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Deepak Kakadia (deepak.kakadia@eng.sun.com) is a staff engineer, network architect at Sun Microsystems Inc. Menlo Park, California. He has been with Sun for seven years, and has worked previously with Corona Networks as principal engineer in the Network Management Systems group, Digital Equipment Corp, where he worked on DEC OSF/1, and Nortel Networks (Bell Northern Research) in Ottawa, Canada. He received a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Systems, a Master of Science in Computer Science, and has completed Ph.D. qualifiers and course work in Computer Science. He has filed four patents in the area of Network and Systems Management.

Sam Halabi is vice president of Marketing and Business Development at Extreme Networks in Sunnyvale, California. He is a seasoned executive and an industry veteran with over 15 years of experience in the development, sales, and marketing of complex data networking equipment to the worldwide enterprise and service provider markets. As executive vice president of Marketing and Business Development at Extreme Networks, Mr. Halabi was instrumental in creating Extreme's fast growing Ethernet Metro business and marketing its applications to large enterprise and service provider customers. Prior to Extreme, Mr. Halabi was vice president of Marketing at Pluris, a start-up targeting the Internet core routing market. Mr. Halabi held multiple leadership positions at Cisco Systems' high-end routing and switching divisions in the fields of marketing and network engineering. While at Cisco, Mr. Halabi wrote the first Cisco Internet routing book, a bestseller in the U.S and international markets. Mr. Halabi, started his data networking career at 3Com (1988-1993) in the field of engineering. Mr. Halabi served on the board of directors of the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) and the MPLS Forum. He holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from San Jose State University.

Bill Cormier(bcormier@extremenetworks.com) is a network systems engineer with Extreme Networks. Bill has worked for networking product companies like Extreme Networks, 3Com Corporation, and Racal-Datacom for the past 17 years, helping many companies design and operate highly available networks.

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