Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Track

SDN is emerging from the mists of hype to be a tool that IT teams can finally use to do real work.  The SDN track at Interop gives you the perspectives of technologists and practitioners who can show you how implementations are working today and where things are headed. We’ll dig into network automation, integration with orchestration and the ongoing debate on the place of overlay and native networking functionality. This track will also offer insight into the rapid evolution of NFV and approaches to effective management and security in this constantly changing world.

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 
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 
The Googlization of Data Center Networks and Why We Care
Over the past five years, it’s been hard to ignore that innovation in Data Center Networking isn’t being led by familiar old-school, traditional vendors. Rather, it’s been Google and other hyperscale companies blazing a new path. These hyperscale companies are the first organizations to truly embrace Software-Defined Networking at scale and are seeing immediate and significant operational benefits. In this session Douglas Murray will discuss: Why hyperscale companies are the first to “cross the chasm,” what benefits they are reaping, why the Data Center of the future will be software-defined, and how to think like Google and network your Data Center accordingly.
Speaker: Douglas Murray, CEO, Big Switch   
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, AG
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, AG

How to Register

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Eric Hanselman

Chief Analyst, 451 Research

Eric Hanselman is the Chief Analyst at 451 Research. He has an extensive hands-on understanding of a broad range of IT subject areas, having direct experience in the areas of networks, virtualization, security and semiconductors. Eric helps 451 Research's clients understand how market and technology trends may impact them, and how they can best capitalize on them.For more than 20 years, Eric has worked with segment leaders in a spectrum of technologies, most recently as CTO of Leostream Corporation, a virtualization management provider. Prior to that, Eric delivered networking security solutions for IBM and Internet Security Systems. At Wellfleet/Bay Networks, Sitara Networks and NEC, he was involved in the introduction of many new technologies ranging from high-performance image analysis to rollouts for IPv6.Eric is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a VMware Certified Professional (VCP), and he is a frequent speaker at leading industry events.

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Sue Fogarty

Editor in Chief, Network Computing

Susan Fogarty is the Editor in Chief of Network Computing, where part of her role includes developing content for Interop. She has almost two decades of experience writing and editing for IT professionals, especially those deeply involved in enterprise infrastructure. She previously worked at TechTarget, where she was the Editorial Director of the Networking Media Group, managing seven websites including the flagship Sue has also held positions at PennWell Publishing and Dell managing publications on networking, communications, and enterprise IT. She is a self-confessed ice cream addict, clean freak, and dog lover (if you can guess which of these do not mix, you will understand how she spends a lot of her free time).


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