Automate and program your network faster with SICL and Cisco Software Defined Networking (SDN).

Find out how SDN is designed to make a network flexible and agile. It lets you design, build, and manage networks, separating the control and forwarding planes. As a result, the control plane is directly programmable, and it abstracts the underlying infrastructure for applications and network services. Whether you are a Data Centre Manager or a Network Manager, this essential knowledge-transfer event will help you to fully understand the implications and benefits for your organisation.

Join Cisco and SICL for this free event at DoubleTree by Hilton in Leeds City Centre to find out how your business can achieve significant cost savings whilst gaining limitless capacity and scalability on-demand, by using technology from Cisco.


What is Software Defined Networking?

Software defined networking (SDN) developed out of the need to automate, scale and optimise networking for applications that may be provided either via an enterprise datacentre, a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), or as-a-service (public cloud).

At SICL, we view SDN as a centralised approach to the management of network infrastructure. SDN provides a number of important benefits for network and IT operators through controller-enabled, network visibility and automation.


Ability to programmatically automate network configurations, increasing scalability and reliability


Increased flexibility and agility for changing the network operation to enable an application or address a task


Centralized visibility of the network topology, network elements and their operation across the infrastructure


Watch this video to learn how you can automate your data centre and free up resources for more important tasks and more interesting projects with software defined networking.


Watch this video to learn how containers and microservices are transforming data centre network needs. See how Cloud Scale technology delivers the SDN routing and address scale needed.

Beyond automation: What are the limits of SDN?

While software-defined networks (SDNs) have largely automated the process of network management, organisations now require even greater capabilities from their networks in order to manage their own digital transformation.

Simplify operations

Reduce complexity by decoupling the control and data planes, while making automation highly secure and scalable.

Achieve faster time to market

Deploy applications and services faster by leveraging open APIs. Easily integrate third-party products.

Build programmable networks

Eliminate manual configuration. Provision and manage data centres, campuses, and wide-area networks.


Cisco and SICL – A rock solid partnership

SICL are a Cisco Premier Partner which ensures we have the relationship and depth of training to recommend, install & manage customer networks to ensure the best connectivity outcomes for business.

Cisco is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. Today, Cisco solutions are the networking foundations for service providers, small to medium business and enterprise customers. Cisco’s networking solutions connect people, computing devices and computer networks, allowing people to access or transfer information without regard to differences in time, place or type of infrastructure.


Meet our keynote speakers


Rob Price

Channel CTO at Cisco

Rob is a professional communications engineer and member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET) with 18 years for Cisco under his belt. He manages a team of Systems Engineers as well as providing thought leadership and formulating technical strategy for Cisco’s partners. With a background in Military Communications, Rob built prototypes always with security high on his agenda. This technical experience and approach was of particular use for the top financial institutions including the Bank of England.


Jamie Akalin

Enterprise Networks Sales Specialist at Cisco

Jamie is a Cisco Channel Account Manager with a huge amount of experience and history in the wireless industry. His skills base is invaluable having spent many years at the sharp end where the reality of the wireless network technologies employed is at its most challenging. Coupled with a warm and practical approach to communicating the benefits of enterprise network tech, Jamie is very much a “go to” resource for his skills in supporting business transformation and digitisation.


Samantha McGarry

Channel Account Manager at Meraki EMEA

 Samantha is a great example of how technology is now indistinguishable from daily working life. With her background in journalism, she has a pragmatic sense of clarity in her approach to explaining the complexity that lies behind Meraki’s simple solutions. Samantha works with Meraki’s UK partners to help create a solid and logical approach to Meraki practises. 


Experience Leeds' finest rooftop setting 

As you have taken the time to be with us that day, and as it is so close to the party season, we would like to also invite you to join us for complimentary drinks in stunning Sky Lounge in Double Tree by Hilton.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leeds City Centre is situated on the waterside Granary Wharf area, only 2 minutes' walk from the Leeds Railway Station (exit via the Southern Entrance) and 7 minutes' walk from the shopping district.