4th DIGS Special Interest Group Next-Gen Infrastructure (formerly SDN)

Topic: Network Programmability and Infrastructure as Code

Is your CIO talking about SDN or Next-Gen Infrastructure? Are you expected to prepare an Next-Gen Infrastructure strategy for your organization? Are you confused by inconsistent and incompatible messages from various vendors? Trying to figure out what Next-Gen Infrastructure really means? Wondering how it will affect your career?

We’ll try to answer all these questions in the DIGS Special Interest Group Next-Gen Infrastructure.

Target Audience Chief Information and Technology Officers, Chief Information Security Officer, Head of IT/IT Directors, Head of Data Center/Data Center Managers, Infrastructure und Network Managers, IT Operations Professionals, Technical Architects

In addition, only technical staff from Consultancies and Resellers. Vendors and people with a Sales/Marketing roles are not allowed to take part.

CPE Credits Earn 3.75 CPE (Continuing Professional Education) for attending. Please request a confirmation.
Location Hilton Zurich Airport Hotel
Hohenbuehlstrasse 10
8152 Opfikon-Glattbrugg

(there are a lot of free park spaces available)

Date of Event 24th of November 2016
Language English
Schedule see agenda below
Participation Costs Fr. 190.– per event / Fr. 700. – for a yearly membership (4 workshops)


1:30 – 2:00 Registration & Coffee
2:00 – 3:00 Welcome & Introduction by Ivan Pepelnjak

Network Programmability and Infrastructure as Code
Believers in NetOps (network-focused version of DevOps) love to talk about network programmability and treating infrastructure as code. Does that mean that we should all become programmers? Will we write programs to control out networks? What will traditional networking engineers do? How much of that is hype and how much do we really have to change? Does it even make sense to program the network? Do these concepts apply only in large cloud environments or could you use them in your data center or enterprise network?

We’ll try to answer all these questions at the 4th DIGS Next-Gen Infrastructure Special Interest Group (formerly SDN).

Ivan Pepelnjak (ipSpace.net AG) will start the event by describing real-life scenarios where treating infrastructure as code or accessing it through a programmatic API yields significant benefits.

The second presentation by Marcel Wiget (Juniper Networks) will focus on network programmability and vendor-independent data models that can be used to configure devices from different vendors using the same programmatic interface.

3:00 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 5:30 Roundtable Discussion (moderated)
The roundtable discussion following the presentation(s) will be driven by attendee needs and requirements and will focus on real-life aspects of Next-Gen Infrastructure/SDN: deciphering the vendor messages, demystifying the marketing materials, and identifying potential benefits and deployment opportunities.

This time it will focus on your challenges and help you figure out how get started and where to use these concepts in your environment.

Profit from Ivan’s extensive know-how by asking whatever is of specific interest to you during this discussion. You will get answers that will save you time and money and help you avoid bad experiences!

5:30 – open end Apéro & networking

This is a ‘must attend’ event for all which are interested in Software Defined Everything and other Next-Gen Infrastructure solutions! We are confident that the relationships you develop here will prove to be crucial to your continuing success. So don’t wait and register:

Cancellations of registration are free of charge until 30 days before the event. Cancellations received beyond this point will incur 100% of the admission fee. You will get an invoice for the respective amount. In any case, however, a delegate may be sent at no additional costs.

Register here!

We’re looking forward to see you there!


Ivan Pepelnjak is part of the organization committéé and advisory of the Data Center Interest Group Switzerland.
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