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The Interoperability Challenge.
Friday 28 September 2018 | Day Three

  • Welcome coffee from 08.00
  • Conference from 08.30
  • Exhibition open from 08.30 to 16.00
  • Seated Buffet: 12.30
  • End of conference: 12.00
  • End of the event: 16.00
Steve Garson, CEO, SD-WAN Experts

Steve Garson is a leading expert on SD-WAN and Managed Security Infrastructure for global enterprise networks.   He is a regular contributor to the widely read NetworkWorld - Ask the WAN Expert column.

Service providers Case Studies Session
BT: Managed SD-WAN Making Complex Hybrid Solutions Possible
Sharing what we should expect as part of a managed solution and how the demands of global customers contrast with much of the initial hype around SD-WANs.

Anne-Gaëlle Santos, Head of Product Management, BT Global Services

Anne-Gaëlle leads the Dynamic Network Service (DyNS) programme for BT at a global level. She has 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry, of which 10 years has been spent on networking solutions, including application performance services, for global organisations. In her current role, she is responsible for defining innovative solutions to fulfil the needs of global customers and the new market drivers for global managed network services.   Prior to this, Anne-Gaëlle worked as Channel manager for the French market, developing solutions based on specific market needs but also supporting local sales and bid teams to be successful with French customers within our global operation. Before this, she worked on the wireless market supporting operators business cases for 3G licenses and finding the right business model through application partner engagements.

Telus: Extended SD-WAN Geo-Service Chaining to NGFW with Local HA
Discussing a NaaS managed software defined WAN service launched by TELUS in 2017.
Classification of traffic.
Security options.

Radwa Rawoof, Chief Technology Office, Technology Strategy, TELUS
KDDI: Technical Challenges
How to change the traditional mind-set of the stakeholders.

Dr. Nick Polydorou, Deputy Director, Network Architect, KDDI Europe

Nick heads the Network Architecture for KDDI Europe (a subsidiary of the KDDI Corporation, the 8th largest Telecoms carrier in the world, and Headquartered in Tokyo’s Iidabashi district) and has been with the company since 2010; during this time he has been working with the network presales division, and leading the design team, in providing global WAN solutions for some of the largest enterprises in the world.   He has championed both optimisation and SDWAN technologies for some time and provided oversight and direction for the launch of KDDI Europe’s SDWAN service.   He has been involved in networks (LAN & WAN) for almost 20 years, beginning as a network engineer at UBS investment bank in the City of London and moving onto such projects as the rollout of one of the very first carrier transatlantic MPLS networks; he has also spent time consulting for Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 project and BAAs 7 airport network refresh programme.   Nick holds a doctorate in “Neutron Diffraction Scattering”, a branch of nuclear physics, from the University of London, and which may or may not have any relevance to SDWAN or, indeed, networks in general. He loves “The Doors”, “MC5”, the “Blues Brothers”, “Yukio Mishima”, “Marie Laurencin”, “Gustav Klimt” and “Star Wars”, but in no particular order.

Telia: Automated SD-WAN
Describing mechanisms that provide scalability and reliability for Telia and ultimately Telia's end- customers in the form of automation.

Janne Mikola,
Product Manager, Telia

Janne Mikola is the Product Manager for Telia SD-WAN service, situated in the Technology unit of Telia, in Finland. Originally he started his career as a software developer / programmer, but at the same time Janne wrote his M.Sc. thesis on Software-defined Networking (SDN), especially focusing on consuming its northbound APIs.   Since then, Janne's thesis has been referenced twice in peer-reviewed academic IEEE releases. Programmability of networks has interested Janne from the very beginning, and he believes he was the first person to set up a functioning SDN controller and a set of OpenFlow enabled switches in a lab in whole of Telia.   Nowadays, Janne is leading the development of Telia SD-WAN service, which is built upon Nuage Networks VNS. Janne is based in Tampere, Finland.

Colt: the Next Phase After Initial Product Launch
  • Evolve from the MVP towards a mature offering
  • Have customer requirements changed?
  • Colt internal journey – which challenges did we expect, which ones not?
  • What are our development focal points
  • How do we see the market dynamics?

Jimmy Ehrbar,
Sr. Manager Architecture & Design, Colt

Jimmy Ehrbar joined Colt in 2001 where he firsts had various roles in Network Engineering and then contributed to the development of the IMS VoIP platform and services. In 2009 he joined the Architecture and Innovation team which focused on Colt’s long-term network strategy and architecture.  Since 2016 he’s leading this team which is now part of Colt’s On-Demand organisation looking after the NFV and SDN strategy and development. Before Colt Jimmy lead various network engineering teams at international insurance companies.  

Coffee Break/Exhibition
Exponential-e : Future Evolution of the Service
The importance of an end to end service offering including automation in the WAN, through SD-WAN, as well as automation in the DC to get to an end to end automated business app consumption.
The role of the portal in the service offering.
The customer and service provider benefit.
Future evolution of the service.

Andrew Chant, Director of Infrastructure, Exponential-e

With over 17 years of experience running service provider networks today Andrew runs the core infrastructure team within Exponential-e who are responsible for the core network and design of services that run over it.   Andrew is an evangelist of new technologies (including SD-WAN) and advocate of continual improvement of existing systems and process within business.

Verizon: Enabling the Real-time Enterprise
Providing an holistic view of where Verizon is investing in from an end-to-end automation.
Highlighting some lessons from early adopters.
Talking about what we expect from the industry as far as standardization is concerned.

Peter Konings, Director Products EMEA, Verizon

Peter Konings is Enterprise Networks and Managed Services for EMEA, LATAM and Canada at Verizon and brings with him more than 20 years of product managing IT and Telecom solutions for enterprise customers. In his current role he is responsible for managing the regional requirements for the Verizon global managed network services, enabling products for resellers in region and optimizing access solutions.   Since joining the company in 1998, he has headed up the Global Managed MPLS & Ethernet product teams, the managed services product team for Europe and the European & APAC Advanced Data team for Verizon.   Before this, he has worked as a product manager for data and internet services. Prior to this, Konings worked at Digital Equipment Corporation for the Belgium and Luxembourg region as a Product Manager for UNIX servers, messaging software and Year 2000.   Peter holds a master's degree in applied linguistics from the VUB- University in Brussels. He is based in Brussels.

11.20 Enterprise Round Table
Deploying SD-WAN in the enterprise: drivers and considerations

This round table will discuss the drivers and value for deploying SD-WAN in the enterprise. Is it cost saving, digital transformation, cloud services, agility or maybe all of the above?

The participants will also discuss the different options for deploying SD-WAN and consuming the service in light of the type of enterprise. For example, should it be a managed service by a service provider, self-managed, managed by a vendor or a complete service with a dedicated network.

Gregory Cauchie, IT Network Specialist, Carrefour

David Dot,
Network Manager, Interroll

Professional Experience:
System as network Specialist for 10 years in Pirelli (1 year in Spain and 8 in Italy - Milan)
System and Network Specialist from 2 years in Interroll
Network Manager in Interroll since 3 years.


Seated Buffet

End of the event