Somit Maloo, CCIE No. 28603, CCDE No. 20170002, is a content lead from the data center team in the Learning@Cisco organization. He holds a master's degree in telecommunication networks and a bachelor's degree in electronics and telecommunication engineering. He is also a penta CCIE in routing and switching, service provider, wireless, security, and data center technologies. Somit holds various industry-leading certifications, including CCDE, PMP, RHCSA, and VMware VCIX6 in Data Center and Network Virtualization. Somit has extensive experience in designing and developing various data center courses for the official Cisco curriculum. He started his career as a Cisco TAC engineer. Somit has more than 10 years of experience in the networking industry, working mostly with data center networks. You can reach Somit on Twitter: @somitmaloo. Firas Ahmed, CCIE No. 14967, is a solution architect from the enterprise data center team at Cisco Customer Experience (CX). He completed a master's degree in systems and control engineering following a bachelor's degree in computer engineering. Firas holds CCIE certificates in routing and switching, collaboration, wireless, security, and data center technologies in addition to industry-based certifications, including CISSP, PMP, VMware VCP6.5-DCV, ITIL, and GICSP. Firas has more than 15 years of experience in designing, developing, and supporting various data centers for enterprise and IoT customers. Firas has additional experience as a seasonal instructor in a number of community colleges in Toronto, where he taught various computer networking courses. You can reach Firas on Twitter: @dccor_firas.