February 23, 2017
VeriStor Corporate Office
4850 River Green Pkwy, Duluth, GA 30096

Next Generation Network Strategies in a Cloud World:

Redefining Network Functions, Operations, & Security for a Software Defined Data Center

During this one-day summit, experts will present real-world use cases to highlight the most successful tools and strategies used in developing next generation data center networks.

The traditional data center may be approaching extinction. Networking flexibility remains limited by the capabilities of the physical components of the network. The data center of tomorrow needs to provide more agility, rapid scalability and tighter integration between diverse functions.


Enter the software-defined data center (SDDC). The SDDC will be configurable, adaptable and will rapidly scale to meet the most demanding business needs. A key component that an SDDC provides is the ability to centralize control of next-generation architectures such as software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV). Instead of being bound to regular hardware upgrade cycles, engineers will simply implement software to deploy new features to the datacenter network. Networking elements and services can be programmed within the software for highly flexible switching, routing, load balancing, firewalling, VPN and monitoring functions. And by implementing these services via software, you can also reduce or eliminate performance-limiting bottlenecks and potential failure points.

Using a software-based approach, complex provisioning and management functions can be deployed in minutes instead of days or weeks.

Once the network functions are freed from the restrictions of the hardware, you will be able to program capabilities dynamically, turning them on and off as needed. This allows you to experience the core benefits of the SDDC – agility, flexibility, programmability and scalability.


In the spirit of encouraging continuous collaboration, VeriStor has assembled a panel of data center experts to share real-world experiences driving towards next generation, software-defined network environments. Our speakers will present a diverse mix of real-world implementation cases that are relevant to both technology professionals and management alike, so all are welcome.

The event will close with a networking and cocktail hour for participants and speakers to come together and discuss unique challenges and opportunities they currently face.

The VeriStor Data Center Transformation Summit was designed for industry experts to collaborate with you and share experiences and best practices so you can begin your journey on the right foot.

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9:00 – 9:30 am Registration
9:30 – 10:30 am SDDC Vision for the Future: Scott Lowe, VMware
10:30 – 11:30 am Streaming the Datacenter Evolution: David Yazdani, HPE
11:30 – 12:00 pm The Evolving Role of the Network Engineer: Todd Ellison, VeriStor
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch & technology exhibits
1:00 – 1:30 pm Automating VM protection
1:30 – 2:00 pm Workload Security for the Multi-Cloud Era: Rob Babb, HyTrust
2:00 – 2:30 pm Why is SD-WAN Catching On?: Travis Edgeworth, Silver Peak
2:30 – 3:00 pm VeriStor Closing Remarks: Todd Ellison
3:00 – 5:00 pm Speaker Meet & Greet; Happy Hour


Our summit is tailored to those who have a vested interest in network operations – including network engineers, infrastructure architects and data center operators.

Join Us! Learn how the experts perceive the future of the software-defined data center.  

Space is limited – REGISTER TODAY!

Speaker Bios


Scott Lowe

Scott Lowe is a 20+ year veteran of IT industry and well-known author, blogger, speaker, and podcaster (the Full Stack Journey podcast). Over the course of his career, Scott has held a variety of roles ranging from entry-level desktop support to CTO for a small start-up.  He’s currently an engineering architect on the NSX team at VMware, Inc., focusing on network virtualization, cloud computing, and related open source projects.  Scott has authored a number of technical books on cSphere and OpenStack, and shares technical content regularly on his blog at  You can follow Scott on Twitter at @scott_lowe.


Todd Ellison

Todd Ellison brings 20 years of combined client-facing architecture experience to his role as VeriStor’s Networking Practice Lead. His broad, in-depth knowledge of traditional, hybrid and virtual enterprise networking provides a strong foundation as he helps his customers deploy best-in-class architectures. In addition, his drive for innovation helps him constantly push the technology envelope as he embraces the latest, cutting edge networking solutions.


Rob Babb

Rob Babb is a Principal Systems Engineer with HyTrust, a cloud security & compliance company. Rob achieved a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech. He has been with HyTrust for 2+ years and previously a 6-year tenure at VMware where he held positions in the pre-sales engineering team serving customers in the southeast and most of the eastern US. Much of that tenure was focused as a Security & Compliance Specialist, which later became the Network & Security Business Unit.

David Yazdani

David Yazdani is an innovative networking chief technologist and category manager with over 23 years of experience who has started many leading edge architectures and initiatives in networking worldwide.  David has been leading SDN, Cloud, Converged IP, VoIP, Software Defined Datacenter, Hybrid IT, Software Defined Storage, and many applications in the area of Big Data, Voice, and Video. He has been founding member of Open Daylight, OpenStack Forum, National Consortium of Data Sciences, and member of OpenSoruce Linux, Cloud Foundry with many IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS projects from inception to implementation.  Some of his recent projects include leading a 500,000 SQft datacenter networking, and another combined eight national datacenters for Mobile and Big Data Applications.

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