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SDN Software / Open Switching Hardware: A Tour Of Five Recent Deployments

Kyle Forster, Big Switch Founder, will talk through five recent deployments of SDN Software and Open Switching Hardware in both large and small data centers.  He will discuss insights taken from Google's Project Andromeda and Microsoft's Project DeMON, and how those have influenced the industry's expectations in both networking hardware and software.  

On a more personal front, the expertise expected of successful "data center SDN experts" are broadening as data center SDN and Cloud/IaaS technologies have become increasingly intertwined.  Kyle will share his perspectives on what is working, and not working, for individuals and teams that have gone through the deployment process.

A few sample deployments for discussion:

• SDN and Open HW at large scale: a tier-1 NFV Cloud

• SDN and Open HW at large scale: a high security IaaS cloud

• SDN and Open HW at mid scale: a VDI cloud-SDN and Open HW at small scale: an emerging public cloud

• SDN and Open HW before and beyond switching: tapping every rack in Redmond

Doors open at 6:30.

Kyle will speak at 7:00.

After the talk there will be time for open discussion and socializing.

Pizza and refreshments will be provided.


• DON'T FORGET - for security reasons, the NERD center requires attendees to show a government issued photo ID in order to gain access into the building.

• The NERD is near the Kendall Square red line stop. It's not the building directly above the T, but next to the Longfellow bridge.

• Parking: Best option for parking is the NERD center parking garage which charges a flat rate after 4pm.

About the Speaker:

Kyle Forster is the founder of Big Switch Networks, and at different times has led the Product, Marketing, Business Development and Sales organizations.  As company founder, he has raised over $50m in venture capital and recruited the company's management team and CEO.  He led the initial product design efforts, and later recruited the company's first end user design partners, leading to the first $5m in revenue.Kyle led the marketing team through a brand re-build in 2014,culminating in the launch of the company's flagship product, Big CloudFabric.  He currently serves as a board member and founder-at-large,working on projects of strategic interest to the company with key customers and partners.  Prior to Big Switch, Kyle spent most of his career at Cisco in product management and strategy roles.  He holds six patents in SDN, wireless networking and security, a BSE inElectrical Engineering from Princeton, an MS in Computer Science and an MBA from the Stanford.

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  • Robert T.

    Went to another tech meetup the other day, and Plexxi was there, talking about their hardware. Their lightrail concept is an interesting idea. They might be willing to do a talk on their technology for our group if we asked, they are only up in NH. Thoughts?

    November 20, 2015

    • Mat M.

      I think we are scheduled for January already.

      November 21, 2015

    • Pete L.

      Hi Robert, we are working with Plexxi to present in January. As soon as we lock down a location we'll announce details with a date. We are also working on planning a February meetup and are looking for operators to help be part of a panel to discuss challenges and solutions in networking they have in their environments. If you're interested, PM me!

      November 22, 2015

  • Robert T.

    Anyone running a tomahawk based switch yet? If so, any thoughts/comments?

    November 20, 2015

    • Bill

      We have them in the lab and we have taken orders. They will be in Santa's sleigh.

      November 20, 2015

  • Robert T.

    Hey. I bumped into someone at the meetup that said that they were having issues on their switches breakout cables for 10 gig interfaces but I didn't get their name. Can someone comment on the issues?

    November 20, 2015

  • Pete L.

    @Clay- We are always looking for sponsors for space and/or drinks+food. We are also always looking for speakers. We aren't pay to speak, so volunteers are more than welcome!

    October 16, 2015

    • Brian L.

      I would be happy to look into athenahealth hosting the next meetup. I would just need some potential dates.

      October 16, 2015

  • Clay H.

    Definitely enjoyed the conversations around this BosNOG. Any chance other vendors can sponsor as well as volunteers for presentations? I'm working on a nice NSX POC and it would be fun to share.

    October 15, 2015

  • Chris

    I was curious if the individual that wanted "to be WOW'd", who was sitting closest to the pizzas, walked away disappointed?

    October 12, 2015

  • Jeremy

    Indeed a great presentation and I really enjoyed how everyone was involved in the discussion! I'm looking forward to the next event!

    1 · September 30, 2015

  • Brian L.

    Great presentation with lots of open discussion.

    September 30, 2015

  • Dean S.

    Very interactive -lots of great conversations.

    September 29, 2015

  • Eric T.

    An entertaining talk. Good to hear some of Big Switchs story. A nice first meeting for BOSNOG

    September 29, 2015

  • Phil H.

    Curious about whether your 3 predictions from 2014 played out they way you thought they would:

    SDN, Cloud Design and Bare Metal Switching: 3 Predictions for Data Center Networks in 2014

    September 29, 2015

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