Last week, the members of the Fiber Mountain™ team who managed to make it out of the northeast before the nasty winter weather hit (apologies to our tradeshow and networking guru, Keith, who was not so fortunate) headed to Miami for Technology Marketing Corporation’s (TMC) business technology event, ITEXPO. As I mentioned on this blog shortly before we left, this conference promised to be markedly different from our trip to ITEXPO Las Vegas last August, before we had emerged from stealth mode.
At last week’s conference, I was fortunate enough to engage with TMC CEO Rich Tehrani in a “fireside chat” that served as one of the event’s keynote addresses. Discussing the future of data center networks—and how Fiber Mountain believes our Glass Core™ and Connectivity Virtualization™ will transform the future of network architecture—in front of industry peers at the Miami Beach Convention Center was a thrill. Unlike those of you who have been following this blog regularly, many in the crowd were hearing for the first time Fiber Mountain’s vision of data center networks without fire-breathing, million-dollar core switches. It was certainly exciting to present our concepts to a new and diverse audience.
But I must say I was equally delighted by the traffic and interest we saw at the Fiber Mountain booth on the tradeshow floor during the event. Hardly a minute passed when we did not have someone stop by who was interested in learning more about our solutions. It was wonderful to be able to engage in one-on-one discussions with others in the technology industry and share ideas about what data center networks might look like one, five and even 10 years from now.
ITEXPO also represented a new stage in Fiber Mountain’s development as a company. We spent considerable time explaining our SDN management system, Alpine Orchestration System™ and demonstrating how packet process and flow is controlled in the data plane along with the management and control of the physical layer of the network. Over the next few months on this blog we will direct more of our focus to explaining in greater detail. In other words, we will be bringing you on a journey with us “under the hood” of Alpine Orchestration System.
Another trip highlight was being able to participate as a panelist in a breakout session entitled, “New Network Management and Orchestration Rules for SDN & NFV.” Sharon Barkai of ConteXtream and Recep Ozdag from Cyan joined me on the panel and the three of us engaged in a lively discussion.
On the last day of the show, we were also thrilled to accept a Best of Show award for Most Innovative Product, recognizing our Glass Core as a powerful solution for the business technology marketplace.
Only four short months have passed since we officially launched Fiber Mountain at Interop in New York. So much has happened in that short span, however, that it feels like we have been up-and-running for much longer. My life has been a whirlwind of meetings, presentations, conferences and very little sleep since October 1, and I couldn’t be happier. Everywhere we go people seem to be receptive and excited about our ideas, which is incredibly validating after all the hard work we’ve put in since we founded the company more than two years ago.
And I know I speak for everybody here at Fiber Mountain when I say that I truly believe the best is yet to come.