SDN Summit 2013

03/18/2013 to 03/21/2013
12:00AM to 10:00AM
Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center, 17 Boulevard Saint Jacques 75014 Paris Telephone ++ 33 (0)1 40 78 79 80, Paris France
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Upperside Conferences, event organizer since 1994, organized the first edition of the SDN Summit in June 2012 in Paris. The 2nd edition will take place at the Marriott Paris Rive Gauche Hotel from 19th to 22nd March in 2013.

Software-defined networking (SDN) is poised to transform networking architecture as it is quickly becoming a significant building block for next-generation carrier services and networks. It is gaining importance within Carrier transport networks, Network Virtualization, OpenFlow, Optical networking, Cloud-based services and Carrier Data Centers. This emerging importance of SDN means that all major players involved in the telecom ecosystem are assessing what its utilization will mean for them, and how and where SDN will be used in telecom networks.

Though SDN is an immense, all-incorporating concept which spans data center, WAN, and carrier backbone networks and is being viewed by some as capable of solving nearly every known networking problem, SDN is still in its infancy.

Before SDN develops into a mature technology, some IT fundamentals and best practices will remain critical as certain key architectural choices and burning issues with SDN need to be addressed:

Will SDN drive the era of commodity network hardware and what does it mean for the carriers?

What is Software Defined Data Center and how will it impact the network hardware?

What are the service strategies of Internet and Cloud providers?

What is the role of overlays and VPNs in SDN and network virtualization?

What kind of management tools is required in the context of SDN?

During the second edition of the SDN Summit, these issues will be discussed & key experts from industry, regulatory bodies, government and enterprises will confront practical implementations with conceptual views.

The other area closely tied to SDN is network virtualization. From the "traditional" models of virtualized networks like VLANs, VRFs, etc. the discussion has turned towards carving out slices of networks along with services on top of these slices. Data center network design has been a topic of research interest for several years. The technology to virtualize networks has lagged behind the virtualization of computation and storage. Server virtualization has revolutionized the business of IT and enabled the success of cloud computing, but the network has been the bottleneck in the virtualized data center. This has led to considerable inefficiency in the use of data center resources and a mismatch between the operational models of computation and networking.

During the second edition of the SDN Summit, to be held in Paris from 21 to 22 March, 2013, key experts in this field will confront practical implementations with conceptual views.

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