Last August, a few members of the Fiber Mountain team, me included, flew to Las Vegas to take part in Technology Marketing Corporation’s ITEXPO conference at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. I gave a brief talk at one of the conference’s collocated events, Software Telco Congress—the NFV and SDN event—introducing the tenets of Fiber Mountain’s message for the first time anywhere.
Even though we were still technically in stealth mode at the time, after nearly two years of planning, finally bringing our message to light was certainly a little nerve-wracking. In introducing the idea of Connectivity Virtualization—where intelligent fiber cables replace and improve the functionality of unwieldy and expensive core switches—we were putting forth a concept that we believe will transform network architecture and make the incumbent vendors’ fire-breathing hardware obsolete.
So as you might imagine, we were unsure about what kind of reaction we would receive to such a bold presentation. We weren’t sure if people would say, “Who do you think you are, coming into the switching market with these new ideas?” But in fact, what happened after that initial talk was a number of people came up to me and said that they were interested in talking more about our vision for the future of data center architectures.
The momentum continued in the fall. At our official launch at Interop New York in October, we learned that our core message—which focuses on the need for data centers to cut power and space costs while simplifying and increasing capacity in their networks—resonated strongly with our peers at the event. Our Glass Core demonstrations were extremely well-attended by interested observers and we received some noteworthy press coverage as well.
Fast forward a few more months and here we are looking forward to another ITEXPO. This time, however, there will be a few differences. First, the Fiber Mountain team will be in Florida for ITEXPO Miami 2015 with customer traction and market validation behind us. Second, I am honored to say that I have been asked to give one of the conference’s keynote addresses on Wednesday, January 28th at 9:30 a.m.
We go into this conference with a sense of confidence that has been building since last summer’s ITEXPO and with a business that is in a much different place. We already have customers moving production traffic on to our networks. We have press and media that believe that we have hit upon something important. We have a laser-like focus for our business and a concrete understanding of what we want to achieve in 2015. And most importantly, we move forward knowing that deploying Fiber Mountain’s Glass Core and Alpine Orchestration System—which provides centralized SDN management—can truly revolutionize the way carriers and data centers configure and manage their networks.
As for my keynote address, I’ll have a little preview up on this blog before the conference starts, so be sure to check back here to get a taste of what I’ll be talking about. This conference figures to be quite a different experience from Las Vegas, and that is really a testament to how far we have come over the past five months. I hope to see many of you in South Florida!