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Sep 25
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8:00am - 9:15am 75 mins
Registration & Welcome Coffee
9:15am - 9:20am 5 mins
Welcome
  • Phil Harvey - US News Editor, Light Reading
9:20am - 9:40am 20 mins
Info
Service Provider Keynote: Zero Touch Operations Through a Future-Proof E2E Service Orchestrator
  • Antonio Jose Elizondo Armengol - Head of Network Virtualization Strategy and Technology, Telefónica

Telefónica will explain its vision on how to achieve the total automation of network services under its UNICA program, the network virtualization program of the company. Telefónica is leading the ETSI OSM project, which is the service orchestration piece within UNICA. OSM is able to automate not only the creation but also the operation of network services, and is naturally evolving to support future 5G.

9:40am - 10:00am 20 mins
Info
Principal Sponsor Keynote: Hybrid Operations - Preparing for 5G
  • Rodrigo Beyer Fernandez - Head of Portfolio & Offerings SA Managed Services IT, Business Area Managed Services, Ericsson

Virtualization of network functions is a prerequisite for 5G. However, full network virtualization will take time. In practice that means that most Communication Service Providers (CSPs) will have a hybrid scenario of traditional (i.e. physical) and virtualized network functions for years to come. The transformation to a virtual network environment will impact the organizations delivering the operations. For effective and efficient operations, having separate delivery units for traditional (i.e. physical) network operations and telco cloud operations is not sustainable. In this session, we will talk about the challenges on the virtualization journey as well as what is required to transform operations, including organization, skills, processes & service functions, and tools and automation.

10:00am - 10:55am 55 mins
Info
Keynote Panel: Monetizing Virtualization at the Edge
  • Moderator Phil Harvey - US News Editor, Light Reading
  • Panelist Antoine Clerget - Chief Technical Officer, Ekinops
  • Panelist Richard Piasentin - Chief Marketing & Chief Strategy Officer, Accedian
  • Panelist Jacqueline Teo - Chief Digital Officer, HGC Global Communications
  • Panelist Ray Watson - Vice President, Global Technology, Masergy
  • Panelist Kevin Woods - Vice President of Product Management, Lumina Networks

Now that many service providers are well underway on their journeys toward network virtualization, what's next? How will operators differentiate services enough to significantly boost the top line, and what will be the operational impact of moving resources closer to the edge? This panel will examine shifting business models and new opportunities as virtualization efforts mature, as well as operational challenges for managing distributed resources.

10:55am - 11:15am 20 mins
Info
Service Provider Keynote: Harnessing the Potential for NFV & SDN Monetization Across Enterprise & Consumer Platforms
  • Kevin McBride - Principal Architect, SDN & NFV Technologies, CenturyLink

Customer experiences and interactions with technologies and services are what drive our transformation design and development. SDN and NFV enable a lot of new buttons, knobs and dials that are tunable and extensible, but providing prescriptive and reliable services with common, supportable deployment models are how the cost benefits are realized. Central Offices and fiber-fed buildings evolving to hyperlocal, low-latency edge compute technologies will enable a new era of developed software providing the potential for monetization. Hear about CenturyLink's journey and what it has learned about the adoption of SDN/NFV and cloud technologies.

11:15am - 11:30am 15 mins
Coffee Break
11:30am - 12:25pm 55 mins
Info
Keynote Panel: Automation & Applications for Advanced Operations
  • Moderator Jim Hodges - Principal Analyst, Cloud & Security, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Mike Kozlowski - Senior Director – Transport and Access, Product Management, Windstream
  • Panelist Kevin McBride - Principal Architect, SDN & NFV Technologies, CenturyLink
  • Panelist Chad Milam - President and Chief Operating Officer, PacketFabric
  • Panelist Steven Shalita - Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Pluribus Networks
  • Panelist Srilakshmi Valisammagari - Senior Technologist & Strategist - SDN/NFV Innovations, Verizon

2017 will be remembered as the year that automation achieved widespread support as a key tenet of service providers' cloud evolution strategies. 2018 will be remembered as the year in which the detailed requirements of shifting tasks from humans to software were defined. Panelists will discuss why automation is attractive from an operational perspective, what key applications operators are looking to automate, how they will integrate automation into their SDN and NFV networks to achieve seamless end-to-end service delivery and what barriers remain in committing to network automation.

