|Featured Software-Defined Networking Sessions|
|Leveraging SDN for Data Center Security
Network and server administrators have struggled with implementing data security in the data center without resorting to complex designs and configurations. Regulations such as PCI and HIPAA have proven cumbersome and difficult to meet using traditional tools and methods. In this session, Varrow CTO Jason Nash will focus on how you can leverage SDN offerings from Cisco and VMware to help ease the pain of implementing robust security in the data center. Jason will explain how to use SDN to deploy policy-based security in both physical and virtual environments in much simpler ways than were previously possible.
Speaker: Jason Nash, Chief Technology Officer, Varrow
|OpenStack Networking: What You Need To Know About Neutron
As the fastest moving open source software in the industry, OpenStack is celebrating its 5 year anniversary with 23,000 members across 155 countries. This session takes an in-depth look at the networking subsystem, Neutron, and provides a walkthrough of the technology, the plugin ecosystem, with perspectives on the past, present, and future. Join Fernando Sanchez, Principal Systems Engineer for PLUMgrid, who will provide an architectural and operational view of virtual overlay networks with some of the latest developments.
Speaker: Fernando Sanchez, Principal Systems Engineer, PlumGrid
|SDN Building Blocks
Software-defined networking has plunged the networking industry into a state of flux, further confused by buzzwords, hype, and "marketecture." At its core, however, there are a handful of protocols and technologies that keep coming up in products and designs. In this session, Matt Oswalt will offer a no-spin, technical deep dive into how these technologies operate. He will explore protocols like OpenFlow, Open vSwitch Database Management Protocol (OVSDB), VXLAN, and OpFlex. Learning the details of these building blocks will help all network technologists understand the truth of SDN -- whether they are interested in open source implementations such as OpenDaylight and Open vSwitch, or working with proprietary platforms like VMware NSX or Cisco ACI. Attendees will leave with a better understanding, and as a result will be able to make better decisions about which SDN technologies are best suited for their business needs.
Speaker: Matt Oswalt, Network Software Engineer, eBay Inc.
|SDN in Education: Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders
Software defined networking offers the potential to help enterprises reduce complexity and increase efficiency, providing better experiences to their users. What if those users are our future? Implementing SDN in an educational environment requires a different approach, and the results are hard to measure. But the payoff could mean that IT has a crucial role in helping the leaders of tomorrow grow and learn. In this session, Tom Hollingsworth will examine some SDN use cases for primary and higher education organizations. He'll also provide perspective on what SDN is and where it came from, how it can help other organizations with small IT departments, and what the future of SDN holds for small enterprises.
Speaker: Tom Hollingsworth, Architect, The Networking Nerd
|What NFV Means for the Enterprise
The software-defined networking movement began in the large cloud providers. Network functions virtualization (NFV) started in large Internet service providers that were trying to reduce capital expenses by replacing physical network services gear with virtualized equivalents. Does that mean these technologies cannot be used in an enterprise environment? Nothing could be further from the truth. In this session, Ivan Pepelnjak will describe real-life enterprise NFV case studies, from remote-site network services virtualization to virtualized data center appliances. He'll focus on some of the crucial aspects of NFV: performance, service chaining, and orchestration.
Speaker: Ivan Pepelnjak, Network Architect, ipSpace.net AG
|Why the Hyperscale Data Center is Leading the Enterprise
Much of the innovation in data center networking is coming from hyperscale companies like Facebook, Amazon, and Google. These companies are rethinking the way data center networks are architected and operated, and designing their own hardware and software to suit their purposes. They’re also sharing many of their innovations with equipment manufacturers and the IT community at large. Of course, these companies have the in-house expertise to implement radical new ideas, and because of their scale they see immediate and significant benefits. But enterprise customers can also take advantage of the innovations coming from the Web giants. In this session, Douglas Murray will discuss: why hyperscale companies are the first to cross the chasm, what benefits they’re reaping, why the data center of the future will be software-defined, and how to think hyperscale and network your data center accordingly.
Speakers: Douglas Murray, CEO, Big Switch
Rob Sherwood, CTO, Big Switch Networks
Shamus McGillicuddy, Senior Analyst, Network Management, Enterprise Management
|Featured SDN Workshops|
|Software-Defined Networking and Network Virtualization
It’s time to move beyond SDN hype and dig into how it can be used in enterprise and data center networks. This day-long workshop will look at the real value of SDN and how enterprises can transition to network virtualization and move onward to automation and orchestration. We’ll explore the different SDN implementations and deployments and include a live demonstration of SDN applications. We’ll also provide a virtual SDN lab that attendees can take with them. The workshop provides detailed background on the available SDN technologies and their implementations, and weighs the benefits and drawbacks of each. Network virtualization has been with us for some time, but SDN has extended expectations. Meanwhile, the integration of networking into cloud orchestration platforms has opened new opportunities, but also increased complexity. You’ll learn how and when you can put SDN to work and how to manage the transition for your environment.
Eric Hanselman, Chief Analyst, 451 Research
Ivan Pepelnjak, Network Architect, ipSpace.net AG
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