Interop NY 2014

David Hughes Joins Interop Panel Focusing on SD-WANs

Interop NY 2014Silver Peak CEO David Hughes will be joining the Interop panel “Software Defined WANs: The New Frontier with a Rich Vein to Mine” taking place tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York. The session is being led by Peter Christy, networking research director for 451 Research.

Peter is a perfect fit to lead this panel, having covered the wide area networking (WAN) market for years, and now, closely following the rapidly emerging SD-WAN segment that some analysts project will exceed $3 billion in the next four years. Peter’s recent research spotlight titled “2014 is the year of the virtual WAN (subscription required)” will serve as the foundation for the interactive discussion that will bring together the executives from Silver Peak, Viptela and Cloudgenix.

In the recently published 451 Research Impact Report titled “Silver Peak seeks Unity in the software-defined, cloud-centric WAN 2.0 (subscription required),” analysts Peter Christy and Christian Renaud note “Silver Peak is at the forefront of the inevitable evolution of enterprise networking (in this case, WAN optimization) to virtual computing and networking, and then, ultimately, to delivery as a cloud service. We think Silver Peak is headed in the right direction at the right time.”

According to Peter’s session abstract, data center virtual networking was developed out of necessity to provide network interconnection for virtualized applications. Now similar concepts are being introduced to the WAN with the same categorical benefits: it becomes much easier to define and implement a new LAN application (a new virtual network) and it becomes much easier to independently evolve the underlying transport. Although the approach is similar, the benefit to the customer may be greater because WANs are complex, expensive, difficult to optimize and challenging to administer and change. The panel will focus on the customer value of the solutions and contrast four quite different approaches.

Here are the specifics of the panel:

  • What: Conference session: Software-Defined WANs: The New SDN Frontier with a Rich Vein to Mine
  • Who: David Hughes, CEO of Silver Peak
  • Where: Interop New York, Jacob Javits Convention Center, Room E07, Level 1
  • When: Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 2:45pm – 3:45pm

If you don’t know David yet, here are a few more details about him:

David Hughes launched Silver Peak in 2004 after a year as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital. From 2000 to 2002, Hughes was a vice president and general manager at BlueLeaf Networks, where he led a team developing a unique network switching and transmission system. From 1996 to 2000, Hughes held several positions at Cisco Systems, including director of system architecture for the BPX and MGX product lines, and was senior director of product management for the Multi-Service Switching Business Unit. Prior to Cisco, Hughes was a key engineering contributor at StrataCom, an early pioneer in frame relay and ATM equipment which was acquired by Cisco in 1996. Before StrataCom, David worked as an engineer for BNR Japan/Northern Telecom Japan Inc. Hughes has been awarded more than 40 patents in areas including data acceleration, packet switching, control and scheduling algorithms. Hughes earned his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Wollongong University, Australia, and holds a BE in Electrical Engineering from Auckland University, New Zealand.