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Sep 26
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7:00am - 7:30am 30 mins
Registration & Breakfast
7:30am - 8:30am 60 mins
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Women in Comms Breakfast Workshop: Automation's Double-Edged Sword
  • Moderator Kelsey Ziser - Editor, Upskill U & Senior Editor, Light Reading
  • Panelist Honoré Labourdette - Vice President, Global Market Development, Telco Business Group, VMWare
  • Panelist Amy LaFebre - Director of Technology, Commercial Data Systems, Verizon
  • Panelist Tracy Nolan - President, National Sales, Strategy & Operations, Sprint
  • Panelist Shannon Williams - Director Sales - Major Accounts, Infinera

Automation is one of the hottest topics in telecom today. Network operators are seeking ways to create more autonomous networks in which basic functions are programmable and done without human intervention. It holds a lot of promise to increase efficiency, reduce costs and improve operations. However, a lot of this comes at the expense of jobs – and especially line jobs without P&L responsibility. As such, automation could affect employment prospects more significantly for women in comms. That said, it could also present opportunities for those with the right skill sets, experience and smarts to get ahead of the trends. During this panel, we'll talk about the jobs impact, the skills needed in an automated environment, how to future-proof your employment and much more. 

As always, this free event hosted by Light Reading and Women in Comms' member companies is open to all women and men in the telecommunications, STEM and IT fields, and will also provide an informal setting to meet and network over breakfast and a forum to exchange ideas, learn and grow.

9:00am - 9:05am 5 mins
Welcome Back
  • Phil Harvey - US News Editor, Light Reading
9:05am - 9:25am 20 mins
Info
Service Provider Keynote: Web-Scale for Telcos: Is NFV ready for automation?
  • Bryce Mitchell - Director of NFV, Cloud, Innovation Labs & Support Networks, Telus

Automation is at the heart of NFV's promise of reduced cost, increased agility and improved reliability. It's absolutely critical for successful deployments of 5G and edge computing as well, but is NFV ready for automation? As the technology matures, significant challenges and barriers remain to achieving the promise of true web-scale performance for telecommunications services. Experience in the field tells us there are still gaps to close in the current state of the art of NFV and SDN. But hope is on the horizon, significant success has been achieved at the infrastructure level and the shift towards cloud-native VNFs promises a bright future.

9:25am - 9:40am 15 mins
Info
Super Platinum Sponsor Keynote: How Carriers Gain Visibility in the Hybrid/Multi-Cloud
  • Vikram Saksena - Chief Solutions Architect, Office of the CTO, NetScout Systems

Today’s complex, multi-vendor environments demand a single source of truth for both application performance and security management. Capable of revolutionizing how applications are monitored and analyzed in virtualized, physical, on-premises and cloud environments, NETSCOUT smart data distills the essence of IP traffic flows, a.k.a. wire data, and prepares and organizes it at the collection point. By deploying this solution, enterprises and carriers simultaneously monitor and secure delivery of services and optimize their users’ actual experience. By turning wire data into smart data, DevSecOps teams get unobstructed visibility that can not only scale to any size infrastructure but also accelerate deployments through a common situational awareness.

9:40am - 10:30am 50 mins
Info
Keynote Panel: Pushing the Boundaries of Cloud Applications
  • Moderator Phil Harvey - US News Editor, Light Reading
  • Panelist David Hughes - VP, IP Engineering, PCCW Global
  • Panelist Lisa Partridge - Director, Data/Video/Voice Product Marketing, Frontier Communications
  • Panelist Steven Shalita - Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Pluribus Networks
  • Panelist Ahmed Seemab - Global Sales Head of Cloud Services, SDN & NFV, Ericsson

As enterprises' demand for software-defined business services increases, more enterprise IT departments are adopting a multicloud approach. This has implications for both security and networking, with SDN positioned to play a key role in how cloud applications are automated and delivered. This panel will address these issues, as well as how operators can monetize increasingly virtualized and cloudified business services.

10:30am - 10:50am 20 mins
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Super Platinum Sponsor Keynote: Putting the M in MANO
  • Prayson Pate - Chief Technology Officer, Ensemble, ADVA Optical Networking

MANO is management and orchestration. Those of us working in NFV often focus on the orchestration aspect of MANO. Orchestration is important, but so is management. This session will discuss essential high-level requirements for achieving deployability at scale, including simplified management networking, multi-layer security, software management, zero touch provisioning and service chain creation, visibility, monitoring and troubleshooting.

