HP Looks at the Impact of Software Defined Networking
Kash Shaik and Dom Wilde, from HP Networking provides an overview of HP’s vision for the future of enterprise facilities and alignment with wireless connectivity, driving business policy into the network, and collapsing models into a uniform unified policy model, saving operational expense increasing flexibility
While the forty-odd year Ethernet standard has improved in speed performance over the years, there are structural impediments that need to be addressed to bring it into the needs of today’s enterprise customers. The potential of viewing the network as an enabler of the business, as opposed to a cost center enables the network to become a tool of policy. Capex is also eliminated as some of the functions of dedicated hardware such as security and load balancing can actually be performed by the software defined network policies.
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Kash Shaikh is the senior director of Product and Technical Marketing for HP Networking.
In this role, he is responsible for the entire Networking Infrastructure portfolio, including switching, routing, wireless LAN, network management and Software-defined Networking.
Previously, Shaikh worked at Cisco for more than four years, where he directed the data center switching solutions and product marketing teams. His portfolio included the entire Cisco Nexus family, Catalyst 6500, Catalyst 4900 data center switches and blade server switching, with multibillion dollars in annual revenues.
Prior to Cisco, Shaikh spent about a decade at Nortel in various IP networking roles. During his 18-year IP networking career, Shaikh has held leadership roles in product-line management, marketing and engineering.
Shaikh holds master’s degrees in engineering and business administration.
Dominic Wilde is Vice President, Global Product Line Management (GPLM) of HP Networking (HPN).
In this role Dom is responsible for defining HPN’s differentiated product strategy, including establishing a common Plan of Record (POR), and aligning pricing and product requirements. He works closely with R&D, ATG, Marketing and Sales teams to develop innovative ways to help customers solve business problems and also help grow HPN revenue and market share.
Dom most recently served as Chief Technologist and Senior Director of Advanced Technology for the ATG group. In that position he was responsible for defining the technology strategy for Data Center and Core and providing key technology support for sales. He led the definition of our next generation Data Center plan, collaborated closely with ISS and HPSD on CI, and played a major role in developing the HPN vision. Prior to that he led Global Product Line Management for switching, routing and IMC at 3Com and was instrumental in helping to successfully re-launch 3Com in the Enterprise space.
With over 20 years of Networking industry experience, and a track record that spans numerous startups and large public companies in the Networking and Security arena, he is a frequent industry speaker and has several patents pending. Dominic has held various technology and executive management roles, including Sr. Director of Global Product Management for 3Com where he led a product strategy that resulted in the company being acquired by HP for $3.3B in 2010. Prior to this Dominic was VP Product Management and Marketing at Nevis Networks, a company specializing in network security.
Dominic was born in the UK where he studied Computer Science at Portsmouth University, and is now a naturalized citizen of the USA.
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