Observations from an SDN Road Trip

Jun 18, 2013 by Brian Irish

Overture Networks Brian IrishI recently attended Layer123’s SDN APAC Congress that was held June 4-6, 2013 in Singapore and Informa’s SDN World event June 11-13, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. Below are some of my general observations after sitting through dozens of vendor and service provider presentations on SDN, NFV, and the future of our ever-dynamic industry.

Ethernet Looks at 40

Jun 3, 2013 by Mark Durrett

Last week I attended the 40th anniversary celebration of Ethernet at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.  In this article, I offer a few highlights and several photos from this memorable event. 


Observations from Comptel PLUS Spring 2013 in Las Vegas this Week

Mar 14, 2013 by Mark Durrett

Note: this article was adapted from one originally published in Carrier Ethernet News

COMPTEL PLUS, the annual gathering of competitive carriers and their ecosystem, took place this week in Las Vegas at the Aria Resort and Casino.  As is usually the case at this well-orchestrated event, there were ample opportunities for networking and education on topics ranging from regulatory issues facing the carriers to Carrier Ethernet and Software Defined Networking.

Report from Ethernet Expo, New York City

Nov 10, 2011 by Mark Durrett

It has been a whirlwind week in New York for Light Reading’s Ethernet Expo event.  My company, Overture Networks, was there in force to meet with dozens of customers and partners at what has easily become the largest Carrier Ethernet focused event in North America.

Carrier Ethernet shows it’s still hot at TIA 2011 in Dallas

May 19, 2011 by Mark Durrett

The TIA is back in the live event business with a new event called “TIA 2011: Inside the Network.”

And I’m here in Grapevine, TX, just outside Dallas, soaking it all in and looking for signs of intelligent Carrier Ethernet life. With this new event, TIA has the chance to cast away its old baggage and the ghosts of SuperComm-GlobalComm-NexComm-WhateverComm past.

Tags: Event, TIA

Viva Las Vegas – Carrier Ethernet alive and well at Comptel-Plus

Mar 29, 2011 by Mark Durrett

Comptel-Plus is a carriers-selling-to-carriers event that always brings an interesting reality check perspective to an equipment vendor guy like me. Even with Sin City’s twinkling lights and cacophony of sounds for a backdrop, last week in Las Vegas was no different. My schizophrenic outlook vacillates between two extremes – one moment, I’m feeling like an interloper crashing a private party, and the next I’m believing this event is the center of the universe for all those carrier decision-makers who are eager to share the secret of what really makes their businesses tick.

Tags: Event, Comptel