Martin Casado of VMware Honored With Grace Murray Hopper Award as Outstanding Young Computer Professional of the Year
Casado was selected for his work in creating the software-defined networking (SDN) movement, and laying the foundation for network virtualization as a new paradigm that provides a software alternative to hardware-based network components. Network virtualization uncouples the network from the underlying physical networking hardware. This level of abstraction creates virtual networks that deliver the same features as physical networks, but with the operational flexibility of virtualization. These innovations have spawned a burgeoning SDN research community with the potential to change the field. Casado was co-founder and chief technology officer of Nicira, which was acquired by VMware in 2012.