Maurizio Portolani is a network design consultant at Cisco Systems involved in architecting and validating large-scale Data Center designs. Maurizio's expertise includes routing, switching, load balancing, SSL, security, and application integration. During his five years at Cisco, Maurizio has co-developed ACL and load balancing code used in the Catalyst product line and has designed product features in areas such as spanning-tree, load balancing, and SSL. Maurizio holds a Laurea in Ingegneria (M.S. degree) from the Torino Polytechnic (Italy) and a Diplôme d'Ingénieur from the École Centrale Paris (France).