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MEF18 Agenda At A Glance

MEF18 Workshops & Opening Reception
Monday, 29 Oct
MEF18
Tuesday, 30 Oct
MEF18
Wednesday, 31 Oct
MEF18
Thursday, 1 Nov
MEF18
Friday, 2 Nov
MEF Professional Certification Exam Prep Courses will be held Sunday and Monday.  The LSO Hackathon will be held Monday through Wednesday.  The 4Q18 MEF Members Meeting will be held mid-day Wednesday through Friday.
8:15 - 9:10 Registration & Breakfast
9:10 - 9:15 Welcome to MEF Workshops
9:15 - 10:50 Workshop I – Transitioning to MEF 3.0 Services & Application-Aware Networking
10:55 - 1:05 Workshop II – MEF 3.0 & LSO: Standardizing Inter-Provider & Intra-Provider APIs For Orchestrated Services
1:05 - 1:55 Lunch
1:55 - 2:35 Workshop III - MEF 3.0 & 5G: Transport, Network Slicing, Orchestration & Fixed-Mobile Convergence
2:35 – 3:40 Workshop IV – Accelerating MEF 3.0 Adoption
3:40 – 3:55 Executive Presentation
4:00 - 5:00 Press Conference (Invitation Only - Press & Analysts)
4:00 – 7:30 Proof Of Concept Showcase Demos and MEF 3.0 Implementation Projects in Networking Hall
5:30 – 7:30 Opening Reception In Networking Hall
7:15 - 8:15 Registration & Breakfast
8:15 - 1:10 Plenary Executive Keynotes, Perspectives, Panels
1:10 - 3:15 Lunch, Proof Of Concept Showcase Demos and MEF 3.0 Implementation Projects in Networking Hall
3:20 - 5:30 WAN Exchange Track - Addressing Enterprise Transformation Needs (by WAN Summit) MEF 3.0 Migration Track
5:30 - 7:15 Drinks Reception,
Proof Of Concept Showcase Demos and MEF 3.0 Implementation Projects in Networking Hall
7:30 – 10:00 MEF Awards Dinner
7:15 - 8:15 Registration & Breakfast
8:15 - 1:10 Plenary Executive Keynotes, Perspectives, Panels
1:10 - 3:25 Lunch, Proof Of Concept Showcase Demos and MEF 3.0 Implementation Projects in Networking Hall
2:00 - 5:30 4Q18 MEF Members Meeting Editing Sessions
3:30 – 5:30 Future of Networking – Hot Topics Track Journey to 5G Track
5:30 – 7:30  Drinks Reception, Booth Crawl, Proof Of Concept Showcase Demos and MEF 3.0 Implementation Projects in Networking Hall 
8:00

5:00
4Q18 MEF Members Meeting 
   
   
   
8:00

5:00
4Q18 MEF Members Meeting  

MEF18 Workshops & Opening Reception Monday, 29 Oct

8:00am – 9:10am

Registration & Breakfast

9:10am – 9:15am

Welcome to MEF 3.0 Workshops

With the MEF 3.0 transformational global services framework, MEF is focused on defining, delivering, and certifying agile, assured, and orchestrated communication services across a global ecosystem of automated networks. Emerging MEF 3.0 services empower users with the dynamic performance and security required to thrive in the digital economy. MEF 3.0 services provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with unprecedented user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities. MEF18's Program Director will provide an overview of the organization’s strategic work covered in today's workshops: (1) standardized, orchestrated connectivity and virtualized services (Carrier Ethernet, Optical Transport, IP, SD-WAN, Security-as-a-Service, and other Layer 4-7 services), (2) LSO Reference Architecture and LSO APIs, (3) 5G, (4) MEF 3.0 implementation projects and other initiatives involving community collaboration (4) and certification programs for services, technology, and professionals. Join us on the journey to transform the industry!

Stan Hubbard, MEF18 Program Director, MEF

9:15am – 10:50am

Workshop I – Transitioning to MEF 3.0 Services & Application-Aware Networking

Part 1:  Latest Advancements in MEF 3.0 Carrier Ethernet, Optical Transport, IP & SD-WAN Services Standardization

Moderator TBD | David Martin, Senior Systems Engineer, IP/Optical Networking Business Group, Nokia  | Speaker TBD | Speaker TBD

Part 2:  Aligning the Industry on Standardized MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Managed Services

Moderator Ralph Santitoro, MEF Distinguished Fellow; Head of SDN/NFV/SD-WAN Services, Fujitsu Network Communications | Speaker to be announced, Service Provider | Mark Gibson, Director of Product Management, Amdocs; Applications Committee Co-Chair, MEF | Joe Ruffles, Global Standards Architect for Strategy and Innovation, Riverbed; SD-WAN Project Co-Leader, MEF

Part 3:  What Needs to be Standardized to Deliver Security-as-a-Service?

