2019 Highlights

The wizards of networking predicted architectural shifts to happen by 2025.


Prediction or certainty? Each wizard had a chance to forecast the future state of networking capturing the impact of a full range of technologies from security, to big data, to switching silicon. This session was the highlight of the day as the panel made predictions on how application platforms will come into play, the future of containers, and going serverless. No tarot here, these are the experts.

Prediction

Nick McKeown explains how network programmability will require adoption and pervasive deployment of software engineering techniques. SLDC practices that are used routinely today for app development will be incorporated into network operations and management.

Nick McKeown
Professor, Stanford University

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Prediction

The topic of intent-based networking is tackled by Bikash Koley as he describes how suppliers will be required to use open development practices and collaborate on the abstractions needed to hide network complexity.

Bikash Koley
CTO & Executive Vice President

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Prediction

Check out this clip as Albert Greenberg describes how software skills are more important than network skills. Machine learning and AI play increasingly important roles in network operations, driving the need for professionals with deep understanding of those technologies. IT organization silos will be broken down and teams reformed around service ownership.

Albert Greenberg
Corporate Vice President

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Prediction

Ken Duda dives into the topic of open source and consolidation. He outlines the exponential growth in the number of available solutions, complicating enterprise efforts to simplify their environments to make them more scalable and easier to maintain. Successful organizations will consolidate suppliers and be disciplined about turning to open source, and have a firm grasp of what the migration to the software driven data center means to the network of the future.

Ken Duda
CTO/SVP Software Engineering

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Prediction

Vijoy Pandey explains how consumption models will align to applications requirements, and how the network will evolve to provide application specific features and capabilities.

Vijoy Pandey
VP & CTO, Cloud & Distributed Systems

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Prediction

Pere predicts that we will be no longer be talking about networking from a pipes point of view because, from an application point of view, from a value point of view, you won’t have a network to manage. You’ll have a multi-cloud problem to manage and everything will revolve around that. But we will still be discussing identity, connectivity, security and scale.

Pere Monclus
CTO Network and Security

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The Experience

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SOCs? NOCs? Both, just one, or maybe one and a half?

Do we really need both? What could an integrated operation model unlock? Is the technology ready? Are the people? Can the mindset really be shifted? Fortunately, we had John Pescatore who is the authority on the matter and brought SANS’ unique points of view.

John Pescatore

Director, Emerging Security Trends / SANS Institute

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Networking—from automation to operations.

The internet was designed to keep running even after a nuclear attack, but now it can't survive when the lead network engineer goes out on PTO. AI Ops, DevOps, chaos monkeys, distributed visibility, self-healing, roles and responsibilities, and changing interactions.

Omar Baldonado

Director of Engineering, Network Infrastructure / Facebook

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"Networks will be programmed by many, but operated by few."

The 2019 Sessions

The wizards of networking predict architectural shifts to happen by 2025.

Prediction or certainty? Each wizard will have a chance to forecast the future state of networking in this lightning round capturing the impact of security, from the bits and bytes of hardware, to the role of software, to multi-cloud. How will networking architectures shift? Containers? Going serverless? No tarot here, these are experts.

Albert Greenberg—Corporate Vice President / Microsoft Azure Networking
Arun Gupta—Principal Open Source Technologist / AWS
Bikash Koley—CTO & Executive Vice President / Juniper Networks
Nick McKeown—Professor / Stanford University
Pere Monclus—CTO Network and Security / VMware
Vijoy Pandey—VP & CTO, Cloud & Distributed Systems / Cisco Cloud
Ken Duda—CTO/SVP Software Engineering / Arista

DC network-focused, or DC infrastructure-focused? Other?

For decades IT professionals focused on buying, building, and managing infrastructure. The emergence of XaaS is completely changing what is procured, provisioned, and managed. Pundits have proposed with the advent of AI/ML and new cloud services, Infrastructure and Operations teams will simply buy SLAs. Is that paradise possible? Is it just another cruel promise never to be fulfilled? There might be one man on the planet with the answer, and he’s got the chops to guide you through it.

Joe Skorupa—VP Distinguished Analyst / Gartner

Networking—from automation to operations.

The internet was designed to keep running even after a nuclear attack, but now it can't survive when the lead network engineer goes out on PTO. AI Ops, DevOps, chaos monkeys, distributed visibility, self-healing, roles and responsibilities, and changing interactions... (deep breath). You will be nodding your head in agreement as experts describe fails, follies, and fixes.

Omar Baldonado—Director of Engineering, Network Infrastructure / Facebook
Andrew Clay Shafer—Senior Director of Technology / Pivotal
David Erickson—Co-founder, CEO / Forward Networks
Cameron Haight—VP & CTO, Americas / VMware
Mansour Karam—CEO and Founder / Apstra

Networks should be simple, right?

Simplify, simplify, simplify. What’s the best approach? That’s open for debate—as in “open source” hardware and software, hyperscale designs, and automation. How will the transitions around IP, MPLS, v6, LISP, and 5G impact the future of networking? Let’s hear from the specialists.

Omar Baldonado—Director of Engineering, Network Infrastructure / Facebook
Dino Farinacci—Founder / Lispers.net
Arpit Joshipura—GM Networking & Orchestration + Edge/IOT / Linux Foundation

SOCs? NOCs? Both, just one, or maybe one and a half?

Do we really need both? What could an integrated operation model unlock? Is the technology ready? Are the people? Can the mindset really be shifted? Thirty minutes, so many questions. Fortunately, we have John Pescatore who is the authority on the matter and brings SANS’ unique points of view.

John Pescatore—Director, Emerging Security Trends / SANS Institute

What’s next in Branch+?

Let's delve into the world of edge networking, the Internet of Things, 5G, and innovations in SD-WAN. Join Mike Frane as he spells out the impact of these developments on emerging networking architectures and infrastructure. He’s got the expertise and the real-world experience to do it.

Mike Frane—VP Product Management of Network, Security, Digital Experience / Windstream Enterprise

The keepers—who should have control?

Network admins, security admins, and developers all carry sets of keys. But who should really hold the identity, network policy, and security policy keys to the kingdom? This group of tech leaders will get on their respective soapboxes and rationalize their stance, but ultimately you get to decide the outcome through an audience poll.

Forrest Bennett—Cyber Security Advisor / FedEX Services
Grant Dasher—Senior Staff Software Engineer / Google
Lane Patterson—Co-founder, Investor, Board Member, Infras. & DevOps Expert / Global Webscale
John Pescatore—Director, Emerging Security Trends / SANS Institute

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