Leader Gallery Archive

2015 INNOVATION LEADER AWARDS FOR SOFTWARE-DEFINED INFRASTRUCTURE

PRESENTED AT 2015 SOFTWARE-DEFINED INFRASTRUCTURE SUMMIT

Click here to see what award recipients had to say about their Innovation leadership OR click on each photo to view individual winner video.

Brocade
Contributions to Innovation in
NFV apps for SDDCs 2011-2015
Amy Mollat Medeiros
Director of Marketing for Software Networking

VMware
Contributions to Innovation in
software defined storage apps for SDDCs 2011-2015
Michael Haag
Product Line Marketing Manager

Cisco
Virtual Firewall Appliance, Virtual Router / Network Access Appliance, and Virtual WAN Optimization Appliance
Kiran Ghodgaonkar
Senior Marketing Manager

Citrix
Virtual Application Delivery Controller Appliance
Graham Melville
Senior Director, Product Marketing – Cloud Networking

Red Hat
Scale out Object Storage Software
Neil Levine
Director of Product Management

2015 INNOVATION LEADER AWARDS FOR FLASH STORAGE

PRESENTED AT 2015 FLASH MEMORY SUMMIT

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Samsung
Contributions to Innovation in 3D
NAND Flash (2010-2015)
Kye Hyun Kyung
Senior VP, Samsung Electronics

LinkedIn
Contributions to Innovation in
Flash Storage Deployment (2010-2015)
Christopher King
Sr. Infrastructure Architect

NetApp
2015 Innovation Leader
All Flash InfiniBand Array
All Flash NAS Array
All Flash Unified SAN/NAS Array
Lee Caswell
VP, Product and Solution Marketing

SanDisk
2015 Innovation Leader
All Flash PCIe Adapter
Flash Caching Software
Memory Channel Storage
John Scaramuzzo
SVP/GM, Enterprise Storage Solutions

IBM 
2015 Innovation Leader
All Flash Fibre Channel Array
Michael Kuhn
VP, IBM Enterprise Storage

Dell Storage
2015 Innovation Leader
All Flash iSCSI Array
Bob Fine
Director, Product Marketing

Nimble Storage 
2015 Innovation Leader
Hybrid HDD/SSD Array
Fadi Azhari
Director, Product Marketing

Intel 
2015 Innovation Leader
SSD Controller Chip
Jim Pappas
Director, Technology Initiatives

Samsung 
2015 Innovation Leader
SAS/SATA SSD Module
Jung-Bae Lee
Senior VP, Samsung Electronics

HP 
2015 Innovation Leader
All Flash Converged Systems
Vish Mulchand
Sr Dir., Product Mgmt & Mktg

2015 INNOVATION LEADER AWARDS FOR ETHERNET, NETWORKING & SDN

PRESENTED AT 2015 ETHERNET TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT

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Cumulus Networks
Contributions to Bare Metal Switch Innovation (2010-2015)
JR Rivers
Co-Founder and CEO

VMware
Contributions to Innovation in Enterprise NFV (2010-2015)
Guido Appenzeller
Chief Technology Officer

Cisco
2015 Innovation Leader
Ethernet Core Swtich & ToR Switch
Houfar Azomi
Product Manager, Data Center Group

Cisco
2015 Innovation Leader
SSD Platfrom & SDN ENabled Switch
Navin Mittal
Sr. Manager, Data Center and Cloud Networking Marketing

Cumulus Networks
2015 Innovation Leader
Bare Metal Switch OS
JR Rivers
Co-Founder/CEO

Dell
2015 Innovation Leader
Open Networking Switch
Subi Krishnamurthy
CTO, Dell Networking

HP
2015 Innovation Leader
Embedded Blade Server Networking
David Hawley
Global Product Line Manager, Hp Networking
Gladys Alegre-Kimura
Global Product Marketing Manager

Intel
2015 Innovation Leader
Enterprise Ethernet NICs
David Fair
Unified Networking Marketing Manger

Microsoft
2015 Innovation Leader
SDN Monitoring
Dave Maltz
Partner Group Software Engineering Manager

