Designing Scalable Network Architectures for Fast Moving Big Data

Hadoop & Beyond, Gramercy West (NY Hilton)

The growth of big data and the continuing dramatic decline in the cost of storage and computer processing are having a profound impact on the way business is being conducted across sectors. An updated network infrastructure is essential to keeping the data flowing smoothly throughout your organization and enabling timely, precise analytics that enhance business decision making. Arista and Cloudera have partnered to create networking architectures that accelerate big data productivity by increasing performance, simplifying network scale-out, and tying into Hadoop’s topology aware storage architecture.

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Kenneth Duda

Arista Networks

Founder, CTO and SVP, Software Engineering
Kenneth Duda is a pioneer in high-performance networking software and lead architect of Arista Networks EOS, a stateful modular operating system for all Arista Networks products. He is also the co-author of network virtualization specifications including VXLAN with VMware and NVGRE with Microsoft. From 2005 to 2008, Ken was also the Acting President of Arista Networks.

Prior to joining Arista Networks, Ken was the CTO at, where he played a lead role in designing a real-time 3-D distributed system that scaled to thousands of simultaneous users. Ken was also the first employee of Granite Systems and led the software development effort for the Catalyst 4000 product line after the acquisition by Cisco.

Ken has 3 simultaneous engineering degrees from MIT and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

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Amr Awadallah


Dr. Amr Awadallah

Amr is Co-Founder and CTO of Cloudera. Prior to Cloudera Amr was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Accel Partners. Before that he served as Vice President of Engineering at Yahoo!, and led a team that used Apache Hadoop extensively for data analysis and business intelligence across the Yahoo! online services. Amr joined Yahoo! after they acquired his first startup, VivaSmart, in mid-2000. Amr holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, and a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.


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