Editorial Director, Networking Media
Kate Gerwig works closely with the editorial staff to develop relevant content on the information technology needs of enterprise and cloud service provider audiences, including network technologies and trends, wireless networks, cloud computing services and data center architecture. Before joining TechTarget in 2007, Kate covered telecommunications networking and business for more than 15 years for a variety of magazines, websites and wire services. She was the executive editor of Tele.com magazine, principal analyst of enterprise network services at Current Analysis, Inc., and a senior editor at CMP custom publishing, where she worked with a wide variety of technology clients targeting enterprise customers. She also covered federal telecommunications legislation and regulations as a reporter in Washington, D.C..
Greg Ferro is a freelance network architect in the UK working with Fortune 100 companies to design, build and troubleshoot Networks. Focusing mainly on Data Centre and Security solutions and single and multivendor systems. He co-hosts a podcast series at packetpushers.net in a wide range of deep network technologies.
Vice President and Service Director
Irwin Lazar manages research operations, develops and manages research projects, conducts and analyzes primary research, and advises numerous enterprise and vendor clients. Irwin is responsible for benchmarking the adoption and use of emerging technologies in areas including VOIP, UC, video conferencing, social computing, collaboration, and advanced network services. Irwin advises the world’s leading IT vendors and service providers on their product strategies and roadmaps. He also creates UC and network strategies, manages RFPs, and provides pointed IT advice for companies ranging from the Fortune 50 to the Fortune 2000.
Zeus Kerravala is the founder and principal analyst with ZK Research. Kerravala provides a mix of tactical advice to help his clients in the current business climate and long term strategic advice. Prior to ZK Research, Zeus Kerravala spent 10 years as an analyst at Yankee Group. He joined Yankee Group in March of 2001 as a Director and left Yankee Group as a Senior Vice President and Distinguished Research Fellow, the firm's most senior research analyst.
Ashton, Metzler & Associates
Dr. Jim Metzler is a widely recognized authority on both network technology and its business applications. In over 28 years of professional experience, Jim has assisted numerous vendors refine their product and service strategies, and helped enterprises evolve their network infrastructure. He has directed and conducted market research at a major industry analyst firm; and has run a consulting organization.
Jim holds a Ph.D. in Numerical Analysis from Boston University. He has co-authored a book, published by Prentice Hall, entitled “Layer 3 Switching: A Guide for IT Professionals”.
Tom Nolle is president of CIMI Corporation, a strategic consulting firm specializing in telecommunications and data communications since 1982. He is a member of the IEEE, ACM, Telemanagement Forum, and the IPsphere Forum, and is the publisher of Netwatcher, a journal in advanced telecommunications strategy issues.
Chief Technology Advisor
NIL Data Communications
Ivan Pepelnjak, CCIE No. 1354, is a 25-year veteran of the networking industry. He has more than 10 years of experience in designing, installing, troubleshooting and operating large service provider and enterprise WAN and LAN networks.
He is currently chief technology advisor at NIL Data Communications, focusing on advanced IP-based networks and Web technologies. His books include MPLS and VPN Architectures and EIGRP Network Design. Check out his IOS Hints blog.
Routing and Switching Expert
Tom Kunath, CCIE no 1679, is a Solutions Architect in Cisco’s Advanced Services Performance and Validation Test group. With nearly 20 years in the networking industry, Tom has helped architect, deploy, and operate many of Cisco’s largest Enterprise and Financial customer networks. Before joining Cisco, Tom worked at Juniper Networks’ Professional Services Group as a Resident Engineer supporting several Service Provider IP and MPLS backbones, and prior to that as a Principal Consultant at International Network Services (INS). In addition to his CCIE, Tom holds several industry certifications including a Juniper JNCIS, and Nortel Networks Router Expert. Tom lives in Raleigh, NC with his wife and two children.
Core Competence Inc.
