Rao Lingampalli is currently Senior Manager of Optical Network Architecture at Equinix leading optical network architecture and solutions development for Equinix global data center interconnection and infrastructure services. His group is responsible for intra data center optical interconnects; inter data center optical connection networks architecture and designs, submarine cable landing station termination solutions, and optical layer/transport SDN. He has nearly 25 years of experience in service provider and optical networking industries. He is a frequent speaker and panelist at optical networking conferences with twenty conference and trade journal publications to his credit in several optical technologies and networks. He holds Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology with fiber optical communications specialization and Executive MBA from Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University.