12:25pm - 2:00pm 95 mins
Lunch, Networking and Tabletop Displays
2:00pm - 2:10pm 10 mins
Info
AUTOMATION & THE DISTRIBUTED EDGE
Sponsor Presentation: TCTS
  • Speaker Vineet Anshuman - SME- Next-generation Networks Practice, TCTS
2:00pm - 2:10pm 10 mins
Info
BREAKING DOWN FUTURE BUSINESS MODELS
Sponsor Presentation: F5
  • James Thomson - Solution Architect, F5
2:10pm - 2:30pm 20 mins
AUTOMATION & THE DISTRIBUTED EDGE
Heavy Reading Presentation
  • Roz Roseboro - Principal Analyst, Cloud Infrastructure and Management, Heavy Reading
2:10pm - 2:30pm 20 mins
BREAKING DOWN FUTURE BUSINESS MODELS
Heavy Reading Presentation
  • Jim Hodges - Principal Analyst, Cloud & Security, Heavy Reading
2:30pm - 3:20pm 50 mins
Info
AUTOMATION & THE DISTRIBUTED EDGE
Breakout Panel: Operations at the Edge: More Locations, More Problems
  • Moderator Roz Roseboro - Principal Analyst, Cloud Infrastructure and Management, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Reinhard Florin - General Manager of North America, Telco Systems, A BATM Company
  • Panelist Michael Heffner - Vice President PLM, Ensemble, ADVA Optical Networking
  • Bill Long - Vice President of Interconnection Services, Equinix
  • Panelist Vikram Saksena - Chief Solutions Architect, Office of the CTO, NetScout Systems

Telcos are looking to deploy processing power closer to the edge of the network to better support latency-sensitive applications and reduce transport costs. Central offices, basestations and the customer premises will soon see more compute, network and storage resources. While the benefits are clear, the operational impact promises to be significant. Service providers and organizations such as OpenStack are raising the alarm now in an effort to get the industry thinking about how to manage so many more resources in so many more -- sometimes orders of magnitude more -- locations. This session will discuss the challenges that have already been identified and the concerns yet to be addressed.

2:30pm - 3:20pm 50 mins
Info
BREAKING DOWN FUTURE BUSINESS MODELS
Breakout Panel: The Emergence of the Universal Service Provider
  • Moderator Jim Hodges - Principal Analyst, Cloud & Security, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Geoff Hollingworth - Chief Marketing Officer, MobiledgeX Inc
  • Panelist James Thomson - Solution Architect, F5
  • Panelist Ray Watson - Vice President, Global Technology, Masergy
  • Panelist Antonio Jose Elizondo Armengol - Head of Network Virtualization Strategy and Technology, Telefónica

Cloud adoption by service providers has been disruptive on a technical level, and to business processes and strategies. In response, progressive service providers are taking bold steps to monetize their cloud business such as moving application development in-house to ensure application differentiation, and focusing aggressively on new business areas such as IoT and connected car. This session will consider the changes that service providers must make to be successful in the cloud, and the business implications and network slicing capabilities from 5G. The session will also address CSPs' potential to become Universal Service Providers (USPs) capable of delivering more impactful and higher value services for all the network slices running on their networks.

3:20pm - 3:35pm 15 mins
AUTOMATION & THE DISTRIBUTED EDGE
Coffee Break & Tabletop Displays
3:20pm - 3:35pm 15 mins
BREAKING DOWN FUTURE BUSINESS MODELS
Coffee Break & Tabletop Displays
3:35pm - 3:45pm 10 mins
Info
AUTOMATION & THE DISTRIBUTED EDGE
Sponsor Presentation: Leveraging the Power of SDN to Transform Carrier Networks
  • Steven Shalita - Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Pluribus Networks

The promise of SDN and NFV has the power to change everything for the carrier network. But how realistic is it to actually deploy and operate these next-generation architectures? SDN has to deliver carrier-class scale and move beyond new protocols to enable the automation, programmability and reliability needed. We will explore the evolution of SDN architectures and some real-world use cases for leveraging SDN in a carrier environment. We will examine how SDN can deliver both operational efficiency and enable new IP services for your customers, including dynamic network slicing, EPC virtualization, modernizing DCI, scaling multi-tenant and direct-connect architectures, improving IT data center operations and even automating your labs.

