Symposium on Software Defined Architectures and Networks


This Symposium focused on the next generation of network and Cloud-based infrastructures, where devices, networks and data elements are defined as software entities. It will include presentations from leaders in the industry and strong use cases in the creation of dynamic architectures which achieve business objectives.

A key focus of the event is to analyse how a range of organisations can be transformed using SDN (Software Defined Networks), including for improved business integration, performance, security and failover, especially to highlight current practice and the future of information infrastructures.

Date: 27 August 2015, 12pm-18.30pm, raighlockhart Campus, Edinburgh

Programme and presenters: here.


The areas covered include:

  • Re-modelling business and health care architectures around software-defined infrastructures.
  • Transforming the public sector using Software Defined Architectures and Networks.
  • Dynamic and robust security infrastructures.
  • Creating dynamic infrastructures within the finance industry.
  • Creating scalable network infrastructures.
  • Templates and scripting of Cloud-based architectures.
  • Failover, copying and templating within software defined infrastructures.
  • Environmental and financial enhancements for software-defined networks.


The following gives the running order of the presentations:

SDN – Cisco’s Approach. Salim Mehta

Prof Christoph Thuemmler, Health 4.0

Stephen Hampton, CTO, Hutchinson Networks

How to use SDN to Innovate, Expand and Deliver for your business, Tristan Liverpool (F5)


Tristan Liverpool
Systems Engineering Manager, UK Major Accounts, F5 Networks
Tristan Liverpool has been at F5 for over 5 years and is currently the UK Major Accounts Systems Engineering Manager. He has over 20 years’ experience of working in the IT industry on technologies such Token Ring, X.21 all the way through to today’s advanced persistent threat security environments and the fast evolving SDN/SDAS world. He has been very involved in F5’s cloud, virtualisation and SDAS strategy over the last 4 years and as such is one of F5 UKISSA’s subject matter experts in this space.
Stephen Hampton
CTO, Hutchinson Networks
Stephen Hampton has been involved with Hutchinson Network since its beginnings in 2009 and took over as CTO in August 2014. With almost 20 years of experience in the IT Infrastructure space, Stephen has vast experience across the network, compute and storage technologies. However, for 10 years Stephen has been mainly focused on networking and achieved CCIE certification in 2008. Although Hutchinson Networks began life as a Network Integrator, Stephen has led the development of a new public cloud platform called Fabrix. Stephen has architected the Fabrix platform to take advantage of the latest SDN and NFV technologies.
Salim Mehta
Solutions Architect
Salim joined Cisco Systems in 2006, bringing 25+ years of broad IT industry experience, more recently focussed on storage networking and enterprise system design. alim’s advises customers how to best use novel technologies to transform traditional data centres into business aligned, information and innovation engines. Prior to this role he has held Consultant, BDM and Marketing positions at CNT, ADVA and Fujitsu Europe. In addition Salim worked for 12 years at Crosfield Electronics where he pioneered the introduction of SCSI disk arrays and 4 years at Burroughs Corporation in the UK & USA.
Christoph Thuemmler
Christoph studied Medicine, Political Science and Educational Science and is a fully trained specialist in General Internal Medicine with 20 years of clinical experience. He has worked in Germany, the US and the UK before focusing more and more on smart devices and service oriented architectures in health care. He completed his PhD on Cerebral Haemodynamics with distinction at Heidelberg University, Germany. Over the last 10 years he has been involved in extensive knowledge transfer activities, especially in promoting the integration of life sciences, clinical practice and computing.
Bill Buchanan
Bill is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET. He currently leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security, and works in the areas of security, e-Health, Cloud Security, Web-based infrastructures, e-Crime, cryptography, triage, intrusion detection systems, digital forensics, mobile computing, agent-based systems, and security risk. Bill will be outlining the usage of virtualised environments for security and digital forensics. Bill has an extensive background in innovation and research, with two successful spin-out companies. He also has won many teaching awards including being voted as most innovative tutor and best tutor in the Edinburgh Napier Excellence Teaching Awards in 2012, 2104 and 2015.
Glen Bisset
Glen is a financial auditor and contributed to the development of Audit Scotland’s audit methodology and served on a number of UK and Scottish technical audit and accounting panels thereby influencing a number of group audit arrangements and financial reporting in the public sector. Within Audit Scotland he promoted the training of others in the use of IDEA data analysis to efficiently deliver audits on time and to budget whilst ensuring that audit risk is managed down to an acceptable level.


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This Symposium is supported by a partnership with Hutchinson Networks.