Network Programming Promises


  • Registration and welcome coffee from 07.30
  • Start of the Conference 09.00
  • Exhibition open from 08.00 to 15.00
  • Seated Buffet: 12.30


Amir Zmora, CEO & Co-founder, flexiWAN

Amir Zmora CEO & Co-founder of flexiWAN, the first SD-WAN Open Source. Until recently, Amir was CEO & Co-founder of SwitchRTC, a Real-time, interactive WebRTC based video CDN and B2B/B2C collaboration solution acquired by YouNow.   Among his previous positions, Amir was VP Products & Marketing for the Technology Business Unit of RADVISION, an Avaya company.  Amir is the author of TheNewDialTone and founder of several technology and informational websites around SD-WAN and WebRTC, among others, SDnetIndex which offers a structured free listing of SD-WAN related products and services.

Automation Session
Automating Migration Projects
Describing an automation tool that ensures the seamless and continuous provision of service during a migration process.

Thamir Mohammed Alhammad,
VP of Telecom Business Unit, STC

Thamir’s career in the ICT industry hovers more than 19 years of solid professional experience. He has been working in multiple Service Providers such as STC Group – the largest telecom SP in the middle east and Bayanat (which became part of Mobily) and Cisco. He has extensive experience in large networks projects, systems integration and complex customer solutions on both government service providers and private enterprises.  He is the current Vice President of Telecom Services at Solutions by STC leading a dynamic team that delivered projects close to SAR 2B ($500M+). He spearheaded the campaign of modernizing SP networks. In 2018, he introduced the Center of Excellence for SDN/NFV at Solutions.  A graduate of BSc in Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications Track) with First Class Honors from King Saud University in 2001, he subsequently acquired multiple professional certifications on technical specializations and project management. He also attended continuing executive educations at MIT and Harvard University. He was conferred an MBA with high merits from the Imperial College of London in 2016. Being at the forefront in providing the leading ICT solutions in GCC, he is a frequent resource speaker on multiple technical conferences and events both within the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and abroad.

How Inter-domain Orchestration Can Save the Day
Describing how a hierarchy of domain-specific orchestrators from multiple vendors can make service providers’ and enterprises’ lives easier.

Carsten Rossenhoevel,
Managing Director, EANTC

Carsten Rossenhövel is Managing Director and co-founder of EANTC AG (European Advanced Networking Test Center). Based in Berlin, Germany, EANTC is a test lab specializing in telecommunication technologies and offers vendor-neutral network testing services for manufacturers, service providers, and enterprise customers.   In this role Carsten has over 20 years of experience in telecommunication networks testing and is responsible for EANTC's business development and marketing. His technical areas of expertise include Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and transport network solutions (MPLS; SDN; Carrier Ethernet).   Before joining EANTC, he studied Computer Science at the Technical University of Berlin and worked as a Software Engineer as well as Consultant in the financial services and media sector. In 1999 he founded EANTC together with Gabriele Schrenk and Herbert Almus.

Latest Progress of the IETF YANG Model and Use Case
IETF YANG model progress (southbound model, northbound model, and mechanism model). Smooth evolution solution for the live network.
LxNM used as an example to describe how to map services to resources and manage cross-domain resources.
Relationship between the composite VPN and the LxNM model and application scenarios of the composite VPN.

Qin Wu, Technology Architect, Huawei

Qin Wu, Huawei, is Technology Architect, active contributor in IETF, working on network automation and YANG, Network Telemetry, engaging with some related open Source Projects, co-chairs of L2SM Working Group, previously co-chaired L3SM Working Group and IETF RTG YANG Architecture Design Team member, help drive WG to deliver L3SM service model as RFC8049 and L2SM service model as Working Group document and rewrite L3SM service model work based on deployment experience and republished as RFC8299.  Note that L2SM working group and L3SM working group are tasked to define YANG data models that can be used for communication between customers and network operators and to deliver a Layer 3 provider-provisioned VPN service and a L2VPN service.

Experience from Ongoing Automation Projects
All companies are eager to have continuously deployed and self-healing networks. But how move from our fully-manual managed networks to it ? Presenting an overview on some organizations progress.

Gregory Cauchie, CTO, Italtel
Network Automation: The Hype vs. Reality
Discussing the critical role that network teams play in automation. Explaining why the current promise (or “hype”) of network automation is centered around closed-loop automation (a combination of telemetry, analytics, and orchestration) to drive concepts like intent-based networking and run self-healing and scaling networks.

Jonah Kowall, CTO, Kentik

Kentik CTO Jonah Kowall brings nearly two decades of network and business management experience to Kentik, provider of the only AIOps platform for network professionals.   He previously served as a vice president at AppDynamics (acquired by Cisco) and as a vice president of research at analyst firm Gartner.   He developed Gartner’s Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics (NPMD) Magic Quadrant, and led coverage of Application Performance Monitoring along with that Magic Quadrant.

