Saar Gillai on HP’s Carrier-Grade NFV Strategy
Today, a lot of network functions are run as monolithic devices. NFV is really about the “cloud-ification” of those functions. Once you have virtualized these functions you can move to a cloud-type infrastructure, where you gave the ability to orchestrate and automate. Network functions also need to be Carrier Grade, as reliability is critically important.
Saar Gillai, senior vice president and chief operating officer of HP Cloud and General Manager of NFV, has spent his time at HP spearheading the company’s portfolio and products, which offer enterprises the ability to build, operate, and deploy cloud services across multiple delivery models. Over the last few years, Gillai has played a pivotal role in building out HP’s investment in cloud and OpenStack. Prior to his current role, Gillai was still in the HP family as vice president and general manager of Cloud Networking, where he oversaw development, marketing, and sales. Not one to have just a single title or duty, Gillai also served as chief technology officer for HP Networking.
His time at HP has seen him launch the implementation for software-defined networking (SDN) products like HP Virtual Application Networks, as well as the Advanced Technology Group, which has been the starting point for several networking products. Before joining HP, Gillai held various senior leadership positions at 3Com and Cisco, as well as a few startups. Today, Gillai takes time to answer a few of SDNCentral’s questions regarding HP’snetwork functions virtualization (NFV) strategy and Tuesday’s announcement regarding its focus on carrier grade solutions.
Filmed at: SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014, Dusseldorf, Germany; 14 October, 2014. Courtesy of TelecomTV.