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Conference & Exhibition Pullman Paris Centre Bercy


CONFERENCE AGENDA DAY ONE

  • Paris Time

  • Registration and Welcome Coffee from 07.45
  • Start of the Conference 09.00
  • Exhibition open from 09.00 to 19.00

Chairman
Roy Chua, Founder and Principal at AvidThink

Roy Chua is Founder and Principal at AvidThink, an independent research and advisory service formed in 2018 out of SDxCentral's research group. Prior to co-founding SDxCentral and running its research and product teams, Roy was a management consultant working with both Fortune 500 and startup technology companies on go-to-market and product consulting.  As an early proponent of the software-defined infrastructure movement, Roy is a frequent speaker at technology events in the telco and cloud space and a regular contributor to leading online publications. A graduate of UC Berkeley's electrical engineering and computer science program and MIT's Sloan School of Business, Roy has 20+ years of experience in telco and enterprise cloud computing, networking and security, including founding several Silicon Valley startups.

MORNING SESSIONS



09.00
Where do SD-WAN, SASE and SSE Stand Today?
As the SD-WAN market continues to expand, the number and diversity of solutions keep increasing. Since the technology does not provide a concise, universally accepted definition, it becomes more challenging to understand all the product offerings. How to find a viable solution for a specific network connectivity challenge?

Providing an insight into SD-WAN and answer the questions: Where do SD-WAN, SASE and SSE stand today? Which promises can be fulfilled, which are unrealistic?

Introducing typical use cases: What are their performance requirements? Which SD-WAN solution types fit which use case? What are best practices for selection?

Focusing on SASE & SSE use case and explaining the necessary zero-trust components.

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.

10.00
Providing a Closer Look at the MEF SD-WAN Service Readiness Testing Standard
Overviewing the MEF SD-WAN Performance Testing and Service Readiness Testing standard, along with how the new standard, along with existing underlay standards, can accelerate and enhance SD-WAN service delivery.

Marc Cohn,
Principal Technology Strategist, Spirent Communications

Marc Cohn is Principal Technology Strategist for Virtualization at Spirent. He is responsible for qualifying opportunities that leverage Spirent’s testing/assurance core competencies in SDN, NFV, and automation.   Marc created and lead the MEF SD-WAN Certification Program, working closely with MEF. He was appointed Co-Chair of the MEF Certification Committee (2019-20), and is leads the MEF Security Test and Certification Incubation Group. Marc also authors the MEF SD-WAN Insider Blog on AvidThink.   Recognised as a thought leader for the open SDN/NFV movement, he has held senior leadership roles in the Open Networking Foundation, ETSI NFV ISG, and open source networking projects: OPEN-O (Executive Director), OpenDaylight (Silver Level Board Representative), and PNDA.   Prior to joining Spirent, Marc held senior executive roles for innovative NFV/SDN market leaders such as EnterpriseWeb, the Linux Foundation, ClearPath Networks, among others.   Marc also served as Editor for the industry's most important SDN/NFV publications including the original ONF SDN White Paper, NFV Insider Blog (SDxCentral) on behalf of the ETSI NFV ISG leadership and the Linux Foundation Harmonization White Paper.   Marc earned a MS EE degree from the University of Southern California, where he was a Hughes Fellow, and also received the first Computer Engineering degree granted by the University of Missouri.

10.30
Coffee/Exhibition/Networking Break


11.00

Roy Chua, Founder and Principal at AvidThink

Roy Chua is Founder and Principal at AvidThink, an independent research and advisory service formed in 2018 out of SDxCentral's research group. Prior to co-founding SDxCentral and running its research and product teams, Roy was a management consultant working with both Fortune 500 and startup technology companies on go-to-market and product consulting.  As an early proponent of the software-defined infrastructure movement, Roy is a frequent speaker at technology events in the telco and cloud space and a regular contributor to leading online publications. A graduate of UC Berkeley's electrical engineering and computer science program and MIT's Sloan School of Business, Roy has 20+ years of experience in telco and enterprise cloud computing, networking and security, including founding several Silicon Valley startups.




11.20

Saurabh Sandhir, VP and General Manager, Nuage Networks from Nokia

Saurabh leads the team at Nuage Networks, bringing over 16 years of experience leading cross-functional engineering, product management and marketing teams focused on networking software products.  Most recently, Saurabh was Head of Technology Strategy, CTO office at Ericsson. Prior to his role at Ericsson, Saurabh held a variety of leadership roles during his 13-year tenure at Juniper Networks. He was the head of the NFV platform product line for both engineering and product management functions. Saurabh also headed the Network Programmability (Junos SDK) product line at Juniper and the development of the industry’s first network API toolkit for developers. This group was also instrumental in defining the marketing blueprint for the introduction of software products in a thus so far hardware centric industry.   Saurabh played key roles in building Juniper’s SDN partner and channel programs and defining the SDN architecture/strategy leading to the acquisition of Contrail Systems.  Saurabh has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, a Masters in Computer Science from Purdue University and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley.