Moderator TBD | Speaker TBD | Speaker TBD | Speaker TBD 

10:50am - 10:55am

Break

10:55am - 1:05pm

Workshop II – MEF 3.0 & LSO: Standardizing Inter-Provider & Intra-Provider APIs for Orchestrated Services

Part 1:  LSO Reference Architecture & Projects - Standardizing APIs at Multiple Interface Reference Points

Moderator: Chris Purdy, LSO Committee Co-Chair, MEF | Andy Mayer, PMTS, Network Cloud and Infrastructure, AT&T Labs; LSO Committee Co-Chair, MEF | Jack Pugaczewski, Distinguished Architect, CenturyLink | Sarit Tager, VP of Research & Development, ECI  | Speaker TBD | Speaker TBD

Part 2: Inter-Provider LSO Sonata APIs – Roadmap & Early Adopter Use Cases

Moderator Chris Purdy, LSO Committee Co-Chair, MEF | Divesh Gupta, VP - Technology and Sales Operations, PCCW Global  | Fahim Sabir, Director of Architecture & Development, Network on Demand, Colt | Speaker TBD | Speaker TBD

1:05pm – 1:55pm

Lunch

1:55pm - 2:35pm

Workshop III – MEF 3.0 & 5G: Transport, Network Slicing, Orchestration & Fixed-Mobile Convergence

Moderator Dan Pitt, SVP, MEF | Speaker TBD | Speaker TBD | Speaker TBD | Speaker TBD

2:35pm – 3:40pm

Workshop IV – Accelerating MEF 3.0 Adoption

Part 1:  Services, Technology & Professional Certification

Moderator TBD | Bob Mandeville, President, Iometrix | Isabelle Morency, Head of Engineering & Standards, Iometrix | Speaker TBD

Part 2:  MEF 3.0 Implementations / Case Studies

Moderator: Daniel Bar-Lev, Director, Office of the CTO, MEF | Speaker TBD | Speaker TBD | Speaker TBD

3:40pm - 3:55pm

Executive Presentation

Speaker to be announced, Orange Business Services

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Press Conference (Invitation Only for Press & Analysts)

4:00pm – 7:30pm

Proof Of Concept Showcase Demos and MEF 3.0 Implementation Projects in Networking Hall

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Opening Reception in Networking Hall

*2:00pm - 5:30pm

LSO Hackathon

 

MEF18 Tuesday, 30 Oct

7:15am – 8:15am

Registration & Breakfast

8:15am - 8:25am

Welcome To MEF18

Kevin Vachon, Chief Operating Officer, MEF

8:25am - 8:35am

MEF Chairman’s Address

Michael Strople, Chairman, MEF; President Allstream, Managing Director - Canada, Zayo Group

8:35am - 8:50am

MEF President’s Address

Nan Chen, President, MEF; Executive Vice Chairman, CENX

8:50am - 9:10am

Executive Presentation

Kevin O'Toole, Senior Vice President, Product Management, Comcast Business

9:10am - 9:30am

Executive Presentation

Josh Goodell, Vice President, Intelligent Edge, AT&T

9:30am - 9:50am

Executive Presentation

Satya Parimi, Group Vice President, Data Products, Spectrum Enterprise

9:50am - 10:10am

Executive Presentation

Eric Cevis, President, Verizon Partner Solutions

10:10am - 10:55am

Enabling Orchestrated, Application-Driven Services Across a Global Ecosystem of Automated Networks

Moderator: Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading | Marc Halbfinger, Chief Executive Officer, PCCW Global | Kyle Malady, Chief Network Operations Officer and Acting CTO, Verizon | John Paul Hemingway, CEO, SES Networks | Adam Saenger, VP of Product Management, CenturyLink

