Speaker: Frank Brockners (Principal Engineer, Cisco Central Network Software Organization)

Title: Software Defined Networking and beyond

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This session supplies an overview of the different concepts present in SDN and introduces the broader Cisco "Open Network Environment (ONE)". The SDN concept is put into perspective with existing and evolving network architectures and principles.


Frank Brockners is Principal Engineer in Cisco's Network Operating Systems Technology Group, leading the cross-organizational architecture team for Software Defined Networks. Since his days as a researcher, his professional interests center on distributed systems, the evolution of Ethernet, network policy and identity control, multicast and IPv6. Frank, who is a 13-year Cisco veteran, holds a M.Sc./diploma degree in Electrical Engineering (Aachen, University of Technology, Germany; 1994) as well as a Ph.D./Dr. degree in Information Science (University of Cologne, Germany; 1999). When traveling, you can find Frank attending standards meetings such as the IETF and ONF, presenting at conferences and industry events, such as CiscoLive, where he is recognized as a distinguished speaker, or negotiating his way up a rock or ice face of a mountain.