Workshop 7: Software Defined Networking

Workshop 7: Software Defined Networking



Software Defined Networking has rapidly emerged from a research exploit to a transformative force that is reshaping the entire networking and telecommunications landscape. Everybody’s talking about it – but few are defining the opportunities from the carrier point of view. This workshop delves beyond the basics, exploring from multiple industry perspectives the operative question: How will operators benefit from SDN?

While not necessarily new – centralized control and intelligence have been deployed in carrier networks for years – SDN offers unprecedented openness, service agility and cost reduction.

Join us as a diverse and innovative group of market leaders, startups and analysts present SDN from both a markets and technology vantage point, exploring the implications:

  • Why SDN?
  • Is SDN viable?
  • How big is the opportunity?
  • What lies ahead?

Note: Complimentary Breakfast is included for workshop attendees on Tuesday, October 8 at 7:30 am.

Monday, October 7, 2013
1:00 pm - 1:55 pm An Overview of Software Defined Networking, OpenFlow and the Open Networking Foundation

Marc Cohn

Rob Sherwood
  • SDN Workshop Organizer: Marc Cohn, ONF Market Education Committee & Senior Director, Market Development Ciena
  • Rob Sherwood, CTO, BigSwitch Networks & Chair of ONF Architecture and Design Working Group
  This high-level introduction to Software Defined Networking will establish a reference point for the entire workshop. We will examine the Open Networking Foundation SDN architecture model, along with the first SDN standard, OpenFlow, and an overview of the ONF.

Presentation Outline
  • Definition of SDN
  • Terminology
  • Architecture
    • What’s in the control layer?
    • Middle Layer – Control Layer
    • OpenFlow, what it is and how it works
    • Security
    • Performance considerations
    • Scalability
    • Applications and implications of applications on the network
  • Overview of the ONF
  • State of Standards
  • Practical Applications
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm SDN User Perspective: How Carriers Will Gain Competitive Advantage with SDN

Lee Doyle

Marc Cohn

James Feger

Vishnu Shukla
  • Moderator: Lee Doyle, Principal Analyst, Doyle Research
  • Marc Cohn, ONF Market Education Committee & Senior Director, Market Development, Ciena
  • James Feger, Vice President, Network Strategy & Development, CenturyLink
  • Vishnu Shukla, Principal Technologist, Verizon
  • Christos Kolias, Research Scientist, Orange SV
  By enabling a degree of programmability previously unattainable, carriers are afforded the potential to unleash unprecedented innovation in their networks, In this panel discussion, SDN visionaries will discuss the SDN value proposition, key use cases, and the challenges to realize the SDN vision in the carrier network.
3:00 pm – 3:10 pm Break
3:10 pm - 4:05 pm SDN Cloud Perspective: Virtualization and Automation

Christos Kolias

Brian Davis

Stuart Mackie

John Healy

Prayson Pate
  The advent of the cloud has been perhaps the most important factor driving the direction of SDN. In this panel discussion, experts examine how SDN can revamp the cloud network architecture through adoption of Virtualization and Automation, two critical aspects already exploited in the Compute and Storage domains in the data center.
4:10 pm – 5:00 pm Face-Off: What All the Big Companies are doing in SDN

Marc Cohn

Chris Rivera

Wenjing Chu

Fred Kemmerer
  • Moderator: Marc Cohn, ONF Market Education Committee & Senior Director, Market Development, Ciena
  • Houman Modarres, Vice President, Marketing, Nuage Networks – Alcatel-Lucent
  • Chris Rivera, Sr. Director, Systems Engineering and Architecture, U.S., Cisco
  • Wenjing Chu, Distinguished Technologist, Dell Research
  • Fred Kemmerer, CTO, GENBAND
  The widespread implications of SDN are already motivating the traditional OEMs to reassess their portfolios and core competencies around software. In this panel, we will examine a select and diverse set of OEMs to compare and contrast their strategies and plans
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
7:30 am - 8:30 am Complimentary breakfast
8:30 am - 9:10 am Analyst Panel

Jim Smith

Natarajan Subrahmanyan

Stan Hubbard

Amitabh Passi
  • Moderator: Jim Carroll, Editor and Publisher, Converge! Network Digest
  • Jim Smith, General Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures
  • Natarajan 'Subu' Subrahmanyan, Senior Managing Director, Equity Research - Communications Equipment, The Juda Group
  • Stan Hubbard, Senior Analyst, Ethernet Services & Equipment, Heavy Reading
  • Amitabh Passi, Executive Director, UBS Investment Research
  Join our distinguished analysts as they come to grips with how to appropriately quantify the SDN opportunity. In addition to sharing their forecasts, panelists will offer insights on their forecasting models, including SDN segmentation, end-user influences, and perhaps most importantly, forecast assumptions.
9:15 am - 10:00 am What’s Ahead: SDN & Mobile Networks

Christos Kolias

Don McCullough

Charlie Ashton
  SDN is likely to emerge first in the wireline segments. Activities in the ONF are already underway to extend OpenFlow from Layer 2-3 to Optical Transport networks (Layer 0-1). In this panel, a diverse set of experts will discuss how SDN can benefit mobile operators as well.
10:00 am - 10:25 am

Final Remarks and Wrap-up

  • Stuart Benington, Director of Corporate and Technology Strategy, Tellabs