Software Defined Networking (SDN) is revolutionizing the networking industry through its capability to facilitate direct, real-time programming of network functionality. With the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) spearheading the SDN and OpenFlow movement, there has been exciting growth over the past year from users and deployers of networks. In this talk, participants will learn about the transformative trend that is altering the networking landscape: Software-Defined Networking. First, a high-level overview of SDN will be presented, including the key attributes of this truly transformative architecture. Target solution areas will then be shared that articulate the SDN value proposition for specific applications. The predominant SDN standards body, the ONF, will then be described, including the charter, organization, and current status. Finally, we will assess the state of the SDN market, along with the vision for the future.
About the Presenter:
Marc Cohn is a Senior Director, Market Development at Ciena, the network specialists leveraging its deep expertise in packet and optical networking along with distributed software automation to enable open, next-generation networks. Marc is focused on Ciena’s strategy for Software Defined Networking (SDN), and chairs the Market Education committee for the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).
Prior to joining Ciena, Marc held senior marketing and product management roles with IP Infusion, Micrel, Amdocs, Lucent Technologies, Alidian Networks, and International Network Services. He has over 20 technical publications and has been a frequent contributor to networking standards, along with newsletters, Blogs, etc. Marc earned a MS EE degree from the University of Southern California where he was a Hughes Fellow, a BS EE degree in Electrical Engineering and was the first Computer Engineering graduate from the University of Missouri.