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Christian Martin
VP, Customer Engineering and Chief Architect Service Provider Business at Arista


Christian Martin has spent more than 20 years delivering advanced ICT solutions to enterprises, government, and service providers. His career experience spans many areas. Some highlights include: Microsoft BackOffice server design and implementation; large-scale enterprise LAN/WAN deployments; ISP network and datacenter architecture, design and engineering; network management systems integration and deployment; high end Telepresence and advanced collaboration systems design; SDN and NFV architecture, design, and deployment; and Cloud deployment and migration strategies––all in leadership roles of progressive responsibility. Currently, Chris serves as Vice President and Chief Architect for the SP business at Arista. In this role, he is responsible for defining and driving the execution of Arista’s strategy for its ongoing expansion into the Service Provider and MSO markets. Chris leads the global SP customer engineering and advanced services teams and is responsible for setting product and software strategy to meet the evolving requirements of SPs and MSOs as they expand into next-generation deployments in wireline and wireless access, core networking, and cloud. Prior to his role at Arista, Christian served as Senior Director of Engineering at Cisco, reporting to the CAO/CTO Development. At Cisco, Christian was responsible for network architecture and strategic direction for major global carriers, large MSOs, and large Financial Services organizations. He was also responsible for packet/optical, MPLS, and Cloud/data center strategy for these three key markets. Further, he was responsible for SDN and NFV strategy for the SP segment, with focus on scalable, adaptable and automated routing and service delivery architectures.

Agenda Sessions

  • Panel: Switching to Software: Cable Goes Virtual