Data Center Directions

Listen to Industry Experts and Engage with Top Visionaries Presenting at this Event


Scot Finnie, Editor in Chief, Computerworld

Scot Finnie is Editor in Chief of Computerworld. Finnie is an award-winning journalist who has nearly 25 years experience as a magazine and online editor and writer covering computers and IT.

Abbie Lundberg, Editor in Chief, CIO

Abbie Lundberg has led the award-winning CIO Magazine since 1995. She's known for producing award-winning business technology content in print, online and at events.

A leading expert on the major technology and business issues of the day, she has been quoted by The New York Times, CNN, USA Today, Time magazine, Reuters, Fox News and Investor's Business Daily. She appears frequently as a speaker and moderator at key industry events. Under Lundberg's leadership, CIO magazine has received over 200 editorial awards, including the Grand Neal, American Business Media's top honor, in 2003 and 2004, and Magazine of the Year from the American Society of Business Publication Editors in 1999 and 2001.


Johanna Ambrosio, Senior Editor, Channels & Data Center Editor, Computerworld

Johanna Ambrosio is a senior editor at Computerworld who manages the Servers and Data Center channel on Johanna's an award-winning journalist who has been covering the technology industry for over 20 years. Mainframes and system software were also the core of Johanna's beat as a reporter in the early 1990s, when she experienced one of the highlights of her career: interviewing the legendary Thomas J. Watson, Jr., the former IBM chairman.

Michael Armstrong, CIO, City of Corpus Christi, TX

Michael Armstrong has been a technology leader since the mid-1980's. He began his career in Lexington, Kentucky. He became Chief Information Officer for the City of Des Moines, IA in 1997 where he also served as an Assistant City manager. He served as CIO for the City of San Antonio, TX for approximately two years, and joined the City of Corpus Christi in October, 2007.

Armstrong has successfully implemented large scale applications including ERP, CRM, Public Safety, and many others. His most recent challenge has been to return Corpus Christi's 147-square mile WiFi network to City ownership and operation after a private firm left the industry.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Technology Institute and is a member of the Harvard Policy Group on Shared Services at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Joan Albeck, CTO, Scottrade

Joan Albeck is a respected IT strategist with experience in the analysis, design, development and implementation of hardware, software and support services. Albeck manages an IT staff of 100 associates and oversees all areas of IT Infrastructure and support. This includes mainframe books and records operations, internal enterprise applications and a 24/7 operations staff that supports the data center and internal network for more than 350 branch offices nationwide. All voice, data, end-user technology, systems and functionality are run in-house and supervised by Albeck.

Albeck's accomplishments include directing the design and implementation of the firm's new state-of-the-art $25 million data center, the largest technology investment ever made by the company. Under Albeck's leadership, Scottrade has received several prestigious IT awards including the CIO 100. Prior to joining Scottrade in 2005, Albeck was the Director of Application Support at UniGroup. She also previously held positions at MetLife and General American Life Insurance Company. Albeck has a B.A. in Business Administration from Bellevue University of Nebraska and a M.S. in Computer Resources and Information Management from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. In 2008, she was recognized as one of CIO's Ones to Watch, receiving a Standout award honoring her accomplishments as a project driver.

Joan Albeck is credited with directing the design and implementation of Scottrade's new state-of-the-art $25 million data center.

The new data center for Scottrade (an online trading company), is the largest technology investment that Scottrade has made since it was founded in 1980.

*Named CTO of Scottrade as of Aug 12, 2008

Doug Balog, Vice President, IBM Modular and Blade Systems Development, IBM

Mr. Douglas Balog, Vice President, IBM Modular and Blade Systems Development, is responsible for the technical direction and development of the IBM System x, BladeCenter, DS3000 and DS4000 storage, and Retail Store Solution product lines. Mr. Balog also serves as Chairperson of the industry Blade Server solution community -

Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Balog was Vice President and Business Line Executive for BladeCenter, with overall business and strategy responsibility. Previously, he was Vice President, IBM BladeCenter Development. In that role, he provided leadership for the technical direction and development of IBM's BladeCenter products and overall xSeries software.

Ken Brill, Executive Director, Uptime Institute Inc.

Ken Brill is the Founder and Executive Director of The Uptime Institute and the 85-corporate member Site Uptime Network. He holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Many industry innovations including dual power and the industry's Tier System for evaluating data center design level trace back to his original conceptual work. In 1999, recognizing that increasing heat density would become critical to IT availability, Ken worked closely with the Thermal Management Consortium to publish the first 2000-2010 Heat Density Product Trends white paper. This foundational document predicting many of the problems now facing IT executives was updated in April 2006.

Ken has authored or contributed to many white papers and is a frequent commentator in business and technology media on data center and site infrastructure design, engineering and management issues. His current focus is on strategic and business impacts of The Economic Meltdown of Moore's Law.

