The Revolution of Software Defined Networks ***Video Available***




Tuesday,  October 16, 2012
6:00 - 7:00pm  Networking and Refreshments
7:00 - 8:30pm  Panel Discussion and Q&A


Stanford School of Medicine 
Li Ka Shing Center, 2nd Floor Conference Center    ** NOTE: change in location 

291 Campus Drive, Stanford, CA

Driving Directions

Parking: Parking at Stanford is free in most places after 4 pm, but can be unpredictably busy.  Allow extra time in your plans to find parking. Park only in "A", "C", or "Visitor" designated spots after 4pm. Prior to that, parking is by permit or payment only. 

Event Description:

On July 23, 2012, VMware bought Nicira for $1.26B validating this revolution in Networking.Next week, Oracle acquired Xsigo. Just recently Cisco acquired vCider. Upstarts claim they will commoditize the expensive networking gear sold by the incumbents, with standards like Software Defined Networking (SDN), and OpenFlow (OF). Already, Google and Facebook deploy their own network hardware and software - and not the proprietary offerings of incumbent networking players. Many entrepreneurs are betting on SDN and OpenFlow. VLAB engages a robust discussion on SDN. 

  • Are we ready for chasm crossing? 
  • Is Cloud Computing driving SDN?
  • Who else is using SDN and why?
  • Is SDN a tectonic technology shift, or just a niche?
  • Will incumbents co-opt SDN with closed proprietary implementations?
  • Are we to have a win-win between users and vendors?
  • Where are the opportunities?

Join us to Learn More.


Matt Palmer, Partner at Wiretap Ventures, Partner and co-curator at SDN Central


Michael Beesley, Chief Technology Officer, Platform Systems Division at Juniper Networks  

Kelly Herrell, Chief Executive Officer at Vyatta

Awais Nemat, Chief Executive Officer at PLUMgrid

Jake Flomenberg, Partner at Accel Partners 


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