Name: Robert M. Cannistra
Title: Senior Professional Lecturer of Computer Science and Information Technology
Office Location: Hancock Center 3004
Extension: (845) 575-3675
Email: Robert.Cannistra@Marist.edu
Degrees Held:

A.S. Dutchess Community College
B.S. State University of New York at Brockport
M.S. Marist College
 

Certifications:

Palo Alto Networks Accredited Configuration Engineer (ACE).

Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center (CCNP Data Center).

Cisco Data Center Support for UC Specialist.

Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Design Specialist.

Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric Design Specialist.

Cisco Unified Computing Technology Design Specialist.

Cisco Unified Computing Technology Support Specialist.

Cisco Unified Fabric Technology Support Specialist.

Cisco Certified Network Associate Data Center (CCNA Data Center).

Certified Cisco Networking Academy Instructor Trainer.

Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP).

Cisco IPS Specialist.

4013 Recognition.

Cisco Information Security Specialist (CS-CISecS).

Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professional Recognition (National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) 4011 Training Standard).

Cisco Certified Academy Instructor (CCAI).

Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP).

Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP).

Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA).

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA Routing and Switching).

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE, MCP+I, MCP).

Certified Lotus Professional (CLP).

Certified Lotus Specialist (CLS).

Bio:

Mr. Robert M. Cannistra has held the positions of Northeast Regional Manager, Technical Services Manager and Senior Consultant for VLINK Solutions, previously known as AllTechData Systems, a Cisco Partner. His time at VLINK was spent designing, configuring, and implementing highly accessible data networks for various enterprise, service provider and Internet companies across the world. Upon the completion of each client implementation, Mr. Cannistra would create and instruct customized training classes to help the client administer, manage and troubleshoot the newly designed networks. He has taught part-time as an adjunct faculty member for RPI, in Troy, NY and as a technical instructor for MTI, in Poughkeepsie, NY. Prior to VLINK Solutions, Mr. Cannistra held the position of Senior Network Engineer for About.com, Inc. where he redesigned and scaled the network to handle several million Internet users. He specialized in Internet infrastructure at AT&T Solutions. While at Unisys Corporation he specialized in a proprietary distributed paperless workflow environment. Prior to Unisys he consulted for Kodak Imaging Services optimizing and upgrading their mixed NT/Novell network environment utilizing Lotus Notes collaboration tools.

Interests:

Mr. Cannistra's specializes in network infrastructure, design, implementation and troubleshooting. His interest lies within wireless controller solutions, policy-based routing and firewall technology.

Awards & Honors:

IBM Early Tenure TechConnect 2014 - Best of Solution, Software Defined Environment Test Bed for VM Migration and Virtual Storage, September 2014.

IBM Shared University Research Award/Grant in the amount of $25,000 for Software0Defined Environments (SDE) for Cloud Computing & Analytics research, June 2014.

IBM Faculty Award/Grant in the amount of $20,000 for continuing Openflow and Software Defined Networking Research, 2014.

IBM Faculty Award/Grant in the amount of $40,000 for continuing Openflow and Software Defined Networking Research, 2013.

IBM Early Tenure TechConnect 2012 – Best of Solution “Software Defined Networking with Openflow at Marist College”, 2012.

IBM Faculty Award/Grant in the amount of $40,000 for Openflow and Software Defined Networking Research, September 2012.

IBM Faculty Award/Grant in the amount of $20,000 for Openflow Research, 2011.

IBM Faculty Award/Grant in the amount of $40,000 for development of an online certificate program and curricula in Converged Networking concentrating on FCoE, 2009.

Faculty of the Year Award - Marist College, 2005.

Nominated for Faculty of the Year Award for Marist College, 2006, 2004.

Key Personnel of the $3M New York State Grant to create the Cloud Computing and Analytics Center.

Key Personnel of the $545,417 NSF MRI Grant: Acquisition of an Enterprise Level System for Research and Research Training.

Key Personnel of the $696,931 NSF ARI Grant: Hancock Technology Center Research Laboratory.

Publications:

DeCusatis, C., Carle, B., Cannistra, R., “Energy Efficient Networks for Hybrid Cloud Storage-as-a-Service using Software-Defined Networking”, submitted – waiting to hear on acceptance.

DeCusatis, C., Cannistra, R., Ludovic, H., “Managing Multi-tenant Services for Software Defined Cloud Data Center Networks”, 2014 IEEE 6th International Conference on Adaptive Science & Technology (ICAST 2014: 29-31 Oct. 2014), Nigeria, October 2014.

DeCusatis, C., Cannistra, R., Carle, B., Johnson, M., Kapadia, J., Meath, Z., Miller, M., Young, D., Bundy, T.,  Zussman, G., Bergman, K., Carranza, A., Sher-DeCusatis, C., Pletch, A., Ransom, R., “Dynamic orchestration test bed for SDN and NFV at the New York State Center for Cloud Computing & Analytics”, Optical Fiber Communications Conference (OFC) 2014, San Francisco, CA, March 2014.

