Data Center Conference 2012

Held on February 7-8, 2012

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What do trends like cloud computing, virtualization, and network convergence mean to your next design? Beyond buzzwords, these trends have very real implications for all types of data-center networking systems and servers. Attendees of the Linley Tech Data Center Conference sorted out these questions as well as gained insights into the latest developments in Data Centers.

The two-day, single-track event is the only one of its kind focused on the processors, Ethernet switches, backplanes, and interconnects for data-center networking and servers. The Linley Group opened the conference with an overview of the market, technologies, equipment-design, and silicon trends for designers of data-center equipment.

Featured Keynote Speakers:
Tuesday, February 7 – Jag Bolaria and Bob Wheeler, The Linley Group Senior Analysts
This presentation provided an overview of technologies, equipment, and components deployed in data centers. It also covered the data center market environment.
Wednesday, February 8 - Martin Casado, Nicira – Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer
This presentation provided an overview of OpenFlow and software defined networks (SDN). Martin discussed how these approaches address the current challenges in data centers and cloud networks.

The remainder of the program consisted of talks and panel discussions covering a broad range of topics based on the following:
  • Power efficient server processors
  • Cloud architecture
  • 100GbE for backplane and interconnects
  • Security and hardware accelerators

  • 10GbE physical layer interconnect challenges
  • Future directions in data-center equipment design
  • Low-latency system interconnects
  • 10G/40G Ethernet Switches

Attendees had the opportunity to meet with industry leaders, The Linley Group analysts, networked with peers, attended an evening reception with sponsor exhibits and demos, and more.

The conference included:
Sponsor exhibits and demos
Evening networking reception
Door prizes
Hosted speaker tables at lunch (meet the presenters)
Validated parking
Continental breakfasts and gourmet lunches


The conference is intended for network-equipment vendors, server OEMs, system designers, network service providers, enterprise-network managers, software developers, press, and the financial community.

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Premier Sponsor

Cavium Networks


Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor




Silver Sponsor


PLX Technology


Industry Sponsor

HyperTransport Consortium

Ethernet Alliance