Sanjay Aiyagari has spent two decades at leading companies in the networking, virtualization, and cloud computing spaces. He is currently a Senior Solutions Architect at Red Hat, working on helping telcos adapt to a cloud-based world. Prior to Red Hat, he was head of product management and strategy at Siaras, an OpenStack startup. He spent six years at VMware, where he advised the world’s largest telcos and NEPs in virtualizing their critical real-time network functions, and co-created VMware's Cisco alliance to evangelize the VCE vBlock-based software-defined data center. Previously, he led key engineering projects in Cisco's access routing, application delivery, and network management products, and was one of the earliest key contributors to the AMQP specification, which is widely used in cloud management systems today.