From that conference Network World's Jim Duffy wrote: "The single most visible aspect of Cisco's programmability strategy -- the company seems careful not to label it as an SDN initiative -- is Insieme, the Cisco-funded startup building what is believed to be a programmable switch line supporting OpenStack and distributed data storage. Cisco initially invested $100 million in Insieme, with the right to purchase the remaining interests of the company for up to $750 million."
Interop also features a number of sessions focused on SDN, including a Monday afternoon workshop titled "How Will Software Defined Networks and OpenFlow Impact Enterprise Networks?" and on Wednesday at 2 p.m. the session "OpenFlow and Software Defined Networks: What Are They and Why Do You Care?" will be held. Also, cloud networking company Lyatiss will demonstrate CloudWeaver, which is a SDN-based offering that supports scalable connections to cloud applications.
Beyond SDN, another major area of discussion among the keynote speakers is expected to be the cloud. Speaking during Tuesday morning's keynote is Allan Leinwand, CTO for Infrastructure at Zynga, which during the past few years has migrated away from using market-leading public cloud provider Amazon Web Services and has instead built zCloud, which powers the online games the company makes. Leinwand says this hybrid approach of using on-site virtualized hardware for the base-level needs of an enterprise, and using a public cloud as a way to scale for unexpected spikes in IT needs, is the approach he believes will dominate into the future. Other keynotes on Tuesday include leading executives from Avaya, Dell and Google.
On Wednesday, Steve Herrod, CTO and SVP for R&D at VMware, will keynote the morning session, along with a panel discussion from leading cloud thinkers including John Engates, CTO of Rackspace, and Ellen Rubin, VP of cloud products for Terremark, a Verizon company. Mobile computing is set to be a hot topic throughout the show as 14 sessions during the three days of conferences are dedicated to the topic, which is the most of the nine conference tracks.