OpenStack Silicon Valley Featured Track: Networking Fact and Fantasy

Samuel Lee - August 27, 2014 -

Over these final few weeks leading up to OpenStack Silicon Valley, we will be featuring the 4 different tracks of the show, which will take place once the keynote speeches have ended. Today’s track: Networking Fact and Fantasy.

“Does Software-Defined Networking in OpenStack work?” Kinda.

After virtualizing compute resources, virtualizing the network layer of the stack is the next step in making the cloud datacenter more agile, dense, and efficient. Software-defined networking can be used to do this in OpenStack, but only in certain cases. This track will examine which networking options are most prevalent in the OpenStack ecosystem, and how to build an SDN topology when planning for hybrid cloud and scale-out scenarios. The track also examines OpenStack deployments that are currently running different SDN architectures in production, as well as production-hardened deployments that rely on the original Nova Networking framework. Additionally, the track looks at the new OpenStack project, Congress, which promises to simplify policy management. This track aims to leave participants with a balanced, informed view of SDN realities, ready to lead their organizations through the multitude of choices and tradeoffs in embracing SDN for their OpenStack deployments.

The Networking Fact and Fantasy Track is sponsored by Juniper. The track is divided into the following 4 sessions:

Session 1: Popular Options for SDN Deployment in OpenStack

OpenStack Networking (Neutron) is maturing, but is still a work in progress. So what options are available for polishing the rough edges of Neutron and building a production-grade solution? This session illuminates the different options.


  • Jonathan LaCour, Dreamhost

  • Peter Balland, VMWare

  • Mike Dvorkin, Cisco

Session 2: Hybrid Cloud and SDN: Special Considerations

SDN on OpenStack is further complicated when hybrid cloud is in your plans. This session looks at how to plan an SDN architecture without throwing a wrench in your hybrid cloud scenario.


  • Sean Roberts, Yahoo

  • Lane Patterson, Symantec

  • Aleksey Mints, Juniper

Session 3: Scale-Out Planning When Using SDN

Scale-out planning is key to any agile cloud planning strategy. When adding SDN into the mix, additional thought is required to avoid painting yourself into a corner through the wrong combination of switch hardware and software when scaling from a couple of racks to a couple dozen racks. This session helps attendees plan for success when scaling their virtual networks.


  • Pedro Marques, Juniper

  • Kyle Forster, Big Switch

  • Mark McClain, Yahoo

  • Pere Monclus, PLUMgrid

Session 4: Four SDN Case Studies

This final session of the SDN track will give attendees the chance to hear from folks who have deployed SDN in OpenStack. After each of these 4 brief case studies, there will be plenty of time for Q&A.


  • Lane Patterson, Symantec

  • Jonathan LaCour, DreamHost

  • Adam Johnson, Midokura

  • Ben Lin, VMWare

Don’t miss out on OpenStack Silicon Valley and its incredible lineup of speakers – register today!

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