Cloud Network Design Patterns: Bridging the Industry Gap and Optimizing Business Outcomes

Fall 2023

As networks evolve towards the cloud, the “pay-as-you-go” model significantly impacts network planning and cost structures, revealing an industry gap in effective cloud network design for optimized user experience. This session promises an insightful exploration of the challenges and opportunities in creating cloud, hybrid-cloud, multi-cloud, and cloud edge deployments, emphasizing the need for standard network reference architectures to help businesses optimize capital and operational expenditures.
-Understanding the “Pay-As-You-Go” Model: Impact on Network Engineering and Costs
-The Industry Gap: Identifying Challenges in Cloud Network Designs
-Demystifying New Services from CSPs: Modifications and Cost Implications
-Emergence of Cloud, Hybrid-Cloud, Multi-Cloud, and Cloud Edge Deployments: A Closer Look
-The Need for Standard Network Reference Architectures: Benefits and Best Practices
Discussion and Q&A: Towards Optimizing Capital and Operational Expenditures

Who Should Attend: Network engineers, cloud solution architects, IT managers, CIOs, CTOs, and business decision-makers striving to leverage cloud network design for enhanced performance, cost optimization, and improved user experience. This session will also be beneficial for professionals interested in understanding the dynamics of emerging cloud services and their impact on network costs.


Tony Berg is VP/CTO for the Global Enterprise Segment. Tony is responsible for driving strategy and planning for a group of 300+ highly consultative and knowledgeable technology individuals focused on achieving tangible business outcomes through leveraging best-of-breed solutions that align with our clients’ IT strategy, architecture and business priorities. These experts are dedicated to strategically and intimately partner with our customers who are deeply exploring transformational change through best-in-class technology and services.

Guruprasad Ramamoorthy is the, Global Head of Network Architecture, Engineering & Operations and Site Lead for S&P Global India. He has been with the company since 2017 and is a hands-on technology executive with a unique blend of Product Development, Digital Infrastructure, End User Computing and Cybersecurity experience. Mr. Guruprasad is responsible for plan-build-run  functions of our global network that spans across 80+ global offices, 20+ Data Centers and 4+ multi-cloud environments. He also leads various enterprise wide initiatives to rapidly transform our infrastructure to software-defined, re-imagine the edge and strengthen the cybersecurity.

In the last two years, Mr. Guruprasad was responsible for building S&P Global’s Technology center of excellence in India from ground-up while attracting the best talent in the region. The site in India (Hyderabad) accommodates more than 1000+ associates and is purpose-built to facilitate innovation by providing employees with access to latest technologies and infrastructure, as well as physical spaces that enable highly collaborative teams.

Mr. Guruprasad represents the company’s commitment to develop talent to deliver new insights, accelerate the speed of operations and value delivery for our customers while establishing S&P Global as the most innovative company. To achieve this, he works closely with the global leaders to enable S&P Global’s product and systems with the help of 1000 + technology associates.

Mr. Guruprasad has about 18 years of experience. He was previously associated with companies such as Visa, BNY Mellon and Sify Technologies. He completed his Master’s in Business Administration from Madurai Kamaraj University and holds a Bachelor’s in Technology from Anna University.


John McDonough is a Senior Cloud Architect / Cloud DevOps Engineer at Fortinet for the past 3 years, delivering innovative Cloud deployment and automation solutions to global customers.  Prior to Fortinet John was a Developer Advocate for 6 years for Cisco Systems’ DevNet, capping the 18 years he was at Cisco. During his 35-year software development career John has contributed to Open-Source projects, Ansible and OpenStack, is a distinguished speaker at more that 30 Cisco Live events and has spoken about Open-Source contribution and Data Center and Cloud automation at many industry events, including SXSW, DevOps Days, API Days, HashiConf, MS Build, and Github Universe

John resides in the country in Sussex New Jersey with his wife and cat Gigi. He likes to ride bikes, fly kites, sit on the beach, and occasionally participate in trivia and karaoke at the local pub.

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