SCTE Live Learning Webinar™ Series: Tapping Into the Cloud
Date / Time: Thursday, August 19, 2021, 11:00 am New York / 4:00 pm London
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The cable industry is now ardently pursuing a software-based strategy as it seeks to shift network functions and services from their legacy proprietary hardware to the cloud. Led by such major MSOs as Comcast in North America and Liberty Global in Europe, cablecos have started disaggregating their access networks and virtualizing network firewalls, routers/gateways, set-top boxes, cable modem termination system (CMTS) chasses and other key functions and equipment. It's all part of a broader drive to boost bandwidth, lower latency levels, scale operations, slash operating costs and deliver more advanced services to subscribers. This session will explore cable's evolving cloud strategy, look at where those efforts may lead and examine what the industry still needs to do.

Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading | bio Krithika Moorti, GM Cable and Fixed Broadband Access – Intel | bio
Paul Rodrigues, Director, Field Education, SCTE | bio Griffin Ashe, Senior Architect – Service Provider & Edge Computing, Red Hat | bio

Alan Breznick has tracked the media, telecommunications, broadband, and consumer electronics industries for more than 20 years. Before switching over to Heavy Reading in 2007, he was the original editor of Light Reading Cable Website and founding author of Heavy Reading's Cable Industry Insider. At Heavy Reading, he primarily focuses on cable/MSO services, technologies, and networks, as well as IPTV infrastructure. Alan was formerly a broadband analyst for Kinetic Strategies and a contributing analyst for One Touch Intelligence. He previously reported for Communications Daily, Cable World, Multichannel News, Broadband Daily, Crain's New York Business, and Genuine Article Press, among other publications.

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Krithika runs the Fixed Networks business within the Network Platforms Group at Intel focusing on the Cable segment. She is a Product Marketing and Business Development professional with a strong focus on Software Defined Infrastructure and the proliferation of the Distributed Data Center. She started her career at Intel in 2011 and is passionate about fostering innovation, finding the right network solutions for her customers and solving their pain points. Since she joined Intel she has worked in several different business units including the Desktop Group, Mobile Communications Group and Client Communications Group. She enjoys leading teams through challenging issues, encouraging risk taking and adding structure to ambiguity. Prior to Intel she worked in the telco space at Ericsson, Alcatel and AT&T. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Surat in India and earned a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University and a Masters in Business Administration from UCLA Anderson School of Business.

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Paul Rodrigues has over 27 years of experience in the Telecommunications industry. He joined the SCTE•ISBE in 2017 to be their Director, Field Education and is responsible for developing and maintaining all the field training and certification for the SCTE•ISBE. He has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology degree from Kean University.

Paul has experience in multiple areas in the industry, including Information Technology, Technical Operations, Management, and Learning and Development. Over half of his career has been focused on Learning and Development. Where he has leveraged his experience to design and deliver training programs targeted for diverse audiences such as technical operation, sales, and senior leadership.

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Griffin Ashe is a skilled business and technical strategist, public speaker, and product leader with extensive experience in the enterprise technology industry.

As a Senior Architect on Red Hat’s Service Provider & Edge Computing team, Griffin helps define, communicate, and implement Red Hat's Open Hybrid Cloud strategy and leads strategic open source technology initiatives across the industry, while tracking and contributing to AI/ML, SDN, NFV, 5G, and Edge Computing developments.

His specialties include product strategy, business development, technical marketing, open source software, containers, Kubernetes, networking, industry and competitive analysis, automation, cloud strategies, IaaS, PaaS, distributed systems, and emerging technologies.

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Jean Macher is Business Development Director of SaaS Solutions for Harmonic where he drives the marketing effort for next-generation video solutions in the Americas. Macher joined Harmonic as part of the acquisition of Thomson Video Networks, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in MPEG-related solutions and digital television implementation. Macher holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Institut Supérieur d'Électronique in Paris.

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Dean Stoneback is the Senior Director of Engineering and Standards at SCTE•ISBE and is responsible for the development of standards and operational practices for the broadband communications industry. Specific targets include reducing energy usage through the Energy 2020 program; assuring that networks are ready for DOCSIS 3.1 deployments; enabling advanced and IP video services and digital advertising; developing Internet of things (IoT) deployment methods; and supporting the migration of networks from coax to fiber delivery.

Prior to joining SCTE/ISBE in 2014, Dean spent 26 years with the Jerrold division of General Instrument, Motorola and ARRIS. As a senior manager with ARRIS, he most recently was responsible for systems analysis and architecture development for transmission products for the cable industry, including optics, RF, Ethernet and PON products. During his career he has focused primarily on fiber optic, RF and PON transmission systems and has experience in systems engineering, hardware design, and system integration and test.

Dean was editor of and a contributor to the Third Edition of the NCTA Recommended Practices for Measurements on Cable Television Systems in 2002 and the secretary and a contributor to the SCTE Measurement Recommended Practices for Cable Systems, Fourth Edition in 2012. He co-authored a book on the return path entitled, “Broadband Return Systems for Hybrid Fiber/Coax Cable TV Networks.” A longtime participant in the SCTE Standards Program, he was the recipient in 2012 of the SCTE Excellence in Standards award. Dean received a B.S.E.E. degree from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA in 1988 and his M.S.E.E. degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA in 1993.

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