SolarWinds
2015 Innovation Leader
Ethernet Network Monitoring
Leon Adato
Head Geek

VMware 
2015 Innovation Leader
Layer 4-7 NFV  Services Platform
Guido Appenzeller
Chief Technology Strategy Officer

2014 INNOVATION LEADER AWARDS FOR OCP, SCALE-OUT, CONVERGENCE & OTHER IT CATEGORIES

PRESENTED AT 2014 OPEN SERVER SUMMIT

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Microsoft
2014 Special Achievement Innovation Leader
Contributions to Scale-Out Computing (2012-2014) 
Jim Pinkerton
Partner Architect Lead

HP-Moonshoot 
2014 Innovation Leader
Dense Low-Power
Susan Blocher
VP Moonshoot Product Mgmt, Marketing & Biz Dev

Citrix 
2014 Innovation Leader
Application Deliver Controllers
Graham Melville
Sr. Dir. Product Marketing, Cloud Networking

Cisco 
2014 Innovation Leader
Low-Latency Ethernet Switches & WLAN Controllers/Access Points
Jagannadha Tamvada
Product Marketing Manager

Redhat
2014 Innovation Leader
Scale-Out Object Storage Software
Scott Clinton
Sr. Dir. Product Marketing Storage-Big Data

EMC 
2014 Innovation Leader
Scale-Out Object Storage Systems 
Rick Walsworth
Director, Product Marketing Biz Dev

Quanta 
2014 Innovation Leader
Open Compute Project Servers
Jason Pan
Sr. Dir. Sales & Marketing, Quanta Cloud Technology

Quanta 
2014 Innovation Leader
Open Compute Project Servers
Jason Pan
Sr. Dir. Sales & Marketing, Quanta Cloud Technology

Oracle 
2014 Innovation Leader
Converged Systems for Databases
Gurmeet Goindi
Product Manager, Oracle Exadata
Timothy Mooney
Product Marketing Dir., Oracle Exadata

2014 INNOVATION LEADER AWARDS FOR SSD

PRESENTED AT 2014 FLASH MEMORY SUMMIT

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Ebay
2014 Innovation Leader
Contributors to all Flash Storage Array Innovation (2009-2014)
Russ McElroy
Manager, Storage Engineering

Tom Isakovich 
2014 Innovation Leader
Contributors to All Flash Storage Array Innovation (2009-2014) 
Tom Isakovich
CEO & Founder, Nimbus Data

Dell 
2014 Innovation Leader
All Flash iSCSI SSD Systems
Bob Fine
Director of Product Marketing

EMC 
2014 Innovation Leader
Hybrid HDD/SSD Systems & All Flash Systems Management Software
Josh Goldstein
VP Marketing & Product Managemen

Fusion-IO 
2014 Innovation Leader
PCIe SSD DAS Adapters & FLash Cache Software
Steve Wozniak
Chief Scientist
Lee Caswell
VP All Flash Appliances

Fusion-IO 
2014 Innovation Leader
PCIe SSD DAS Adapters & Flash Cache Software
Nisha Talagala
Lead Architect/Fellow

IBM 
2014 Innovation Leader
All Flash Fibre Channel SSD Systems 
Michael Kuhn
VP & Business Line Executive, Flash Systems

LSI 
2014 Innovation Leader
Controller Chips
Thad Omura
VP of Marketing, Flash Components Division

Netapp
2014 Innovation Leader
All Flash NAS SSD Systems
Mark Welke
Sr. Dir. Product Marketing

Nimbus Data 
2014 Innovation Leader
Leader All Flash Unified SSD System
Tom Iskovich
CEO

QLogic 
2014 Innovation Leader
PCIe SSD SAN Adapters
Steve Garceau
Technical Marketing Manager

Samsung SSI
2014 Innovation Leader
SAS/SATA SSD Modules
Daniel Lee
VP

SanDisk 
2014 Innovation Leader
Memory CHannel Storage
John Scaramuzzo
SVP & GM, Enterprise Storage Solutions

