Panel: Network Virtualization - The Next Big Thing?
With the Nicira acquisition, the spotlight is on network virtualization. The Folsom release will introduce OpenStack’s networking component for the first time. And indeed, networking may turn out to be the most strategic component in OpenStack, and the key to realizing a vision of the software-defined data center. It’s a big opportunity and in addition to Nicira, there are many start-ups already tackling the challenges to network virtualization. This panel will include representatives from a few of these companies: Midokura, BigSwitch and 1-2 others, in a space that is quickly becoming more strategic to OpenStack success. Topics will include VMware’s acquisition of Nicira, estimated market opportunity for network virtualization (or SDN), realities of enterprise adoption, challenges to standard OpenStack networking (automation, scale, security etc.) and different technical approaches. The panel will conclude with predictions from the panel and an interactive Q&A with the audience.
Director of Strategic Alliances, Big Switch Networks
Mike Cohen is Director of Strategic Alliances at Big Switch Networks. Mike began his career as an early engineer on VMware's hypervisor team and subsequently worked in product management on 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. |
Founder and CTO, Midokura
Dan Mihai Dumitriu is the founder and CTO of Midokura, an IaaS network virtualization company. Prior to Midokura, he was a technical lead at Amazon.com where he was responsible for building key components for their famous SOA (Service Oriented Architecture). Dan also had roles at Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne, Sony, and Reliable Network Solutions. Dan received his Masters in Computer Science from Cornell University.
Ken is the co-founder and CTO of Solinea, a leading consulting and software provider enabling enterprises and service providers to accelerate the adoption of cloud computing. Prior to Solinea, Ken was Cloud Technology Partners' (CloudTP) Vice President for their OpenStack Practice, where he led the company's cloud infrastructure consulting efforts. Before that, Ken was Director of Cloud Development at Internap Network Services. Under his leadership, Internap developed and introduced a... Read More →
Senior Group Product Manager, IaaS, HP
Gavin Pratt is the product management group lead at HP Cloud Services for compute, storage, CDN, and networking. Before joining HP Cloud Services, Gavin held a number of corporate and business-unit strategy related roles at HP, where he specialized in cloud computing. Prior to HP, he worked at The Boston Consulting Group and at a startup. Gavin holds an MBA in Finance & Strategic Management from The Wharton School and a BA in Economics from Yale University. He lives in the Bay Area.
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