The Cloudy with a Chance of SDN World Tour 2013
“So what…I’m still a rock star…and guess what, I’m having more fun…” words to live by from everyone’s favorite role models, Pink
I had an epiphany this past month, when my manager congratulated me on becoming a rock star. At first I wasn’t quite sure what to make of this. Sure, my classic rock playlists for the Hudson Valley FIRST Lego League tournaments have earned plenty of compliments, but that’s just because I was lucky enough to be raised in the 80s when the best rock music ever was being written (who knew, right?)
As it turns out, he wasn’t referring to my excellent taste in music, just the huge amount of traveling I’ve been doing lately. There’s been tremendous interest in software-defined networking (SDN) this year, and I’ve been going on tour to educate & inform people at a series of events sponsored by IBM and others. You might have seen me in New York City earlier this year, when I presented a two-day session for industry & academic users of SDN at IBM’s office on Madison Avenue. I was also in Chicago this past May for a briefing sponsored by Network World. This summer, you can catch my act in a city near you; sign up at the links below to attend for free, or to check out events you may have missed:
June 10 – Poughkeepsie, NY (at the annual NSF Enterprise Computing Conference, held at the recently established New York State Center for Cloud Computing & Analytics, Marist College. All the conference presentations are now available online).
July 9 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada (at the IBM Markham Innovation Center), with my special opening act from the Marist College SDN Lab, to get the crowd warmed up
August 14-15 – Boston, Mass. (an IBM briefing in Waltham, where my colleagues from CUNY will be opening for me with a talk on teaching SDN, then a stop at the SHARE conference that week)
August 28 – Philadelphia, PA (an IBM event at the Valley Forge Casino, with more participation from Marist & CUNY). They’ll be camping out in line to get tickets for this one, so be sure to book early!
August 29 – Washington, D.C. (another IBM event with the Marist and CUNY teams)
September 12 – New York City (for the Adva North America Partner Symposium)
And just like a real rock star, I get to call this an international tour because we have one stop in Canada! Although to be fair, you might have caught a colleague of mine presenting some new research on the European leg of our tour, at the IEEE ICC conference in Budapest, Hungary this past June, where we presented some of our recent work on orchestrating networks within and between multiple data centers. All these dates make it hard to keep track, maybe I should get some T-shirts printed up…
If you can’t catch me on tour this summer, don’t worry; rock stars also do videos, and I’m not going to be an exception. OK, so it’s more of an interview where I describe the IBM ODIN network reference architecture and OpenDaylight, but I still hope you’ll find it interesting. Check out my video here; I’m not promising that it will sync up perfectly with Dark Side of the Moon if you play it backwards at half speed, but you never know.
Or, if you’re really ready to rock out hard core, dare to check out my latest article on innovation, with my co-authors from the Harvard School of Business, in the March issue of the Journal of Innovation Management, Policy & Practice. It’s totally off the chain.
Of course, I don’t have any rock star groupies yet…which is where you, my loyal readers, come in. After you check out my talks, papers, or videos, drop me a line on Twitter (@Dr_Casimer) & let me know what you think about SDN, or what you’d like to see covered in my next blog. And don’t stop believin’ in the power of SDN as you continue your journey towards open source, virtualized networks.