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Software-Defined Networking Track

The emergence of software-defined networking allows network architects to completely rethink the traditional network architecture. The technology can provide increased network agility, reduced overhead, and better economies of scale, but requires some drastic changes in how networks are designed and operated. It also requires network practitioners to shift their thinking from a hardware and device-centric view to one of programmability and automation. The SDN track will explore when you should consider SDN, how to evaluate the competing technologies and products, where implementations are achieving success, and how to overcome the operational and cultural challenges.

Track Chair

Eric Hanselman

Chief Analyst

451 Research

Eric Hanselman is the Chief Analyst at 451 Research. He has an extensive hands-on understanding of a broad range of IT subject areas, having direct experience in the areas of networks, virtualization, security and semiconductors. Eric helps 451 Research's clients understand how market and technology trends may impact them, and how they can best capitalize on them.For more than 20 years, Eric has worked with segment leaders in a spectrum of technologies, most recently as CTO of Leostream Corporation, a virtualization management provider. Prior to that, Eric delivered networking security solutions for IBM and Internet Security Systems. At Wellfleet/Bay Networks, Sitara Networks and NEC, he was involved in the introduction of many new technologies ranging from high-performance image analysis to rollouts for IPv6.Eric is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a VMware Certified Professional (VCP), and he is a frequent speaker at leading industry events. Find Eric on Twitter: @e_hanselman.

SDN Sessions

Tuesday, May 3

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Thursday, May 5

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

How to Register

The following passes will get you access to the Interop program:

  • 5-Day Pass (Monday-Friday: 2 days of summits/workshops & 3 days of conference sessions)
  • 3-Day Pass (Conference sessions Wednesday-Friday)
  • 2-Day Pass (Summits & Workshops Monday & Tuesday)