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Intent-Based Verification - The Key to the Autonomous Network
Date / Time: Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
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James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading

Brighten Godfrey, Ph.D., Co-Founder & CTO, Veriflow

Service provider and enterprise networks are becoming increasingly complex and dynamic as they are stretched to support 5G, Internet of Things, SDN and virtualization. A lack of agility in current network technology is leading to risky vulnerabilities and costly outages. Telecom industry thought leaders see a future of autonomous networking, where networks manage themselves through a seemingly magical combination of intent-based networking and machine learning. This futuristic vision may appear dauntingly complex and expensive, but the reality is that the automation journey is easier than you think, and one you can start on today.

This webinar will explore how intent-based verification can be a practical first step towards autonomous networks, providing a new level of awareness of the entire state of the network, and of how that state supports business goals. Intent-based verification can provide automated, mathematically-rigorous assurance that these goals can be met, improving the resilience and security of existing networks while supporting evolution towards the autonomous network of the future.

 

James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading
James leads Heavy Reading's OSS/BSS research service. He examines the breadth of software used by communications service providers in customer, business, service and infrastructure management. James's areas of focus include BSS, OSS, SDP, policy management, revenue assurance, service assurance, analytics and business intelligence. He is particularly interested in the impact of SDN and NFV on operator's IT systems.

Prior to joining Heavy Reading, James worked for more than 15 years as an analyst covering technology and telecom companies for various investment banks and industry research firms. He previously worked as a management consultant in industry.

James holds a BSc and MEng in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester, England.

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Brighten Godfrey, Ph.D., Co-Founder & CTO, Veriflow
P. Brighten Godfrey is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Veriflow. Dr. Godfrey has conducted research in networked systems and algorithms for more than a decade, and is a co-inventor of key technology in use at Veriflow. His work has developed novel architectures and systems for Internet routing, data center networking, high performance data transport, and network data plane verification, as well as advancing theoretical analysis of network algorithms. He has co-authored over 50 scientific publications, and several of these technologies have been deployed by hyperscale cloud computing providers.

In 2015, Dr. Godfrey received the ACM SIGCOMM Rising Star Award in recognition of outstanding research contributions, including contributions to network verification. Only one individual worldwide is selected for this prestigious award each year. Dr. Godfrey was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 2014, and has also received the UIUC Dean's Award for Excellence in Research, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and the Internet2 Innovative Application Award, in addition to several best paper awards. He was a Beckman Fellow at the UIUC Center for Advanced Study in 2014-2015, and has served as program committee chair of several academic conferences. Dr. Godfrey continues to advise young researchers in his role as Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is co-instructor of a popular Coursera course, "Cloud Networking."

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Jeff White, Vice President, Arago Gmbh
Jeff leads business operations for the communications industry in the Americas at Arago. He has held previous senior roles at Hewlett Packard Enterprise as lead of Communications Media and Entertainment vertical for Americas, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent. He has led the technology efforts for communications service providers and early-stage companies. He was also responsible for sales and operations in the communications equipment providers for product lines and services portfolios. Earlier in his career, he served in leadership roles at BellSouth and Cingular Wireless (now AT&T). At Cingular, he led Cingular Core Transport and Networking efforts. At BellSouth (now AT&T) he led the Broadband Internet Operations and Support organization, which included broadband tier two technical support, customer networking equipment business, broadband OSS and end-to-end process. Jeff chaired the Tech Titans Technology Association of North Texas, representing over 300 technology focused companies in the greater North Texas community. He also served on the North Texas Regional committee of the Texas Emerging Technology fund under Governor Rick Perry.

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