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Date / Time: Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m London
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Cloud Native brings with it the promise of Faster time to market (TTM) for new services and applications, improved, automated and comprehensive life cycle management (LCM) and a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) through the use of containers and microservices.

As compelling as these, and many other, benefits may seem, cloud native represents a fundamental change in the way CSPs design, deploy and manage applications and services. We wanted to understand what was motivating the CSPs in their adoption of cloud native, where they were in the journey what obstacles they were encountering and how they were making their choice of cloud native solution providers and partners.

To answer these questions, in Q3 of this year, Heavy Reading conducted a survey of 92 global communications service providers. Join us as we present the highlights of the survey in this Webinar.

Speakers:
Jennifer Clark, Principal Analyst – Cloud Infrastructure & Edge Computing, Heavy Reading | bio Jitin Bhandari, Chief Technology Officer, Cloud and Network Services, Nokia | bio
T. Sridhar, VP of Architecture and Pathfinding, Office of the CTO, Juniper Networks | bio Susan James, Senior Director, Global Partner Business Development, Red Hat | bio
 

Jennifer Pigg Clark is Principal Analyst with Heavy Reading covering Cloud Infrastructure and Edge Computing. Clark provides actionable insight into service provider evolution, examining the challenges and opportunities facing network operators as they move towards 5G and IoT with an increasingly virtualized and cloud native infrastructure. Clark examines the solutions and technology reshaping the telco data center, technologies such as Edge Computing, Open Source, OpenStack, container networking, Network Orchestration, Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and SD-WAN. Clark started her industry research career with the Yankee Group, which was acquired by 451 Research in 2013. She held the role of Sr. Vice President at Yankee Group. Prior to joining Yankee Group, Clark was Manager of Network Planning and Strategy for Wang Laboratories' corporate data network. She began her career at Wang with responsibility for the domestic and international roll-out of Wang's packet network, connecting more than 250 locations in 14 countries. Before joining Wang, she was a member of the IT research and development division of Commercial Union Insurance Companies. Clark is a highly regarded speaker at industry seminars and conferences and is frequently cited by the commercial and trade press. She has been a guest lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and is a member of the IEEE. She holds a B.A. degree from Mount Holyoke College.

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Jitin Bhandari is CTO and Vice President of the Cloud and Network Services (CNS) business group at Nokia. The CNS portfolio includes software solutions across core networks, orchestration, assurance, analytics & insights, security, private wireless (CSP and enterprise) and enabling 4G, 5G and IoT services for mobile, fixed and cable networks. Jitin leads software technology strategy and disruptive innovation for the mid & long-term horizon, accelerating transformation of networks, operations, analytics to cloud native, 5G and beyond. Jitin is known as a communications visionary with end to end expertise of networks, operations and services with a unique ability of big picture strategic focus and proven ability to deep dive and execute. Jitin has 20+ years of experience in the software/IT/telecom industry.

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T. Sridhar is VP of Architecture and Pathfinding at the CTO Office of Juniper Networks where he is responsible for advanced technology initiatives. Sridhar has worked in the networking and software industry for 25+ years. His work has spanned network virtualization, software defined data centers and telco software. Sridhar has a Masters degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austi.

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Susan James is Senior Director, telecommunications strategy at Red Hat. She has worked extensively within Cloud and have owned a number of the network functions and virtualisation platforms at different points in time, and has an MBA and Bachelor of Business from the University of Victoria.

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Winston Caldwell received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University and his Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California with over twenty-five years of electrical engineering experience. He is the Vice President of Advanced Engineering at Fox Corporation. In the past, he has served as a Systems Engineer in the servers and storage industry with EMC Corporation and as a Senior Engineer in the aerospace industry with the Boeing Company.

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Susan James is Senior Director, telecommunications strategy at Red Hat. She has worked extensively within Cloud and have owned a number of the network functions and virtualisation platforms at different points in time, and has an MBA and Bachelor of Business from the University of Victoria.

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Ralph Brown founded Brown Wolf Consulting LLC after retiring from CableLabs® where he was CTO and responsible for leading CableLabs’ Research and Development staff in delivering innovative technology to the cable industry. In this role, he led research and development in a broad range of areas, including: Hybrid Fiber-Coax, Optical, and Wireless Network Technologies, as well as Open Source Software, Security, and Technology Policy. In this capacity, he was responsible for leading opportunities for convergence across all of CableLabs programs. During this period he also served on the Board of Directors for SCTE/ISBE, the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), and Kyrio®.

Prior to CableLabs, Mr. Brown worked for [email protected] as Chief Architect, Set-top Systems where he worked on broadband applications for set-top terminals and entertainment devices. Before joining [email protected], he worked for Time Warner Cable as Chief Software Architect in their Advanced Engineering Department where he worked on the Orlando Full Service Network and was a key contributor the Time Warner Cable Pegasus Program.

Mr. Brown earned a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His Master’s thesis was in the field of Speech Recognition. He received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, from North Carolina State University.

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