Earlier tonight (October 16th, 2012), I had the honor of moderating the panel: The Revolution of Software Defined Networks hosted by The MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB) with a fantastic set of panelists including:
- Michael Beesley, Chief Technology Officer, Platform Systems Division at Juniper Networks
- Kelly Herrell, Chief Executive Officer at Vyatta
- Awais Nemat, Chief Executive Officer at PLUMgrid
- Jake Flomenberg, Partner at Accel Partners
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On July 23, 2012, VMware bought Nicira for $1.26B validating this revolution in Networking.Next week, Oracle acquired Xsigo. Just recently Cisco acquired vCider. Upstarts claim they will commoditize the expensive networking gear sold by the incumbents, with standards like Software Defined Networking (SDN), and OpenFlow (OF). Already, Google and Facebook deploy their own network hardware and software – and not the proprietary offerings of incumbent networking players. Many entrepreneurs are betting on SDN and OpenFlow. VLAB engages a robust discussion on SDN.
- Are we ready for chasm crossing?
- Is Cloud Computing driving SDN?
- Who else is using SDN and why?
- Is SDN a tectonic technology shift, or just a niche?
- Will incumbents co-opt SDN with closed proprietary implementations?
- Are we to have a win-win between users and vendors?
- Where are the opportunities?