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Leveraging NFV for Profitable Managed Services: SD-WAN, Security & vCPE
Date / Time: Monday, April 11, 2016, 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
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Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading

Kumar Mehta, Founder & CEO, Versa

Shawn Hakl, VP, Networking and Managed Services, Verizon

As service providers embrace NFV and what it can enable for new managed services, they look for a strong business case in the near-term and a clear path to the future. Key to both of those is a way for virtualization to enable value-added services.

This webinar will focus on what service providers have done to-date with NFV for WAN and branch managed services; what the spectrum of services will be for the full range of branch options, thin to fat; and how solutions such as vCPE and managed SD-WANs can be leveraged to create more agile and value-added managed services.

It will feature Shawn Hakl, vice president at Verizon, and Kumar Mehta, founder of Versa Networks and formerly of Juniper Networks, and will be moderated by Carol Wilson, editor-at-large for Light Reading.



Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading
After a quarter of a century covering telecom, what Carol doesn't know about the industry can't even be Googled. Carol's CV, which is available as a partwork, includes spells at Telephony, Interactive Week and The Net Economy. She was also the founder of a telecom news website, BroadbandEdge. Prior to covering telecom, she covered higher education, business, politics, the arts and sports for publications in North Carolina and Wisconsin. [Ed note: Is there such as thing as the arts in Wisconsin, technically speaking?]

Now working for Light Reading from her home aviary with faithful dog Sunny as her executive assistant and personal trainer, Carol welcomes feedback from her readers, particularly if they shout, "Go Heels!" in her face at any given trade show.

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Kumar Mehta, Founder & CEO, Versa
Kumar Mehta brings a proven track record of leading mega-projects at startups as well as publicly traded companies. His vision, work ethic and leadership as VP of Engineering at Juniper Networks resulted in multiple blockbuster product deliveries, including the market-leading Metro and Carrier Ethernet solution, the MX series. His leadership in design, development and delivery of differentiated solutions resulted in huge and continuing revenue streams for the company and brought Kumar the prestigious CEO Excellence Award. Prior to Juniper, he held engineering management positions at Riverstone Networks and Yago Systems.

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Shawn Hakl, VP, Networking and Managed Services, Verizon
Shawn Hakl has global experience at setting strategy, building practices/portfolios and leading teams composed of technology and business professionals to deliver enterprise-grade solutions and products. His specialties include SDN/NFV, product development/management, systems integration, enterprise architecture, IT outsourcing and telecommunications.

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