Allwyn Sequeira

Allwyn Sequeira

Security & Networking

Biography

Allwyn is VP/CTO, Security and Networking in the Cloud Infrastructure BU at VMware. He was CTO and SVP of Product Operations at Blue Lane Technologies, which was acquired by VMware in October 2008. He was previously the SVP of Products & Operations at netVmg, an intelligent route control company acquired by InterNap in 2003. Prior tonetVmg, Allwyn was founder, CTO and EVP of Products and Operations at FirstVirtual Corporation (FVC), a multi-service networking company that had a successful IPO in 1998. Prior to FVC, he was Director of the Network Management Business Unit at UB Networks, the first independent local area network company. He has previously served as a Director on the boards of FVC and netVmg.

Allwyn started his career in 1983 as a software developer at HP in the Information Networks Division, working on the development of TCP/IP protocols. During the early 1980's, he worked on the CSNET project, an early realization of the Internet concept. He is a recognized expert in the areas of networking, security, virtualization and cloud architectures, with over twenty five years of experience in the industry, and has been a featured speaker at industry leading forums like Networld+Interop, Next Generation Networks, ISP Con, RSA Conference, Gartner Conference, and VMworld, and is a founding member of Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), and Open Network Foundation (ONF), and co-chair of the TiE Silicon Valley Cloud SIG.

Allwyn holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and a Master of Science in ComputerScience from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Posts by Allwyn Sequeira

Allwyn Sequeira

Introducing VMware NSX – The Platform for Network Virtualization

August 26, 2013
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Introducing VMware NSX – The Platform for Network Virtualization

The VMware NSX platform delivers the entire networking and security model in software, decoupled from traditional networking hardware, representing a transformative leap forward in data center networking architecture. Overview:  Today’s data center is largely virtualized from a compute perspective, and has unleashed unprecedented benefits of agility, efficiency and capex/opex savings. What is less known is that virtual network access ports have exceeded physical network access ports in number, and this trend is accelerating. In fact, today, 40% of vAdmins manage virtual networks. Beyond virtual switching, the time is ripe to virtualize the rest of the networking stack, and accelerate our customer’s journey to the software-defined data center . At VMware, we’ve put together an all-star team, the Networking & Security Business Unit (NSBU),...

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Beyond SDNs – Networking & Security in 2013

December 11, 2012
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Beyond SDNs – Networking & Security in 2013

We will look back on 2012 as the year that ushered in a new era of networking and infrastructure security in enterprise and cloud datacenters, driven by the software defined datacenter vision. In my last post , I talked about some of the key technology advancements that VMware announced at VMworld – a truly progressive line up of software-defined networking and security initiatives. The acquisition of Nicira was the “shot heard around the world”, bringing together leading network virtualization solutions for both VMware and non-VMware stacks. And it’s clear that VMware, along with our ecosystem partners, can massively simplify the way customers provision and consume networks at scale, in private, hybrid and public clouds. As I look ahead to 2013, certain...

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VMware at the OpenStack Summit

October 17, 2012
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By Guest Blogger: Martin Casado It has been a very busy week at the OpenStack Summit. Unfortunately, I am not there but Quantum is. What is Quantum? Quantum is the networking-as-a-service capability and most talked about aspect to OpenStack’s Folsom release. Quantum has become a game-changer when it comes to enabling advanced networking in OpenStack environments, and the Nicira team at VMware has been leading the charge both in open source Quantum development and in deploying Quantum in production OpenStack environments.

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Unveiling Software-Defined Networking and Security at VMworld 2012

August 27, 2012
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Unveiling Software-Defined Networking and Security at VMworld 2012

As VMworld 2012 kicks off in San Francisco I couldn’t be more excited. The sheer breadth and depth of VMware and partner solutions being showcased and launched as part of the software-defined datacenter (SDDC) is staggering, with a ton of activity happening around two key pillars of the SDDC – software-defined networking (SDN) and security. In previous posts , I wrote about the need for a new networking and security architecture , and its role in the SDDC . As we spent time working through the product release, and integrating with several partners, we began to see certain patterns emerge in realizing the software-defined networking and security architecture. The following picture is a fairly succinct view of the stack...

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Video: A Conversation about OpenFlow and SDN

June 4, 2012
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I interviewed Guru Parulkar from Open Networks Research Center to get his take on the recent Open Networking Summit , hear his thoughts on trends in the networking industry and its direction, as well as gain some insight into all the great work happening at the ONRC.

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The Software-defined Data Center (SDD), SDN, Network Virtualization…

May 10, 2012
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The Software-defined Data Center (SDD), SDN, Network Virtualization…

This week I was at Interop 2012 , the premier event for networking folks – in his keynote, VMware CTO, Dr. Steve Herrod introduced the notion of Software-defined data centers (SDD). To summarize some of Steve’s comments – “Specialized software will replace specialized hardware throughout the data center… SDDs will redefine infrastructure for the next generation of applications… We need to move beyond VMs to virtualizing the rest of the data center, including storage, networking & security – this new container is the Virtual Data Center (VDC)… Organizations could operate virtual data centers in which all the infrastructure services are delivered as software and the control of the data center is entirely driven by software.” While VMs can be provisioned in minutes, provisioning...

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