The Networking Industry is at a point where the old supporting ecosystem is completely out of date. The way we develop and build both the hardware and software for network devices mimics the same way we built software in the 1970s and 80s, and it is time for a change. With cloud services, many companies are deferring their network spend and preferring to rent “managed” networking devices that allow them to work on the compute they really want – and the companies that are offering this are starting to build their own network operating systems because the traditional network device ecosystem is too slow and monolithic. Now individual groups and companies are starting to see the value in an Open Source like ecosystem that allows them to participate in communities that help them develop for their network – or pay companies that are moving the majority of the network intelligence to compute versus write it for a network device.
Director of Technical Engagement at Electronic Arts
Peyton Maynard-Koran is Director of Technical Engagement at Electronic Arts and is responsible for the design, rollout, and scalability of all data center and network infrastructure, security, and live operations. Maynard-Koran works with others in the Technology Leadership team to help guide strategic technology planning, coordinates with various studios in the Electronic Arts portfolio, and leads a team responsible for delivering services and support to Electronic Arts' locations around the globe. He and his group also work closely with Electronic Arts' software engineering and operations teams to design next-generation network architectures which are quick to deploy and performance driven, enabling automation, advanced systems, and dense deployments. With Electronic Arts since July 2017, Maynard-Koran most recently served as Vice President of IT at ESPN, and Technical Director of the Riot Direct Program at Riot Games. He previously held technology and product roles at Alcatel-Lucent and Time Warner Cable. Maynard-Koran is a traveler of the world but calls Austin, TX, his hometown. He studied Telecommunications Engineering Technology at Texas A&M University and graduated with a degree in Technology Management from DeVry University.