Carl Drisko Global Strategic Partner Executive | Data Center Evangelist — Novell

Mr. Drisko is responsible for supporting Novell's Global Strategic Partners in delivering Novell Data Center technology to clients across the globe.

Mr. Drisko has spent most his 30 year career building large-scale, highly-available systems for large companies. He has also been the CEO, President or Founder of 5 start-up companies. Mr. Drisko also spent 7 years at Computer Sciences Corporation as a Partner, Practice Director and Director of Technology.

He has been a frequent speaker at technology and industry conferences, including LinuxWorld, Gartner, Linux on Wall Street, SIBOS, Treasury Management Association (TMA), Logistics Management Institute (LMI), National Automated Clearinghouse Association (NACHA), Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA), and many others.

Mr. Drisko is a graduate of Cornell University, with two Bachelor's degrees in Applied and Engineering Physics and Intellectual History and a Master's in Computer Science. Regards,

Kurt Lender, Senior Blades Marketing Manager, Enterprise Segment Marketing, Intel Corporation

Kurt Lender is a Senior Manager in the Enterprise Segment Marketing team at Intel responsible for all Blade programs, reporting directly to Jason Waxman the GM of Blades and High Density Computing. Most recently Kurt is helping drive the Server System Infrastructure (SSI) initiative around Open Blade Specifications for the industry. Before joining the Enterprise Marketing team, Kurt was the manager of a Business Development team in Intel's Modular Communications Platform Division (MCPD), responsible for driving MCPD's Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA) product line. Kurt joined Intel in 1999 and has worked entirely in developing Enterprise / Communication board & system solutions, especially around open Industry Specifications - cPCI, ATCA and most recently the SSI specifications.

Before joining Intel, Kurt held various Engineering and Marketing positions at Sequent Computer Systems and RadiSys Corporation. For the last fifteen years of his career, Kurt has lead teams in interfacing with customers around technical RFx's to develop solutions for the Enterprise, Communications and Embedded markets. In the early part of his career, Kurt worked as a systems project engineer developing test hardware and I/O solutions.

Kurt holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two daughters.

Dr. Matthew Ellis, Vice President, IBM Autonomic Computing

Dr. Matthew Ellis, vice president of IBM Autonomic Computing, leads IBM's efforts to develop self-managing technology to support the company's efforts to reduce the complexity of data center management. Advances in autonomic capabilities are critical to the success of dynamic data centers, cloud-computing environments, highly-virtualized and green data centers. Dr. Ellis' team also drives IBM's involvement in industry collaboration for several open standards and interoperability working groups for projects in various bodies including OASIS, Eclipse and the DMTF. Previously, Dr. Ellis was the director of development of the Tivoli Network Management team having joined IBM as a result of the Micromuse acquisition in 2006. He had been the vice president of development at Micromuse, responsible for the development of its Netcool products for fault and event management in data centers and telecommunications networks. Dr. Ellis joined Micromuse as a result of the acquisition of RiverSoft in 2002, where he lead the product development team for a distributed network management operating system. Prior to joining RiverSoft in 2000, Matt worked for Racal Research Limited, the corporate R&D center for the Racal Electronics Group in the UK. At Racal, he was part of the Adaptive & Learning Systems team, responsible for applications for machine-learning techniques in a wide variety of fields, including telecommunications, radar, radio systems and machine vision. Previously, Ellis also worked with the UK Meteorological Office and UK Ministry of Defence. Matt has a doctorate in nonlinear dynamics and a degree in theoretical physics.

Evelyn Hubbert, Forrester

Evelyn Hubbert serves IT Infrastructure & Operations professionals. Covering IT systems management, her current research focuses on the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL), the realization and population of a configuration and change management database (CMDB), business service management (BSM), and many other aspects of infrastructure system management.

Evelyn delivers strategic guidance to Forrester's vendor and end user clients. She helps enterprises to manage their networks and systems, define key projects focusing on IT service management, and bridge IT to the lines of business. Evelyn has more than 20 years of experience working with IT organizations in the definition and development of the IT service delivery processes and the implementation of IT service management as a practice inside enterprise organizations.

Previous Work Experience:
Evelyn came to Forrester from Hewlett-Packard. Most recently, she was the director of competitive intelligence and value delivery chain program manager in the HP OpenView organization. Prior to her work in HP Software, she worked as an IT consultant inside HP's IT organization.

A native of Germany, Evelyn has a master's degree in computer information systems from Colorado State University.