10:55am - 11:15am

Break

11:15am - 11:35am

Executive Presentation

Kevin Sheehan, CTO of the Americas, Ciena

11:35am - 11:55am

Executive Presentation

Jean-Claude Geha, Senior Vice President International Delivery Unit (SVP IDU), Strategic Programs, Deutsche Telekom AG

11:55am - 12:10pm

Executive Presentation

Franck Morales, Vice President Marketing Connectivity Services, Orange Business Services

12:10pm - 12:30pm

Guest Enterprise Keynote: Sports, Concerts, Festivals, Facilities - The IT Glue Behind it All

The breadth of what AEG Worldwide does as a business - sports, concerts, festivals, facilities management - presents daunting challenges and amazing opportunities for the IT function. CIO Bill Martin shares how his "digital services" team has taken enterprise grade to a new level and how an entrepreneurial company has, well, grown up. He explains how IT keeps AEG's vast portfolio of independent businesses connected as it transitions to an all-cloud approach and shutters its data center. And he discusses the implementation of cutting-edge technologies at its hundreds of venues to increase customer engagement.

Bill Martin, CIO, AEG - the leading sports & entertainment company that owns or operates more than 100 venues worldwide, including the STAPLES Center (LA Lakers, LA Kings), Sprint Center, The O2 in London, Microsoft Theater, etc.

12:30pm - 1:10pm

The Role of SD-WAN in Digital Transformation

Moderator: Roopa Honnachari, Industry Director, Business Communications Services & Cloud Computing, ICT, Frost & Sullivan | Jeff Lewis, VP of Product Management, Comcast Business | Stefan Schnitter, SVP Infrastructure, Deutsche Telekom Pan-Net | Ralph Santitoro, Head of SDN/NFV/SD-WAN Services, Fujitsu Network Communications

1:10pm - 3:15pm

Lunch, Proof Of Concept Showcase Demos and MEF 3.0 Implementation Projects in Networking Hall

3:20pm – 5:30pm

WAN Exchange Track - Addressing Enterprise Transformation Needs

Brought by WAN Summit.  Track Chair: Greg Bryan, Senior Manager, Enterprise Research, TeleGeography

MEF 3.0 Migration Track

Track Chair: Charlie Reed, Partner, ATLANTIC-ACM

3:20pm - 4:05pm

Seeking Peak Performance for Application-Aware Networks - Monitoring, SLAs & Quality of Experience

Moderator: Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services, Vertical Systems Group | Gert Vanderstraeten, Principal Enterprise Architect, IT Network Infrastructure Services, Microsoft | Michael Martin, Senior Enterprise Architect - Networking & Security, McKinsey & Company | Gunnar Peters, Senior Director, Emerging Networks, Spectrum Enterprise | Ricardo Belmar, Senior Director, Worldwide Enterprise Product Marketing, InfoVista

 

The Journey to Inter-Carrier Service Automation - Beginning with Service Fulfillment & Activation

Moderator: TBD | Brendan Gunn, Director of Product Marketing, Verizon Partner Solutions | Steve Marsh, CTO North America, Intraway | Darren Pralle, Senior Manager of Business Development and Marketing, Lifecycle Service Assurance, Spirent | Sponsor

4:05pm - 4:50pm

Experiences with SD-WAN Adoption – From PoC to Pilot to Roll Out

While some enterprise WAN managers continue to evaluate SD-WAN as a new technology, a growing number have deployed SD-WAN in their global network and accumulated experience with implementation and daily operation. This session will review experiences with SD-WAN adoption, evaluate results, and assess changes in network management prompted by SD-WAN. This panel will allow end-users, service providers, and vendors to explore experiences in integrating SD-WAN into the corporate network and to offer advice on issues and successes to look out for.

  • What is the business case for SD-WAN in several different verticals and how have those cases been met with the final product?
  • How should WAN managers time the SD-WAN transition?
  • How does SD-WAN impact overall WAN spending?
  • Most enterprises still plan to keep MPLS, how do network managers make that decision and right-size their MPLS exposure?
  • What virtual network functions do WAN managers deploy with SD-WAN?
  • Are there important differences between VNFs deployed from within SD-WAN and not as a part of SD-WAN service?
  • Should WAN managers move services from the branch to the vendors’ PoPs? What challenges or benefits does this lead to?
  • How should enterprises choose between vendor appliances and v/uCPE models?
  • Are v/uCPE models ready for the market, and can they provide cost savings over the hardware models?

