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The State of SDN Deployment and How Converged IP/Optical Control Can Shake It Up
Date / Time: Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 10:00 a.m. EST / 3:00 p.m. London
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Sterling Perrin, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading

Ori Gerstel, Founder and CTO, Sedona Systems

While many service providers show excitement about SDN, only a few have actually started deploying it. This webinar will explain why this is the case, and present a technology that can speed up the process.

In the first part Sterling Perrin, a senior analyst at Heavy Reading, will present an updated overview of SDN deployments and will analyze the drivers and inhibitors of service providers wishing to deploy the technology.

In the second part, Ori Gerstel, co-founder and CTO of Sedona Systems, will explain how converged IP/Optical control can shake things up. By turning the road to SDN into an evolutionary path, converged control allows SPs to deploy SDN gradually and reap benefits every step of the way without diving too deep, too soon.



 

Sterling Perrin, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
Sterling has more than 15 years' experience in telecommunications as an industry analyst and journalist. His coverage area at Heavy Reading is optical networking, including packet-optical transport. He also authors Heavy Reading's Packet-Enabled Optical Networking Market Tracker and Next-Gen Core Packet-Optical Market Tracker. Sterling joined Heavy Reading after five years at IDC, where he served as lead optical networks analyst, responsible for the firm's optical networking subscription research and custom consulting activities.

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Ori Gerstel, Founder and CTO, Sedona Systems
A founder and CTO of Sedona Systems, Ori was previously a Principal Engineer at Cisco, where he was responsible for driving the architecture of router-transport integration. Before joining Cisco in 2002, Ori held senior architecture positions at Tellabs and Nortel, where he architected the first mesh optical network and the first fully switched optical network, respectively. He started his work in optical networking at IBM, where the first commercial DWDM system was developed. For these contributions, he was awarded the grade of IEEE Fellow (2008) and OSA Fellow (2014). Ori published ~100 papers in the main international conferences and journals in the field, as well as several book chapters. He holds over 35 granted patents on optical and multi-layer networks, and a similar number of pending patents. He served as conference committee member and co-chair of several communication conferences and is regularly invited to teach short courses, attend panels, and give plenary talks at the main conferences of the field. He also serves as editor-in-chief for the primary journal for optical networking (JOCN) and as a steering committee member for the main conference in the field (OFC). Ori holds a Ph.D. degree from the Technion.

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Ron Parker, Chief Architect, Affirmed Networks
Ron Parker brings to his role as Affirmed Networks’ Chief Architect more than 25 years of experience in systems architecture, software development, and software management – including stints in all three simultaneously. Ron previously held positions with successful network equipment providers and start-ups, including Chipcom, Cascade Communications, Ascend Communications, Lucent Technologies, Wavesmith Networks, Ciena Corp., Cartiza Networks, and Movik Networks. Ron’s technology expertise includes: large-scale distributed system design, high-performance data plane, queueing and traffic management, signaling and call control, OAM/FCAPS, and service orchestration. In addition to contributions to multiple standards bodies, including active participation with the IETF Service Function Chaining Work Group, he has been awarded more than a dozen U.S. Patents. Ron received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Boston University.

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