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SIM-Portland May Meeting: "What is so smart about SD-WAN?"

University Club of Portland
1225 SW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204, US (map)

The University Club is located in the heart of downtown Portland at the intersection of Southwest Sixth Avenue and Jefferson Street on the northwest corner. Online registration is available until 1159pm 5/8/2018 at http://bit.ly/2HoyXx7
SIM Portland Member $35,
SIM Portland Non-Member $120,
SIM Portland Student $25.
SIM is a professional organization of senior IT practitioners; CIOs to IT managers. The monthly SIM event is a NO SALES ZONE. IT vendors/service providers may contact [email protected] for sponsorship opportunities.



Over the past 20 years, advances in Information technologies have continuously remade the business world. Think– the Internet, virtualization, cloud, the smartphone to name a few. That has however been one exception – the wide area network (WAN), that is … until now. One of the hottest topics in IT Infrastructure is Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN or SDWAN). It is a specific application of software-defined networking (SDN) technology applied to WAN connections. WAN links are used to connect enterprise networks – including branch offices and data centers – over large geographic distances. SDWAN technologies promise the moon; lower costs, faster performance, business agility to name a few. So, what is real and what is pure marketing?

Come hear from someone who has been an Oregon pioneer in SD-WAN. John Spiegel from Columbia Sportswear will provide an overview of SD-WAN, relate his first-hand experiences implementing this new technology, the results he has seen and how it has changed John’s approach to the ever-evolving landscape of IT infrastructure (both good and bad).

John Spiegel is the Sr Manager of Infrastructure at Columbia Sportswear Company. He is a leader with 20 years of experience in Information Technology and Networking. Forward-leading, big thinker with a passion for transformative and cutting-edge technologies such as SD-WAN and Cloud. Believer in the power of sharing and collaborating with other like-minded individuals to evolve the industry. Outside of work, focus and energy is on family, brewing beer, Duck and Packer football and currently planning a trip to Africa with his family.

5:30 PM Social
6:30 PM Dinner
6:50 PM Meeting Start
7:00 PM Keynote and Q&A
8:15 PM Close