Using Linux to Bring networks into the server world

A session at Open World Forum 2013

  • Dinesh Dutt
  • Reza Malekzadeh

Friday 4th October, 2013

11:20am to 11:45am (PMT)

The revolution that happened in the server universe over the past 15 years has resulted in an eco-system that is more open, more democratically innovative and produced better results in technically challenging dimensions like scale. The underpinnings of the revolution were common hardware, standards based APIs (e.g POSIX) and a strict adherence to layering and isolation between applications, daemons and kernel drivers/modules which allowed multiple types of development happen in parallel without hindering others. In contrast, networking equipment is still stuck in the mainframe era. Today, networking equipment is a single appliance, including hardware, OS, applications and user interface come as a monolithic entity from a single vendor. If we use Linux for networking devices, we get the opportunity to run a wide selection of programs, and they can be written in any language we can get running on a Linux server. We can even replace one protocol with a different one! This allows networking switches to benefit from technologies that the server world has enjoyed for years or decades , such as:
* Automated provisioning, using the same tools used to provision servers.
* Easy integration with existing authentication, auditing, management, monitoring and inventory tools.
* Consistent interfaces and workflow for configuring server networking and switch networking.

About the speakers

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Dinesh Dutt

Chief Scientist, Cumulus Networks

Dinesh is the Chief Scientist at Cumulus Networks. Dinesh has been in the networking industry for the past 15 years, most of it at Cisco Systems. Most recently, he was a Fellow at Cisco Systems. He has been involved in enterprise and data center networking technologies, including the design of many of the ASICs that powered Cisco's mega-switches such as Cat6K and the Nexus family of switches. He also has experience in storage networking from his days at Andiamo Systems and in the design of FCoE. He is a co-author of TRILL and VxLAN and has filed for over 40 patents.

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Reza Malekzadeh

VP of Business, Cumulus Networks

Reza is the VP of Business at Cumulus Networks. He was most recently VP of Sales and Marketing at Nimbula that was acquired by Oracle in March 2013. Previously, he was Senior Director of Products and Marketing at VMware in EMEA, where he was responsible for all marketing activities in VMware’s second largest theater. Reza had re-joined VMware in June 2007 following its acquisition of Akimbi Systems. He had previously been employee #10 at the company, fulfilling the role of Director of Marketing from 1998 to 2002. Prior to joining VMware, Reza was Vice President for International business at Akimbi Systems where he drove significant international growth, including sales, marketing and channel operations. Before working at Akimbi, Reza co-founded Twingo Systems, which he successfully sold to Cisco Systems in 2004. Reza holds an MBA degree from HEC in Paris.

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Time 11:20am11:45am PMT

Date Fri 4th October 2013


Moebius - Grand Auditorium, Beffroi de Montrouge

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