10:50am - 11:05am 15 mins
Coffee Break
11:05am - 11:20am 15 mins
Info
Super Platinum Sponsor Keynote: F5
  • James Feger - General Manager - Service Provider, F5 Networks
11:20am - 11:40am 20 mins
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Service Provider Keynote: Embracing the Client Experience: Meeting Real World Issues & Deployment Challenges by Developing a True Understanding of Client Needs
  • Speaker Scott Fairchild - Vice President, Client Experience, Spectrum Enterprise

The onset of new technologies has created the opportunity for communications service providers to provide clients with greater flexibility, control and visibility of their services than ever before. However, as CSPs deploy these new services, often the focus is on the solution, rather than the problems that clients are actually trying to solve – creating a poorer client experience. The time has come for CSPs to use technology the right way: to combine client feedback and good design to put that technology in front of clients in a way that really solves their most important problems. In this session, we will discuss new ways to develop this understanding of your clients, identify the real problems they are trying to solve, and then use that knowledge to develop service offerings that deliver seamless interaction and a transformative client experience.

11:40am - 12:20pm 40 mins
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Keynote Panel: Open Source & MANO: Why Can't We be Friends?
  • Moderator Roz Roseboro - Principal Analyst, Cloud Infrastructure and Management, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist John Isch - Practice Director - Network and Voice Center of Excellence, Orange Business Services
  • Panelist Randy Levensalor - Lead Architect, CableLabs
  • Panelist Bryce Mitchell - Director of NFV, Cloud, Innovation Labs & Support Networks, Telus
  • Panelist Bill Walker - Senior Director, Strategy & Advancement, CenturyLink

Management and orchestration (MANO) of the virtual environment will be critical for operators as they develop autonomous networks. Open source developments continue to play an active role in NFV MANO and advancing the interoperability of NFV architectures, but concerns about implementing MANO remain. This panel will examine the different open source initiatives for MANO and why they're worthwhile, where they're gaining traction, and address how a cloud-native approach could influence future MANO architectures.

12:20pm - 2:00pm 100 mins
Lunch, Networking & Tabletop Displays
2:00pm - 2:20pm 20 mins
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MANAGEMENT OF VIRTUAL AND PHYSICAL RESOURCES
Presentation: Simplifying the Management of Physical & Virtual Resources
  • Randy Levensalor - Lead Architect, CableLabs

There are three key layers which need to be managed for a transition to virtualization: the physical infrastructure, the Virtualization Infrastructure Manager (VIM) and the Virtual Network Function (VNF). This session will explain how moving to a common hardware platform and VIM for delivering a variety of network functions across the network can simplify the transition.

2:00pm - 2:20pm 20 mins
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AUTOMATION & THE DISTRIBUTED EDGE
Keynote Presentation- Automation & the Distributed Edge: Simplicity is Key
  • David Hughes - VP, IP Engineering, PCCW Global

The relationship between automation and a distributed edge is somewhat chicken-and-egg as increasing complexity demands automation and automation enables new products and business models. This talk examines automation in telco environments and how carrier spread to the customer edge now makes automation crucial, challenging though the process may be.

2:20pm - 2:35pm 15 mins
MANAGEMENT OF VIRTUAL AND PHYSICAL RESOURCES
Heavy Reading Presentation
  • Sterling Perrin - Principal Analyst, Optical Networking & Transport, Heavy Reading
2:20pm - 2:35pm 15 mins
AUTOMATION & THE DISTRIBUTED EDGE
Heavy Reading Presentation
  • Jim Hodges - Principal Analyst, Cloud & Security, Heavy Reading
2:35pm - 3:25pm 50 mins
Info
MANAGEMENT OF VIRTUAL AND PHYSICAL RESOURCES
Breakout Panel: SDN & Orchestration: Connecting the Virtual and Physical Worlds
  • Moderator Sterling Perrin - Principal Analyst, Optical Networking & Transport, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Chad Campbell - Solutions Architect, Intraway
  • Panelist Scott Cassell - Vice President, Data Product Development, Spectrum Enterprise
  • Panelist Young Lee - Technical Director, Network Architecture of SDN, Huawei USA
  • Panelist Victor Lopez - Technology Expert at Systems and Network Global Direction, Telefónica
  • Panelist Vikram Saksena - Chief Solutions Architect, Office of the CTO, NetScout Systems
  • Panelist David Wang - Founder & CEO, Wave2Wave

The progression of software-defined technologies has given rise to a new but urgent challenge: how do operators connect their next-generation virtualized networks and services with their installed bases of legacy (physical) networks and services? The benefits of virtualized, automated networks are severely limited if virtualized networks are siloed from the legacy infrastructure and if physical networks are left behind in the automation renaissance. Here, SDN is emerging to play two roles: 1) delivering the benefits of programmability and automation to the physical world; and 2) helping bridge virtual and physical infrastructure by working tightly with higher-layer programmability. This panel will outline how the SDN and orchestration ecosystems must work together to deliver on these two missions, including enabling technologies, standardization efforts, and early successes that point the way to the future.

