Andreas “Andy” Bechtolsheim

Co-Founder and Chief Architect of Arista Networks

Previously, Andy was a Co-Founder and Chief System Architect at Sun Microsystems, responsible for next generation server, storage, and network architectures.

As a private venture investor, Andy has been involved in the funding of numerous companies including Google, VMware, Mellanox, and Brocade. He has served on the Board of Directors of over 25 companies, the majority of which went public or were acquired.

Andy earned a M.S. in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1976 and was a doctoral student in Computer Engineering at Stanford University from 1977 to 1982.

He has been honored with a Fulbright scholarship, a Studienstiftung scholarship, the Stanford Entrepreneur Company of the year award, the Smithsonian Leadership Award for Innovation, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Thomas van Briel

SVP Architecture and Strategy Deutsche Telekom Technik GmbH

At the core of Thomas’ career is driving transformation of technology, business and organization, building on experience from a broad range of roles within telecommunications. He is holding master degrees in computer science and business administration. Thomas started his career in software development with Nortel and Swisscom, followed by an executive leadership of project and investment controlling. Since 2010, he holds executive
leadership roles in IT and NT strategy and architecture. He joined DT end of 2016 as a dual citizen to establish and lead today’s DT Technik architecture and strategy team.

He ist actually accountable for

  • Network and service architecture Germany (Fixed & mobile access, core & transport network, service platforms)
  • OSS architecture- DT group lead for network automation
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