Lisa Phifer owns Core Competence Inc., a consulting firm specializing in business use of emerging Internet technologies. She has been involved in the design, implementation, and evaluation of networking, security, and management products for nearly 30 years. Since joining Core Competence in 1995, Lisa has provided consulting services to hundreds of firms, including wireless carriers, network and wireless equipment suppliers, management platform vendors, firewall/VPN and wireless intrusion prevention vendors, managed security service providers, endpoint security software vendors, large enterprises, and small businesses. She is a recognized industry expert on wireless security, mobile device security, and VPNs, and a sought-after speaker at industry events such as Interop and InfoSecWorld. Lisa has written extensively about safe networking requirements, technologies and best practices for many publications, including Information Security, SearchSecurity, SearchNetworking, SearchMobileComputing and SearchSecurityChannel. She received her MS in Computer Science from Villanova University and resides with her family in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.
Ethan is a network engineer, blogger, and CCIE #20655. He's also a host on Packet Pushers, an independent podcast covering the data networking industry. Follow Ethan at gplus.to/ecbanks or @ecbanks on Twitter for social networking.
Sunny Connection AG
Silvia has been in the networking industry since 1990, and became a CNE and CNI in 1992. She began her career as a successful instructor, and has trained hundreds of system engineers. Today she is CEO of Sunny Connection AG in Switzerland and works as a senior consultant and analyst for many mid-size and large sized companies. Her expertise is in Directory Services and Protocol Analysis. She has developed her own courses and seminars in the area of Directory Services, Meta Directories and Protocols (TCP/IP, SLP, and IPv6.) The courses are offered through public classes or as customized trainings at customer sites.
Silvia is the author of successful books like "Novell's Guide to Troubleshooting TCP/IP" (ISBN 0-7645-4562-0), published by Wiley & Sons, "IPv6 Essentials, Second Edition" published by O'Reilly (ISBN 0-5961-0058-2) and "SLP -- Guide to Service Location Protocol," published by Podbooks (ISBN 1-893939-359). "IPv6 Essentials" has been translated to Japanese and Chinese. You can find information on all of Silvia Hagen's publications here. Through her work for the IPv6 book she has been in touch with many of the developers and early adopters of IPv6. She is also a founding member of the Swiss IPv6 Task Force and co-organized the first IPv6 Summit in Switzerland in April 2003.
As an expert for SearchEnterpriseWAN.com, Silvia Hagen has joined the IT Knowledge Exchange (ITKE), where computer professionals help each other solve real-world IT problems. To get your own IPv6-related questions answered, pose your question under the IPv6 tag on the ITKE or send your questions via email to editor@searchenterpriseWAN.com.
Founder and Senior Editor
Chris is the founder and senior editor of www.Firewall.cx -- one of the few websites recommended by Cisco Systems in its world class Cisco Academy program. Firewall.cx is also the only official Cisco Press reviewer in the world. Today, www.Firewall.cx with over 1,500,000 page views per month, is amongst the most popular and respected network portals in the world, covering Cisco networking, security VPN, routing, switching and VoIP Call Manager Express technologies. Firewall.cx analyzes over 450 topics, with over 35,000 answered forum questions and offers free Cisco training via its world-first free Cisco lab.
Chris has a degree in electrical technology and holds the following certifications: CNA for Netware 3, 4 and 5; Cisco's CCNA; Microsoft's MCP; DCE (D-link Certified Engineer); LCP (Linux Certified Professional); Network+; A+; Symantec STS; SSE; SSE+ and Hellas-Sat Certified engineer.
Principal Research Analyst
John Burke conducts primary research, develops cost models, delivers strategic seminars, advises clients, and writes thought-leadership pieces across a wide variety of topics. John leads research on virtual enterprise, focusing primarily on the virtual and mobile desktop, application delivery optimization (ADO), and management and orchestration tools for the virtualized data center and the cloud. He also covers security related to all these topics, as well as server and storage virtualization, network and application performance management and monitoring, branch office IT, and SOA.
