixture as an expert witness on Capitol Hill, testifying on government IT and workforce issues in both House and Senate hearings.
In addition to MeriTalk, he founded 300Brand, 11mark, Mobile Work Exchange, GovMark Council, PRSourceCode, and O'Keeffe & Company.
As Vice President of Federal Sales, Anthony Robbins is responsible for leading the Brocade sales effort to the U.S. Department of Defense, civilian agencies, and the intelligence community.
Robbins has more than 25 years of industry experience, including his previous role as Senior Vice President, North America Public Sector, at Oracle, where he led the integration, planning, and staffing of more than 200 people as Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems. Prior to that, Robbins served as Vice President, Federal, at Sun Microsystems, Inc. He was also Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI).
Robbins has a B.S. from Jacksonville State University in Alabama.
Mr. Tombe has more than 25 years of IT management experience in the Federal government serving in a variety of Agencies on both the West and East coast. Mr. Tombe has served as the Chief Technology Officer of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the country's largest law enforcement agency since 2005. Mr. Tombe is leading the formation of cross-cutting integrated technology strategies and architectures, the establishment of CBP's Strategic Technology Direction and its associated Information Technology Transformation initiatives.
Mr. Tombe provides leadership on technology planning, architecture, standards, and the adoption of industry best practices for technology management. In December of 2008, Mr. Tombe founded the first US Government "Federal CTO Forum" in recognition of the tremendous benefits to be gained by reusing technology best practices and innovations among Federal Agencies.
Mr. Tombe is the recipient of numerous high profile awards and honors. In 2013, he was named a Fed 100 Executive of the year and in 2012 he was named a Federal Executive of the Year by FedScoop. Mr. Tombe is a widely recognized public speaker on topics of innovation in government, open standards, agile methodologies, and strategies that reduce the cost of government.
Mr. Tombe earned a Master's Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. He is also a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute.
Dr. Michael Valivullah
Dr. Michael Valivullah is a member of Senior Executive Service (SES) in the US Federal Government. He has served as the Director and CIO at NASS. Prior to joining NASS, Dr. Valivullah spent about 9 years in the public sector, working in positions such as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Science and Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security, Associate Director, Chief of Programs and Planning and Chief Enterprise Architect at the U.S. Capitol Police.
Before joining the federal government, he worked in the private sector at a number of companies, including EDS (HP), Lockheed Martin, FINRA (NASDAQ), U.S. Food Service, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, FreddieMac, Sabre, SES, MCI Telecom and US Airways. He also served as a staff member at Georgetown University and Virginia Tech.
Dr. Valivullah was certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and certified by the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO) Council as a Federal CIO. He is also certified in Enterprise Architecture, Data Strategy, Data Quality, Data Warehousing, Customer Relationship Management, IT Best Practices (ITIL Foundations, UK) and Cyber Security (CISSP).
He has a Master's Degree in IT Systems Management, an Advanced Master's Certification in Project Management and a doctorate in Biomedical Sciences. He graduated from the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SES-CDP) at the Department of Energy. He has completed senior executive leadership training at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Business School and Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
Dr. Steve Warner
Dr. Steven Warner is the chief scientist for the Federal and Defense Technologies division within Northrop Grumman's Information Systems sector. In this role, he is responsible for the leadership and technical oversight of a broad range of technology strategy and investment activities, including promoting and managing independent and contract research and development investments.
As chief scientist, Dr. Warner is also responsible for developing technical strategies to meet customer requirements, and for improving collaboration among Northrop Grumman's technical leadership, its internal and external partners, academia and working groups.
Dr. Warner has 33 years of experience in the information technology industry supporting and leading projects – often as chief engineer – that deliver enterprise solutions worldwide in scope. His technical expertise is focused in the areas of enterprise architecture, service-oriented architecture, cloud computing and data center technologies. In his 17 years with Northrop Grumman, Dr. Warner has served in a variety of roles, most recently as principal technologist in the former Civil Systems division. In 2012, he was the chairman of TechAmerica's Public Sector Cloud Computing Committee.
Dr. Warner has authored many whitepapers, briefings and publications, and has presented numerous seminars and courses. He is also the author of 16 reviewed articles in the areas of laboratory local area networks and analytical biochemistry.
Dr. Warner has a Bachelor of Science from Eckerd College and a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a Microsoft-certified systems engineer.
As Vice President of Advanced Infrastructure Solutions (AIS) / Storage, Ken is responsible for the strategic direction of Tech Data's Storage Solutions group in the AIS Product Marketing division, overseeing a wide range of associated channel program, partner enablement, and engagement activities.
In total, Ken has over 25 years of progressive management experience in the Information Technology industry. Prior to rejoining Tech Data, Ken was responsible for Sales, Marketing and Technical Consulting Services for Bayshore Technologies (now Vology). Bayshore is a leading Value-Added Reseller (VAR) of Computer products and services including HP, Cisco, VMware, Citrix, Microsoft and many others.
Additionally, Ken held Director/Executive level technology services positions at IKON Technology Services (VAR) and Opennetwork/BMC (Security Software vendor).
