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We had a couple of weeks off but we’re back in action, bringing to you a podcast about what makes up open networking in 2019. We took a different approach than normal this time and have guests both from sales & engineering here to discuss the different things they’re seeing from their respective “worlds” with the hopes of bridging the gap between the two of them for you. Joining host Brian is Andreas la Quiante, calling in from Germany no less, and representing the “sales” side of the conversation. On the engineering side, we have some folks you might recognize from previous podcasts: Roopa Prabhu and David Ahern. With that intro out of the way, now is the time to sit down, relax and listen to their conversation here. We hope you enjoy it!
Brian O’Sullivan: Brian currently heads Product Management for Cumulus Linux. For 15 or so years he’s held software Product Management positions at Juniper Networks as well as other smaller companies. Once he saw the change that was happening in the networking space, he decided to join Cumulus Networks to be a part of the open networking innovation. When not working, Brian is a voracious reader and has held a variety of jobs, including bartending in three countries and working as an extra in a German soap opera. You can find him on Twitter at @bosullivan00.
David Ahern: David is a Member of Technical Staff at Cumulus Networks. He traded a career in aerospace for Linux in 2000 and has been an advocate for open source and Linux since then. David is currently working on the kernel networking stack and associated userspace tools. You can find him on LinkedIn here.
Roopa Prabhu: Roopa is Director of Engineering, Linux software at Cumulus Networks. At Cumulus she and her team work on all things kernel networking and Linux system infrastructure areas. She loves working at Cumulus and with the Linux kernel networking and debian communities. Her past experience includes Linux clusters, ethernet drivers and Linux KVM virtualization platforms. She has a BS and MS in Computer Science. You can find her on LinkedIn here.
Andreas la Quiante: Andreas is a Senior PreSales Systems Engineer here at Cumulus Networks, CCIE # 7817 (Emeritus JUN2019) / CCSI # 99941. He is a recognized expert in the areas of enterprise and datacenter technology with decades of experience at Arista Networks, VMWare and Cisco among many more. He’s also lectured “in his spare time” at the Hamburg University of Applied Science. You can find him on LinkedIn here.