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Has SDN Lived Up to the Hype?
Date / Time: Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 10:00 a.m. EST / 7:00 a.m. PST
Steve Saunders, Founder & CEO, Light Reading

Russ White, Network Architect, Author, CCIE, CCDE, CCAr, LinkedIn

Dr. Jim Metzler, Founder and Vice President at Ashton, Metzler & Associates

Hayim Porat, CTO, ECI

Adam Saenger, Vice President, Global Product Development & Management, Level 3 Communications

Jacques Tardieux, Head of International Marketing, Connectivity Businesss Unit, Orange Business Services

Software defined networking has been a major influencer on data center/network planners and management teams for the past four years, but what sort of impact has it had on operations, efficiencies, strategies and business cases? Has it lived up to the hype, particularly for communications network operators? This webinar looks at the promise and reality of SDN, the technologies and business cases that are still in play in 2016 and what the future of the ‘programmable network’ holds.

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Steve Saunders, Founder & CEO, Light Reading
Steve Saunders is the Founder and CEO of Light Reading, the world’s largest, most authoritative, and best qualified community of telecommunications professionals, reaching 350,000 global communications decision-makers every month.

Steve founded Light Reading in 2000, after a 12-year career as a technology journalist, working for McGraw-Hill’s Data Communications Magazine. Following the explosive success of Light Reading, he launched Heavy Reading (www.heavyreading.com) and Dark Reading (www.darkreading.com). This triptych of online startups covering telecom news, telecom research, and security news, respectively, was acquired by UBM llc in 2005 for $33 million. Steve then took a break from leading Light Reading in 2007, before buying Light Reading and Heavy Reading back from UBM in January 2014.

In the intervening years (2008-2013), Steve founded Internet Evolution, a groundbreaking, award-winning, global, online community dedicated to investigating the future of the Internet, and DeusM (www.deusm.com), an integrated marketing services company targeting the fastest-growing segment of the online publishing industry: business social media. In the space of three years DeusM launched nearly 50 custom communities for companies including Dell, IBM, Intel, DuPont, and Bristol Meyers, all based on Steve’s vision for a structured system of community publishing, one that creates unprecedented engagement among highly qualified business users.

In March 2008, Steve was inducted into Min’s Digital Media Hall of Fame. In April 2009, he was named to the No. 2 spot on Folio magazine’s Folio 40 ranking of magazine industry influencers and innovators. He was named Min’s Marketer of the Year in September 2010. In 2014, Steve was named to the Folio 100, the magazine and media industry’s best-known and most prestigious list of innovators, entrepreneurs and market shaker-uppers, in the Dynamic Disrupter category.

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Russ White, Network Architect, Author, CCIE, CCDE, CCAr, LinkedIn
Russ White has more than twenty years' experience in designing, deploying, breaking, and troubleshooting large scale networks. Russ is currently a member of the Architecture Team at LinkedIn, where he works on next generation data center designs, complexity, and security. His most recent books are The Art of Network Architecture and Navigating Network Complexity. He holds both a BSIT and MSIT from Capella University in network architecture, CCIE #2635, CCDE #2007::001, and CCAr, and an MACM in Biblical Literature from Shepherds Theological Seminary.

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Dr. Jim Metzler, Founder and Vice President at Ashton, Metzler & Associates
Dr. Metzler has worked in many positions in the networking industry. This includes creating software tools to design customer networks for AT&T; being an Engineering Manager for high speed data services for NYNEX; being a Product Manager for network hardware at Prime Computer; managing DEC’s network; directing and performing market research at the Yankee Group; and running a consulting organization at Strategic Networks.

Jim’s primary interest is on how IT creates business value. His current technical interests include Application Delivery, Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization.

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Hayim Porat, CTO, ECI
Hayim Porat is the CTO at ECI where he heads the innovation center. He is responsible for the development and design of the company's forward-looking technology strategy which includes: SDN/NFV, big data, security and cloud services. Prior to ECI, Mr. Porat shepherded the research of cloud and SDN technologies for various international organizations. He served as the Chief Cloud IaaS and SDN Architect at Toga Networks and consulted on the same others. Mr. Porat was the founder and CTO of Ethos Networks, a pioneer in centralized control of telecom metro Ethernet networks which was sold to Tejas Networks in 2010. Following the acquisition, he worked as the principal architect at Tejas. Mr. Porat holds multiple telecommunications patents and seven certifications and his work has been published. He earned a (Bsc), EE from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.

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Adam Saenger, Vice President, Global Product Development & Management, Level 3 Communications
Adam Saenger is Vice President, Global Product Development & Management for Level 3 Communications, with responsibility for leading all aspects of Level 3's global solutions development in addition to lifecycle product management responsibility for the company's Customer Interaction Strategy and Adaptive Network Control Solutions. Prior to his current role, Adam spent 16 years in various marketing executive leadership positions at tw telecom.

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Jacques Tardieux, Head of International Marketing, Connectivity Businesss Unit, Orange Business Services

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