Here’s a taste of some of the industry’s Rockstars and Legends

who will be stepping on stage to speak at this year’s Data Center Austin Conference! Keep checking back for more exciting reveals and announcements on our rockin’ lineup.

DCAC 2018 Keynote Speaker

Future Technology

Kareem Yusuf Ph.D - General Manager of Watson IoT

Kareem Yusuf Ph.D is the General Manager of Watson IoT, an IBM Business Unit focused on helping Clients in Asset-intensive industries as they Maximize Value from their Connected Assets, leveraging Insights & AI.

Kareem has been with IBM for 19 years and has held leadership positions in a variety of disciplines across IBM. These have included Offering Management, Software Development, SaaS Operations, Mergers & Acquisitions and Field Technical Sales. Kareem has a Ph.D from the University of Leeds, focused on Decision Support Systems for Civil Engineering construction. He maintains an active interest in all things technical, with a particular interest in digital media and programming languages. He is a TED Speaker and also the author of “Enterprise Messaging Using JMS and IBM WebSphere.

Watson is an IBM supercomputer that combines artificial intelligence and sophisticated analytical software for optimal performance as a “question answering” machine.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Autonomous Clouds – Mapping the Path towards Ai-Driven Zero-touch data centers

John Healy, VP Data Center Group & GM

John V. Healy is a vice president in the Data Center Group and general manager of the Software Defined Datacenter Solutions Group (SDSG) at Intel Corporation. He has overall responsibility to deliver solutions that align with Intel's strategy to shape the future of agile, software-defined datacenters for communications, enterprise and cloud service provider markets. This role includes leadership of the multinational team that delivers the innovation software and ecosystem solutions for Intel® Rack Scale Design as well as optimizes industry-leading orchestration and management software to optimally run on Intel Architecture.

A specialist in software-driven industry transformation, Healy has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the technology industry, spanning engineering, network deployment, transmission planning, product marketing and business strategy. His prior roles at Intel include leading the software-defined network business and serving as director of strategic business planning for the Communications Storage and Infrastructure Group (CSIG). He joined Intel in 2001 in Shannon, Ireland, initially serving as marketing manager for network processors in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

Before joining Intel, Healy held various engineering management and business development roles at Telecom Eireann and Eircom Ltd. The latter included two-year assignments at AT&T Unisource and Infonet Services as part of a strategic alliance.

2018 Key Speakers

  • Sharif Fotouh - 2018 M.C.

    Compass EdgePoint
    Compass EdgePoint

    Sharif Fotouh - 2018 M.C.

    Sharif Fotouh, who recently left Google to found EdgePoint Systems, is a recognized voice across both the information technology and the data center industries. Sharif has more than 10 years of tenure leading large data center and technology teams, and has leveraged that experience to launch EdgePoint Systems. At Alphabet/Google, Sharif founded and led Google Fiber’s national network facilities and deployment program.

    In previous roles, Sharif has led both data center operations teams as well as global technology implementation projects. Sharif is regarded for his unique perspective from inside, and outside, of the data center industry as well as his trademark irreverence towards traditional status quos.

  • David Linthicum

    Deloitte Consulting
    Deloitte Consulting

    David Linthicum

    David Linthicum is the Chief Cloud Strategy Officer at Deloitte Consulting, and was just named the #1 cloud influencer via a recent major report by Apollo Research. David is a cloud computing thought leader, executive, consultant, author, and speaker. David has been a CTO five times for both public and private companies, and a CEO two times in the last 25 years. 

    With more than 13 books on computing, more than 5,000 published articles, more than 500 conference presentations and numerous appearances on radio and TV programs, David has spent the last 20 years leading, showing, and teaching businesses how to use resources more productively and innovate constantly. He has expanded the vision of both startups and established corporations as to what is possible and achievable.

  • Bo Bond

    JLL - Data Center Solutions Co-Lead
    JLL - Data Center Solutions Co-Lead

    Bo Bond

    Bo Bond is Managing Director and Co-Leader of JLL’s global Data Center Solutions practice. He is a recognized leader in the data center industry whose knowledge of technical issues, infrastructure, and IT assessment has allowed him to develop the unique skill set required for mission critical requirements. He works with clients to develop the necessary strategies to meet their individual objectives including tenant and owner representation, investment sales and acquisitions, leasing and development of these unique assets.

    Mr. Bond has over 23 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. He was with The Staubach Company for ten years, and became a member of the JLL team when they merged with Staubach in July 2008. Mr. Bond has successfully negotiated over 20 million square feet of real estate transactions in multiple states. Some of his representative clients include:

    HCSC (Blue Cross Blue Shield), Cisco, Deloitte, JPMorgan Chase, TD Ameritrade, Yahoo!, Southwest Securities

    Mr. Bond earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing/sales (cumlaude) from the University of Mississippi. He has been recognized numerous times for achievement during his career, and is a frequent speaker at data center industry forums