The trail to open networking with bare metal switching has been blazed by very large scale data center operators such as Google and Facebook, and it is the dominant use case for software-defined networking (SDN) in the data center. Traditional network vendors and startups have packaged the knowledge gained from large-scale data center operators, opening the door for others to participate in a new paradigm for purchasing and deploying data center networks. This model leverages an open and programmable environment that provides choice and is driving innovation in silicon and software technologies all at software speed. This webinar explores the rollout of open networking, discusses the advantages of this approach, shares lessons learned by early adopters, and provides guidelines for purchase-decision makers.

Key Topics Discussed:

  • Open networking market drivers and rollout
  • A new paradigm and options for data center networking
  • Open networking means innovation and choice
  • Open networking success stories and deployment best practices 


  • Cliff Grossner, Ph.D., Senior Research Director, Data Center, Cloud and SDN, IHS
  • Kyle Forster, Co-Founder, Big Switch Networks
  • Jonathan Seckler, Director, Product Marketing, Dell Networking
  • Allen Tatara, Manager, Webinar Events, IHS (Moderator)