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Tuesday, September 16, 2014    |    Santa Clara Marriott    |    Santa Clara, CA

PARTICIPATING COMPANIES

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE EVENT

There is widespread consensus within the telecom industry that telco data centers are currently undergoing an evolutionary transition to the cloud to reduce operational cost and meet elastic scalability requirements.

In addition, the momentum of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) will serve to indelibly alter the data center from a siloed IT-centric model to a harmonized network and IT domain model, in which virtualized telecom functions, such as policy control and application orchestration, are added to the growing list of computing demands. Accordingly, NFV will drive an entirely new set of storage, automation, management, and performance requirements, which are only now starting to
be defined.

Using carrier keynotes, Heavy Reading research, vendor perspectives, and panel discussions, NFV and the Data Center will provide telecom executives with a vital and concise summary of both the opportunities and challenges associated with creating these virtualized telecom carrier-grade data centers.

NFV and the Data Center will also provide an opportunity to network with key decision makers from North American carriers that are leading the charge to implement NFV and move telecom services to the IT domain. The event will provide direct access to pre-qualified C-level executives, VPs, and directors from the likes of Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T.

WHY ATTEND?

• Take a look at a realistic and achievable timeline and associated best practices for building telecom-grade virtualized data centers.

• Explore a detailed view of the platform requirements (hardware and software) that NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) will require to achieve success.

• Assess the feasibility of using existing telecom KPIs, which assume a physical network to measure performance of a virtualized network.

• Capture the performance and security implications of deploying virtualized telecom functions in PoPs or CPE gateways.

• Learn the complementary role that SDN will play in the data center to achieve end-to-end application orchestration.

• All attendees will receive a free copy of the Heavy Reading report “The Future of Telco Data Center Networking in the
SDN Era”

SUPER PLATINUM SPONSOR

 

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MEDIA PARTNER

 

 

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor for NFV and the Data Center? If so, please get in touch to learn about our sponsorship opportunities for the upcoming conference.

EVENT FEES

Admission fees will be waived for verified employees of service providers, cable operators, financial & educational institutions, utilities, government agencies, and end-users of networking services.

If you do not qualify for free admission, prices are as follows:

Event Rate               If Registered August 17th or Later               $599

Light Reading’s Women in Telecom Breakfast is free for all females. Any women attending the breakfast are invited to stay for NFV and the Data Center free of charge.

SPEAKERS

AGENDA

ABOUT

AGENDA

7:00 – 8:50 AM

In the first of what will become a regular event, Light Reading and Heavy Reading are hosting a breakfast and networking event ahead of the NFV & the Data Center show. This free event will provide both a forum for discussion of important industry issues, as well as offer an informal setting for women in the industry to meet, exchange ideas, and network over breakfast.

8:30 – 9:00 AM

GENERAL REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST

9:00 – 9:30 AM

HEAVY READING’S PERSPECTIVE ON NFV AND THE DATA CENTER

Heavy Reading Senior Analysts Jim Hodges and Roz Roseboro will discuss the  impact of NFV on the data center, providing insight into the steps network operators have already taken to virtualize telecom applications and the challenges that lie ahead.

9:30 – 10:00 AM

OPERATOR KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: CenturyLink Cloud

Speaker: James Feger, VP of Network Strategy and Development, CenturyLink

10:00 – 10:30 AM

SPONSOR KEYNOTE: Brocade Communications Systems

Speaker: Kelly Herrell, Vice President and General Manager, Software Networking, Brocade

10:30 – 10:45 AM

BREAK

10:45 – 11:45 AM

PANEL I: NFV DATA CENTER SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS

Moderator: Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading

Panelist: Gareth Noyes, CTO, Wind River;
Marc Cohn, Chairman of the ONF Market Education Committee;
Steve Shaw, Product Marketing Director - SDN, Juniper Networks;
Samir Sharma, Solutions Architecture, NetCracker

While the concept of spinning up telecom functions via software-based virtualized network functions (VNFs) on existing X86 servers is appealing, VNFs will introduce additional hardware and software requirements to deliver telecom-grade services that are not yet fully defined. Numerous “Open” initiatives are underway, but questions remain whether this approach will be acceptable in telco data centers, given operators’ security and reliability concerns. In this panel we will consider these requirements and performance implications from both a hardware and software perspective.

11:45 – 12:30 PM

PANEL II: DISTRIBUTED VS. CENTRALIZED NFV

Moderator: Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading

Panelists: James Feger, VP of Network Strategy and Development, CenturyLink;

Recep Ozdag, Director of Solutions Marketing, SDN and NFV, Cyan;
Ian A. Hood, Senior Manager – Service Provider Architecture, Cisco Development Organization (CDO); David Meyer, CTO and Chief Scientist, Brocade

As telcos are considering virtualizing network functions, one of the main outstanding questions is where those functions should reside. One approach is to have them distributed into multiple locations as close to the end user as possible. Another is to have them centralized and delivered from the cloud. This panel will discuss the pros and cons of each approach for different types of network functions.

