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  • The Future of Networking Summit with Packet Pushers - Day 1

    Ethan Banks  |  Co-Founder, Packet Pushers
    Greg Ferro  |  Network Architect and Engineer, Packet Pushers
    Rob Sherwood  |  CTO, Big Switch Networks
    Jay Gill  |  Principal Cloud Marketing Manager, Infinera
    David Lenrow  |  Chief Architect for SDN, Huawei
    Michael Damkot  |  Principal Engineer, Salesforce
    David Klebanov  |  Director of Technical Marketing, Viptela
    Lloyd Noronha  |  Director, Marketing, Viptela
    Location:  Lagoon D
    Session Type: Summit
    Track: Networking
    Pass type: 2-Day Pass, 5-Day Pass - Get your pass now!
    Vault Recording: TBD

    8:30 AM - 8:45 AM | Welcome (Greg & Ethan)

    8:45 AM - 9:30 AM | Intent Based Networking: Don't Tell Me What To Do! Tell Me What You Need (David Lenrow, Huawei)
    Interacting with networking solutions has traditionally been based on describing the solution rather than the problem. The operator describes the choice and configuration of interfaces, protocols, media types, devices, vendor features, etcc.
    This makes the process of supporting applications and workloads dependent on highly specialized experts, with extensive training in the infrastructure products themselves.

    In addition, this makes any investment in integration with a product unique to that product, and changing products/vendors/protocols requires repeating the substantial investment in such integration, creating barriers to change and anti-competitive market forces.
    A number of projects are working to change this paradigm and create a model for interacting with the network based on describing the problem (what I need from the infrastructure), rather than the solution (protocols, vendors, devices). Because this approach is based on what the underlying intent (connect Bob to the Internet), rather than the implementation (switch ports, subnets, etc), it's been described as "Intent-based Networking."

    By building a model where the portable, invariant aspects describing the problem (the intent) are separated from the solution-specific aspects of the implementation (the intent mappings and "service logic"), we can create an operating model where millions of people who know nothing about networking, with the support of a much smaller group of specialized networking experts, can "program the network." Learning to express intent is easy. Learning to define infrastructure-specific mappings is not.

    In addition, an intent-based model creates a "narrow waist" North-Bound Interface (NBI) that can be common across all infrastructure controllers, eliminating vendor-lock and enabling head-to-head bake-offs between competing solutions.

    This presentation will describe some of the principles and benefits of intent based networking and describe the state of a variety of diverse, multi-vendor, intent-based networking initiatives in open-source projects and standards development organizations including: Open Networking Foundation (ONF), Open DayLight Project (ODL), ONOS, OpenStack, OPNFV, OASIS, MEF, CableLabs, etc.

    Attend this presentation to:

    • Understand what intent-based networking is and how it's different from the current operating model
    • Learn who is working on intent-based networking and the status of this work
    • Be prepared to factor this emerging technology into your long-term planning

    David Lenrow is Chief Architect for SDN at Huawei, Chairman of the North-Bound Interface (NBI) working group in ONF, and a contributor to several open source cloud and networking projects.

    9:30 AM - 10:30 AM | Declarative Network Configuration: The Good, The Bad, & Steps To Success (Michael Damkot,
    A variety of efforts are underway to bring more programmability and automation to network management. These efforts are important because traditional methods can't match the speed or scale required by modern applications and services, both in the data center and the cloud.

    One mechanism to drive the evolution to a truly programmatic network is declarative network configuration, in which the expected state of the network is maintained in a configuration repository. Software is then used to instantiate the desired state on network devices.

    Such software helps engineers and administrators provision network services more quickly, build more reliable networks, and shift their time and resources away from tedious configuration tasks to tackle more interesting challenges.

    This talk aims to help you re-think how the network is managed. I'll offer tips from my experience with declarative network configuration and its effectiveness in the real world, and describe tools I've leveraged in the pursuit of a truly automated and framework, including Ansible and Puppet.

