Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #30: Sponsored by VMWare!
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM (PST)
Palo Alto, CA
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Talk Topic: Welcome & Keynote
Julia will share VMware's vision for continued growth of women in engineering at VMware and beyond. She will also provide an overview of VMware's innovation programs and share her thoughts on how women can establish themselves as innovators and thought leaders.
Speaker Bio: Julia has over 20 years of extensive experience managing technology teams in both mature and start-up organizations. Prior to VMware in 2004, Julia was the Vice President of Engineering at Akamai Technologies. Julia received her BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a graduate of Boston University’s School of Business where she received her Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems.
Speaker Bio: Melina joined VMware as an intern in 2008 and returned in 2009 after completing her degree is Systems Design Engineering for the University of Waterloo in Canada. At VMware, she takes complex virtualization and cloud computing concepts and creates simplified models in the vSphere and vCloud UI. Prior to joining VMware Melina designed user experiences in many different industries including IBM, UPS, and Ford.
Talk Topic: Talk Topic: Workload-based Power Management
According to a recent Gartner report, datacenter server racks are typically 40% underutilized, due to issues around the provisioning of power to the racks. This talk will describe an advanced development project, leveraging server hardware support for host power caps, to have vSphere software manage the rack power budget by allocating the power to hosts in the rack according to their VM workload.
Speaker Bio: Anne has recently been working on running Hadoop on virtual infrastructure and has worked on Storage DRS, Server DRS, and Distributed Power Management. She previously did performance analysis for VMware's hypervisor and hosted products. Prior to joining VMware in 2002, she worked at Omnishift, Transmeta, and HP.
Natasha will be talking about Nicira's Network Virtualization Platform (NVP), which she continues to work on now at VMware. NVP acts as the network's hypervisor, implementing a multi-tenant network abstraction across shared infrastructure. Her talk will focus on the possibilities network virtualization brings, and the challenges of designing a controller platform that can scale to networks of tens of thousands of hosts.
Speaker Bio: Natasha joined VMware's networking unit as an engineer earlier this year. She was previously a founding employee at Nicira where she started her career in SDN and network virtualization, contributing significantly to both the NOX and Onix network controller platforms. Natasha graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science.
At VMware, we have built a research prototype called vPerfGuard that aims to make performance troubleshooting more automated, scalable, and data-driven, by leveraging the power of statistical learning and the rich telemetry collected from applications and systems in the cloud. It automatically identifies system metrics that are most predictive of application performance, and adaptively detects potential shifts in such predictive metrics as system conditions change. The metrics can point to potential causes that can guide a cloud service provider to zero in on the root cause of a performance problem.
When & Where
Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners
Google hosted the first Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner in January 2008, inviting 400 girl geeks to enjoy sushi, an open bar, Google schwag, great conversation and even better networking at Charlie’s cafe on the Google Mountain View campus. Events sponsored by Facebook and Yahoo! soon followed. Startups like LOLapps and Polyvore followed suit.
Today, Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners have been hosted by a diverse set of companies including Genentech, Palantir, Microsoft, Citrix Online, Electronic Arts…
The ask is simple — buy dinner and drinks for girl geeks, and give away a piece of co-branded schwag (to extend the lifetime of the event). Invite female speakers in areas of their expertise, from well-known names to the up-and-coming. Encourage networking amongst the girl geeks and recruiting by the sponsoring company. Everyone wins.
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Meet the BAGGD Team!
Sukrutha Raman Bhadouria (Managing Director of Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners)
After earning her M.S. in Electrical Engineering from USC, Sukrutha now works as a Sr SW Engineer at salesforce.com. Sukrutha is involved in Girl Geek Dinners because she wants to change the world for girls, one geek dinner at a time. Follow her on Twitter at @sukruthasays.
Angie Chang (Founder of Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners)
Angie is currently working as a Director of Growth at Hackbright Academy. She enjoys running the mentor program and finding partner companies for Hackbright. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Women 2.0, a media company which promotes women in high-growth, high-tech entrepreneurship. She has held positions in product management and web/UI production at startups in the Silicon Valley. Angie started organizing Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners in January 2008 and was thrilled when Sukrutha joined the one-woman team at BAGGD in 2011. She holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.