The Time is Now To Add Cloud-Native Functions: for 4G and 5G Networks
Date / Time: Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
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Modern cloud-native network functions aren't only for large-scale service providers building for the future – telcos can make small- or midsized improvements today to refresh outdated technologies in IT or telco workloads. Cloud-native versions of key security functions (with built-in automation and resource allocation) provide fast, resilient and scalable network infrastructure now and in the future. In this webinar we'll share why we believe the time is now to make this investment in containerization to be agile and as powerful as possible to maximize capacity and compute.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • How to support higher capacity (such as enhanced mobile videos) on your network with lower costs
  • Data plane offload and efficiency with Zero Copy Architecture
  • Generate more revenue from existing and future network infrastructure

Jim Hodges, Research Director – Cloud and Security, Heavy Reading | bio Geoff Petersen, Sr. Manager of Product Management, Service Provider Security, F5 Networks | bio
James Feger, General Manager – Service Provider, F5 | bio

Jim leads Heavy Reading's research on the service assurance and security impact of the virtualized cloud on the control plane and application layers, both in the fixed and mobile core and at the enterprise edge. Jim focuses on the security impacts that cloud-based technologies such as 5G introduce from a cyber-threat detection perspective, as well as billing and service assurance transformation implications. Jim joined Heavy Reading from Nortel Networks, where he tracked the VoIP and application server market landscape and was a key contributor to the development of Wireless Intelligent Network (WIN) standards. Additional technical experience was gained with Bell Canada, where he performed IN and SS7 network planning, numbering administration, technical model forecast creation and definition of regulatory-based interconnection models. Jim is based in Ottawa, Canada.

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As General Manager of Service Provider (SP), James Feger is responsible for F5’s worldwide SP business, overseeing F5’s investments across product, business development, marketing, and go-to-market strategies. James has been instrumental in driving innovations for network virtualization and agile network infrastructure across the SP portfolio, leading to F5 building the world’s first 100% cloud-native mobile network.

Feger brings more than 18 years of experience in the technology and telecommunications industries, including roles with CenturyLink (now Lumen Technologies) and AT&T. He was VP of Network Virtualization at CenturyLink, responsible for the development of all virtual services and products, including infrastructure routing, switching, compute, and automation. He also managed Cloud and IT infrastructure teams, pioneered the company’s SDN/NFV program, and served as interim Chief Technology Office.

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As the Senior Manager in Service Provider Security Product Management at F5, Geoff and his team lead product strategy and planning of critical network security solutions for global operators. He's driven the efforts to rapidly refactor our foundational BIG-IP security functions into the first offerings of our cloud-native network functions (CNFs) to improve performance and agility in modern networks. Geoff's background in data network operations and engineering translates to hands-on experience with capacity planning and optimizing telco networks, to prepare customers for today's rapidly-changing threat landscape. Improving network architecture issues, processes, and methodologies means delivering the right product at the right time for customers to maximize revenue, market adoption, customer satisfaction, and lower support costs. Petersen joined F5 in 2012, following ten years at Verizon where he led network security design and network security planning where he designed Firewall, VPN, IDS and Packet Capture systems, and created security policies, design standards, implementation procedures and audit logic. Geoff holds a Masters in Telecommunications Management from Stevens Institute of Technology, a B.A in Economics from Rutgers University and is based in New Jersey.”

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John serves as President of BitPath, a consortium of broadcasters that is planning the transition of member stations to ATSC 3.0 ("NextGen") and developing platforms to support new businesses that exploit the advanced capabilities of the NextGen broadcasting standard. BitPath is creating a nationwide data distribution network leveraging the enormous data distribution capacity of hundreds of leading television broadcast stations.

Prior to joining BitPath John was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Pillsbury, a global law firm with a leading technology practice, where he primarily focused on counseling clients in telecom, media and technology sectors. He was deeply involved in matters related to the development and regulatory approval of ATSC 3.0.

A "go-to" advisor on spectrum matters, before joining Pillsbury John led a large satellite and wireless network development group. He has also served in executive positions with NBC, Lockheed Martin, and New World Communications Group. He is the inventor or co-inventor of four patents related to wireless and satellite spectrum and secure authentication.

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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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Madeleine Noland is the President of the Advanced Television Systems Committee Inc. Widely respected for her consensus-building leadership style, she chaired the ATSC technology group that oversees the ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcast standard before being named ATSC President in May 2019. Previously, she chaired various ATSC 3.0-related specialist groups, ad hoc groups and implementation teams since 2012.

A 15-year industry veteran, Noland held key technology management and standards roles at Backchannelmedia Inc., Telvue Corp. and LG Electronics. She received TV NewsCheck's "2019 Futurist" Women in Technology Award and was named one of 2018's "Powerful Women in Consumer Technology" by Dealerscope magazine. In 2016, she received the ATSC’s highest technical honor, the Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award. She graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts .

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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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