2:35pm - 3:25pm 50 mins
Info
AUTOMATION & THE DISTRIBUTED EDGE
Breakout Panel: Networks on the Edge
  • Moderator Jim Hodges - Principal Analyst, Cloud & Security, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Mark Calkins - Director of Network Architecture, PacketFabric
  • Panelist Dharmraj Jhatakia - General Manager, SDN-NFV, Happiest Minds
  • Panelist James Thomson - Solution Architect, F5
  • Panelist Nagaraja Upadhya - Fixed Network Product Solutions, Huawei Technologies USA Inc.

There is little debate that the future of the cloud will rely heavily on multi-access edge compute (MEC). However, edge computing in a strict telco sense is still dynamic and fluid and will continue to be defined and shaped by service innovation and security requirements. This session will document the progress made to date in implementing multi-access edge compute, examining the leading use cases and drivers, as well as analyzing the enterprise and 5G security-related challenges that must be addressed before mass commercialization and monetization of the edge-driven cloud can be realized.

3:25pm - 3:40pm 15 mins
MANAGEMENT OF VIRTUAL AND PHYSICAL RESOURCES
Coffee Break
3:25pm - 3:40pm 15 mins
AUTOMATION & THE DISTRIBUTED EDGE
Coffee Break
3:40pm - 4:30pm 50 mins
Info
AUTOMATION & THE DISTRIBUTED EDGE
Breakout Panel: The Future of Analytics: Implementing Intent
  • Moderator Jim Hodges - Principal Analyst, Cloud & Security, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist Mike Benjamin - Sr. Director Threat Research, CenturyLink
  • Panelist David Hughes - VP, IP Engineering, PCCW Global
  • Panelist Awanish Verma - Senior Architect and Product Manager, Communications Business Unit, Xilinx

In a very short time, analytics has established itself as a mandatory component of cloud networks. However, given the pace of change in these disruptive times, analytics continues to evolve both in terms of functions supported and business drivers. This session will take the pulse of analytics implementations, examine where analytics has achieved success, and consider the value of new approaches such as intent-based analytics, which enhances how data is analyzed in the network, thereby providing additional network level insights to enable "closed-loop" network performance monitoring.

7:00am - 7:30am

Registration & Breakfast

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7:30am - 8:30am
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Women in Comms Breakfast Workshop: Automation's Double-Edged Sword

Automation is one of the hottest topics in telecom today. Network operators are seeking ways to create more autonomous networks in which basic functions are programmable and done without human intervention. It holds a lot of promise to increase efficiency, reduce costs and improve operations. However, a lot of this comes at the expense of jobs – and especially line jobs without P&L responsibility. As such, automation could affect employment prospects more significantly for women in comms. That said, it could also present opportunities for those with the right skill sets, experience and smarts to get ahead of the trends. During this panel, we'll talk about the jobs impact, the skills needed in an automated environment, how to future-proof your employment and much more. 

As always, this free event hosted by Light Reading and Women in Comms' member companies is open to all women and men in the telecommunications, STEM and IT fields, and will also provide an informal setting to meet and network over breakfast and a forum to exchange ideas, learn and grow.

  • Moderator Kelsey Ziser - Editor, Upskill U & Senior Editor, Light Reading
  • Panelist Honoré Labourdette - Vice President, Global Market Development, Telco Business Group, VMWare
  • Panelist Amy LaFebre - Director of Technology, Commercial Data Systems, Verizon
  • Panelist Tracy Nolan - President, National Sales, Strategy & Operations, Sprint
  • Panelist Shannon Williams - Director Sales - Major Accounts, Infinera
More
9:00am - 9:05am
Welcome Back
Info

Welcome Back

  • Phil Harvey - US News Editor, Light Reading
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9:05am - 9:25am
Info

Service Provider Keynote: Web-Scale for Telcos: Is NFV ready for automation?

Automation is at the heart of NFV's promise of reduced cost, increased agility and improved reliability. It's absolutely critical for successful deployments of 5G and edge computing as well, but is NFV ready for automation? As the technology matures, significant challenges and barriers remain to achieving the promise of true web-scale performance for telecommunications services. Experience in the field tells us there are still gaps to close in the current state of the art of NFV and SDN. But hope is on the horizon, significant success has been achieved at the infrastructure level and the shift towards cloud-native VNFs promises a bright future.

