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Key Sessions

Josh Goodell

Host Operator Opening Keynote

AT&T

Mike Frane

Service Provider Breakout Keynote: Windstream

Windstream Enterprise

8:00am - 9:15am

Registration & Welcome Coffee

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9:15am - 9:20am
Welcome

Welcome

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9:20am - 9:40am

Host Operator Opening Keynote

  • Josh Goodell - VP of Intelligent Edge, AT&T
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9:40am - 10:00am

Opening Vendor Insight

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10:00am - 10:45am
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Keynote Panel: NFV & SDN Clearing the Cloud-Native Hurdle

The very first SDN and NFV use cases were not cloud native and, without that capability, those applications won't be able to scale quickly enough to keep up with soaring network traffic levels. In this panel, we'll discuss:

·         What progress has been made on NFV and SDN? What are the success stories?

·         What's holding operators back from advancing their NFV and SDN strategies?

·         How and what kind of telco applications are moving to the cloud? How are we getting them there?

·         What are some of the new business models and opportunities that have been unlocked by virtualization?

  • Moderator Phil Harvey - US News Editor, Light Reading
  • Panelist David Hughes - VP, IP Engineering, PCCW Global
  • Panelist Chen Goldenberg - Head of Technical Engineering Services, Drivenets
  • Panelist Bryce Mitchell - Director of NFV, Cloud, Innovation Labs & Support Networks, Telus
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10:45am - 11:05am

Ericsson Principal Keynote

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11:05am - 11:25am

Coffee Break

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11:25am - 11:40am

Fireside Chat with a Service Provider

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11:40am - 12:25pm
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Lightning Talks: The Importance of NFV & SDN to 5G Strategies

You thought we'd go through a whole event without mentioning 5G? WRONG! This quick round of talks focuses solely on the importance of NFV and SDN as network operators are building out and offering 5G services.

Up to 6x 5 min. presentations; 10-15 min. discussion; 10-min. Q&A

  • Moderator Phil Harvey - US News Editor, Light Reading
  • Panelist Prayson Pate - Chief Technology Officer of Edge Cloud, ADVA
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12:25pm - 2:00pm

Lunch, Networking and Tabletop Displays

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Showing of Streams
5:00pm - 6:00pm

Networking Reception & Tabletop Displays

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8:00am - 9:15am 75 mins
Registration & Welcome Coffee
9:15am - 9:20am 5 mins
Welcome
9:20am - 9:40am 20 mins
Host Operator Opening Keynote
  • Josh Goodell - VP of Intelligent Edge, AT&T
9:40am - 10:00am 20 mins
Opening Vendor Insight
10:00am - 10:45am 45 mins
Info
Keynote Panel: NFV & SDN Clearing the Cloud-Native Hurdle
  • Moderator Phil Harvey - US News Editor, Light Reading
  • Panelist David Hughes - VP, IP Engineering, PCCW Global
  • Panelist Chen Goldenberg - Head of Technical Engineering Services, Drivenets
  • Panelist Bryce Mitchell - Director of NFV, Cloud, Innovation Labs & Support Networks, Telus

The very first SDN and NFV use cases were not cloud native and, without that capability, those applications won't be able to scale quickly enough to keep up with soaring network traffic levels. In this panel, we'll discuss:

·         What progress has been made on NFV and SDN? What are the success stories?

·         What's holding operators back from advancing their NFV and SDN strategies?

·         How and what kind of telco applications are moving to the cloud? How are we getting them there?

·         What are some of the new business models and opportunities that have been unlocked by virtualization?

10:45am - 11:05am 20 mins
Ericsson Principal Keynote
11:05am - 11:25am 20 mins
Coffee Break
11:25am - 11:40am 15 mins
Fireside Chat with a Service Provider
11:40am - 12:25pm 45 mins
Info
Lightning Talks: The Importance of NFV & SDN to 5G Strategies
  • Moderator Phil Harvey - US News Editor, Light Reading
  • Panelist Prayson Pate - Chief Technology Officer of Edge Cloud, ADVA

You thought we'd go through a whole event without mentioning 5G? WRONG! This quick round of talks focuses solely on the importance of NFV and SDN as network operators are building out and offering 5G services.