As an established speaker, John has appeared as speaker and moderator at Interop, Network World IT Roadmap and TechTarget events, as well as private events for Cisco, AT&T, and others, around subjects including optimization, desktop and server virtualization, and information stewardship. John writes frequently for Network World, TechTarget, and other media sources.
Senior Site Editor
Rivka Gewirtz Little is the Senior Site Editor for SearchNetworkingChannel.com, SearchNetworking.com and SearchNetworking.co.UK. She works with editorial staff to develop content aimed at readying businesses for the changing nature of the network, including its infrastructure and applications. Rivka was previously the site editor of SearchNetworkingChannel.com and a senior news writer at www.SearchITChannel.com. Rivka has been covering telecommunications and networking since deregulation of the FCC in 1996. She began her career as a daily news reporter in Texas and has been a frequent contributor to The Village Voice, The Houston Chronicle and numerous technology and business publications. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on AIM at rivkalittle.
Director of News and Features
Shamus is the news editor for TechTarget's Networking Media Group. He writes and edits news for SearchNetworking.com, SearchMobileComputing.com, SearchUnifiedCommunications.com, SearchEnterpriseWAN.com and SearchTelecom.com. Previously he served as news writer for SearchCIO.com and SearchCIO-Midmarket.com. Before joining TechTarget in 2006, Shamus was an award-winning reporter for The Patriot Ledger, a daily newspaper in Massachusetts. He holds a masters degree in journalism from Boston University.
Networking Administration Expert
Currently working as a Sales Engineer for ScienceLogic, Lindi Horton leverages multiple service provider and enterprise customer accounts to triage and troubleshoot application and infrastructure problems. Her experience as a Performance Engineer for NetQoS, Inc. for over 8 years allowed her to gain deep insight into enterprise applications, baseline application delivery and workflows, assisting in capacity planning, and performance management problems for multi-tier application structures. Focused on a traditional networking background, Lindi analyzes TCP/IP-based transactions, develops plans for QoS delivery, and traffic analysis leveraging NetFlow, Voice and Video tools. Her current projects include assisting customers, monitoring and managing complex IT infrastructures, troubleshooting operational issues, and solving complex network management issues.
Data Center Networking Expert
Andy Sholomon, CCIE No. 15179, works as a Network Consulting Engineer (NCE) in Cisco’s Central Engineering Performance and Validation Testing team. He routinely plans and performs network testing for some of Cisco’s largest Enterprise customers. In his six years at Cisco, Andy has been involved in both planning and deploying some of the largest enterprise data centers in the United States. He has also worked with some of Cisco’s large service provider customers. Before joining Cisco, Andy worked as a Network Engineer in the global financial industry, spending 5 years at UBS in multiple roles, including security engineering, and worked as a Systems Engineer at Spear, Leeds & Kellogg (now a part of Goldman Sachs Group). Andy has been a speaker at the Cisco Live Networkers Conference. Besides the CCIE, Andy holds multiple industry certifications, including the CISSP and MCSE. Andy lives with his wife, daughter, and Great Dane in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Network Management Expert
Jesse Rothstein is the CEO and co-founder of ExtraHop Networks, where his technical vision and expertise in enterprise networking provide ExtraHop with a unique competitive edge in the industry. With a world-class team behind him, Jesse is responsible for the technical architecture of the ExtraHop Application Delivery Assurance platform, as well as the vision for growing the business. Jesse co-founded ExtraHop after a six-year tenure at F5 Networks where he was a Senior Software Architect and co-inventor of the TMOS platform. Jesse was the architect and project lead for the BIG-IP v9 development effort and the technical lead for frameworks, clustering, and performance. Prior to F5, he worked in product development at Motive Communications and the Trilogy Development Group. Jesse specializes in designing and implementing high-performance networking products. Jesse holds bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Rice University.