Ray Mota

CEO and Principal Analyst

Contact: rmota@acgcc.com
Office: +1.616.802.0896


Role: Carrier Strategy & Infrastructure Services


Experience: 25+ years in the telecom industry

Dr. Ray Mota, reposonsible for the Carrier Strategy & Infrastructure Servicesand SD-WAN Service, brings a talent for complex technical and critical thinking and provides strategic direction, sharp analysis, and expert advice on networking issues, specializing in design, implementation, and troubleshooting. Prior to founding ACG Research Dr. Mota worked for Aberdeen Group, ManageAll, Micros-To-Mainframes, Advanced Technology Group, Eastman Kodak and the IRS. As a CTO, he designed, implemented and supported complex trading floor systems and large WAN Frame Relay and ATM networks. He also provided training on Sniffer, HP Advisor protocol analysis tools, and MPLS architectures. Ray has also developed cloud applications and has a software patent attributed to him.

Routinely called upon to speak as a guest lecturer throughout the country, Ray is recognized as an expert in topics relating to networks, managed services, cloud computing, operational efficiency, and business modeling. He has been the keynote speaker for the top cloud, channel, Wall Street, telecom event around the world. His insightful commentaries and analyses have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Telecom Magazine, MSNBC, CNN Money, Forbes, Fortune, Businessweek, NY Times, SF Chronicle and other industry publications.

On the personal side, Ray holds 13 amateur baseball World Series titles and has coached at the Arizona Diamondback Training Center and the Phoenix Prospectors a professional baseball team which won the championship on 2012 & 2013. His successful baseball career inspired him to write Maximum Ability, (Lulu.Com, 2005), which focuses on mind power and using the cognitive abilities involved in sports to achieve excellence in not only the athletic arena but also in business fields and in other aspects of a person’s life. Ray donates 100 percent of the proceeds to Mot https://acgcc.com/p/sd-wan/ avation Group, which organizes sporting events for sick children, (http://www.lulu.com/content/110670). In October 2000, HispanicBusiness.com selected Ray, with other notables Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs and Alex Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers, as one of the top 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States.

Advisory board member of:

  • National Energy and Sustainability Institute
  • Ethernet Technology Summit
  • Xchange Everything Channel
  • VistaPointe.net
  • Telecom Executive Exchange

Recent Projects:

  • Service provider capacity index measures how hot global network capacities are running
  • Pricing model for a Tier 1 managed service provider
  • Service creation workshop for # 1 service provider in Europe
  • Sales training on MPLS, ISIS, OSPF and IPv6 for a large MSO in North America
  • Virtualization transformation strategy & business case to Tier 1 CEO & board, which helped fund project for SDN/NfV implementation
  • Wall Street technology summit and bus tour with the top equity analyst
  • Developed a new revenue stream and framework for a managed service provider
  • CTO vendor risk analysis and vendor financial index

You might like some of the posts submitted by Ray Mota:

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Jan. 28, 2020

Software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN), a promising new technology that brings optimization, visibility and flexibility into the WAN environment, has been experiencing significant growth. Our research shows that the top use cases for SD-WAN are Internet connectivity to cloud-based applicat ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

Panel Discussion This TelecomTV Superpanel, sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Intel, was held at the truly remarkable Louwman Museum in The Hague, and brought together an exceptional team of very senior NFV experts in a lively and informative debate examining the proposition that IoT is a ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

Future virtual networks will bring the much-needed business agility, network agility and service agility to telcos. But this raises a question: Are telcos’ operational structures, processes and operation teams ready to handle such agility?vAnd if not, what do telcos need to meet such chall ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

O.K., so you have got your network virtualized! What’s next? If it’s business as usual, we would move to operation phase and start reaping the virtualization benefits. But here is a point. It is not just about implementing a technology like SDN or NFV; rather, it’s about the skills to run ... ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

When it comes to network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN), it is no longer a question of “if,” but rather “how” and “when.” Yet, surprisingly, much of the conversation around NFV and SDN is focused on technology, and very little is ever said about operational proc ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

Traditionally, average revenue per user  has been one of the key metrics used to measure service providers’ financial performance. Increased competition has been putting downward pressure on ARPU, resulting in declining earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. In parallel ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

Kelly Ahuja, SVP, Service Provider Business, Products, and Solutions, Cisco, and Ray Mota, CEO of ACG Research, discuss Cisco’s recent announcement of software solutions for CloudScale networking. Cisco worked with web-scale and service providers to identify their network priorities; across the boar ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

Dennis Cox, chief product officer of Ixia, and Ray Mota, CEO of ACG Research, discuss the need for true 100% visibility. Today, many vendors claim to provide 100% visibility, but many drop packets and create blind spots in your application performance. Understand what is needed for true visibility a ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

Sanjay Munshi, Senior Director of Product Management at Brocade Communications, and Ray Mota, CEO of ACG Research, discuss Brocade’s significant new network visibility product announcement: carrier-grade, physical and virtual network packet brokers, virtual TAPs, an SDN based session director and a ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

Paul Obsitnik, vice president of service provider product marketing at Juniper Networks, and Ray Mota, CEO of ACG Research, discuss Juniper’s Converged Supercore announcement, which includes new custom silicon, updates to the PTX Series router and expanded SDN capabilities. Juniper has positioned it ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

Ray Mota of ACG Research and Sanjay Munshi of Brocade Communications discuss the role of analytics as a key enabler in the evolution of mobile network architectures and business models. Watch Sanjay make the case for analytics architectures to evolve alongside mobile architectures, citing a few lead ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

Mike Marcellin, senior vice president of strategy and marketing at Juniper Networks, and Ray Mota, CEO of ACG Research, discuss Juniper’s significant new NFV announcements: a carrier-grade virtualized version of its MX Series Edge Router, the vMX, as well as new Contrail Cloud and Junos DevOps capab ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

Paul Parker-Johnson, ACG Research, and Rotem Salomonovitch, Nuage Networks, discuss the cloud and how it is changing the way businesses consume and share information. The trouble with the cloud is its not ubiquitous; it is made up of distinct islands of capability. The compute resides in the data ce ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

Ray Mota, ACG Research, and Kishore Seshadri, Senior Director of WAN Orchestration at Cisco Systems, discuss the unique role of SDN in the WAN and its stringent SLA requirements on varied SP infrastructure. Cisco’s WAN Automation Engine (based on Cisco MATE) creates efficient, optimized utilization ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

Ray Mota, ACG Research, and Rami Rahim, EVP/GM of the Juniper Development and Innovation team at Juniper Networks, discuss the definition of a high IQ network architecture and the significance to service providers and their customers. They recap Juniper's recent announcement of new solutions that wi ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

The Internet is, no doubt, a marvel, definitely an unmatched entity with its constant technological advancements. Its popularity has been driven by our zeal to use technology to make our lives easier and simpler. It has become second nature for most us to use the Internet as our primary resource whe ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

Although a government shutdown was averted, had it happened, cyber security and providing impregnable networks for the CIA, FBI and other U.S. government agencies with limited staffing and resources could have been severely compromised and had huge consequences and repercussions for these and other ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

Although carriers are investing heavily in their networks, especially in edge network equipment and services, they have been neglecting core routers. Over the last few years carriers have under-invested in core and put more intelligence in their edge networks and develop more services. This has put ...

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Jan. 28, 2020

Because of the increased volume, complexity, interfaces and connectivity that require service providers and enterprises to architect, operate and manage networks very differently, many are moving to cloud computing, a term for any activities that involve delivering hosted services over the Internet. ...