Up to 6x 5 min. presentations; 10-15 min. discussion; 10-min. Q&A

12:25pm - 2:00pm 95 mins
Lunch, Networking and Tabletop Displays
2:00pm - 2:15pm 15 mins
Virtualization Business Models & ROI
Business Case & ROI Opening Thoughts
2:00pm - 2:15pm 15 mins
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Network Cloudification: Deconstruction & Development
Disaggregation at scale - building Telco networks like hyperscalers
  • Ofer Weill - Director of Product Marketing, Drivenets
2:15pm - 2:30pm 15 mins
Virtualization Business Models & ROI
Heavy Reading Research Presentation
  • Sterling Perrin - Principal Analyst, Optical Networking & Transport, Heavy Reading
2:15pm - 2:30pm 15 mins
Network Cloudification: Deconstruction & Development
Heavy Reading Research Presentation
  • Jim Hodges - Chief Analyst, Heavy Reading
2:30pm - 3:15pm 45 mins
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Virtualization Business Models & ROI
Lightning Talk - WAN OFF: SD-WAN, a Longterm Business Model for Virtualized Services, or just a One-Off?
  • Moderator Sterling Perrin - Principal Analyst, Optical Networking & Transport, Heavy Reading
  • Presenter Ari Blau - Director, Product Management - Network and Transformation, Bell Canada
  • Presenter John Isch - Practice Director - Network and Voice Center of Excellence, Orange Business Services

SD-WAN is revolutionizing branch-office connectivity in the era of cloud, and operators globally are jumping on board, many for fear of missing out on the next big thing in enterprise services. Still, from a network operator's perspective, what is the end game? Competing on price versus legacy MPLS services is a race to the bottom. Many operators have long-term plans of integrating SD-WAN as part of their overall NFV strategies, but this too is not easy.

This series of lightning talks will take a hard look at the future of managed SD-WANs from a business point-of-view. What is the best business model for SD-WAN, and how should it be implemented? Or, is SD-WAN best positioned as a point-product in a larger enterprise services portfolio?

2:30pm - 3:15pm 45 mins
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Network Cloudification: Deconstruction & Development
Lightning Talk: Telco-Cloud Strategy - Pick a Cloud - Any Cloud
  • Moderator Jim Hodges - Chief Analyst, Heavy Reading

One of the most important decisions service providers must make in their virtualization journey is whether to implement virtualized services in private, public or hybrid clouds. 

These lightning talks will document the factors and related decision points that will drive this selection process including considering the impact of deploying cloud-native services in whatever configuration(s) is implemented.


3:15pm - 3:30pm 15 mins
Virtualization Business Models & ROI
Fireside Chat: Has Virtualization Made it's Return Yet?
  • Moderator Sterling Perrin - Principal Analyst, Optical Networking & Transport, Heavy Reading
  • Speaker Rupesh Chokshi - Assistant Vice President, Edge Solutions Product Marketing Management, AT&T Business
3:15pm - 3:30pm 15 mins
Network Cloudification: Deconstruction & Development
Fireside Chat: Dissecting Cloud Capabilities for the Operator
  • Moderator Jim Hodges - Chief Analyst, Heavy Reading
3:30pm - 3:45pm 15 mins
Virtualization Business Models & ROI
Coffee Break & Tabletop Displays
3:30pm - 3:45pm 15 mins
Network Cloudification: Deconstruction & Development
Coffee Break & Tabletop Displays
3:45pm - 4:00pm 15 mins
Virtualization Business Models & ROI
What's worth More - Cutting Time to Market, or Cutting OpeX?
3:45pm - 4:00pm 15 mins
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Network Cloudification: Deconstruction & Development
Get it Done or get Dumped - the race with Hyperscalers to bring the Cloud to Telco Services
  • James Buchanan - GM - Edge Cloud, ADVA
4:00pm - 4:15pm 15 mins
Virtualization Business Models & ROI
Service Provider Breakout Keynote: Windstream
  • Mike Frane - Vice President of Product Management for SD-WAN, Windstream Enterprise
4:00pm - 4:15pm 15 mins
Network Cloudification: Deconstruction & Development
Service Provider Breakout Keynote: Concrete Steps to a Cloud-Native Deployment
4:15pm - 5:00pm 45 mins
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Virtualization Business Models & ROI
Breakout Panel: The Business of Security - Risk vs. Return Management Strategies
  • Moderator Jim Hodges - Chief Analyst, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Edward Fox III - CTO, MetTel

5G is not only a major technology disruptor, it will also indelibly alter existing business models. This panel will start by considering how several factors, including 5G and fixed network virtualization architectures, are implemented and when they will impact security risk requirements. 

In addition, the panel will assess how some of these associated 5G security challenges can be turned into a business opportunity through the introduction of advanced managed security services designed to meet the strong level of demand from enterprise customers.

4:15pm - 5:00pm 45 mins
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Network Cloudification: Deconstruction & Development
Breakout Panel: Cloud Native Tech Workshop: Containing the Functions
  • Moderator Ray Le Maistre - Editor in Chief, Light Reading

There's a lot of buzz around cloud-native functionality and the introduction of Kubernetes into telecom and cable networks – operators have been calling for containerization for some time – but are wide-area networks ready for containers? What do vendors and developers need to do make their applications fit for carrier-class container deployments? And what benefits can service providers expect when cloud-native environments become a reality?

5:00pm - 6:00pm 60 mins
Networking Reception & Tabletop Displays