Software-Defined WAN Leader Silver Peak Joins Interop Panel on ‘New SDN Frontier’

Virtual Networking Pioneer David Hughes Joins Panel to Discuss Customer Value of SD-WAN Solutions

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 1, 2014 – Silver Peak today announced that CEO David Hughes will join the Interop panel “Software-Defined WANs: The New Frontier with a Rich Vein to Mine” taking place Thursday, October 2, 2014 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York. The session, led by Peter Christy, networking research director for 451 Research, will focus on the customer value of SD-WAN solutions and differentiated approaches.

What: Conference session: Software-Defined WANs: The New SDN Frontier with a Rich Vein to Mine

Who: David Hughes, CEO of Silver Peak

Where: Interop New York, Jacob Javits Convention Center, Room E07, Level 1

When: Thursday, October 2, 2014, 2:45pm – 3:45pm

About the Conference Session
Data center virtual networking was developed out of necessity to provide network interconnection for virtualized applications. Now similar concepts are being introduced to the WAN with the same categorical benefits: it becomes much easier to define and implement a new LAN application (a new virtual network) and it becomes much easier to independently evolve the underlying transport. Although the approach is similar, the benefit to the customer may be greater because WANs are complex, expensive, difficult to optimize and challenging to administer and change. The panel will focus on the customer value of the solutions and contrast four quite different approaches.

About David Hughes
David Hughes launched Silver Peak in 2004 after a year as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital. From 2000 to 2002, Hughes was a vice president and general manager at BlueLeaf Networks, where he led a team developing a unique network switching and transmission system. From 1996 to 2000, Hughes held several positions at Cisco Systems, including director of system architecture for the BPX and MGX product lines, and was senior director of product management for the Multi-Service Switching Business Unit. Prior to Cisco, Hughes was a key engineering contributor at StrataCom, an early pioneer in frame relay and ATM equipment which was acquired by Cisco in 1996. Before StrataCom, David worked as an engineer for BNR Japan/Northern Telecom Japan Inc. Hughes has been awarded more than 40 patents in areas including data acceleration, packet switching, control and scheduling algorithms. Hughes earned his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Wollongong University, Australia, and holds a BE in Electrical Engineering from Auckland University, New Zealand.

About Silver Peak
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