What is the current state of SDN adoption? What are the killer use cases? And more questions!
Come and get the answers to the hype and reality of SDN from our panelists.
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 | 6:30-9:00 PM|
ITRI International Inc.,
2870 Zanker Rd. Suite 140,
San Jose, CA 95134, USA
Moderator: Peter Christy, Research Director, Networks, 451 Research
Rob Sherwood, CTO, Big Switch Networks
TBD, (Lightspeed Partners)
6:30 pm Registration & Networking
7:00 pm Welcome Remarks
7:15 pm Panel Discussion moderated by Peter Christy
9:00 pm Adjourn
Early Birds*: $10
*Early Birds registration ends on 04/29/2015
Almost nobody questions whether or not networks need to become more programmable. Software Defined Networking (SDN) has been identified as the key technology to achieve this and among other things to resolve longstanding network operations bottlenecks. With free and open source software platforms such as OpenFlow, OpenSwitch, Open Controller, etc., SDN enables network as a service via infrastructure or network functions.
Consequently, existing networking vendors, non-traditional players and startups are in the race to bring the power of SDN to the market. Service providers as well as enterprises are building their infrastructure, expecting the new networks to usher in lower costs, simplicity and more agility to drive their business transformation. "SDN is a set of technologies that is essentially in play today," said Randy Nicklas, Executive Vice President of Engineering at Windstream Communications. "The network is programmable in data centers. Expanding that between data centers is a work in progress."
In this confusing and complex environment, we have pulled together a distinguished panel that will offer their insights on the tough questions:
What is the current state of SDN adoption?
What are the killer use cases? Where is the right place to start with an SDN project - the data center or the WAN?
How does SDN stack up against approaches like orchestration and automation?
What can you do by getting programmatic access via the API into the controller?
Who are the organizations on the bleeding edge?
What challenges have organizations faced with their SDN implementations.
How to evaluate current technologies and vendors?
How should enterprises determine their near term networking roadmaps?
Which SDN Vendors and ecosystems have gained traction?
Is the tension between traditional networking contenders and disruptive SDN/NFV startups sparking real innovation in production environments?
Come and get the answers to the hype and reality of SDN from our panelists
Peter is the Research Director of 451 Research's Networking Practice. For more than 30 years, Peter has worked with segment leaders in a spectrum of IT and networking technologies. He managed software and system technology for companies including HP, Sun, IBM, Digital Equipment Corp and Apple. Peter was founder and VP of Software at MasPar Computer, a midrange SIMD HPC provider. He was also the Founder and Principal Analyst of the Internet Research Group. In that role, Peter has been a recognized leading analyst in networking and SDN and has worked with countless vendors, service providers and end users in an advisory capacity. Networking is at a watershed point in its evolution. Improved connectivity is at the heart of the tectonic shifts in the industry, including the move to converged infrastructure and cloud computing. Software-defined networking represents a broad effort to better integrate with and automate networking, as well as a necessary reimplementation of the network as conventional software. Peter helps 451 Research clients understand how these trends impact them, and how they can best capitalize on them. Peter is a frequent speaker at leading industry events. He majored in Applied Math at Harvard College and did graduate work in EECS at UC Berkeley.