In what turned out to be one of the biggest events of the year for software-defined infrastructure (SDx) and network functions virtualization (NFV), the SDN and OpenFlow World Congress drew more than 1,300 attendees to Dusseldorf, Germany last week. The sold-out crowd was more than double the size of last year’s conference, a testament to how rapidly the developing technologies are taking hold.
SDxCentral was there and now brings you all the highlights as well as videos from one of the event’s cornerstone workshops. The recorded sessions come from the Open Networking Foundation’s (ONF) SDN and OpenFlow workshop, an all-day session that featured prominent SDN industry figures including standards and open source forum leaders.
- Dan Pitt, ONF – Workshop Welcome. Pitt highlighted ONF’s vision, its role in the emerging SDN ecosystem, and progress towards ONF’s ultimate goal of changing the world through SDN.
- Marc Cohn, ONF/Ciena – SDN and ONF: Vision and Progress. Cohn examined how SDN complements a number of other standardization, open source, and industry initiatives including ETSI NFV, OpenDaylight, and others.
- Tetsuya Nakamura, NTT DOCOMO/ETSI NFV ISG – How mobile operators will benefit from SDN and NFV. Motivated by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011, Nakamura addressed how SDN and NFV may be applied to improve the resiliency and robustness of the network during a catastrophe.
- Rohit Mehra, IDC – SDN outlook in enterprise and cloud provider. Mehra focused on applications of SDN in the cloud, including automation, flexible and efficient allocation of bandwidth, and multi-tenancy.
Presenters and delegates throughout the SDN and OpenFlow World Congress made it clear that SDN and NFV are the future of carrier infrastructure. Speakers talked about how the technologies are already transforming the industry, panelists discussed the technical implications for networks, and vendors demonstrated numerous NFV proof-of-concepts (POCs). For a quick recap of what you missed at the conference, check out the following highlights: