Software Defined Networking and Next Generation Research Capabilities

The Research and Education community is at the cutting edge of innovation – leading the way in breakthroughs from the internet, to human genomics, to landing on Mars. The computing power needed to drive this innovation is incredible, and very often depends on being able to move huge amounts of data from one facility to another, over the network. And now is the time for another great leap forward - this time through the power of Software Defined Networking.

Right now moving huge data sets across the network is possible, but it’s manual and time intensive. In the future, with SDN, we’ll be able to automate it – to the extent that a network can provision itself, scaling itself up or down, depending on requirements. The resulting efficiencies and performance improvements will mean research programmes can be driven faster, better.

So what is Software-defined networking (SDN)?

SDN is a new approach to designing, building and operating networks that focuses on delivering business agility. SDN brings a similar degree of agility to networks that abstraction, virtualization and orchestration have brought to server infrastructure. In SDN architecture, the control and data planes are decoupled, network intelligence and state are logically centralized, and the underlying network infrastructure is abstracted from network applications and features. In addition, programmability enables external control and automation that allow for highly scalable, flexible networks that readily adapt to changing business needs.

In this 15 minute presentation, Glenn Dasmalchi, Enterprise Sector CTO, Juniper Networks will talk about the power and the potential of SDN in the R&E sector. A proven technologist in the networking industry, Glenn specializes in linking business value to the supporting network technology architectures, like SDN, that enable world-class solutions.

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