Interop 2015 Recap – SD-WAN, SD-Everything

By Sanjay Uppal
VP and GM of VeloCloud by VMware
May 6, 2015

The Interop 2015 show this time was simply a precursor to a much grander event – billed as the fight of the decade between Mayweather and Pacquiao. Las Vegas was agog with preparations for the event while networking geeks lined up in the Mandalay Bay convention center to push packets around.

Software Defined everything was the buzz at the Interop. The large booths by Cisco, HP, Akamai, VMware, Citrix etc. with their professional story tellers spoke about the wonders of SDN and NFV deployed for the data center and increasingly for the WAN as well. Analytics and Visibility were also front and center with the likes of little NetBeez offering standard tools on the Raspberry Pi to newcomer Fixstream with their cloud based analytics platform and VMware with the newly launched vRealize.

Closer to home, there were a number of players in simplifying and improving the performance of the WAN which was great for us as it resulted in a steady drumbeat of customer and partner prospects to our booth. An informal poll amongst us showed that roughly half of our visitors wanted to be educated on what an SD-WAN was while the other half were quite educated and wanted to dive deeper into the use cases. On the Tuesday evening at 5.30pm was the exciting part of the show with the winner selections. JumpCloud walked away with the Best of Show while we were thrilled to be selected as Best Startup of 2015 amongst a crowded set of entries. For the rest of the show the stream of visitors doubled and by the end of each day we had earned our time at the watering hole.


On Thursday just as the show was winding up, Las Vegas was getting hit by the hordes of fight fans – hotel room rates had gone up by 10X and local ring tickets were rumored to cross $100K. Of course, you could see the fight in HD in the comfort of your home for $100, but those same networking geeks had also built the WAN technology that allowed you to watch it for free if you knew where to look “on the WAN.”



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