Demystifying software-defined-networking

Headlining this exclusive dinner seminar, John Burke of Nemertes Research, unleashes his unparalleled knowledge to show you how software-defined-networking (SDN) and network programmability is not only possible, but how it can:

  • Manage an entire network of devices as one fabric with a centralized controller.
  • Create simple unified networking between storage, compute and network resources.
  • Provision virtual networks on the WAN or LAN for specific applications.
  • Make the network as flexible as the virtual machines it is supporting.
  • Burst up capacity when needed, but reduce it during downtimes.
  • Prioritize applications and offer varying levels of QoS.
  • And much more.

As a leading figure in this field, John will not only explore the basics of what SDN actually consists of - dispelling its mystique - but will lead a comprehensive discussion on the practicality of building a software-defined network and the tools you'll need.

Register today to attend this timely event before all seats are snatched up by your peers.

Dates and locations

Thurs, June 6th San Francisco Venue: McCormick & Kuleto's
Tues, October 8th New York Venue:


Agenda and sessions

5:00-5:30 PM

Registration, complimentary drinks, networking

5:30-6:15 PM

Session in detail

Dinner Presentation: Finding a Path to Virtualized Networks and Software-Defined Networking

Thanks to server virtualization, more than half of the work of the data center is being done on virtual machines. So what does this mean for your network? In this first session, discover what it means to virtualize your network functions and how virtualization fits into a software-defined-networking.

6:15-7:00 PM

Solutions Spotlight

A perfect tee up to our second session - where you'll take a deep dive into the software-defined-networking vendor landscape - this concise session is the perfect opportunity to hear from some of the industry's leading solution providers without the high-pressure sales pitch.

7:00-7:30 PM

Dessert and Networking

7:30-8:15 PM

Session in detail

Soft Network, Hard Choices Presentation

With all the promises that vendors make, it can be hard to get the real scoop on their products and product roadmaps. So how can you cut through the vendor-speak and get a clear view of their offerings?

In this session, Burke uses his two decades of experience working with enterprise and vendor clients to explore the terms, decision points and options your enterprise has at its disposal, cutting through the vendor pitches.

8:15-8:30 PM

Q&A with Expert Speaker John Burke

8:30 PM

Event Adjourns

Keynote speaker

John Burke Bio

Principal Research Analyst, Nemertes Research


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Contact us

For questions about your registration or the event agenda please contact:

John Barbato
Delegate Relations Manager
Tel: 617-431-9674