Kushagra Vaid is GM and Distinguished Engineer in Microsoft’s Azure Division, and is responsible for the architecture and design for cloud datacenter infrastructure hosting Azure's global scale services. Kushagra has been instrumental in driving Microsoft’s success as a leading Hyperscale public cloud operator and is a recognized industry leader on infrastructure innovation and Open Source hardware. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2007, Kushagra was a Principal Engineer at Intel where his responsibilities included technology strategy, architecture and design for Intel’s Enterprise and Cloud Platforms. Kushagra has published over 25+ research papers in international conferences, and is also the holder of 30+ patents in computer architecture and systems design. Kushagra is a strategic advisor to the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) and several infrastructure startups, and is also a sought after keynote speaker at top tier conferences and industry events.