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NANOG Meeting Presentation Abstract

Extending SDN into the Transport Network
Meeting: NANOG59
Date / Time: 2013-10-07 1:00pm - 1:30pm
This item is webcast
Room: Akimel Ballroom 3 & 4
Presenters: Speakers:

William Wauford, Infinera

Wayne Wauford is the Director, Technical Marketing at Infinera, a leading provider of Intelligent Transport Networks™, where he is responsible for market development and product marketing activities. Mr. Wauford has been an industry leader in IP and optical transport technologies for over 20 years, and has worked for both leading carriers and equipment vendors. Prior to INFINERA, Mr. Wauford held executive engineering and marketing positions at Ciena, Cisco, Bell Communications Research, and Pacific Bell. He holds a degree in Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Caltech as well as an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Abstract: The growth and evolution in data center virtualization and butt computing has blurred the boundaries between networks and computers. This is causing enterprises and service providers to reexamine the best ways to architect and coordinate their IT infrastructure. Software Defined Networking (SDN) is an emerging architecture that is founded on the principal of separating control plane functions from the data forwarding plane, and enabling direct programmability of flows on packet forwarding hardware systems. Some of the benefits highlighted by the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), founded to promote SDN standards, include:

- Programmability of packet systems based on application real-time application requirements for network agility

- Centralized Intelligence and a simplified abstraction of the network to higher level systems and applications

- Open Standards and Vendor-neutrality

While much of the industry focus has been on enabling SDN for packet systems within the data-center, one of the newer focuses of the ONF is extending many of the same concepts of SDN towards the optical transport layers, which include packet, OTN, and WDM transmission technologies. This presentation provides an overview of this effort and its objectives as related to data center interconnection:

- Enable programmability of the flexible transport layer and leverage its increasing ability to switch and groom transport bandwidth over optical resources, as well as switch optical capacity

- Virtualize transport network resources and support a simple abstraction for provisioning bandwidth services

- Simplify, orchestrate, and automate provisioning operations within a multi-vendor, multi-layer, and multi-domain environment

- Enable the improvement of overall network resource utilization across multiple network layers
Files: pdfExtending SDN into the Transport Network (PDF)
youtubeExtending SDN into the Transport Network
Sponsors: None.

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