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Making MEC a Reality- Lessons Learned From a Multi-Party MEC platform Benchmarking Project
Date / Time: Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 11:00 a.m New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
sponsored by
Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst - Wireless Data Services & LTE, Heavy Reading

Nicolas Lemieux, Communications Business, Strategic Market Development, Kontron

Billy Felton, Director, Technology, Verizon Wireless

Sanjay Mishra, Director Verizon Wireless

Fatih E. Nar, DMTS @ Cloud, NFV, CI/CD,Verizon

Christopher Liljenstolpe, Founder & CTO, Tigera

The potential of multi-access or mobile edge computing (MEC) is already well-established, converging IT and telco networks at the mobile edge within the Radio Access Network (RAN) and close to mobile consumer and enterprise subscribers who increasingly expect a better and lower latency user experience.

Designing MEC for the future entails strict requirements on hardware platforms, as well as a need to respect certain characteristics for the services/applications that will run on it.

In order to address these key points, an underlying hardware platform blueprint needs to be designed, implemented and tested iteratively with current and forthcoming new technologies and products kept in mind. The goal is to reach the most appropriate solution that fits and have its performance continually improved by means of tunings, benchmarking, updates and ease of serviceability. This webinar will cover the challenges of MEC deployments, the benchmarking parameters of hardware and software and the practical lessons learned for "next-step" development phases.

  • MEC realities power, space and environmental conditions.
  • Diverse MEC site types and their use-cases for today and the future
  • What's missing? abilities inherited from the past and vision for the future to overcome hurdles
  • MEC network fabric requirements current issues and bottlenecks
  • Application characteristics and prerequisites at the mobile edge
  • Why Calico? leading open source SDN community
  • An inside look at a standard, modular MEC converged platform
  • Talk about the "next round" of benchmarks

Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst - Wireless Data Services & LTE, Heavy Reading
Gabriel covers the mobile network system architecture, including evolution of the RAN, the mobile core, and service-layer platforms and applications. Key technologies in his coverage area include LTE Advanced, small cells, Evolved Packet Core, carrier Wi-Fi and software-centric networking technologies such as NFV, SDN and service chaining. Gabriel has covered mobile networking since 1998 through published research, live events, operator surveys and custom consulting.

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Nicolas Lemieux, Communications Business, Strategic Market Development, Kontron
Nicolas Lemieux has nearly 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, currently leading strategic market development with Kontron in the Communications Business, focused on the design and manufacturing of carrier grade and open systems serving the network infrastructure, end-to-end. Nicolas has been very active for many years with open source systems design and evangelization at Redhat and Canonical. Prior to that, he contributed to world-class engineering teams at Nokia, Ericsson and Nortel.

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Billy Felton, Director, Technology, Verizon Wireless
Billy Felton worked for eight years in military intelligence electronic warfare systems, software development and integration for two years with OSI and at Verizon Wireless for more than 16 years. He leads the Tier 3 Engineering team focusing on problem systems and new technologies. These efforts primarily involve architecture and design changes correcting flaws that would limit systems capabilities to fulfill business requirements.

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Sanjay Mishra, Director Verizon Wireless

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Fatih E. Nar, DMTS @ Cloud, NFV, CI/CD ,Verizon
Fatih Nar has more than 15 years of experience in communication networks and services/ Previously he has worked in Nortel Networks, Ericsson, Canonical/Ubuntu and he is currently a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS) in Cloud, NFV, CI/CD at Verizon Wireless. Fatih has been working on OpenStack & Bare Metal Cloud IaaS for NFV workloads, as well as IoP and IoT application frameworks with machine learning and analytics engine backend accommodated on multi-access edge cloud (MEC).

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Christopher Liljenstolpe, Founder & CTO, Tigera
As both founder and CTO, Christopher Liljenstolpe leads Tigera with its Calico-based portfolio of Kubernetes solutions for production-ready, cloud native application connectivity. His career path includes work at Project Calico, Internet MCI/C&W, Telstra, Alcatel, IETF and Metaswitch.

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