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OpenTech Oz SDN Event Sydney Dec 14

Software Defined Networking (SDN) is revolutionising the way networks are provisioned and managed. SDN is now being used by innovative telecommunications operators and data centre operators to reduce costs, improve performance, avoid vendor lock-in and optimize capacity. The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is a user-driven organisation dedicated to the promotion and adoption of SDN through open standards development.

ONF is co-hosting OpenTech Australia in collaboration with CSIRO, the University of NSW, AARNet (Australia’s Academic Research Network) and Data61/NICTA (Australia’s Centre of Excellence in ICT research). This is the first time such an event has been held in the southern hemisphere.

International and local experts will discuss the latest technologies, trends and applications. The OpenTech Australia symposium will also be an opportunity for potential users of SDN technology to meet and share experiences, building a local community.


Keynote presentations will be delivered by Dr Dan Pitt, Executive Director of the Open Networking Foundation, and futurist Shara Evans, who will give an exciting vision for a software enabled world. Inder Monga (CTO of the Energy Services Network) will describe some of the exciting research applications of SDN in the USA.

You will also hear from Payam Motallebi on Optus’s vision for using SDN to enhance the customer experience.

In a session focusing on Enterprise and Interconnects, Paul Gampe (IIX) and Denver Maddux (Megaport) will share their perspectives. Tim Sullivan (Coevolve) will discuss how Coevovle migrated its global enterprise networks to a software-defined wide area network (SDWAN). David Wilde from AARNet will launch the Interconnect Testbed built by AARNet and CSIRO.

Paul Zanna (Northbound Networks), Dominique Jodoin (Noviflow) and Frank Ruhl (Ericsson) will share their vision on SDN Ecosystems.

The Symposium will conclude in style with an informal networking session on board the luxury Vagabond Princess.

Who should attend?

This event is for company executives, network architects, operators, software developers and researchers who are considering SDN adoption. Talks from network operators, early adopters and visionaries will give you insights into the opportunities and challenges faced in deploying SDN.


Bay 8, the Australian Technology Park, Sydney’s tech and start-up hub.

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