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Interop 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

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.

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

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Track Chair

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.

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).