Violin Memory 
2014 Innovation Leader
All Flash InfiniBand SSD System
Eric Herzog
Chief Marketing Officer & SVP, Business Development

VMware 
2014 Innovation Leader
Leader Virtual Server Cache Software
Gaetan Castelein
Sr. Director of Product Management- Software Defined Storage

2014 INNOVATION LEADER AWARDS FOR ETHERNET AND SOFTWARE DEFINED DATA CENTER

PRESENTED AT 2014 ETHERNET TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT

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Google 
2014 Innovation Leader
Contributions to Ethernet (2009-2014)
Bikash Koley
Principal Engineer, Networking

Cisco
2014 Innovation Leader
Ethernet Core Switch, Ethernet ToR Switch, SDN Switch, SDN Virtual Switch, SDN Controllers, SDN ASICs, and Enterprise Networks OS
Ram Appalaraju
VP & GM, Cisco’s Data Center Group
Claudio DeSanti
Fellow, Cisco’s Data Center Group

VMware
2014 Innovation Leader
SDN Orchestration Software, SDN Platform, Layer 4-7 SDN Services Platform, & Software Defined Storage
Karen Steele
VP Corporate Marketing

Microsoft 
2014 Innovation Leader
SDN Monitoring
Brad Booth
Principal Network Engineer

Intel 
2014 Innovation Leader
Enterprise Ethernet NICs
David Fair
Unified Networking Marketing Manager

SolarWinds 
2014 Innovation Leader
Ethernet Network Monitoring
Patrick Hubbard
Head Geek (Sr. Technical Product Marketing Manager)

2013 Open Server and Storage Innovation Awards

PRESENTED AT 2013 OPEN SERVER SUMMIT

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Intel 
2013 Innovation Leader
Open Compute Server Processors
Nidhi Chappell
Server SOC Product Manager

Nexenta 
2013 Innovation Leader
Contributions to Software Defined Storage (2008-2013)
Tarkan Maner
CEO

Nexenta 
2013 Innovation Leader
Contributions to Software Defined Storage (2008-2013)
Tarkan Maner
CEO

F5
2013 Innovation Leader
Layer 4-7 SDN Services Platform
Peter Margaris
Director-Strategy & Business Operations

Fusion-IO 
2013 Innovation Leader
Open Compute Project Storage
Brent Compton
Senior Director-Product Management

HP
2013 Innovation Leader
Open Compute Project Servers, Industry Standard Server, Microservers
Julie Chang
Worldwide Product Marketing Manager, HP Enterprise

Cisco 
2013 Innovation Leader
SDN Platform, SDN Controllers, SDN Switches, SDN Virtual Switch, SDN ASICs
Peter O’Riordan
VP & GM of SFPG/DCSA BU

Big Switch
2013 Innovation Leader
SDN Monitoring
Guido Appenzeller
CEO & Co-Founder

2013 SSD Innovation Awards

PRESENTED AT 2013 FLASH MEMORY SUMMIT

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Fusion-IO 
Contributions to SSD Innovation (2008-2013)
David Flynn
Founder (now CEO of PrimaryData)

Facebook
Contributions to SSD Adoption (2008-2013)
Santosh Janardhan
Manager, Database Administration & Storage Systems

EMC 
2013 Innovation Leader
Flash SAN SSD Systems
Arindam Paul
Consulting Product Manager, Flash Products Division

IBM/TMS 
2013 Innovation Leader
All DRAM SAN SSD Systems & Hybrid HHD/SSD Systems 
Michael Kuhn
VP Flash Systems
Holly Frost
CEO, Texas Memory Systems

LSI
2013 Innovation Leader
SSD Controller Chips
Huibert Verhoeven
VP & GM, Flash Components Division (formerly SandForce)

Netapp 
2013 Innovation Leader
SSD NAS Cache Appliance 
Paul Feresten
Senior Product Marketing Manager

Nimbus
2013 Innovation Leader
All Flash NAS SSD Systems & All Flash Unified SSD Systems
Thomas Isakovich
CEO