DeCusatis, C., Haley, M., Bundy, T., Cannistra, R., Wallner, R., Parraga, J., Flaherty, R., “Dynamic, software-defined service provider network infrastructure and cloud drivers for SDN adoption”, IEEE International Conference on Communications 2013: IEEE ICC’13 – 2nd Workshop on Clouds, Networks and Data Centers, June 2013.

Cannistra, R., DeCusatis, C., Haley, M., Bundy, T., Wallner, R., Flaherty, R., Parraga, J.  Dynamic, Software-defined Service Provider Network Infrastructure. IEEE International Conference Communications 2013; IEEE ICC’13 – 2nd Workshop on Clouds, Networks, and Data Centers. Budapest, Hungary, June 13, 2013.

Technical Reviewer for Small Market Trial of Cisco Networking Academy CCNA 5.0 curricula, 04/2013.

Cannistra, R., Scheuing, M. Cisco CCNA Voice Portable Command Guide, Cisco Press, February 12, 2013, ISBN-10:  1-58720-442-8, ISBN-13:  978-1-58720-442-5.

Technical Reviewer for Small Market Trial of Cisco Networking Academy CCNP SWITCH curricula, 05/2010.

Technical Reviewer for Small Market Trial of Cisco Networking Academy CCNP ROUTE curricula, 05/2010.

Technical Reviewer for Small Market Trial of Cisco Networking Academy CCNP TSHOOT curricula, 03/2010.

Technical Reviewer for Small Market Trial of Cisco Networking Academy CCNA Security curricula, 03/2009 & 06/2009.

Technical Editor CompTIA’s Security+ Flash Cards, published by Pearson Education, 2009.  

Technical Reviewer, “Passwords Authentication” in The Handbook of Computer Networks, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 06/2006.

Technical Reviewer, “Passwords Authentication” in The Handbook of Information Security, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2004.

Research Interests:

Software Defined Networking (SDN).

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

Secure Multi-tenancy.

Policy-Based Routing.

Conferences & Workshops:

Advisory Board Member, Network World’s Open Network Exchange (ONX), 2014.

Affiliations:

Member, Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA).

Member, Association of Computing Machinery (ACM).

Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Presentations:

 

Invited Presentations

 

Cannistra, R., Ferguson, C., Iori, M., Maud, K., Miller, M., “A Collaborative Approach for Developing Next Generation Networks”, The IEEE Mid-Hudson Section Workshop on Advanced Technology for Next Generation Computing, New Paltz, NY, November 2014.

Cannistra, R., Carle, B., DeCusatis, Bundy, T., “Software Defined Networking – Real World Use Cases with a live Hybrid Cloud Connectivity demonstration”, North American Symposium hosted by ADVA Optical Networking, New York, NY, September 2014.

Cannistra, R., Johnson, M., Kippins, A., Proce, C., “Software Defined Networking from the ground up using OpenFlow”, IEEE 27th Biennial Symposium on Communications (QSBC), Kingston, ON, Canada, June 2014.

Cannistra, R., “Getting Started with SDN in the Enterprise”, Open Networking Exchange (ONX) conference, Rosemont, IL, May 2014.

Cannistra, R., “Orchestrating Applications to the Network Using a Top Down Approach with SDN”, Open Networking Exchange (ONX) conference, Rosemont, IL, May 2014.

Cannistra, R., DeCusatis, C., Bundy, T., Meath, Z., Miller, M., “A New Approach for Developing Technology and Building Partnerships”, KINBER conference, Harrisburg, PA, April 2014.

Cannistra, R., “EtherChannel Simplified”, Worldwide Cisco Academy Conference, March 2014.

Cannistra, R., “A Teaching Topology”, Worldwide Cisco Academy Conference, March 2014.

Cannistra, R., “OpenFlow: Open Standard for Networking Hardware”, Mid-Hudson Valley Linux User Group meeting, Poughkeepsie, NY, December 2013.

Cannistra, R., “Network Virtualization and SDN”, Panel Discussion, INTEROP, New York, NY, October 2013.

Cannistra, R., Carle, B., Johnson, M., Kapadia, J., Meath, Z., Miller, M., Young, D., “Demonstrating Automated VM Movement and L1+L2 Provisioning using OpenFlow”, SDN & OpenFlow World Congress, Bad Homburg, Germany, October 2013.

Cannistra, R., Carle, B., DeCusatis, C., Johnson, M., Bundy, T., Kapadia, J., Meath, Z., Miller, M., Young, D., “Software Defined Networking – Real World Use Cases”, North American Symposium hosted by ADVA Optical Networking, New York, NY, September 2013.

Cannistra, R., DeCusatis, C., Illmer, C., “SDN and OpenFlow in Optical Networks”, SDN & OpenFlow IBM Workshop in Bratislava, Slovakia, September 2013.

