Yuval Bachar is a principal engineer in the global infrastructure and strategy team for Linkedin, which is responsible for the company strategy for data center architecture and implementation of the mega scale future data centers. In this capacity, he drives and supports the new technology development, architecture, and collaboration to support the tremendous growth in LinkedIn’s future user-base, data centers, and services provided. Yuval Bachar is one of the founders and innovators of the Open19 project and he is the president of the Open19 Foundation, in this capacity Mr. Bachar is responsible for developing this new community and Open19 technology to support the Open19 Community. During the work at Linkedin Yuval also is a driving force behind the definitions and adoption of the EdgeCloud and have been recognized as one of the top 50 influencers on the Edge technology.

Prior to Linkedin, Mr. Bachar was the leader and architect for Facebook data center networking hardware, responsible for the development of the Wedge and 6-Pack first top of Rack (ToR) and modular open networking gear. In addition, Mr. Bachar was the innovator and driver of the $1/1G optical technology initiative for 100G pluggable modules. Furthermore, he redefined the backbone architecture and integration of colored optics into the switching platforms. Earlier, Mr. Bachar served as Senior Director of Engineering in the CTO office in the Data Center Group at Cisco, which is responsible for the company’s data center product portfolio and next generation innovation. In this capacity, he drives and supports next generation systems’ architecture, product market positioning, and cross-Cisco product alignment. Yuval Bachar is also responsible for evangelizing new technologies around IoT and it’s integration to the data center architecture.

Before that, Mr. Bachar served as VP/CTO of High-End Systems Business Unit at Juniper Networks. In this capacity, he drove Juniper’s high-end systems architecture, market, and technology positioning; including product, technology, and system level innovation and alignment across the company. Mr. Bachar also held in a range of roles at Cisco Systems networks for over 14 years. In his most recent role he served as Principal Engineer/Technical Director in the Routing and Service Provider Technology Group where he was responsible for system level architecture in the Core Routing Business Unit. Previously, Mr. Bachar held management roles for groups ranging from 5 to 75 people, managing ASIC, hardware, software and test teams. Prior to that Mr. Bachar worked in a technical leader role in the Desktop Switching Business Unit responsible for the first Cisco desktop modular switch as well as the architecture for the current generation for the Cisco desktop switching products (the Catalyst 3K family). Additionally, prior to joining Cisco, Mr. Bachar held various roles in Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in the semiconductor group.

Mr. Bachar has been a contributor to the PCI standard and several IEEE standards. He holds six approved US patents in the networking and system design areas and three Cisco pioneer awards.

Mr. Bachar has a BSEE from the Technion in Haifa.