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City of Lights Hosts First Global MPLS/SDN Event

Packet Design will be attending the 2014 MPLS SDN World Congress this week in Paris. This is the 16th edition of the event, but this year it becomes the MPLS SDN World Congress (formerly known as the MPLS & Ethernet World Congress). According to the event producer Upperside Conferences, this is the first worldwide event in MPLS and SDN. Attendees will come from more than 65 countries, and more than 50 percent of this audience works for service providers.

Considering that we have customers on five continents, the majority of those customers are service providers, and that we are working on an SDN management prototype, this is an exciting event for us. Our CTO Cengiz Alaettinoglu, who is attending the event for the seventh time, is particularly excited to share our SDN vision and meet with service providers, customers and peers. He will be speaking about “Real-Time Analytics and Policy Management for Software Defined Networking.” Here’s a quick summary of his presentation:

North-bound SDN APIs allow creation of network-aware applications. Cloud and data center applications have successfully taken advantage of these APIs to provide seamless virtual machine mobility and elasticity. However, these applications are unaware of whether or not the underlying WAN can provide acceptable performance. In this presentation, Cengiz will introduce the concept of a network access broker, an analytics and policy management layer that provides this information.

If you are attending the conference, we invite you to attend the presentation on Friday at 11:10 a.m. and come by our booth #401.

For more information about SDN in general and our plans for the SDN management prototype, see our video series featuring Cengiz and Jim Frey, Vice President of Research for analyst firm Enterprise Management Associates:

You can also download an SDN white paper by Cengiz at:

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