Moderator: Greg Bryan, Senior Manager, Enterprise Research, TeleGeography | Manish Gupta, Chief Architect of Enterprise Infrastructure, Intuit | Jeff Lewis, VP of Product Management, Comcast Business | John Isch, Director of Network & Voice NAM, Orange Business Services | Nav Chander, Senior Director, Service Provider Marketing, Silver Peak

Proactive Service Assurance - Machine Learning & Analytics

Moderator: Brian Washburn, Practice Leader, Network Transformation & Cloud, Ovum | Mirko Voltolini, Global Head of Network on Demand, Colt Technology Services | Patrick Ostiguy, President & CEO, Accedian | Speaker to be announced, EXFO | Sponsor

4:50pm - 5:30pm

Your Carrier & You - What to Expect in an Era of End-to-End Service Automation

Moderator: Rob Schult, Research Director, TeleGeography | John Downs, Global Communications Manager, Bloomberg | Jonathan Beasley, Principal Architect, Refinitiv (former Finance and Risk business unit of Thomson Reuters) | Sponsor | Sponsor

Universal CPE - Accelerating Service Delivery in Both Brownfield & Greenfield Deployments

Moderator: Charlie Reed, Partner, ATLANTIC-ACM | Eitan Schwartz, VP, Service Provider Line of Business, North America, RAD | Sponsor | Sponsor

5:30pm – 7:15pm

Drinks Reception, Proof Of Concept Showcase Demos and MEF 3.0 Implementation Projects in Networking Hall

7:30pm - 10:30pm

MEF Awards Dinner

 

MEF18 Wednesday, 31 Oct

7:15am – 8:15am

Registration & Breakfast

8:15am - 8:30am

Industry Perspective

Speaker to be announced, Sponsor

8:30am - 8:55am

MEF CTO Perspective

Pascal Menezes, CTO

8:55am - 9:15am

Executive Presentation

Shawn Hakl, Senior Vice President, Business Products, Verizon

9:15am - 9:35am

Fireside Chat

Roman Pacewicz, Chief Product Officer, AT&T    (Q&A with Tim Doiron, Principal Analyst, Intelligent Networking, ACG Research)

9:35am - 9:55am

Executive Presentation

Luigi Migliaccio, VP Voice, Data & Messaging, International Delivery Unit, Deutsche Telekom

9:55am - 10:35am

Success Stories – Building Automated, Virtualized & Interconnected Networks Powered by LSO, SDN & NFV

Moderator: Rosemary Cochran, Principal & Co-Founder, Vertical Systems Group | Aamir Hussain, Executive VP & CTO, CenturyLink | Kevin Sheehan, CTO of the Americas, Ciena | Daniele Mancuso, Director of Innovation & Engineering, Sparkle

10:35am - 10:55am

Break

10:55am - 11:10am

Executive Perspective

Speaker to be announced, Sponsor

11:10am - 11:25am

Executive Perspective

Brian Lillie, Chief Product Officer, Equinix

11:25am - 11:40am

Executive Perspective

Speaker to be announced, Amdocs

11:40am - 12:25pm

Universal CPE- and SD-WAN-Centric Approaches – Options for Flexible, Secure Service Delivery

Moderator: Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading | John Dickinson, VP of Engineering, Spectrum Enterprise | Eyal Aloni, Head of Service Provider Line of Business, RAD | Nav Chander, Senior Director, Service Provider Marketing, Silver Peak | Speaker to be announced, Fortinet

12:25pm – 1:10pm

Where Are You on the Road to Network Transformation?

Moderator: Dan Pitt, SVP, MEF | David Hughes, VP of Engineering, PCCW Global | Bart Oskam, CTO, Eurofiber | Dave Stehlin, General Manager, Lifecycle Service Assurance, Spirent | Speaker to be announced, InfoVista

1:10pm – 3:15pm

Lunch, Proof Of Concept Showcase Demos and MEF 3.0 Implementation Projects in Networking Hall

2:00pm – 5:30pm

4Q18 MEF Member Meeting - Editing Sessions

3:20pm – 5:30pm

Future of Networking – Hot Topics Track

Track Chair: Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services, Vertical Systems Group

The Journey to 5G

Track Chair: Rami Yaron, Senior Director, SDN/NFV Solutions, NEC/Netcracker and Chair of MEF’s 5G Focus Group

