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ONS2015 in Pics: Keep Pouring Work Juice!

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Open Networking Summit -- I'm full up with knowledge about the current state of SDN after three days at the conference here.

I'm also full of food, coffee and liquor.

OMG, the food.

As the winter-spring conference season winds down, I'm looking back on so many great conferences and so much fantastic SDN and NFV learning. And so much food. I feel like I'm only one conference away from a real SDN breakthrough insight. Also, one more conference and you can slap a Greek fisherman's hat on me and I'll be George R. R. Martin.

By the way, did you know pretzel M&Ms are a thing now? And they have them in the hotel gift shop. Which is still open.

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This year's Open Networking Summit has been about joining open source to SDN. The conference is closely allied with the Open Networking Foundation and ON.Lab . On the other hand, I've seen OpenDaylight leadership hanging around, and there seems to be bad blood between ON.Lab and ODL. I keep hoping for a fight, but everything is cordial so far. Oh, well; there's still another day.

Also present -- and presenting -- are executives from communications and hypercloud providers leading in real-world SDN implementation, including AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), NTT Communications Corp. (NYSE: NTT), Facebook , Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), SK Telecom (Nasdaq: SKM), and more. We'll have articles on all of their presentations in coming days. But first I need to unbutton my pants. Or maybe have one more thin wafer.

Start the slideshow for highlights of what we saw -- and ate and drank -- at ONS 2015.

One of the beers served at a reception Wednesday night. Great beer, fantastic label.
One of the beers served at a reception Wednesday night. Great beer, fantastic label.

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kq4ym 6/21/2015 | 11:00:39 AM
Re: Sorry for no fistfight Now that was one weird sculpture at the San Jose airport. Although I wasn't sure what the motion was. But, there certainly was lots of apparent motion at the conference and lots of liquids flowing it seems as well.
Executiv74292 6/19/2015 | 12:34:58 PM
Sorry for no fistfight When your goal is to change an industry by brining everyone together you have to walk the walk not just talk the talk. Attending ONS was not about "hanging around" but engaging with a range of people who care deeply about SDN. I don't agree with everyone but yet seek to engage respectfuly and constructively. If you saw the closing keynote panel you saw Guru and myself have a spirited discussion about open source models. Many have questioned whether large companies can come together and truly build a platform for SDN. The Eclipse project was really the first of a new kind of projects which showed that large corporations could seed a successful open source community, not just help scale an existing one - since then we've seen many other promising attempts. When you are trying to do something momentus, challenging and highly impactful there will always be those who question if it is possible. Chris Luke (Comcast) and I tried to address some of these by pointing out why we need a common platform so much and how we're already seeing some encouraging successes. I look forward to continuing to engage with a wide range of people, hopefully to convert them to the idea that it is better to work to improve something than simply pointing out from afar where it is defficient. 

Neela Jacques

Executive Director, OpenDaylight project
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