Software Defined Networks (SDN) is a modernization of data networks that separates the control plane from the data plane. It means that network switching can be software controlled, as opposed to locked into hardware. Similar to what virtualization represents in computing power, SDN brings similar virtualization to lower layer networking. While this topic may seem somewhat technical for a business meeting, it actually opens up a wealth of innovation opportunities for Silicon Valley companies, as well as cost and operational savings for network operators. SDN will permit faster experimentation for new or improved switching policy, will expose an open set of protocols for the management of switches and routers, will expose the network to a wealth of new analytics, and will allow innovation to enter a previously closed and locked down part of the network. With that, SDN also introduces the risk of exposing that layer.
Operators are so eager to implement this architecture that they are already launching a pre-cursor technology called OpenFlow, which provides many similar parts of SDN in a non-standard package. Join 100 of your telecom colleagues to learn about the technology, what it means to you, and how it changes the game.
"SDN is not just about OpenFlow and routers. It's about being able to create an abstraction layer, a control plane, to connect what is happening in networks, data centers, and private clouds and tie in OSS/BSS features, with that control plane. It's also about network exposure. The OTT players are leading the way in service creation and they want access to network functionality, such as IMS [IP Multimedia Subsystem], to make it easier to create new applications." --Ulf Ewaldsson
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Juniper Networks1143 Borregas AvenueBuilding #7Sunnyvale, California 94089USA408-524-1400
The Telecom Council of Silicon Valley
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