First Co-Chairs appointed to address Programmability, Security and Automation

 Mountain View, California – March 10th 2014 - Following his announcement of the “Five Fundamentals” to be prioritized for the Cloud, James Walker, President, CloudEthernet Forum (CEF), has named the first three working group Co-Chair appointments. Jay Wampold, VP Marketing, CHEF, has been selected for the Automation committee; Dr. Mehmet Toy, Distinguished Engineer at Comcast involved in Computer Networking Architectures and Standards, for the Programmability committee; and Dr Hongwen Zhang, Wedge Networks, for the Security committee.

“We are now selecting industry leaders with specific expertise, connections and experience relevant to each of our Fundamentals,” Walker explained. He was referring to the key issues that had been identified by the CEF under the acronym VASPA  – Virtualization, Automation, Security, Programmability, and Analytics – with two Co-Chairs being appointed under each heading.

Jay Wampold brings 20 years of experience in building and marketing disruptive IT companies and currently leads Marketing for Chef, the leader in IT automation. Chef delivers a model for automating IT infrastructure and applications that drives self-reliance across development and operations teams. He commented: “Information technology is now the primary route to market and networking speed is critical to delightful customer experiences. By using code paired with standard protocols to automate compute and networking across multiple providers and environments, we can empower businesses to deliver goods and services at the speed of customer demand.”

Dr. Mehmet Toy is currently a Distinguished Engineer at Comcast involved in Computer Networking Architectures and Standards. He is known for his vital contributions to R&D in Carrier Ethernet , packet, optical and wireless technologies, including four books, a video tutorial and over seventy technical publications. Speaking on the Programmability issue, Dr. Toy added: “Although routers and switches can be programmed, few are open to third party APIs. ETSI, ONF and other standards organizations are working on this, but further architectural and information modeling are needed around the specific needs of cloud computing, cloud services , and inter-provider service continuity”.

Dr. Hongwen Zhang, Co-Founder of Wedge Networks, has been its Chief Executive Officer and President since January 2009. He has more than 18 years leadership experience in the security field, including development of the first digital receipts infrastructure for secure e-commerce. He explained his mission as: “Cloud services will have to comply with increasingly detailed regulatory and privacy laws if current growth continues. This requires robust structures to ensure end-to-end security. We must also decide guidelines to help inform government and regulatory decisions and create workable security and privacy strategies.”

“We will be announcing further appointments shortly” added Walker. “If you can see the importance of these issues for the future of Cloud and for your future business, now is your chance to join the CEF and help shape the future of a potential $200billion Cloud services market.”

About The CloudEthernet Forum:

The CloudEthernet Forum (CEF) is an industry organization of market-leading cloud service providers, network service providers, equipment manufacturers, system integrators and software developers that are focused on development of CloudEthernet technologies through open standards development.  The CEF is affiliated with the 200+ member Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), which helped create the $50B Carrier Ethernet market.

To address the $200B cloud services market, the CEF aims to accelerate and facilitate the use of standard protocols to support large scale global datacenter deployments, making cloud services easier, faster, more secure, and affordable to deploy.

The CloudEthernet Forum is an independent MEF organization. For more information, please visit www.CloudEthernet.org