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
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.
• 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
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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.
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
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
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?
Senior Analyst with a focus on Telco Data Center, Heavy Reading
CTO and Chief Scientist,
VP of Network Strategy and Development
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
Roz Roseboro has nearly 20 years' experience in market research, marketing and product management. She covers developments specifically related to telecom data center transformation, including the changing architectural requirements and approaches for switch and server hardware and software solutions. Roz joinedHeavy Reading following eight years at OSS Observer and Analysys Mason, where she most recently managed its Middle East and Africa regional program, and prior to that, its Infrastructure Solutions and Communications Service Provider programs. She spent five years at RHK, where she ran the Switching and Routing and Business Communication Services programs. Prior to becoming an analyst, she worked at Motorola on IT product development and radio and mobile phone product management. Roz holds a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MBA in marketing, management, and international business from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She is based in Chicago.
Jim Hodges has worked in telecommunications for more than 20 years, with experience in both marketing and technology roles. His primary areas of research coverage at Heavy Reading softswitch, IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and application server architectures and virtualization, control plane protocols such as Diameter and OpenFlow, IP service delivery, subscriber data management (SDM) and managed services. Hodges joined Heavy Reading after nine years at Nortel Networks, where he tracked the VoIP and application server market landscape, most recently as a senior marketing manager. Other activities at Nortel included definition of media gateway network architectures and development of Wireless Intelligent Network (WIN) standards. Additional industry experience was gained with Bell Canada, where Hodges performed IN and SS7 planning, numbering administration and definition of regulatory-based interconnection models. Hodges is based in Ottawa.
Senior Analyst, Service Enabling Architecture & Software, Heavy Reading
Dr. Deb Banerjee is Chief Architect for the Data Center Security Group responsible for securing infrastructure and workloads with the emphasis on cloud and virtualized data centers. As Chief Architect, he is responsible for product and technology strategy for the Data Center Security portfolio of products. Deb has more than two dozen patents pending in cloud and virtualization security.
Chief Architect, Data Center Security, Symantec Corporation
Adam Geller is an accomplished technology leader with over 15 years of experience in information security. In his current role, Adam focuses on virtualization, public and private cloud, and support services. Prior to Palo Alto Networks, Adam was the VP of Product Management and Marketing for Integralis, the security arm of NTT Communications. His primary area of responsibility was developing a managed security services platform and operations model to be implemented in all major NTT Communications data centers as a strategic pillar of the CEO’s Global Cloud Vision. Previously at VeriSign and Symantec, Adam led worldwide product management for Symantec’s premiere public key infrastructure (PKI) offerings. At VeriSign, he also led sales engineering in support of the Authentication and Managed Security Services business units.
Vice President of Product Management, Palo Alto Networks
Ian has held leadership roles in the telecom industry for over 30 years. He spent much of his career in Canada, primarily in systems engineering, design and product management roles with Motorola, Mitel and Wellfleet/Bay Networks. Ian has worked for a number of start-up telecom companies in the Northern California bay area prior to joining Cisco eight years ago. Ian is currently responsible for global service provider architecture, leading our SDN/NFV vision and business transformation strategy. He is an active ambassador and speaker for the Broadband, Metro Ethernet, and SDN/NFV industry forums.
Currently chairing the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) Market Education Committee (MEC), Marc Cohn is an active participant in the SDN and NFV community. He was elected to the OpenDaylight Board of Directors, where he represents the Silver-level members. He also represents Ciena on the ETSI Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) ISG and is the ONF liaison to the Open Networking User Group (ONUG). At Ciena, Marc has been a major contributor to the vendor’s software-defined networking (SDN) initiative, and is responsible for marketing its Multilayer WAN Controller. Prior to joining Ciena, Marc held senior marketing and product management roles with IP Infusion, Amdocs, Lucent Technologies, Alidian Networks and International Network Services.
Chairman of the ONF Market
Christopher Liljenstolpe is Director of Solutions Architecture for the Metaswitch Networking Business Unit. Christopher previously served as solutions architect for Big Switch Networks where he played a key role realizing some of the industry’s earliest SDN deployments. Prior to Big Switch, he was the director of architecture, networks and services at Telstra. His past roles have also included Chief Architect, Cable & Wireless, CTO for the IP Division, APAC for Alcatel-Lucent, and L3 architect for Woven Systems. Christopher has acted as co-chair of the Operations Area Working Group in the IETF and has spoken widely on IP, MPLS, SDN, and network operational issues in various standards bodies and conferences.
Director of Solutions Architecture, Metaswitch Networking Business Unit
Vice President of Network Strategy and Development James
Feger currently oversees CenturyLink’s overall network
strategy and evolution. His responsibilities include standards,
architecture, labs, product development and all other aspects
of the CenturyLink network. Through his leadership, the
Network Strategy and Development organization evolves the
CenturyLink network to facilitate the continued growth and
enablement of the company’s vast product offerings.
Feger had a leading role in the creation of CenturyTel’s
LightCore network and the integration of both the CenturyTel
and Embarq and CenturyLink and Qwest networks.
With more than 19 years of industry experience, Feger has held
several technical and leadership roles throughout his career.
Prior to joining CenturyLink, Feger worked for AT&T.
