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Two types of silicon have traditionally fueled packet forwarding: custom and merchant. In merchant silicon, Broadcom is dominant. While this position has helped promote consistency across key networking components, it has also discouraged innovation and competitive pricing. Does the networking industry need more silicon diversity in an open ecosystem of standard languages and APIs? In this discussion, we explore how forwarding abstractions such as P4 impact the chip ecosystem and how network software needs to change to accommodate a richer set of silicon options.
In this video, you’ll hear from Lakshmi Sharma (Director Product Management, Networking at Google Cloud), Nitin Kumar (VP and Fellow at Juniper Networks) and Roy Chua (Founder and Principal at AvidThink, Formerly SDxCentral Research)
About the Participants:
Director, Product management, Networking
Lakshmi Sharma directs networking product management at Google Cloud that operates the largest cloud network, comprised of 100,00s of miles of fiber optic cable and more than 100 points of presence. Google Cloud has now met 100% of the required network in-depth requirements by Gartner Research and is a leader in IaaS category where Lakshmi oversees all network infrastructure investment decisions and network service R&D for customer-facing cloud networking services.
Prior to Google, Lakshmi held product management positions at Target, Brocade, RIFT.io (networking startup), Cisco and Juniper. While at Target, she drove the Digital and Enterprise transformation from Data Center to Multi-Clouds by succesively running into Public Clouds. She lead Engineering at Cloud Virtualization group from conception to first launch of VTS, ESC and VMS (aka CloudVPN).
VP Architecture, Fellow
Nitin Kumar is a Vice President and Fellow at Juniper Networks, where he drives software architecture and product implementation across networking products. Nitin also actively influences product strategy and provides decision support to senior executives. Most recently, Nitin was responsible for driving key initiatives which include vMX, Juniper Telemetry Interface (JTI), and API driven interfaces for routing platforms. In his time at Juniper, Nitin has filed over 10 patents that have pushed the innovation envelope on MX-3D systems.
Previously, Nitin has held roles at Procket Networks and FORE systems. Nitin received his Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and a Master’s in Computer Science from The Ohio State University.
AvidThink (Formerly SDxCentral Research)
Roy Chua is founder and principal at AvidThink, the research and analysis spin-out of SDxCentral. He heads up the research organization providing cutting-edge analysis in next-generation technology infrastructure and responsible for publishing reports garnering over 110,000 downloads over the past 5 years. Roy was previously co-founder and chief product officer at SDxCentral, a leading news and media site. He is also partner at Wiretap Ventures, an investment and intellectual property portfolio holding company. Roy has 20+ years of experience in enterprise SaaS, cloud computing, networking and security, and has founded companies in the networking and security space. In addition, he has held executive roles at early network infrastructure and cloud platform companies.