Coffee Break / Exhibition / Interop Showcase

Automating Operational Network Changes with AI
AI can be used to detect network misbehavior, changes in network operational state and determine troubleshooting, remediation and optimization changes. While several of these network operational changes may initially serve as recommendations to operators, some of them lend themselves well to automation in near term.

Rahul Aggarwal, Founder & CEO, Augtera Networks
Operationalising Model-Driven Networks
Assuming the theory on model-based programming is known and hence going beyond the theory and covering experiences with operationalizing model-driven networks with a focus on change-control, telemetry and closed loop automation.

James Cumming, Senior Product Line Manager, Nokia
Automated IP Network Management throughout the Lifecycle
Latest development of southbound and northbound models for network slice management.
Planning, deployment, SLA visualization, and SLA assurance for network slices.
Intelligent O&M and improved reliability for DCNs through technologies such as telemetry and machine learning.
Rapid detection, locating, and rectification of 75 types of typical DCN faults for improved network reliability.

Ouyang Qi, Senior Marketing Engineer and Chief Test Architect, Huawei

Over 15+ years’ experience in telecommunications Industry R&D. Currently She is in charge of the NCE marketing, focus on 5G promotion. Work extensively in SDN, 5G Transport, Orchestrator, etc.   Before that she had been the Chief Test Architect of Huawei EMS/NMS product and responsible for the Huawei U2000 product test design.

End of Conference Day Three Track 1


Andy Malis, Distinguished Fellow, BroadBand Forum
IP Optical Integration Session
IP Optical Networking 2.0
Showing how the SDN- based solutions have matured to the point where IP/optical integration is achievable in multi- vendor environments. This new SDN multi-layer coordination capability allows to introduce a future mode of operation that unlocks various cost synergies by leveraging an integrated IP/optical aggregation architecture with multi-layer protection and restoration.

Yannick Chauvel, Carrier SDN Regional PLM, Nokia

Yannick Chauvel joined Alcatel in 1997, since then he has been working around Network Management System from system tests, network deployment and pre-sales.   Ten years ago, he has joined the IP consulting engineering team for the EMEA region with a focus on the 5620 SAM and 5780 DSC (PCRF & DRA). During this time, he has covered most of the network technology domains managed by the 5620 SAM IP/MPLS, Mobile Packet Core, Optics, SDN (Nuage) and now NFV.  He’s now following the evolution of the NMS and SDN WAN controller with the NSP.

Building the 400G Internet on Merchant Silicon and Open, Coherent Optical Technologies
Explaining how the 400G and 800G transitions will manifest first in the DC and short haul interconnect build-outs, and then extend to 100-1000km and beyond, all based on next generation digital coherent optical technology.

Andy Bechtolsheim, Founder, Chief Development Officer and Chairman, Arista Networks

As Chief Development Officer, Andy Bechtolsheim is responsible for the overall product development and technical direction of Arista Networks.   Previously Andy was a Founder and Chief System Architect at Sun Microsystems, where most recently he was responsible for industry standard server architecture. Andy was also a Founder and President of Granite Systems, a Gigabit Ethernet startup acquired by Cisco Systems in 1996.   From 1996 until 2003 Andy served as VP/GM of the Gigabit Systems Business Unit at Cisco that developed the very successful Catalyst 4500 family of switches. Andy was also a Founder and President of Kealia, a next generation server company acquired by Sun in 2004.   Andy received an .S in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1976 and was a Ph.D. Student at Stanford University from 1977 until 1982. He was co-awarded the prestigious "EY 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year" across National USA.

Reimagining IP-Optical Integration with Disaggregated Routing and Next-Generation Coherent Optics
Exploring the flexibility and benefits of combining disaggregated routing with multiple coherent WDM options including 400G ZR/ZR+, point-to-multipoint XR optics and fifth generation, high-performance 800G coherent optics.

Paul Momtahan, Director of Solutions Marketing, Infinera

Paul is a Solution Marketing Director at Infinera. Having previously been responsible for the marketing of Infinera’s disaggregated routing solution (DRX & CNOS), Paul currently focuses on next generation coherent optical technology including Infinera’s 800G per wavelength ICE6 optical engine.  Prior to this Paul has held a number of technical sales, PLM and marketing roles, at Tellabs then Coriant, covering at different times IP/MPLS routing and packet-optical transport.  Prior to Infinera/Coriant/Tellabs, Paul previously held a product management and marketing positions at UK Ethernet service provider Neos Networks (now SSE Telecom), ATM-specialist FORE Systems and LAN-specialist Madge Networks. Paul has engineering and management degrees from Cambridge University in the UK and Stanford University in the US.

Coffee Break / Exhibition / Interop Showcase

EVPN Session
EVPN-VXLAN Edge Routed DC Architectures
Explaining when and why to consider an edge routed versus centrally routed DC fabric architecture, packet walk the control-plane and data plane (intra-vni vs inter-vni) and explaining how to scale the ethernet virtual ethernet networks in modern enterprise and cloud data center networks.

Michal Styszynski, Technical Marketing Engineer, Juniper Networks
End of Conference Day Three Track 2
Seated Buffet
End of the Exhibition