Cannistra, R., “Software Defined Networking”, IBM Center of Excellence, Toronto, ON Canada, July 2013.

Cannistra, R., “Security: Utilizing Site-to-Site VPNs” at the Northeast Cisco Academy Conference in Troy, NY, 06/2013.

Cannistra, R., “CCNA Voice” at the Northeast Cisco Academy Conference in Troy, NY, 06/2013.

Cannistra, R., “EtherChannel” at the Northeast Cisco Academy Conference in Troy, NY, 06/2013.

Cannistra, R., “Openflow at Marist” for IBM at the IBM Wall Street Center of Excellence in Manhattan, NY, 04/03/2013.

Cannistra, R., “Converged Networking for the Data Center” for ECC Community Online Forum, 01/2010.

Cannistra, R., “A Cloud Curriculum” at an IEEE Workshop in New Paltz, NY, 10/2009

Cannistra, R., “Wireshark” at Cisco Networking Academy Conference in Denver, CO, 07/2009.

Cannistra, R., “Wireshark” at Cisco Networking Academy Conference in Orlando, FL, 06/2009.

Cannistra, R., “Site-to-Site VPNs Utilizing Pre-Shared Keys” at the Northeast Cisco Academy Conference in Troy, NY, 05/2007.

Cannistra, R., “Site-to-Site VPNs Utilizing Pre-Shared Keys” at the Northeast Cisco Academy Conference in Troy, NY, 05/2006.

Cannistra, R., “Using Technology To Create a Disaster Recovery Plan” for the High Tech Business Council (HTBC) at the Public Safety Training Center in Rochester, NY, 01/2006.

Cannistra, R., Career Panel Discussion at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, 10/2005.

Cannistra, R., “Network Security in the Data Center” at AFCOM Data Center World in Dallas, TX, 09/2003.

 

Presentations

 

DeCusatis, C., Cannistra, R., Carle, B., “A Demonstration of Energy Efficient Optical Networks for Cloud Computing using Software-Defined Provisioning”, IEEE GreenComm, November 2014.

Cannistra, R., Carle, B., Ahmed, C., Ferguson, C., Kippins, A., Maud, K., Proce, C., “Dynamic Bandwidth Provisioning for Hybrid Cloud Environments”, SDN & OpenFlow World Congress, Düsseldorf, Germany, October 2014.

Cannistra, R., DeCusatis, C., “Dynamic Management and Provisioning of Software Defined Cloud Data Centers”, Enterprise Computing Conference (ECC), Poughkeepsie, NY, June 2014.

Bundy, T., Cannistra, R., DeCusatis, C., “Video Demo and Discussion of Dynamic Software-Defined Network (SDN) Infrastructure Testbed at Marist College with IBM and ADVA Optical Networking”, Internet2 Global Summit, Denver, CO, April 2014.

Cannistra, R., DeCusatis, C., Flaherty, R., Kapadia, J., Pietrow, Kevin., “SDN Lab Initiatives”, Enterprise Computing Conference (ECC), Poughkeepsie, NY, June 2013.

Cannistra, R., DeCusatis, C., “SDN Birds of a Feather”, Enterprise Computing Conference (ECC), Poughkeepsie, NY, June 2013.

Cannistra, R., Wallner, R., Flaherty, R., Parraga, J. Software Defined Networking with Openflow.  Internet2 Technology in Paradise 2013 Joint Conference, Honolulu, HI, January 2013.

Cannistra, R., Wallner, R., Flaherty, R., Parraga, J. Openflow – Software Defined Networking.  5th Enterprise Computing Community National Conference, Marist College, June 9-11, 2013.

Cannistra, R., Jeff Obrizok, J., Kenny E. Openflow at Marist.  IBM Wall Street Center of Excellence, Manhattan, NY, April 2013.

Cannistra, R., Bundy, T., DeCusatis, C. Dynamic Software Defined Network (SDN) Infrastructure Test Bed at Marist College with IBM and ADVA Optical Networking.  Internet2 Annual Meeting, Arlington, VA, April 2013.

Cannistra, R. Keynote Speaker: An Innovative SDN Development Lab.  Internet2 Annual Meeting ADVA RETAG, Arlington, VA, Ap/ril 2013.

Cannistra, R., Flaherty, R., Parraga, J., Wallner, R. Software Defined Networking with Openflow. Internet2 Technology in Paradise 2013 Joint Conference, January 11, 2013.

Cannistra, R., Flaherty, R., Parraga, J., Wallner, R. Openflow - Software Defined Networking. Enterprise Computing Conference (ECC), June 11, 2012.

Cannistra, R. Fundamentals of SANs and SAN Security. Cisco Networking Academy Conference, San Jose, CA, June 2011.

Cannistra, R. (presentation created with Rantanen, E., White, L.) Voice, QoS, and Other New Protocols in Packet Tracer. Cisco Networking Academy Conference, Madison, WI, August 2010.