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Srinivasa (Srini) Kalapala
Service Provider Keynote: Verizon
Service Provider Fireside Chat: CenturyLink
In the emerging world of low-latency service delivery, automation is a given. However, adoption of automated security processes is not just technically complex; many security professionals are culturally reluctant to give up control and let the machines take over. So how can service providers reduce complexity and streamline their security processes while remaining in control? This breakfast will discuss which tools and methodologies, including artificial intelligence, service providers should be using to automate network security management without compromising control and indelibly altering their cultural framework.
Zero-touch network management, which all but does away with human intervention, is the ultimate goal for network operators but making significant progress towards that goal will require the deployment of artificial intelligence capabilities, in particular machine learning. This panel will highlight emerging use cases and best practices, including how AI capabilities are expected to impact functionality such as route optimization, capacity planning, fault management and root cause analysis, dynamic optimization and more.
Enterprises and service providers face the challenge of securing infrastructure across multiple public clouds as well as their own private cloud and legacy infrastructure. This panel will address in detail the common design principles that should be adopted to secure a multicloud architecture and home in on how automation can contribute to this goal. The session will also include a frank discussion of what level of progress has been achieved in the implementation of these principles, how automation has played a part to date and what security hurdles remain.
One of the key tenets driving automation integration is to finally realize the promise of fully automated provisioning on an end-to-end network basis. However, the reality is that early automation service delivery strategy is focused on implementing unique service specific automation requirements, which is not aligned with the need to provision a service once and have it updated in all layers of the network. Accordingly, this panel will take stock of what can be realistically achieved in the short term by examining SD-WAN and 5G mobile services and what additional steps need to be implemented to holistically realize the power of end-to-end automated seamless service independent provisioning.
5G networks will be a key enabler for the Internet of Things, providing a platform to connect millions of devices with diverse network performance requirements. As such, 5G network operators will have to solve the complex challenge of managing network services for diverse industry verticals (automotive, energy, healthcare, etc.) with different requirements throughout their lifecycle. This panel will discuss the current state of network service lifecycle management automation and how these will need to adapt to enable the transition to 5G. Panelists will examine the key parts of the lifecycle (configuration, healing, onboarding, scaling, testing and verification, upgrading) and discuss the challenges they present.