Software Defined Networks, The Revolution! (Over 325 Attendees)

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7:00 - 8:30pm  Presentation then Panel Discussion and Q&A



VMware's $1.26B acquisition of Nicira on July 23, 2012, uncovered great venture opportunities in network technologies. Upstarts claim they will wrest control of Networks from the giants like Cisco and Juniper through software management and hardware standards, leading to the "commoditization" of network equipment. Will today's high-end switches go the way of the mainframe? Already, Google and Facebook have been developing their own solutions away from the proprietary offering of incumbent players. Many entrepreneurs are now exploring these new opportunities. VLAB engages a robust debate.

  • Are we ready for chasm crossing?
  • Is Software Defined Network (SDN) the next technology shift, or just a niche?
  • Is the networking industry ready for a paradigm shift?
  • Are incumbents aligned with the SDN spirit?
  • Are we to have a win- win- between users and vendors?
  • Where are the opportunities?

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Matt Palmer, Partner at Wiretap Ventures, Partner and co-curator at SDN Central


Michael Beesley, Chief Technology Officer, Platform Systems Division at Juniper Networks

Kelly Herrell, Chief Executive Officer at Vyatta

Awais Nemat, Chief Executive Officer at PLUMgrid

Jake Flomenberg, Partner at Accel Partners



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  • Todd B.


    For there to be a new venture of value, there has to be something of value.

    Andy Bechtolsheim has a new networking processor (VLSI hardware design) that might be a game changer.

    I saw a network virtualization talk by someone at Hot Interconnects and it looked to me like the big advantage was going to be the ability to programmatically reconfigure a complex network on the fly.

    IMHO, the network virtualization software layer is a necessary feature for companies to continue to be competitive. It is not a new differentiator unless there is some protective IP, i.e. patents.


    October 16, 2012

  • Jay T.

    UI: site <lf> agreed: anthropomorphism of the technical overloads dialog :-) <lf> Virtualization is evidenced by COTS by Clouds, and choice by total cost of ownership and reputation. <lf> Finally, are you positing new ventures > $1B are validated or not?

    October 16, 2012

  • Jay T.

    In the United States, a Corporation is legal / financial entity that is composed of people who run it and work for its shareholders. A Corporation is not a "person" by tax or fiduciary accountability. Can Todd Bezenek clarify his hypothetical comment in this context?

    October 16, 2012

    • Todd B.

      You keyed on my political rhetoric, not the technical content. :-)

      October 16, 2012

    • Todd B.

      The bad user interface got me again when I hit return. The statement was I can replace IBM's machine with software. If I am willing to undercut IBM's price, I'll win the business. I.e., virtualization commoditizes the data center.

      October 16, 2012

  • Vikram D.

    For the latest tech talks and events related to SDN in SF bay area, become member of the NVIRTERS meetup -

    October 16, 2012

  • Todd B.

    I've got a little more. (Wow! It looks like the interface is different for a top-level discussion. These people need a computer scientist. :-) )

    Let me give you an example:

    I have a 20-year old IBM xxx machine. I'm getting tired of repairing it.

    You have a big data center (not a big-data center). :-)

    IBM wants way too much money to replace my old machine.

    You can virtualize my machine and charge me a monthly fee.

    You are siphoning money from IBM. That's the same way Bill Gates made his fortune.

    Good plan!

    FusionIO is ahead of you.


    October 14, 2012

  • Todd B.

    I saw a discussion of SDN at Hot Interconnects. This could have been done by a couple of Stanford graduate students as a course project. No company is going to topple Cisco with this.

    October 13, 2012

    • Todd B.

      Sorry, I forgot we are in the U.S. where corporations are people. I mean "AT&T and its physical network" that the government regulates? I know "she" wants to get that government monkey off her back.

      October 14, 2012

    • Todd B.

      BTW, how much would you pay for AT&T with and without the regulation? How manu $B is changing that regulation worth?

      October 14, 2012

  • Siejen Y.

    HP takes aim at Cisco and Juniper with full SDN portfolio splash:

    October 12, 2012

  • Siejen Y.

    #SDN to topple @CiscoSystems & @JuniperNetworks? Join #VLABsdn debate w/@matthewpalmer & top execs from the industry:

    October 11, 2012

  • Siejen Y.

    VMWare on solving the data center networking challenge & why we need #SDN?

    October 10, 2012

  • Siejen Y.

    The location for the #VLABsdn event on 10/16 has been changed to the 2nd floor conference room of the Li Ka Shing Center. The location listed on the meetup page will be officially updated later this evening.

    October 10, 2012

  • Tom C.

    New panelist for the SDN event at VLAB: Ping Li, Partner at Accel Partners and in 2012 Forbes Midas List of Top Tech Investors! Sign up to the event:

    October 2, 2012

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