3rd DIGS Special Interest Group SDN Training

Topic: Network Automation

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

We’ll try to answer all these questions in the DIGS Special Interest Group SDN.

Target Audience Data Center Professionals
Chief Information and Technology Officers, 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 1st of September 2016
Language English
Schedule see agenda below
Participation Costs Fr. 190.– per event / Fr. 700. – for a yearly membership (4 events)


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

Network Automation without SDN
While the networking vendors argue the merits and drawbacks of various SDN architectures, numerous real-life network engineers managed to reduce their workload, made their networks more stable, and allowed the network users (example: server or virtualization administrators) to provision new network services themselves. The “magic” these engineers use to get their job done: programmable interfaces offered by most networking devices, and automation tools – the focus of the 3rd meeting of SDN SIG.

The initial presentation by Ivan Pepelnjak will describe network automation challenges and the existing tools you could use to start the first network automation project in your network.

2:30 – 3:00 Thomas Wacker, Director Secure Network Connectivity

Thomas Wacker has been with UBS as director Secure Network Connectivity since 2007. He’s held various roles in network and network security engineering and is a member of the core design team for the current network redesign.

Automation in Data Center Build and Beyond
Networks grow bigger and more complex, and at the same time are expected to be ever more simple to handle and operate, and to be faster, more secure, and more flexible. One way of getting closer to this ideal is to automate.

This talk will explore why UBS embraces automation for the currently ongoing data center network rebuild. It will start with prerequisites and key objectives, will lay out the architecture and showcase the toolchain in use today, and explain the phases of build, test, documentation and ongoing operations. In the conclusion, it’ll go through the benefits, the next immediate goals, and how automation will keep changing the networking industry.

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 SDN: deciphering the vendor messages, demystifying the marketing materials, and identifying potential benefits and deployment opportunities.

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! 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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