One of the aspects of being a podcast host & tech writer is that vendors frequently ask to brief me. Most of the briefings are, frankly, boring. The folks whose job it is to give the briefings have to deliver the same speech many times to cover the media side of things. I imagine that would make the job hard for anyone. After a few times, they seem to go into “message delivery mode,” and the interactive part of their brain shuts down.
Not so with Margaret Chiosi, President of the OPNFV project hosted at the Linux Foundation. Margaret delivered my favorite sort of briefing. No slides. No prepared speech. Rather, we started off with a level-set of who I am and who she is. Then I just started asking questions about OPNFV: what the project is all about, who the organizations are with an interest, what the long-term goals of the project are, etc. And Margaret just went for it, talking all about OPNFV with a genuine enthusiasm that I am rarely blessed to hear in briefings.
If you’re following software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), listen to this show to learn what the OPNFV project plans to accomplish in this space.
I had been recording the briefing for my notes, but realized part way through that the content might just make a good podcast. After obtaining permission from AT&T (Margaret’s employer) and the Linux Foundation to post this, here we are. Therefore, our very special thanks to Margaret for facilitating the publication. She wasn’t expecting this to become a public recording until I asked her on the spur of the moment, so she has demonstrated good sportsmanship by being willing to play along.