3:35pm - 3:45pm 10 mins
Info
BREAKING DOWN FUTURE BUSINESS MODELS
Presentation: Simplicity at the Edge - Why Virtual Network Services are the Future
  • Speaker Aaron Tomosky - Director of Solutions Consulting, QOS Networks
3:45pm - 4:05pm 20 mins
Info
AUTOMATION & THE DISTRIBUTED EDGE
Service Provider Breakout Presentation: Follow the Money… How Network Automation & Virtualization Are Changing Operators' P&L & Who's Buying What From Whom
  • Speaker Bill Long - Vice President of Interconnection Services, Equinix

Historically network hardware and infrastructure were by far the predominant cost drivers in network product business cases. In this model, minimal expense was outlaid to ensure customers could be provisioned onto the network and to ensure network services could be managed. Accordingly, overall costs scaled roughly in line as traffic, geographic coverage or users increased on the network. With software-controlled networking via SDN and the applicability of virtualization to network applications, a large part of the network product cost equation has flipped from network hardware and infrastructure that scales with volume to software control and the creation of a dynamic customer experience that are a one-time expense shared across the platform.

3:45pm - 4:05pm 20 mins
Info
BREAKING DOWN FUTURE BUSINESS MODELS
Breakout Presentation: SD-WAN Deployments in a Global Environment
  • John Isch - Practice Director - Network and Voice Center of Excellence, Orange Business Services

In this session John Isch, director of the network practice at Orange Business Services, will discuss the realities of deploying SD-WAN in a global environment. He will discuss both the challenges of global deployments as well as some solutions to help make them go more smoothly.

4:05pm - 5:00pm 55 mins
Info
AUTOMATION & THE DISTRIBUTED EDGE
Service Assurance & Test & Measurement Strategies on the Path to Automation
  • Moderator Denise Culver - Online Research Director, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Ross Cassan - Sr. Director of Product Marketing, Spirent
  • Panelist James Hopson - Product Manager, Digital Enterprise, Luxoft
  • Panelist Asfaw Negeri - SME- Solutions Engineering, TCTS
  • Panelist Bill Walker - Senior Director, Strategy & Advancement, CenturyLink

As digital transformation redefines the roles of service providers, it's changing the way operators address service assurance and test and measurement. The integration of virtualization and automation into networks impacts the entire service lifecycle, including design, deployment and operations. This panel discusses the benefits and challenges of this new paradigm; what it means for emerging technologies; and how this shift in technology can address key issues that continue to plague operators, including churn, the creation of new services and capacity management.

4:05pm - 5:00pm 55 mins
Info
BREAKING DOWN FUTURE BUSINESS MODELS
Breakout Panel: SD-WAN 2.0: Defining Service Provider Business Models for Success
  • Moderator Sterling Perrin - Principal Analyst, Optical Networking & Transport, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Jeff Lewis - Vice President, Data Product Management, Comcast Business
  • Panelist Prayson Pate - Chief Technology Officer, Ensemble, ADVA Optical Networking
  • Panelist Kevin Sahim - VP, Engineering (Managed Services), GTT
  • Panelist Aaron Tomosky - Director of Solutions Consulting, QOS Networks
  • Panelist Rami Yaron - Board Director & Co-Chair, MEF

SD-WAN has taken the industry by storm, and for good reason -- the dynamic, software-based approach to connectivity has proven a perfect fit for the enterprise cloud model, particularly for branch offices. As the market has matured, enterprises now face an array of technology options as well as multiple ways to consume SD-WAN, including full do-it-yourself, via reseller/systems integrators; or contracting with a network operator for managed services. Against this backdrop, network operators face the challenge of proving to enterprise customers that operator-managed services are the best route for consuming SD-WAN, and demonstrating value and differentiation among the many carriers competing in this approach. This panel steps back from the technology discussions to deliver a business-focused assessment of SD-WAN, from the perspective of the network operator.

