Software defined networking is king of the hill these days in the greater networking world. Vendors are contemplating strategies. Users are demanding functionality. And engineers are trying to figure out what it all means. What’s needed is a way for vendor-neutral parties to get together and talk about what SDN represents and how best to implement it. Most of the talk so far has been at vendor-specific conferences like Cisco Live or at other conferences like Interop. I think a third option has just presented itself.
Nick Lippis (@NickLippis) has put together a group of SDN-focused people to address concerns about implementation and usage. The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) was assembled to allow large companies using SDN to have a semi-annual meeting to discuss strategy and results. It allows Facebook to talk to JP Morgan about what they are doing to simplify networking through use of things like OpenFlow.
This year, ONUG is taking it a step further by putting on the ONUG Academy, a day-long look at SDN through the eyes of those that implement it. They have assembled a group of amazing people, including the founder of Cumulus Networks and Tech Field Day’s own Brent Salisbury (@NetworkStatic). There will be classes about optimizing networks for SDN as well as writing SDN applications for the most popular controllers on the market. Nick shares more details about the ONUG academy here:
If you’re interested in attending ONUG either for the academy or for the customer-focused meetings, you need to register today. As a special bonus, if you use the code TFD10 when you sign up, you can take 10% of the cost of registration. Use that extra cash to go out and buy a cannoli or two.
I’ll be at ONUG with Tech Field Day interviewing customers and attendees about their SDN strategies as well as where they think the state of the industry is headed. If you’re there, stop by and say hello. And be sure to bring me one of those cannolis.