IAN A. HOOD
Senior Manager – Service Provider Architecture, Cisco Development Organization (CDO)
Christopher Eldredge is NTT America’s Executive Vice President of Data Center Services and Global Solutions, a position to which he was appointed in September 2013. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all facets of the Business Unit, including product and service delivery of NTT Com’s pioneering Enterprise Cloud in the US; product and service delivery for managed hosting, colocation solutions and NTT Com’s data centers located throughout the US; as well as business development, enterprise sales, product marketing, pricing, sales engineering, product mapping and strategic business planning. Christopher brings 16 years of executive management, strategic business development, mergers and acquisitions, operations as well as sales and marketing experience in the telecom industry to NTT America.
Executive Vice President of Data Center Services, NTT America, Inc.
Justin Dustzadeh serves as Chair of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF)’s Migration Working Group Chair and is also a founding board member of the CloudEthernet Forum. At Huawei, Justin leads a team responsible for the vendor's SDN technology direction, network architecture evolution and standardization strategy, including collaboration with the ONF. Previously, he served as VP and Head of Network Architecture for IP & Broadband at Ericsson. Other prior positions include CTO & Co-Founder of a Silicon Valley software technology startup, senior technology and management roles with AT&T Labs (CTO support including driving target architectures and transformation of AT&T’s networks & systems), as well as senior technology roles with French service providers Cegetel/SFR and Orange.
DR. JUSTIN DUSTZADEH
Chairman, ONF Migration Working Group
Christos Kolias is a senior research scientist at Orange Silicon Valley (a subsidiary of Orange). He is a co-founder of the ETSI NFV group and had led the formation of the ONF's Wireless & Mobile working group. He has lectured on NFV and SDN at several events. He has more than 15 years of experience in networking and is the originator of Virtual Output Queueing (VOQ), used in packet switching. He holds a PhD in computer science from UCLA.
Senior Research Scientist,
Orange Silicon Valley
As vice president and general manager of the Software Business Unit at Brocade, Kelly Herrell leads software networking strategy and execution at the company. He leads an organization responsible for driving growth through the delivery of an innovative virtual networking platform and advancing the company’s technology portfolio and customer base in cloud and service provider markets.
Herrell previously served as CEO of Vyatta, a pioneer and industry leader of virtual routing, which was acquired by Brocade in 2012. Prior to Vyatta, he played key leadership roles in a series of successful disruptive IT companies including Blue Coat, Cobalt Networks and MontaVista Software, and directed strategic product and marketing initiatives for Oracle and Teradata.
Herrell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing and economics from Washington State University and an MBA from Cornell University.
Vice President and General Manager, Software Networking, Brocade
Gareth Noyes is responsible for Wind River corporate strategy and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activities as well as for leading the chief technology office. In this capacity, he has led all acquisitions for Wind River since 2005, including the acquisition of Wind River by Intel in 2009. He joined the company in January 1999 and has held roles in various areas, including engineering, product management, business development, and strategic alliances. Prior to joining Wind River, he was a research scientist working at various European laboratories and universities, where he developed expertise in complex embedded control and data acquisition systems.
David Meyer is currently CTO and Chief Scientist at Brocade Communications, where he works on future directions for Internet technologies. Prior to joining Brocade, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems, where he also worked as a developer, architect, and visionary on future directions for Internet technologies. He is currently the chair of the Technical Steering Committee of the OpenDaylight Project. He has been a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) of the the IETF (www.ietf.org) and the chair/co-chair of many working groups. He is also active in the operator community, where he has been a long standing member of the NANOG (www.nanog.org) program committee (and program committee chair from 2008-2011). He is also active in other standards organizations such as ETSI, ATIS, ANSI T1X1, the Open Networking Foundation, and the ITU-T. Mr. Meyer is also currently Director of the Advanced Network Technology Center at the University of Oregon where he is also a Senior Research Scientist in the department of Computer Science.
Samir Sharma is a Solution Architect responsible for the design and architecture of SDN and Cloud-based solutions for communications providers. His work focuses on the operational, monitoring and reporting aspects of emerging cloud based solution communications providers are deploying. In prior roles, Samir has contributed as a developer, product marketing manager and pre-sales engineer with companies within the telecommunications industry.
CTO, Wind River
Director, Product Management,
Chief Operating Officer,
VP, Enterprise and Innovation,
Recep Ozdag is responsible for the company’s go-to-market strategy around Cyan’s SDN/NFV Orchestration software solutions. Before joining Cyan, Recep was in product marketing for the Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group (CSIG) at Intel. He led Intel’s SDN switch and router marketing efforts as well as launching Intel’s SDN and NFV initiative; the Open Network Platform. He has been a frequent speaker at industry events as well as an avid blogger on the Intel communities website.
Steve Shaw is the product marketing director for Juniper's NFV/SDN solutions for the service provider segment. Previously Steve was the vice president of corporate marketing for Kineto Wireless, the key innovator and leading supplier of IP solutions for mobile operators. A frequent speaker, blogger and general evangelist for mobile services over IP, Steve has nearly 20 years' experience in product, marketing and business development roles with telecom companies.
Director of Solutions Marketing, SDN and NFV, Cyan
Product Marketing Director - SDN, Juniper Networks
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.