Michael Bushong is currently the vice president of marketing at Plexxi, where he focuses on using silicon photonics to deliver SDN-based data center options. Prior to joining Plexxi, Mike spent 12 years at Juniper Networks, primarily in product management and product strategy roles. Leading Juniper's flagship OS product management and strategy teams, Mike drove Juniper's SDN strategy, including product plans around OpenFlow, path computation element, application-layer traffic optimization and BGP traffic engineering. Additionally, Mike led teams responsible for evaluating new SDN technologies and emerging SDN companies, with particular focus on partnerships and M&A analysis. Prior to Juniper, Mike worked in the ASIC design tools industry with both Synopsis and Magma Design Automation.