    Attendees will learn:
    • How to use server management tools such as Ansible and Puppet to configure network parameters
    • How to move toward a lights-out data center
    • The evolution of truly vendor-agnostic declared configurations

    10:30 AM - 10:45 AM | Coffee o' Clock

    10:45 AM - 11:00 PM | Sponsor Talk: Cloud-Centric Wide Area Networking for the Future Enterprise (Jay Gill, Infinera)
    As enterprises migrate their infrastructure and applications into the cloud, they also need to adopt cloud-centric wide-area network (WAN) technologies. With hybrid cloud strategies dominating the foreseeable future, enterprises face a key question: How to connect enterprise data centers with private and public cloud infrastructures while ensuring data security and application performance across the entire infrastructure? New generation metropolitan DWDM and optical data center interconnect (DCI) technologies are already emerging to deliver high capacity while consuming very low power and fitting into data center environments.

    As we look into the future of optical technologies, we can project how these cloud-centric optical networks will enable massive scalability with automation that integrates seamlessly into software-defined networking (SDN) and data center automation frameworks, enabling enterprises and their cloud service providers to build private, secure, high-performance optical WAN infrastructure that delivers the full potential of the cloud.

    11:00 AM - 11:50 AM | Network Complexity Vs. Automation: How To Handle Containers, NFV & IoT (Rob Sherwood, Big Switch Networks)

    Just as virtual machines fundamentally changed how we manage data center networks, new technologies such as containers, Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and Internet of Things (IoT) will likely be forced on network administrators, making their lives more interesting and their networks more complicated.

    To combat these complexities, network administrators have an increasing variety of tools to automatically manage, monitor, and debug their networks.

    In this talk, Rob will provide concrete examples of the required network changes needed to deploy these new technologies, and share examples of how automation can simplify these tasks. Rob will use open source and free software to elucidate these points.

    11:50 AM - 12:00 PM | Meet the Speakers

    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM | Lunch

    1:30 PM - 1:45 PM | IT Transformation With Software-Defined WAN (David Klebanov and Lloyd Noronha, Viptela)
    Businesses around the world rely on the Wide Area Networks as a bloodline connecting remote users to applications. At the same time many Wide Area Networks are still leveraging archaic philosophy of manual device-by-device provisioning, they are bandwidth deprived, application unaware, security challenged, operationally inflexible and generally inefficient. Enter the world of Software Defined Wide Area Networks, the SD-WAN. Employing software defined principles of centralized application and network traffic policies coupled with distributed enforcement allows building robust and secure WAN fabrics ready to address the most stringent business needs.

    Join Lloyd Noronha, Head of Global Marketing with Viptela and David Klebanov, Director of Technical Marketing with Viptela, to discuss how Viptela is leading the charter of IT transformation in the Wide Area Network. Viptela's SD-WAN solution is deployed by more than 25 Fortune-500 customers across more than 12,000 sites. It is offered as a managed service to worldwide customers by 2 of the 10 global Tier-1 carriers, Verizon and Singtel, and it is backed up by world's leading system integrators, such as IBM and Dimension Data. In this session we will review the common needs shared by the wide range of industry vertices and see how Viptela's SD-WAN solution delivers industry most comprehensive solution for building scalable, secure and applicate-aware wide area networks with significant capital and operational cost savings.

    1:45 PM - 2:15 PM | Panel Discussion With Morning Speakers

    Podcast-style panel discussion with the 3 morning speakers.

    2:15 PM - 4:00 PM | Software Defined Baloney: Positioning Bleeding Edge Networking In Your Future Network (Ethan Banks, Packet Pushers)
    Let's cut through the software defined baloney, and get down to the real meat of what bleeding-edge networking solutions are really addressing. Didn't know there was baloney to cut through? Then you might be a victim of the marketing establishment trying to sell you technology for its own sake as opposed to solutions to problems you actually have.

    In this session, Ethan Banks will squint with crossed arms and furrowed brow into the future of networking from a software defined use case perspective. What's changing in the real networks of today that demand different technologies tomorrow? Which vendors are offering truly new networking technologies, and what problems are they meant to solve?

    We'll also dive in the specific future networking topology of hybrid cloud, and discuss the networking products that enable it. Not sure you need hybrid cloud? You might be right. We'll discuss that, too. And what about NFV? And containers? Everyone's going to do those things, right?

    Maybe. Maybe not. It's a dirty little secret that newsmaking networking is the product of a hype machine solving other people's problems.

    Join us for a frank technical analysis of how the automated, software defined, cloud network of the future is shaping up. And just how much you need to care.

    3:00 PM - 3:15 PM | Coffee o' Clock

    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Community Interaction

    The Packet Pushers will take audience questions about the day's presentations and bring a few friends on stage to discuss current IT challenges.