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Hype or Reality? Software Defined Cloud Networking in OpenStack

HOT TOPIC: Want some clarity about what “software defined cloud networking” is all about - in the context of OpenStack? Join us to sort out Hype from Reality!

Sponsored by Dell and Arista

Wednesday, December 12, 2012, from 6:30 – 9:30PM, Pierce Hall Room #209, Harvard University

TOPIC: Hype or Reality - Software Defined Cloud Networking in OpenStack

Peter Sprygada from Arista will discuss practical concepts of open, extensible network operating systems relative to advancing OpenStack initiatives. The role of the modern data center network extends well beyond basic connectivity - we’ll see how pragmatic integration of compute, network and storage functionality empowers provisioning and management at scale. We’ll clear-up some of the hype around what “software defined cloud networking” is all about - in the context of OpenStack. Finally, it we’ll look at why - and how - a programmable IP infrastructure can leverage distributed controllers to provide the very foundation for interconnecting applications throughout the OpenStack ecosystem.


Peter Sprygada brings over 15 years of network design, engineering and operations experience working with large enterprises and service providers in the United States,Asia-Pacific and Europe. In that time Peter has focused his efforts on designing and deploying data center operational architectures. Since joining Arista back in June, 2012, Peter has applied his knowledge and experience working towards helping customers realize the benefits of developing and operationalizing full stack software defined cloud networking solutions.In addition to his focus on working with customers, Peter has also contributed to advancing industry standards as a contributing member to the Metro Ethernet Forum and the ITU with work focused on G.8031 and G.8032. In addition, he is also a Cisco Certified Internet work Expert, Service Provider (CCIE #20599) and holds a patent related to performing service discovery and correlation of Ethernet services (USPTO No.8,130,675).

Currently Peter is also an individual contributor to the OpenStack Foundation. Prior to joining Arista, Peter worked as a Network Consulting Engineer at Cisco and served as IP Operations Manager for Cinergy MetroNet where he was responsible for the design and operational deployment of a next-generation video data center architecture. Before his tenure at Cinergy MetroNet, Peter has held various consulting and marketing positions at Riverstone Networks (acquired by Alcatel-Lucent) and Vivace Networks (acquired by Tellabs).


Arista Networks was founded to deliver software defined cloud networking solutions for large data center and high-performance computing environments. Arista delivers a portfolio of 1/10/40 and 100 GbE capable products that redefine network architectures, bring extensibility to networking, and dramatically change the price/performance of data center networks. At the core of Arista's platform is the Extensible Operating System (EOS™), a ground-breaking network operating system with single-image consistency across hardware platforms, and modern core architecture enabling in-service upgrades and application extensibility. OpenSource tools, Python, RPM, OpenStack can run directly on Arista in the network to provide key functionality in automation, provisioning, scale-out, and management of the data center and cloud.


The official address at Harvard is: 29 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA. We will meet in Pierce Hall ,Room 209. You can use this link to find the building (It's closer to Oxford street, but accessible through campus paths from Mass Ave). About a 5 minute walk from the Red line Harvard T station.


Harvard offers people attending events on campus the ability to purchase a daily parking pass or a weeknight pass. The link at the bottom will take you to the purchasing system.

You will need your license plate # and the following information:
Department Name: Visitor to Campus
Department code: 7700
Event Name: Openstack Meetup
Parking facility: 52 Oxford St, weeknights
The pass is 5$ for use after 5PM.

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  • Beth C.

    Great conversation on what I think is a really revolutionary way of thinking holistically about the cloud. Should be interesting where it goes in the next few years.

    December 14, 2012

  • Andi A.

    The recording (of the first hour) is here:

    1 · December 14, 2012

    • Beth C.

      Hi Andy - Thanks. Love to have the slides to go with the recording.

      December 14, 2012

  • Chris C.

    Thank you all for coming - and for the spirited conversation! If you have any questions for Peter or for Arista please let me know.

    If you have a more detailed question to pose I may additionally respond with an e-copy of Gary Donahue's new book "Arista Warrior" to use as a reference to answer your question. An entertaining enlightenment of network topics you would expect plus Linux, extensibility, virtualization tools, Python, ops best practices and more. Please hit me on email with a question, idea or use-case at [masked].

    Kamesh, Andi, the venue was excellent. Great to see the students working on their robotics and other studies as we set-up. Thank you to Jean-Marie for coordinating the logistics.

    December 13, 2012

    • Andi A.

      Chris, can you post the slides somewhere and link here?

      December 14, 2012

  • craig

    Great job by Peter and the Arista folks in general. Much appreciated.

    December 13, 2012

  • chris b.

    I believe that the hype or reality discussion was quite good. I am from Arista and found the engagement and questions very supportive and even helped to highlight the topic - what is real now and what is hype.

    December 13, 2012

  • Peter H.

    The Arista folks were very knowledgeable and I appreciated the effort to move from Sales Pitch into a more informative discussion. I hope to be able to use this information in planning any future SDN initiatives.

    December 12, 2012

  • Henry G.

    Very interesting and informative.

    December 12, 2012

  • Kamesh P.

    I'm excited to see a record number of folks register for this meetup! Unfortunately, I'm attending Dell World this week and will not be able to host the meetup tomorrow. Andi Abes, my colleague from Dell, will run the meetup. Have a great session and be sure to provide your feedback.

    Once again thanks to Chris Campbell and Peter Sprygada of Arista for speaking and providing food and drinks.

    Happy Holidays and see you in 2013.

    December 11, 2012

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