QLogic 
2013 Innovation Leader
PCIe SSD SAN Adapters
David Clark
Director, Product Marketing

Samsung Semiconductor
2013 Innovation Leader
SAS/SATA SSD Modules
Bob Brennan
SVP, Memory Systems Architecture Lab

2013 Networking and SDN Innovation Awards

PRESENTED AT 2013 ETHERNET TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT

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Big Switch Networks
Innovation Leader (2012-2013)
SDN
Guido Appenzeller
Co-Founder CEO

Mellanox
Innovation Leader (2003-2013)
HPC Networking
Eyal Waldman
CEO

Cisco 
2013 Innovation Leader
Low Latency Ethernet Switches, WLAN Controllers/Switches
David Yen
SVP & GM, Cisco Data Center Business Group

Cisco
2013 Innovation Leader
Networking Operating Systems, Firewalls & Fibre Channel Networking Monitoring
Claudio DeSanti
Fellow, Cisco Data Center Group

Dell-EqualLogic 
2013 Innovation Leader
iSCSI Storage
Arpit Joshipura
VP Product Marketing

Citrix 
2013 Innovation Leader
Application Delivery Controllers
Graham Melville
Sr. Dir. Product Marketing, NetScaler Product Group

Broadcom 
2013 Innovation Leader
LOM
Nick Ilyadis
VP/CTO Infrastructure Networking Group

Intel 
2013 Innovation Leader
Ethernet NICs 
Recep Ozdag
Product Marketing Manager

HP 
2013 Innovation Leader
Blade Server Networking
Kant Deshpande
Global Product Manager, Virtual Concept

Mellanox 
2013 Innovation Leader
InfiniBand Switches, InfiniBand Adapters 
Brian Sparks
Sr. Director, Marketing Communications

Netapp 
2013 Innovation Leader
InfiniBand Storage, NAS
Bhagwat Sharoop
Sr. Dir. Product Management for ONTAP

QLogic 
2013 Innovation Leader
Fibre Channel HBAs 
Parag Mehta
Sr. Dir. of Product Marketing

Riverbed 
2013 Innovation Leader
WAN Optimization
David Greene
Chief Marketing Officer

SolarWinds 
2013 Innovation Leader
Ethernet Network Monitoring
Patrick Hubbard
Head Geek

VMware
2013 Innovation Leader
Network Virtualization SDN
Allwyn Sequeira
VP Networking and Security

2012 Server Innovation Awards

PRESENTED AT 2012 SERVER DESIGN SUMMIT

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Arista Networks 
Innovation Leader (1992-2012)
Enterprise IT
Andy Bechtolsheim
Founder, Chief Development Officer & Chairman

Broadcom 
2012 Innovation Leader
LOM
Krishna Kalidindi
Director IC Design Engineering

Intel 
2012 Innovation Leader
Ethernet NICs-Server Processors
Nishi Ahuja
Data Center Architect – DataCenter & Connected Systems Group

VMware 
2012 Innovation Leader
Server Virtualization, Desktop Virtualization
Michael Adams
Group Product Line Marketing Manager

Microsoft 
2012 Innovation Leader
Operating Systems
Thomas Pfenning
General Manager

Mellanox 
2012 Innovation Leader
HPC Adapters
Eyal Gutkind
Sr. Manager, Enterprise Market Development

Emulex 
2012 Innovation Leader
CNAs
Murthy Kompella
Sr. Architect/Sr. Dir. Engineering, Advanced Development

Fusion-IO
2012 Innovation Leader
SSD Server Adapters
Jim Peek
Sr. Dir., Advanced Systems

HGST 
2012 Innovation Leader
Enterprise HHDs
Matt Watson
Enterprise Marketing & Strategy

HP 
2012 Innovation Leader
Microservers, Blade Servers, Midrange Servers, Blade Server Networking
Andy Scholl
Marketing Program Manager-WW ISS IMT

VCE
2012 Innovation Leader
Converged Systems
Michael Tan
Sr. Dir., Solutions & Partner Engineering

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