SDN is only now being considered for the WAN, but it could help overcome the WAN's shortcomings, especially in terms of complexity and maintenance.
Jeff Reed is Vice President of Network Transformation for Cisco’s Enterprise Networking segment. In this role, he leads the product management and is responsible for shaking up the strategy to deliver solutions that will help customers innovate in the private enterprise cloud, network management and SDN markets. Reed oversees the vision, engineering and go-to-market activities for SDN applications and infrastructure. Formerly Reed was the GM for Cisco’s Unified Access Group, Cisco’s largest switching business unit. Reed joined Cisco from Symantec Corporation, where he held senior positions in product development and alliances and business development. Reed led product management for the Storage Foundation business unit, ran Strategic Alliances and Business Development for Symantec’s Enterprise Product Group and was general manager for Symantec’s Clustered Storage product line. Reed holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering (with distinction) and an M.B.A, both from Stanford University. When Reed is not focused on SDN disruption, he enjoys traveling with his family and watching the Golden State Warriors eclipse the 50-win mark.