3:20pm - 3:40pm

The Future X Network – Enabling a New Digital Era

Steve Vogelsang, CTO, IP & Optical Networks, Nokia

Executive Presentation

Speaker to be announced, Service Provider

3:40pm - 4:00pm

Multi-Domain, Application-Defined Advanced Global Interconnection Orchestration

Oleg Berzin, Senior Director of Technology Innovation, Equinix | Speaker to be announced, Ciena

Leveraging LSO, SDN, NFV to Enable New Services with 5G

Speaker to be announced, Amdocs

4:00pm - 4:15pm

Automating Commercial Interaction with LSO & Blockchain

Shahar Steiff, AVP New Technology, PCCW Global

Inter-Provider Cooperation in the Era of 5G

5G’s service-oriented nature promises to completely change the way services and networks are designed and architected. Up untill now, mobile and many fixed-line services have essentially been delivered over the public Internet with ‘best effort’ broadband access. However, these low-end services not only suffer from low ARPU, they effectively degrade service providers to being pipe/connectivity providers, while most of the gain goes to the OTTs. In order to prevail and move up the value chain service providers need to leverage their strengths – those that come with owning, managing, and controlling the network. In other words, they have a distinct advantage when providing services with clear SLAs and assurance. This is the essence of the 5G service-based network - a feat difficult in itself, made more difficult over multi-carrier networks. Hayim will describe steps service providers can take today to pave the way for 5G success, using the MEF 3.0 and LSO framework to ensure assured, dynamic inter-carrier service provisioning. 

Hayim Porat, CTO, ECI

4:15pm - 4:30pm

Metro Fabric: Simplify and Automate the Metro

The metro is a growing hotbed of activities, services, and revenue opportunities in networks worldwide. It provides end users with access to a wide range of differentiated services. Over the next 3-5 years dramatic transformations will take place. Major inflection points within the metro will be influenced by Cable Distributed Access Architecture (DAA), 5G, content hosting, and distributed cloud.  These inflections will drive upgrades in both the packet and optical domains. The metro will become a service Fabric unifying Ethernet, cable, broadband, mobile, and cloud-based offerings into a single control domain. Operations need to be automated to dynamically address shifting demands in networks. This presentation will discuss the above trends and technologies in an open framework for both packet and optical domains in a relentless march towards automated metro networks.

Aman Kapoor, Director of Product Management, Juniper Networks

Agile, Multi-Layer Optical Transport Services in the Era of 5G, IoT, and Hyperscale Cloud

This presentation explores the evolution of optical networks and next-gen transport services as emerging 5G, IoT, and hyperscale cloud applications drive new performance requirements for transmission infrastructure. Critical architectural implications include higher data rates, ultra-low latency (< 1 ms), cell densification, 4G to 5G migration, timing and synchronization, and shorter response times for both 5G radio links and the end-to-end, multi-layer high-capacity connections supporting packet and optical service delivery. New optical service opportunities include agile Layer 1 connectivity for 5G backhaul, midhaul, and fronthaul, as well as rapid provisioning of optical capacity enabled by software-driven (SDN, NFV, LSO) end-to-end multi-layer automation and control.

Rob Shore, SVP, Global Marketing & Sales Enablement, Coriant

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Perspectives: The Future of Optical Transport

Moderator:  Ian Redpath, Practice Leader, Components, Transport & Routing, Ovum

Keeping Optical Transport Hot

Jeff Babbiitt, Principal Solutions Architect, Fujitsu Network Communications

MEF 3.0 Implementation – Orchestrated Multilayer Optical Transport

Speaker to be announced, Service Provider Sponsor | Speaker to be announced, Sponsor

Session Title To Be Announced

Potential Topics:

Service Assurance of network slices over 5G
Multi Access Edge Computing for 5G
Network Analytics: Leveraging the Knowledge in Mobile Networks
The Era of IoT & Smart Cities
Road to 5G: Migrating from 4G to 5G

Speakers to be announced

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Drinks Reception & Booth Crawl, Proof Of Concept Showcase Demos and MEF 3.0 Implementation Projects in Networking Hall

Proof of Concept & MEF 3.0 Implementation Award Winners will be announced

 

MEF18 Thursday, 1 Nov

8:00am - 5:00pm

4Q18 MEF Members Meeting

 

MEF18 Friday, 2 Nov

8:00am – 5:00pm

4Q18 MEF Members Meeting

 

 

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