5:00pm - 6:00pm 60 mins
Networking Reception & Tabletop Displays
8:00am - 9:15am

Registration & Welcome Coffee

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9:15am - 9:20am
Welcome
Info

Welcome

  • Phil Harvey - US News Editor, Light Reading
More
9:20am - 9:40am
Info

Service Provider Keynote: Zero Touch Operations Through a Future-Proof E2E Service Orchestrator

Telefónica will explain its vision on how to achieve the total automation of network services under its UNICA program, the network virtualization program of the company. Telefónica is leading the ETSI OSM project, which is the service orchestration piece within UNICA. OSM is able to automate not only the creation but also the operation of network services, and is naturally evolving to support future 5G.

  • Antonio Jose Elizondo Armengol - Head of Network Virtualization Strategy and Technology, Telefónica
More
9:40am - 10:00am
Info

Principal Sponsor Keynote: Hybrid Operations - Preparing for 5G

Virtualization of network functions is a prerequisite for 5G. However, full network virtualization will take time. In practice that means that most Communication Service Providers (CSPs) will have a hybrid scenario of traditional (i.e. physical) and virtualized network functions for years to come. The transformation to a virtual network environment will impact the organizations delivering the operations. For effective and efficient operations, having separate delivery units for traditional (i.e. physical) network operations and telco cloud operations is not sustainable. In this session, we will talk about the challenges on the virtualization journey as well as what is required to transform operations, including organization, skills, processes & service functions, and tools and automation.

  • Rodrigo Beyer Fernandez - Head of Portfolio & Offerings SA Managed Services IT, Business Area Managed Services, Ericsson
More
10:00am - 10:55am
Info

Keynote Panel: Monetizing Virtualization at the Edge

Now that many service providers are well underway on their journeys toward network virtualization, what's next? How will operators differentiate services enough to significantly boost the top line, and what will be the operational impact of moving resources closer to the edge? This panel will examine shifting business models and new opportunities as virtualization efforts mature, as well as operational challenges for managing distributed resources.

  • Moderator Phil Harvey - US News Editor, Light Reading
  • Panelist Antoine Clerget - Chief Technical Officer, Ekinops
  • Panelist Richard Piasentin - Chief Marketing & Chief Strategy Officer, Accedian
  • Panelist Jacqueline Teo - Chief Digital Officer, HGC Global Communications
  • Panelist Ray Watson - Vice President, Global Technology, Masergy
  • Panelist Kevin Woods - Vice President of Product Management, Lumina Networks
More
10:55am - 11:15am
Info

Service Provider Keynote: Harnessing the Potential for NFV & SDN Monetization Across Enterprise & Consumer Platforms

Customer experiences and interactions with technologies and services are what drive our transformation design and development. SDN and NFV enable a lot of new buttons, knobs and dials that are tunable and extensible, but providing prescriptive and reliable services with common, supportable deployment models are how the cost benefits are realized. Central Offices and fiber-fed buildings evolving to hyperlocal, low-latency edge compute technologies will enable a new era of developed software providing the potential for monetization. Hear about CenturyLink's journey and what it has learned about the adoption of SDN/NFV and cloud technologies.

  • Kevin McBride - Principal Architect, SDN & NFV Technologies, CenturyLink
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11:15am - 11:30am

Coffee Break

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11:30am - 12:25pm
Info

Keynote Panel: Automation & Applications for Advanced Operations

2017 will be remembered as the year that automation achieved widespread support as a key tenet of service providers' cloud evolution strategies. 2018 will be remembered as the year in which the detailed requirements of shifting tasks from humans to software were defined. Panelists will discuss why automation is attractive from an operational perspective, what key applications operators are looking to automate, how they will integrate automation into their SDN and NFV networks to achieve seamless end-to-end service delivery and what barriers remain in committing to network automation.

  • Moderator Jim Hodges - Principal Analyst, Cloud & Security, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Mike Kozlowski - Senior Director – Transport and Access, Product Management, Windstream
  • Panelist Kevin McBride - Principal Architect, SDN & NFV Technologies, CenturyLink
  • Panelist Chad Milam - President and Chief Operating Officer, PacketFabric
  • Panelist Steven Shalita - Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Pluribus Networks
  • Panelist Srilakshmi Valisammagari - Senior Technologist & Strategist - SDN/NFV Innovations, Verizon
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12:25pm - 2:00pm

Lunch, Networking and Tabletop Displays

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5:00pm - 6:00pm

Networking Reception & Tabletop Displays

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