Maribeth Luftglass, Assistant Superintendent and CIO, Fairfax County Public Schools

Maribeth Luftglass is the Assistant Superintendent and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Fairfax County Public Schools. In her position, she is responsible for Information Technology strategic planning, implementation, and support of all information systems throughout the district. Prior to joining FCPS in 1999, Ms. Luftglass served as the Senior Director for Information Technology for the American Red Cross national headquarters. Ms. Luftglass holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Economics from the College of William and Mary, and a Master of Science degree from George Washington University School of Engineering. Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is the 13th largest school district in the U.S. serving 165,000 students with 236 schools and centers, and over 98,000 computers. FCPS consistently ranks well above the state and national averages for student achievement. FCPS has been named one of the CIO 100 numerous times, has won the CIO Enterprise Value Award, and has been selected as one of Computerworld's Premier 100

Robert L. Mitchell, National Correspondent, Computerworld

Robert L. Mitchell, is National Correspondent at Computerworld, where he writes a monthly column and in-depth features. He has more than 20 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Computerworld, he held editorial positions at BYTE Magazine, Network World and spent five years working as the business development manager for an IT services company.

Niel Nickolaisen, CIO and Director of Strategic Planning, Headwaters Inc.

Niel Nickolaisen is CIO and director of strategic planning at Headwaters Inc., an energy and building products firm. He has held technology executive (CIO) and operations executive (COO) positions, typically in turnaround roles. His wide-ranging experience includes extensive use of strategic and operational frameworks -- including one he developed -- to significantly improve the benefits and reduce the costs and risks of IT and business investments. Nickolaisen holds a Master of Science degree in engineering from MIT and a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Utah State University. He writes the "Practical CIO" column for the CIO Leadership Network and the "Real Niel" column for He is also one of the founders of Accelinnova LLC, a think tank focused on improving organizational and IT agility.

Don Norbeck, Director Product Strategy, Virtualization Technology Officer, SunGard Availability Services

Don Norbeck is an expert in the issues today's CIOs are facing related to information availability, compliance and operational risk. He leads SunGard Availability Services' innovation and new product initiatives as director of product strategy. The primary goal is to help customers meet their information availability objectives, leveraging new technologies from virtualization and automation to new storage options such as "storage as a service." In addition, Don helps SunGard Availability Services set its future sustainability strategies by continually searching for emerging technologies, market trends and business opportunities.

Prior to assuming roles in product strategy and management, Don served as solution engineer and managed services subject matter expert, where he assisted in architecting some of SunGard's most complex managed services solutions. With more than fifteen years of IT experience, Don has worked as a solution engineer for Kana, an ECRM software company, and Digex, a hosting provider.

Don holds a Juris Doctorate from Temple University's Beasley School of Law and a B.A. in American culture from Vassar College. He is widely quoted on topics related to virtualization and other new data center management technologies, and has keynoted and served as a panelist at many technology industry events.

Patrick Thibodeau, Senior Editor, Computerworld

Patrick Thibodeau has been a reporter at Computerworld for 12 years, covering an eclectic range of subjects, including the Microsoft antitrust trial; Y2K, or the greatest disaster that never occurred. Thibodeau has traveled to Guam to report on how deep you have to dig through coral to ground electrical systems, and was on the scene when ICANN expanded the domain name system. Today, Thibodeau's reporting focuses on enterprise IT, including data centers, server hardware, IT outsourcing and its public policy implications related to globalization and the H-1B visa. Previously, Thibodeau reported on mayors' who wrote city checks to themselves and covering fires at 3 a.m., as well as editorial writer, and author of a book about a city that was an industrial age technology hub, New Britain, Conn. I now live in Washington DC.

Gary Thome, Director, BladeSystem, Strategy and Architecture, Hewlett-Packard Company

Gary Thome is the director of BladeSystem strategy and architecture for HP. As the chief architect and strategist, he is responsible for both tactical and strategic product direction for HP BladeSystem worldwide. He has been instrumental in the development of the highly successful BladeSystem c-class product line. Over his 20 years of experience, he has also contributed or led efforts for industry standard servers, desktop computers and Professional Workstations. Gary has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and is the recipient of 48 patents.

Alex Yost, Vice President, IBM BladeCenter, IBM Systems and Technology Group

Alex Yost is vice president and business line executive for IBM's BladeCenter line. Alex was previously the director of product management for hardware, options and storage products in IBM's xSeries line of x86-compatible servers. He has been with the IBM System x organization since 1997.

Keynote Speaker

Joan Albeck
Joan Albeck is credited with directing the design and implementation of Scottrade's (an online trading company) new state-of-the-art $25 million data center. The new data center for Scottrade is the largest technology investment that Scottrade has made since it was founded in 1980.


Scot Finnie
Scot Finnie is Editor in Chief of Computerworld. Scot Finnie is an award-winning journalist who has nearly 25 years experience as a magazine and online editor and writer covering computers and IT.

Abbie Lundberg
Abbie Lundberg has led the award-winning CIO Magazine, as Editor in Chief, since 1995. She's known for producing award-winning business technology content in print, online and at events.

The virtual tradeshow


Johanna Ambrosio
Senior Editor

Robert L. Mitchell
National Correspondent

Patrick Thibodeau
Senior Editor