12:30 – 1:00 PM

OPERATOR KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Orange Silicon Valley

Speaker: Christos Kolias, Senior Research Scientist, Orange Silicon Valley

1:00 – 2:00 PM

LUNCH & TABLETOP DISPLAYS

2:00 – 2:30 PM

OPERATOR KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: NTT America, Inc.

Speaker: Chris Eldredge, Executive Vice President of Data Center Services,
NTT America, Inc.

2:30 – 3:15 PM

PANEL III: THE FUTURE OF APPLICATION DELIVERY CONTROLLERS

Moderator: Jim Hodges, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading

Panelists: Don MacNeil, Chief Operating Officer, XO Communications;
Milind Kulkarni, Director, Product Management, Brocade

Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs), as they have in the past, will continue to perform a key role in the optimization of data center servers by assuming load
balancing and security requirements. However, since ADCs were not initially designed to support telecom VNFs they will need to evolve to support NFV and cloud virtualization requirements. Therefore, the panel will examine these requirements and, more specifically, what new capabilities ADCs will require to support Layer 4-7 telecom VNFs. Additionally, the panel will consider how effectively these new functions can be supported by a software-only virtualized ADC configuration.

3:15 – 3:30 PM

BREAK

3:30 – 4:15 PM

PANEL IV: NFV DATA CENTER SECURITY REQUIREMENTS

Moderator: Jim Hodges, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading

Panelists: Deb Banerjee, Chief Architect, Data Center Security, Symantec;
Adam Geller, Vice President of Product Management, Palo Alto Networks;
Mike Turnlund, VP, Enterprise and Innovation, TM Forum

Virtualizing telecom services in a data center or PoP amplifies existing security concerns that all IP networks inherently face. This session will discuss these requirements and present tangible solutions that can be deployed to mitigate the risk.

4:15 – 5:00 PM

PANEL V: NFV DATA CENTER MIGRATION STRATEGIES

Moderator: Jim Hodges, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading

Panelist: Dr. Justin Dustzadeh, Chairman, ONF Migration Working Group;
Christopher Liljenstolpe, Director of Solutions Architecture, Metaswitch Networking Business Unit; Christos Kolias, Senior Research Scientist, Orange Silicon Valley

Despite their promise, the implementation of telecom data centers will take a number of years to deploy in order to protect existing infrastructure investment, and to ensure there is no degradation of telco services metrics. Therefore, creating an effective migration strategy for existing siloed or cloud data centers is vital for ensuring future success. Still, given this is largely uncharted territory, a number of fundamental questions need to be addressed. These include: What is a realistic timeline to complete such a migration? And what best practices can be adopted to simplify the migration process?

SPEAKERS

ROZ ROSEBORO
Senior Analyst with a focus on Telco Data Center, Heavy Reading

DAVID MEYER
CTO and Chief Scientist,

Brocade

SAMIR SHARMA
Solutions Architecture,
NetCracker

JAMES FEGER
VP of Network Strategy and Development
CenturyLink

5:00 – 5:15 PM

WRAP-UP: CONFERENCE CHAIRMAN, JIM HODGES 

Conference Chairman Jim Hodges will summarize key discussion points from the sessions and keynotes.

5:15 – 6:30 PM

COCKTAIL RECEPTION & TABLETOP DISPLAYS

JIM HODGES
Senior Analyst, Service Enabling Architecture & Software, Heavy Reading

DEB BANERJEE

Chief Architect, Data Center Security, Symantec Corporation

ADAM GELLER

Vice President of Product Management, Palo Alto Networks

MARC COHN
Chairman of the ONF Market
Education Committee

CHRISTOPHER LILJENSTOLPE
Director of Solutions Architecture, Metaswitch Networking Business Unit

IAN A. HOOD

Senior Manager – Service Provider Architecture, Cisco Development Organization (CDO)

CHRISTOPHER ELDREDGE

Executive Vice President of Data Center Services, NTT America, Inc.

DR. JUSTIN DUSTZADEH
Chairman, ONF Migration Working Group

CHRISTOS KOLIAS

Senior Research Scientist,
Orange Silicon Valley

KELLY HERRELL

Vice President and General Manager, Software Networking, Brocade

GARETH NOYES
CTO, Wind River

MILIND KULKARNI
Director, Product Management,
Brocade

DON MACNEIL
Chief Operating Officer,
XO Communications

MIKE TURNLUND
VP, Enterprise and Innovation,
TM Forum

RECEP OZDAG

Director of Solutions Marketing, SDN and NFV, Cyan

STEVE SHAW
Product Marketing Director - SDN, Juniper Networks

MODERATORS

SPEAKERS

THE VENUE

Santa Clara Marriott

2700 Mission College Blvd

Santa Clara, CA 95054

NFV and the Data Center will be taking place in the Newport Beach, Santa Barbara and Portland meeting spaces at the Santa Clara Marriott.

 

For this event, we are able to offer a group rate of $249 per night.

 

The group rate is available until

August 25, 2014.

 

CONTACT US

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