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Tech Talk by Ben Pfaff: Open vSwitch - Part 2 & Tim Van Herck: SDN & NFV for WAN

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Vikram D. and 6 others


It is no small feat to lead development of Open vSwitch (, software responsible for bringing revolution in networking, software which spans across user & kernel space and used by numerous companies for building SDN/NV & NFV products. For this event, we will be hosting Ben Pfaff, one of the founding engineers of Open vSwitch. This is your chance to hear and meet him in person!

Also joining us for this event is Tim Van Herck from VeloCloud Networks ( who will talk about extending SDN & NFV to WAN


Talk 1
Open vSwitch - Part 2

A previous presentation ( in March 2013 covered the past, present, and predicted future of Open vSwitch. This talk picks up where that one left off, covering improvements made in Open vSwitch since then, new directions for the coming year, and some related work of interest in the industry.

About Ben Pfaff (twitter: @Ben_Pfaff)

Ben joined Nicira ( as one of its first employees in 2007 after finishing his PhD at Stanford. Since then he has been working on what became OpenFlow and Open vSwitch. He also made some early contributions to the NOX controller. He has been involved with free software since about 1996, when he started work on GNU PSPP and joined the Debian project.

Talk 2

Extending SDN & NFV to WAN

This session will walk through the evolution in branch networking and how SDN & NFV principles can be applied to the enterprise WAN to achieve increased reliability and flexibility. It will also cover how to lower the associated operational expense of running a classic enterprise WAN and what industry trends are pressuring changes on the design of such networks.When applying SDN & NFV principles to the WAN, there will be a natural reduction in complexity of managing services and guaranteeing uptime of network connectivity.

About Tim Van Herck

Tim is the Director of Technology and founding member at VeloCloud Networks.He is responsible for building out a global network of Points of Presence to deliver virtual last mile service to enterprise branches. Prior to joining VeloCloud, Tim was a founding member of Aryaka Networks, which offers WAN Optimization as a service. Tim has been passionately following the leading edge of network virtualization and security solutions for the past 15 years. He holds a master's degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Antwerp, and is based in VeloCloud's headquarters in Los Altos, CA.

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