Seminar on Cloud Networking Disruption with Software-Defined Network Virtualization.

Speaker: Dr. Syed Ali Khayyam, PLUMgrid Inc, USA
Topic: Cloud Networking Disruption with Software-Defined Network Virtualization.
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015
Time: At 0850-1030 hrs
Location: SEECS Seminar Hall


Cloud networking is at an interesting crossroads with the advent of two related technologies, Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Virtualization. SDN promises to free cloud networking from the tyranny of legacy protocols and incumbent technology vendors, while network virtualization can bring business and operational agility in networking features. In this talk, we will discuss the main technology and business benefits provided by SDN and Network Virtualization.


Syed Ali Khayam has a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University. From February 2007 to January 2012, he served as an Assistant Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (SEECS), National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Pakistan. At NUST-SEECS, he was the founding director of the Wireless and Secure Networks (WiSNet) Research Lab []. WiSNet lab published over 70 research articles in some of the most competitive networks, communications and security conferences and journals. In his academic career, he won research and consultancy grants from Nokia Research, Korean Research Foundation, Pakistan National ICT R&D Fund, Tellabs, Marvell Technologies and Nokia-Siemens Networks. He has one grated and 4 pending patents with USPTO.

In March 2011, he co-founded a technology company, xFlow Research, which was focused on providing services in the software defined networking space. During his tenure at xFlow, the company won business from Marvell Technologies, Dell, Netgear, Cavium Networks, and Calient Technologies.

Since March 2012, he has been working with a Silicon Valley based startup, PLUMgrid, with products in the Virtual Network Infrastructure (VNI) space.