Network Virtualisation - Your network in your server?

Tuesday 17 September 2013, 6.00pm - 9.00pm

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA
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BCS Members £10, Non BCS Members £15, Students £5 (plus VAT @ 20%)


Joel ObstfeldThe AGM will be followed by Network Virtualisation - Your network in your server?

Imagine being able to draw your network, pushing a button to configure and launch, then in minutes being able to log-in as if you were sitting in front of the real thing.

The ever-increasing demand to provide new services on the network, or make changes to the live environment is driving the need to design, test and deploy quickly, efficiently and consistently. Testing and verifying network services in topologies at scale is a challenge, particularly when lab equipment requires the more power, space and cooling - and there’s never enough equipment for all of the people who want to use it!

Network virtualisation technologies enable us to provide a testing & development environment in which users can create high fidelity models of their networks. The same platform can be used for network change validation, hands-on training and education as well as network application development. With the ability to test and verify potential changes before they are applied to the live network, the risk of production-affecting errors can also be reduced.

In his talk, Joel Obstfeld will look at network virtualisation technologies, from the virtual machines through to the orchestration layers and show how a complex environment such as your production network can be modelled in the virtual world.


Joel Obstfeld
is a Director within Cisco's Engineering Chief Architects office. His areas of focus include the development of virtualised network environments, as well as collaborative research and development, engaging with both commercial and academic partners.