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Apr 02
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8:00am - 9:00am 60 mins
Registration and Breakfast
9:00am - 9:15am 15 mins
Heavy Reading Presentation: Opportunities for AI in Telecom Automation
  • Speaker James Crawshaw - Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
9:15am - 9:35am 20 mins
Service Provider Keynote
9:35am - 10:30am 55 mins
Panel: Zero Touch Provisioning & Beyond for SD-WAN

SD-WAN solutions generally support Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP) making it easy to bring a new branch online. The service provider can configure the device remotely and if there are future changes required this too can be done on the fly. However, this basic automation is not good at dealing with anomalies and unexpected events. To cope, service providers need to move beyond scripting to machine learning algorithms that can adapt to changing conditions that lead to congestion, jitter and loss on the combination of WAN technologies an enterprise customer is using. This panel will debate how to make SD-WAN services more autonomous to meet enterprise customers’ evolving needs.

  • Moderator James Crawshaw - Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
10:30am - 10:50am 20 mins
Coffee Break
10:50am - 11:10am 20 mins
Diamond Sponsor Keynote
11:10am - 12:00pm 50 mins
Panel: Automated Security Control - A Delicate Balancing Act

Ninety-five percent of all security incidents involve human error. Administrator error can be at fault too and little wonder given that security professionals are overwhelmed updating policies, running reports, analyzing results, finding hidden threats and more. Automation is clearly needed yet many security professionals are reluctant to give up control and let the machines take over. Moreover, defining the role and scope of automation necessary to enhance security is also a complex undertaking. So how can service providers reduce complexity and streamline their security processes while remaining in control? This panel will discuss which tools and methodologies, including artificial intelligence, service providers should be using to automate network security management without comprising control.

  • Moderator Jim Hodges - Principal Analyst, Cloud & Security, Heavy Reading
12:00pm - 1:30pm 90 mins
Lunch & Table Top Displays
1:30pm - 1:50pm 20 mins
Service Provider Keynote
1:50pm - 2:45pm 55 mins
Panel: Automated Service Lifecycle Management for 5G

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.

  • Moderator James Crawshaw - Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
2:45pm - 3:00pm 15 mins
Super Platinum Keynote
3:00pm - 3:20pm 20 mins
Service Provider Fireside Chat
3:20pm - 3:35pm 15 mins
Coffee Break
3:35pm - 3:50pm 15 mins
Super Platinum Keynote
3:50pm - 4:10pm 20 mins
Service Provider Fireside Chat
4:10pm - 5:00pm 50 mins
Panel: Automating the Telco Cloud with Openstack - Are Your VNFs Holding You Back?

Automation is the only way operations teams will keep pace with the dynamic nature of virtualized networks. Operations need to deliver more availability faster, and with the same level of resources. OpenStack offers the infrastructure models, API endpoints and templates for agile infrastructure-as-a-service. Together with DevOps tools such as Ansible, Chef and Puppet, network operators can configure, deploy and automate complex software stacks in the telco cloud. But many of the VNFs that operators are trying to run in their clouds were designed to run on ASICs with local storage – they do not support the key capabilities of auto-scaling and self-healing that telco cloud promises. This panel will discuss the challenges that operators face in their telco cloud deployments and what is being done to address them.

  • Moderator Jim Hodges - Principal Analyst, Cloud & Security, Heavy Reading
5:00pm - 6:00pm 60 mins
Cocktail Reception & Tabletop Displays