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Interop Las Vegas a Big Splash for OpenFlow and ONF

May 23, 2011

Several serendipitous factors combined to give Interop 2011 in Las Vegas a huge buzz about OpenFlow, Software-Defined Networking, and the Open Networking Foundation. 13,000 attendees and 350 vendors demonstrated continued growth in Interop, and the 30′ x 40′ InteropNet OpenFlow® Lab booth attracted crowds most all the time. At least 16 vendors showed *interoperable* OpenFlow® implementations. There were daily OpenFlow® tutorials in the classroom on the show floor (70 seats and standing room only), a panel on the Real Next Generation Network in which three of the four panelists were associated with ONF, and ONF’s own information session. If you click on the links below you can see the card we handed out several hundred copies of, the slides we showed (noting that Najam Ahmad of Facebook spoke extemporaneously and thus used no slides), and a compilation of some of the press coverage around OpenFlow® and ONF at Interop. I especially enjoyed Jim Duffy’s statement in Computerworld that “Interop 2011 could have been called the OpenFlow® Show.”

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Dan Pitt