  • Bryce Mitchell - Director of NFV, Cloud, Innovation Labs & Support Networks, Telus
More
9:25am - 9:40am
Info

Super Platinum Sponsor Keynote: How Carriers Gain Visibility in the Hybrid/Multi-Cloud

Today’s complex, multi-vendor environments demand a single source of truth for both application performance and security management. Capable of revolutionizing how applications are monitored and analyzed in virtualized, physical, on-premises and cloud environments, NETSCOUT smart data distills the essence of IP traffic flows, a.k.a. wire data, and prepares and organizes it at the collection point. By deploying this solution, enterprises and carriers simultaneously monitor and secure delivery of services and optimize their users’ actual experience. By turning wire data into smart data, DevSecOps teams get unobstructed visibility that can not only scale to any size infrastructure but also accelerate deployments through a common situational awareness.

  • Vikram Saksena - Chief Solutions Architect, Office of the CTO, NetScout Systems
More
9:40am - 10:30am
Info

Keynote Panel: Pushing the Boundaries of Cloud Applications

As enterprises' demand for software-defined business services increases, more enterprise IT departments are adopting a multicloud approach. This has implications for both security and networking, with SDN positioned to play a key role in how cloud applications are automated and delivered. This panel will address these issues, as well as how operators can monetize increasingly virtualized and cloudified business services.

  • Moderator Phil Harvey - US News Editor, Light Reading
  • Panelist David Hughes - VP, IP Engineering, PCCW Global
  • Panelist Lisa Partridge - Director, Data/Video/Voice Product Marketing, Frontier Communications
  • Panelist Steven Shalita - Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Pluribus Networks
  • Panelist Ahmed Seemab - Global Sales Head of Cloud Services, SDN & NFV, Ericsson
More
10:30am - 10:50am
Info

Super Platinum Sponsor Keynote: Putting the M in MANO

MANO is management and orchestration. Those of us working in NFV often focus on the orchestration aspect of MANO. Orchestration is important, but so is management. This session will discuss essential high-level requirements for achieving deployability at scale, including simplified management networking, multi-layer security, software management, zero touch provisioning and service chain creation, visibility, monitoring and troubleshooting.

  • Prayson Pate - Chief Technology Officer, Ensemble, ADVA Optical Networking
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10:50am - 11:05am

Coffee Break

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11:05am - 11:20am
Info

Super Platinum Sponsor Keynote: F5

  • James Feger - General Manager - Service Provider, F5 Networks
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11:20am - 11:40am
Info

Service Provider Keynote: Embracing the Client Experience: Meeting Real World Issues & Deployment Challenges by Developing a True Understanding of Client Needs

The onset of new technologies has created the opportunity for communications service providers to provide clients with greater flexibility, control and visibility of their services than ever before. However, as CSPs deploy these new services, often the focus is on the solution, rather than the problems that clients are actually trying to solve – creating a poorer client experience. The time has come for CSPs to use technology the right way: to combine client feedback and good design to put that technology in front of clients in a way that really solves their most important problems. In this session, we will discuss new ways to develop this understanding of your clients, identify the real problems they are trying to solve, and then use that knowledge to develop service offerings that deliver seamless interaction and a transformative client experience.

  • Speaker Scott Fairchild - Vice President, Client Experience, Spectrum Enterprise
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11:40am - 12:20pm
Info

Keynote Panel: Open Source & MANO: Why Can't We be Friends?

Management and orchestration (MANO) of the virtual environment will be critical for operators as they develop autonomous networks. Open source developments continue to play an active role in NFV MANO and advancing the interoperability of NFV architectures, but concerns about implementing MANO remain. This panel will examine the different open source initiatives for MANO and why they're worthwhile, where they're gaining traction, and address how a cloud-native approach could influence future MANO architectures.

  • Moderator Roz Roseboro - Principal Analyst, Cloud Infrastructure and Management, Heavy Reading
  • Panelist John Isch - Practice Director - Network and Voice Center of Excellence, Orange Business Services
  • Panelist Randy Levensalor - Lead Architect, CableLabs
  • Panelist Bryce Mitchell - Director of NFV, Cloud, Innovation Labs & Support Networks, Telus
  • Panelist Bill Walker - Senior Director, Strategy & Advancement, CenturyLink
More
12:20pm - 2:00pm

Lunch, Networking & Tabletop Displays

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