Balaji Ethirajulu has over 25 years of experience in telecom industry. He has worked in Product management, technology strategy, Marketing, Engineering, and professional services and recently moved in to strategic Sr.Director role to drive many open source technologies in the area of cloud native & networking. His current focus & passion is around containers, micro services architecture, Kubernetes, Automation, Orchestration, NFV & SDN transformation, AI/ML, MEC/Edge computing, and open source projects. Previously, he worked in many technology areas including SDN, IP, Radio (3G, 4G), IMS, Mobile core, OSS, Network management and service assurance systems. He has written several blogs about these emerging technologies and presented at major events around the globe . He holds a Bachelor’s degree in telecommunication engineering and a Masters Degree in Business Administration.