The advent of virtualization in the computing industry had a profound impact on the underlying network. More interesting applications and resources are made available in the cloud to end users on any type of device generating more traffic (North/South). More customized applications, integrating user data from other environments, applications and databases, are available drastically changing traffic patterns in the network. To keep up with the speed of change on the cloud computing side, virtualization has become a necessary step for the network.
SDN is the promise of bringing comparable programmability to the network by abstracting a logical view from the underlying infrastructure for more agility, flexibility, scalability but also for more innovation, looking at networks in a new way and allowing for better synergies with applications running on it.
SDN has gained momentum in 2011 moving from research labs to industry standard (with the Open Networking Foundation creation and OpenFlow) with several commercial solutions made available. 2012 is poised to be a pivotal year with production deployments, new players and new network services.
Big Switch Networks has been one of the early pioneers in SDN and OpenFlow offering the foundation for transforming existing networks into SDN but also adding new capabilities for easier configuration, maintenance or troubleshooting while preserving isolation, delegation and orchestration rules. Because of Big Switch Networks, enterprise networks become more agile, flexible and can proactively anticipate application needs.
Mike leads open source product management for Big Switch Networks. He began his career as an early engineer on VMware’s hypervisor team and subsequently worked in product management at Google. Prior to Big Switch, Mike spent several years as an early stage investor at Redpoint Ventures, focusing on infrastructure and cloud technology. Mike holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
With over 20 years experience in designing, implementing and operating Fortune 100 datacenters, Faan have deep knowledge and experience with leading technologies and solutions, that are today woven into the new breed of converged datacenter, where agility, availability and security are expected, only now at a pace that is challenging the traditional datacenter teams in every way. Having recently deployed a secure enterprise cloud on the latest converged technologies, the need for a programmable network that can dynamically and frequently be reconfigured in a predictable, secure and zero downtime manner became an absolute must. This is driving his intense pursuit of SDN and research with Big Switch Networks on a solution that will revolutionize how networks are designed, built and operated.
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