Internet (Peering) or Telco (Middle Mile) for Multi-Cloud Connectivity- WAN Track Sponsored by Nokia

Fall 2022

What is the best way to connect into multiple cloud providers from your data center? The Telco’s are offering middle mile services that provide direct connections from your data center into multiple cloud providers. Advantage: no internet performance and security issues. ISPs offer peering arrangements for multi-cloud connectivity. Advantage: Cost. There are pros and cons to both approaches. In this session you will hear all sides so you can make a good decision for your cooperation.


Houman leads the Enterprise marketing efforts of Nokia’s rapidly growing IP & Optical networks division. He is continually inspired by the way forward-looking user communities (like ONUG) push the envelope on the ways networking technology can improve business outcomes and positively impact our society. Houman previously led various marketing & product management functions at CommScope, Nuage Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, Hammerhead Systems, and 3Com/US Robotics.

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+ offices, 10+ on-premise 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.


Evan Marks is a 36 year veteran of the IT industry, and currently works  at Raytheon Technologies, where he leads Platform Architecture and Digital Transformation initiatives. In addition to his role at RTX, Evan also volunteers as chairman of the Town of Simsbury’s Technology Task Force, and serves on the leadership team  of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Student of the Year program.  Evan is the co-author of the book “Solaris Solutions for System Administrators”  Prior to Raytheon Technologies, Evan has held leadership roles in Financial Services and Insurance industries.   In his limited spare time, Evan enjoys walking, hiking, and spending time with his family.

In 2008, Greg joined Cigna’s Technology Leadership Program and has since held numerous technical leadership positions.  In 2018, Greg joined Cigna’s Cloud Center of Enablement leading the Cloud Network Engineering team where he is responsible for hybrid connectivity and core cloud networking.

Greg earned advanced degrees from Drexel University and Villanova University and currently resides in South Jersey with his family.

Brian Gilbert is a senior technology executive with broad global experience in managing
digital transformation in large global organizations. Brian and his Advisory team at WWT
work with large enterprises across verticals and he has a special interest in Healthcare
and Life Sciences. Prior to joining WWT Brian was the Global VP of Technology at
GlaxoSmithKline leading operations, engineering, and architecture for and helped
transform to a DevOps Operating model working closely with Cyber and Cloud Platform
teams to enable GSK’s Digital Transformation and building the baseline models for the
GSK /Haleon Divestiture for infrastructure and core services.

He served as leader of JPMorgan’s Global Network Architecture, Engineering and Tier
3 Operations teams driving their first in industry private global Fibre Wan, Colo, and
Trading infrastructures, and later their L4-7 Industry leading perimeter and content
caching networks and architectures.

Brian has a history of a formal advisor to next generation connectivity companies
including Viptela (Cisco Exit) , NanoSec (McAfee Exit), and other venture funded
current early stage ventures.

Brian spent many years in Senior positions at Cisco, F5, Brocade, and as an
entrepreneur in Medical Devices and Hospital EMR’s with one exit to Microsoft.

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