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The Interoperability Challenge.
26/28 SEPT 2018 / NOVOTEL CONVENTION & SPA PARIS CDG

SD-WAN 2018: The Interoperability Challenge

The 3rd SD-WAN Summit will be held 26/28 September 2018 in Paris CDG.

The Summit will confirm its position as the leading event for stakeholders in this new technology.

Interoperability, Security, Scalability

It will be interesting to see next September how much SD-WAN is reshaping the overall telecom industry and wether or not it is impacting the globalization of business services and service providers’ footprints.

Indeed, before reaching this level, the SD-WAN offer must acquire a wider scope of features in terms of security and scalability. Above all, the different offers have to become interoperable in order to definitively win over operators and very large enterprises.

The 3rd SD-WAN Summit will be an occasion to see just to what extend the different SD-WAN stakeholders have become aware of these imperatives.


The 2017 SD-WAN Summit demonstrated that all stakeholders in SD-WAN, from vendors to managed service providers are making significant progress in offering feature-rich products and services that enterprise IT can take advantage of.
— Mike Fratto, Research Director, GlobalData

The 2018 agenda

The Summit agenda will address the following main sessions:
  • The move from dedicated managed networks to an aggregation of dumb pipes with SD-WAN orchestration
  • SD-WAN for complex cloud-enabled Hybrid WANs
  • SD-WAN SLA, can OTT provides offer it?
  • Performance & scaling challenges of SD-WAN
  • uCPE and SD-WAN service orchestration
  • Vendor vs. service provider deployment case studies
A Call for Proposals is open until May 11.


The conference demonstrated that SD-WAN is going to change the enterprise WAN not because of MPLS cost reduction but rather because it powers enterprise digital transformation. SD-WAN allows for enterprise agility and seamless adoption of cloud services through a software define network approach and cloud based presence.
—Amir Zmora, The NewDialtone

The Second Edition: A Worldwide Success

With more than 450 participants (+ 80%) from 31 countries (+ 60%), the second SD-WAN Summit has earned its place as the leading event for stakeholders in this new technology.

During the last year edition, statements by the incumbent operators (Orange, BT, Telia, Telefonica Tata, etc.) and the new players (Hub One, Jaguar Networks) have corroborated that SD-WAN is not intended to replace MPLS today. Though they use their Internet network to offer WAN services to businesses, they nonetheless keep the MPLS infrastructure to support mission critical applications. The service offered is thus identical: a hybrid network combining SD-WAN and MPLS.


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Participants profile: 50% operators & enterprises

Figures below demonstrate that operators/ISPs/integrators counted for 32% of delegates, while enterprises represented 18%.



On one hand, the Summit was confirmation of the manufacturers’ maturing the technology and focusing on use cases. On the other hand, and probably most remarkably, there was a clear message from the service providers aligning their strategies to transform their traditional IP/MPLS VPN services into SD-WAN concepts and technologies.”
— Jean-Marc Uzé, Consultant

The 2018 Exhibition

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