Marco Di Benedetto is SVP and CTO at Riverbed, where he's responsible for driving the technology vision for the company. He is leading the charge to establish a SaaS-first mindset for all future products and exploring new growth opportunities and technology partnerships. Marco has over 20 years of experience in the networking industry. In 2009 Marco co-founded Embrane with the goal to dramatically improve efficiency in delivering network services to virtualized environments. After Cisco acquired Embrane in 2015, Marco defined and delivered the Cisco Nexus Fabric Manager, a next-gen management platform for the Cisco Nexus 9000 family of switches. The platform offered full automation of network fabric lifecycle with dead simple end-user workflows, making VXLAN and EVPN extremely easy to deploy. In his spare time, Marco enjoys reading subjects from history and foreign policy to cognitive sciences and linguistics. Fond of his past experience in China, he also never misses the opportunity to learn more about the country’s language, culture, and history.