Ken holds a technology degree in Computer/Mechanical systems, as well as a Bachelor's of Science in Management, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Florida. Ken is actively involved in several technology and education associations including the USF Alumni Association.
Bob Gourley is the publisher of CTOvision.com and is the founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm.
Bob's first career was as a naval intelligence officer, which included operational tours in Europe and Asia. Bob was the first Director of Intelligence (J2) at DoD's cyber defense organization JTF-CND.
Following retirement from the Navy Bob was an executive with TRW and Northrop Grumman, and then returned to government service as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
Bob was named one of the top 25 most influential CTOs in the globe by Infoworld in 2007, and selected for AFCEAs award for meritorious service to the intelligence community in 2008. He was named by Washingtonian as one of DC's "Tech Titans" in 2009. Bob was named one of the "Top 25 Most Fascinating Communicators in Government IT" by the Gov2.0 community GovFresh. In 2012 Bob was noted as "Most Influential on Twitter for Big Data" by Forbes. His blog, CTOvision, is now ranked among the top 50 federal technology blogs.
Robert Bigman recently retired from Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), after serving a thirty year distinguished career. Recognized as a pioneer in the field of classified information protection, Mr. Bigman developed technical measures and procedures to manage the nation's most sensitive secrets. As an information security trailblazer, Mr. Bigman participated in developing security measures for Government computers well before commercial industry found the Internet. He then developed creative solutions to allow the CIA to use the Internet to further its mission without exposure. With twenty-five years of experience, Mr. Bigman worked in every area of information and data security, the last fifteen years as the Agency's Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). As the Agency CISO, Mr. Bigman managed a large organization of technical and program officers responsible for the protection of all Agency information. As the CISO, his responsibilities included cryptography, information security policy/processes, standards and requirements, testing and network defense/response. In recognition of his expertise and contributions, Mr. Bigman has received numerous CIA and Director of National Intelligence awards.
Mr. Bigman is now an independent cyber security consultant and president of 2BSecure in Bethesda, Maryland. He works with Governments and Fortune 50 corporations to help them build productive information security programs and resist sophisticated nation-state and cyber criminal penetration programs.
Jill Tummler Singer
Ms. Jill Tummler Singer recently completed 27 years of federal service, including assignments as chief information officer for the National Reconnaissance Office, deputy chief information officer at the Central Intelligence Agency, and director for the Diplomatic Telecommunications Service for the United States Department of State. She is now a partner at Deep Water Point and the Chief Executive Officer of Tummler Singer Associates, LLC, She advises clients on transformation, strategy, leadership, and technology. She is an advisory board member to several companies operating in the intelligence and defense spaces. Ms. Singer serves as an Executive-on-Ground for the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and is co-chair of the AFCEA International Cyber Committee. She is an award winning professional, accomplished speaker, and published author.
As Vice President of Brocade's Data Center Networking business, Jason Nolet is responsible for defining the company's vision, strategy and execution plans to drive the company's business results for all SAN and IP/Ethernet data center products and network management solutions. He joined Brocade in 2009, bringing nearly 25 years of experience in the networking industry.
Prior to Brocade, Nolet held a variety of executive positions at Cisco during a 13-year period. He was most recently Vice President of Engineering, leading product development for a wide range of security products and solutions. Prior to Cisco, Nolet spent more than a decade in engineering leadership roles at Stratus Computer, AT&T Global Information Systems, and NCR Corporation.
Nolet has a BS in Business Administration and Information Systems from San Diego State University.
Alexander A Simring is a gastroenterologist and hepatologist, currently working at South Western Day Surgical Centre in Liverpool, Australia. He specializes in Nutrition, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Fatty Liver, and Endoscopy. Special interests include nutrition and digestive diseases, as well as the emerging role of the gut microbiome in general health.
A member of South Western Endoscopy Centre since 2008, Simring has experience in endoscopic procedures. Both Endoscopy and Colonoscopy are routinely undertaken at the Endoscopy Centre.
Dr. Chip Copper
As a Principal Engineer at Brocade, Chip has experience with a number of data center technologies including storage, virtualization, infrastructure, emerging technologies, and next generation data center architecture. With over 30 years of experience in program management and information systems, he has a broad technical background that includes designing and building microprocessor-based controllers, designing operating systems, developing custom languages, producing compilers, specifying and deploying both telecommunications and IP networks, and developing and writing distributed applications on a range of platforms from simple processors to supercomputers. He has a PhD in Distributed Systems from the University of Pittsburgh, an MS in Computer Science and a BS in Mathematics from Bowling Green State University.
Duke Butler has been with Brocade for over 11 years and has worked in the networking (LAN/WAN/SAN) and disaster recovery field for more than 15 years holding positions with companies such as EMC, Nishan Systems and Sterling Software. As a principal engineer, he focused primarily on developing technologies and next generation protocols in the data center and worked extensively with Brocade’s enterprise, federal and service provider customers to understand requirements and develop solutions to meet their needs. Recently Duke has taken a new role as Director of Federal Solutions and leads the Federal Office of the CTO. He has been leading efforts in helping solve the challenge of large scale virtualization and private cloud infrastructure in a secure environment.