ConteXtream to Speak at the 2014 Ethernet Technology Summit

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Co-Founder Sharon Barkai to Discuss SDN Overlays for Service Provider Networks

ConteXtream, a leading provider of carrier-grade network virtualization solutions, today announced that Sharon Barkai, co-founder of ConteXtream, will speak at the 2014 Ethernet Technology Summit. As a part of the emerging technologies track, Barkai’s presentation entitled “SDN Overlays: Possibilities and Implications,” will provide a technical overview of software-defined networking (SDN) overlays and how they can be leveraged on service provider networks.

Faced with the most challenging and competitive environment yet, and due to network traffic continuing to increase, service providers have begun looking to SDN to both alleviate current pain points and prepare their network for future needs. In this session, Barkai will discuss how SDN overlays can be leveraged on networks to scale simplified IP and Ethernet underlay cores and make it feature-rich to connect, separate millions of endpoints based on identity-profile, purpose, and conditions. A range of use cases will be presented to explain how distributed SDN overlay edges solve in production mobile packet core, and large scale dynamic virtual private networks at carrier scale without static and complex configuration.

WHO: Speakers participating in the “Forum 2A: Ethernet and Software-Defined Networking, Part 1” section of the emerging solutions track include Sharon Barkai, co-founder of ConteXtream, and executives from Ciena, Luxoft, Napatech, Queen’s University Belfast, SolarWinds and Spirent Communications. Forum 2A will be chaired by Michael Howard, principal analyst and co-founder of Infonetics Research, and Nabil Damouny, director of strategic marketing at Netronome.

WHAT: “SDN Overlays: Possibilities and Implications”

WHEN: Thursday, May 1 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). The Ethernet Technology Summit event will be held April 29 – May 1, 2014.

WHERE: Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, Calif., 95054.

About ConteXtream
ConteXtream is a privately held software-defined-networking (SDN) company that enables carriers to deliver network capacity and functions in the same way cloud providers deliver applications effectively utilizing standard compute and storage. ConteXtream's SDN offering is carrier-grade and enables Network Function Virtualization (NFV) for various solutions deployed on carrier networks. Deployed by Tier-1 operators, ConteXtream's Carrier-SDN dynamically and elastically connects subscribers to services and enables carriers to leverage standard, low-cost server hardware and hypervisors to virtualize functions and services, while replacing costly purpose-built proprietary systems. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., ConteXtream is backed by Benhamou Global Ventures, Gemini Israel Funds, Norwest Venture Partners and Sofinnova Ventures as well as Comcast Ventures and Verizon Investments. For additional information, visit

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