Packet Design CTO to Discuss SDN Management Challenges

Session to cover need for route analytics to facilitate SDN across wide area networks

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Nov. 11, 2013 – Packet Design CTO Cengiz Alaettinoglu will conduct a technical session during the 16th annual MPLS/SDN 2013 International Conference about how route analytics can address software defined networking (SDN) management challenges. Specifically, he will introduce the need for a network access broker to verify if the wide area network (WAN) can handle the traffic demands of SDN applications without impacting other applications adversely.

Session Title: “Challenges in Operating a Software Defined Network: How Route Analytics Alleviates the Risks”

Session Description: Northbound SDN APIs allow creation of network-aware applications. Cloud and data center applications have successfully taken advantage of these APIs to provide seamless virtual machine mobility and elasticity. However, these applications are unaware of whether or not the underlying WAN can provide acceptable performance.

Technology vendors have toyed with bandwidth on demand, demand placement and rapid provisioning as SDN applications for carriers. The ability to provide performance guarantees for these applications as well as cloud applications requires deep understanding of underlying real-time network topology and traffic demands. Route analytics is the state-of-the-art-technology needed to provide this information.

In this presentation, Cengiz will discuss challenges in operating a software defined network and how integrating route analytics with SDN applications can mitigate the risks. This would provide the policy layer intelligence required to either approve applications to proceed or determine that new network paths must be created.

Date and Time: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST

Packet Design is a platinum sponsor of the conference and will be exhibiting in booth #501. For more information, visit

Packet Design is also exhibiting in stand #F16 at the AfricaCom conference being held this week in Cape Town, South Africa:

About Packet Design

Founded in 2003, Packet Design has pioneered the complex science of route analytics to address today’s network management challenges. Packet Design’s products uniquely see and capture the current routing topology and all events in real time, enabling faster troubleshooting, accurate modeling and DVR-like replay for forensic analysis. This real-time routing intelligence will be a critical enabler for the programmable, dynamic networks of the future, including software defined networking. The world’s largest cable and broadband providers, service providers, mobile operators, enterprises and government agencies use Packet Design products to improve network availability and performance while maximizing the return on assets.