Start the Journey to the Adaptive Network – Real-World Case Studies
Date / Time: Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
sponsored by
Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst – Optical Networking & Transport, Heavy Reading

Kevin Sheehan, CTO of the Americas, Ciena

Network operators know what they want. They want networks that are more agile, less costly and deliver an incredible customer experience for business or consumer applications. What isn't as obvious is how to get there. And more importantly, where to begin the journey.

Autonomous networking has been at the forefront of this discussion. However, automation is only part of the story. Providers require a network that will give the right response where and when needed. A network that can adapt.

In this webinar, Ciena will share key insights on how other companies have begun this journey and provide examples of how to achieve the end-state of an Adaptive Network utilizing:

  • Software control and automation
  • Analytics and intelligence
  • Programmable infrastructure

Along with the right expertise, each plays a critical role in the evolution to a more open, flexible and cost-efficient network infrastructure.

This webinar will expose how these components can be applied, individually and/or collectively today – allowing providers to deliver the responsiveness, agility and cost savings their customers demand.


Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst – Optical Networking & Transport, 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. Prior to IDC, Sterling worked for Standard & Poor's, where he delivered global industry analysis on a range of IT segments. He is a former journalist and editor at Telecommunications Magazine, and has also done consulting work for the research firm Current Analysis. Sterling is a frequent speaker at telecom industry events and a highly sought-after source among the business and trade press.

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Kevin Sheehan, CTO of the Americas, Ciena
Kevin Sheehan has more than 25 years of experience leading high-performance, cross-functional teams and building very successful product lines and early-stage companies. Prior to Ciena's acquisition of Cyan, he was General Manager of Ciena Agility, where he was responsible for building and leading Ciena’s software business. Prior to that, he was a key leader and strategist within one of Ciena's fastest-growing business segments while serving as Ciena's Vice President of Product Line Management for packet networking solutions. Before his time at Ciena, from 2003 to 2011, Kevin was CEO of Hatteras Networks, where he led the company from zero revenue to tens of millions in annual revenue with profitable growth. Before joining Hatteras, he held senior leadership positions with Alcatel, Packet Engines and SMC. He has been globally recognized with American Business Awards "Stevie Award" as Best Telecommunications CEO in 2008 and Light Reading's Leading Lights CEO of the Year Award in 2006.

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Glenn Calafati, Global Marketing Director, Ciena
Glenn Calafati has responsibility for business development within the content industries segment. In this role, he consults with cable operators and media companies on next-generation technologies and service development. Prior to joining Ciena, he was Vice President of Product Development and Technology at Sidera Networks and held similar technology roles at the data center operator Telx and Cablevison's Lightpath division. As Chief Engineer at Cablevision, Glenn led the network planning and architecture defining Ethernet Service delivery architectures for voice, video and enterprise data services across core, distribution and access layers. He started his career with Verizon where he held several technology roles in operations.

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