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WCA Infrastructure SIG presents: SDN, OpenFlow and NFV - Considering the network of the future

Followed by WCA's Annual Holiday Party (Admission covers both events)

December 10th 2014, 6:00pm - 9:00pm (Panel from 6:30pm to 8:00pm)
Venue: Qualcomm, Bldg B, 3165 Kifer Rd., Santa Clara, CA (Directions/Map)
Cost: $20 through December 7th, $30 afterwards. Light meals, drinks, and refreshments will be provided.

The idea of virtualization, conceived to take advantage of the Moore’s-law-driven spare horsepower in today’s microprocessors, has led computing in a new direction - to the cloud. Today, we can bring compute power to bear by simply clicking on a hyperlink and renting time on massive servers located elsewhere. But the traffic that flows from user to data centers and from hosting provider to hosting provider has been constrained by the limitations of a network designed to route packets from one IP-addressed machine to another. This is clearly limiting, because the ‘cloud’ is a dynamic network construct. By splitting the decision making of how to network, moving away from the hardware-centric brute force of moving around packets, we let cloud computing work as it should and remove hardware-bound limitations from the creativity of business instincts, while retaining the impressive scalability that data centers have evolved.

In this event, we will look at how and why SDN and NFV unshackle infrastructure, examine some of the new protocols such as OpenFlow and OpenDaylight that enable new capabilities, and consider several use cases that will help us reach that moment of realization when you’ll say “A-ha! This is why this is important!”

Our panel will be immediately followed by the WCA Annual Holiday Party. Your ticket covers both the panel and the party.

Register now at networkfuture.eventbrite.com - Discount registration will end on December 7th - Act now! We look forward to seeing you.

Moderator:
-- Ken Pyle, President & Managing Editor, Viodi LLC

Panelists:
-- Tom Nadeau, Distinguished Engineer, Brocade Communications
-- Harry Petty, Director - Data Center Networks & Cloud Marketing, Cisco Systems
-- Ben Parker, Principal Technologist, Guavus
-- Manish Rai, VP of Marketing, Meru Networks
-- Saurabh Sandhir, Head of SDN Technology Strategy, Ericsson
-- Tom Tofigh, Principal Member of Radio Technology Architecture, AT&T


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Founded in 1993, the Wireless Communications Alliance (aka "WCA") is a Silicon Valley-based, all-volunteer, non-profit corporation dedicated to providing opportunities for education, connection, and community in the wireless industry. The WCA accomplishes these goals by hosting seminars/panels; providing networking opportunities; encouraging and supporting start-ups and entrepreneurs; and helping to build and maintain bridges between business and academia. Supporting academia and technical education is a primary goal of the WCA. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, the WCA is near several world-class universities, colleges, and think tanks. Despite the meteoric rise in mobile technology, research has shown that only 5% of incoming college freshmen identify wireless as a career goal. To help ensure a strong talent pool in the coming decade the WCA invites college students to attend our events at no charge in the hopes that exposure to the wireless industry will encourage the them to shift their major and course focus towards wireless.