11.40

Stefano Testa, Director, Regional Sales, Cisco

12.00
Lunch/Exhibition/Networking Break

AFTERNOON SESSIONS




14.00
Double Mask Technologies & Self Driven Network for Secured and Performant SD-WAN
Discussing the patented Double Mask technologies, its integration into a security eco-system and the contribution it makes to the security of SDWAN networks. Focusing on the design of native network functions capable of learning the necessary heuristics to automatically reconfigure themselves.

Ahmed Abdelkader Bouaziz, CTO, Numeryx
14.20
Diving into Attacks on Cloud Infrastructures
Diving into attacks on cloud infrastructures and how the right security approach can stop them. Describing ransomware attacks (as well as ransomware as a service), MITRE mapping of threats and how network based threat hunting can be used to apply multiple choke points on the attackers lifecycle.

Joseph Fernando, Sr Sales Engineer, EMEA, Cato Networks
14.40
Digital Transformation in Action
Explaining the baseline changes required at both the network and security layers to deliver the universal network fabric and security framework needed to maximize an enterprise’s return on investment as they digitally transform.

Speaker from Nokia
15.00
Exceed Customer Expectations with Security-Infused SD-WAN
Organizations expect strong security and seamless application performance. However, many SASE vendors provide one without the other. To deliver exceptional end-user experiences and zero trust security, start with a high performing and secure SD-WAN solution.

Justin Melloni, Technical Product Marketing Manager, Juniper Networks

Justin Melloni is a Technical Product Marketing Manager in the Juniper AI-Driven Enterprise team. Before becoming a Technical Product Marketing Manager, Justin was a Technical Trainer for 12 years working for companies like Akamai, Acme Packet, Lavastorm Analytics, Oracle, and 128 Technology.   He enjoys learning complex concepts and then figuring out how to teach them to his audiences.

15.20
From SD-WAN to SD-Branch: Extending Converged Networking and Security to the LAN Edge
Distributed organizations must overcome both security and complexity challenges at the edges of the network. But how they can improve operations, deploy new services quickly and get end-to-end traffic visibility from device to LAN to WAN to cloud or to on-premises environment?

Mehdi Halit, Manager, MSSP Solutions Marketing, Fortinet

Mehdi Halit is leading Fortinet’s solutions marketing for the Managed Security Service Providers (MSSP) segment, with emphasis on driving revenue and growth for existing and prospective MSSPs through Fortinet’s innovative solutions and services. Mehdi has over 20 years of international sales and marketing experience in networking and security in the telecoms and service provider markets.  Prior to joining Fortinet, Mehdi worked for several leading IT, Telecoms and VAS companies including Schlumberger, Ooredoo and Gemalto. Mehdi holds a PhD in Electronics from University of Lille.

15.40
A Unified Fabric for Wi-Fi, SD-Lan, and Secured SD-WAN in a Single Platform
How to embrace the SASE model and deploy a true Zero Trust LAN and WAN infrastructure without compromising freedom of choice for cloud security. Beyond Software Define only, being able to manage the connectivity of the IaaS and SaaS resources.

David Guillet, Senior Consulting Sales Engineer, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

David has more than 20 years’ experience in the communications and IT industry. He joined Aruba in 2020 as part of the acquisition of Silver Peak. He is as Senior Consulting Sales Engineer covering the EMEA region for the WAN Edge portfolio. He is developing and strengthening sales through Aruba’s partners all over the EMEA region.   Prior to joining Silver Peak, David worked as a Senior Sales Engineer at Silver Peak, Ipanema, as well as IGX Global, Lucent Technologies, DynetCom and Arche. David’s extensive experience in technical solutions such as routing, QoS and Application performance as a Senior Professional Service consultant at leading international companies ensures he has first-hand knowledge and understanding of the EMEA marketplace. He may also mesmerize the audience with close-up magic.

16.00
Coffee/Exhibition/Networking Break


16.30
Delivering Unified SASE Experience
Addressing the main benefits (architecture, service models, uniform feature sets including provisioning and reporting) for delivering a homogeneous SD-WAN+SSE experience to all end customer types regardless of enterprise call-flows.

Pierre-Henri Bourdiol, Senior Sales Engineer, Versa Networks

Pierre-Henri Bourdiol holds the position of EMEA Senior Systems Engineer at Versa Networks since 2014 and brings 20+ years of experience in the networking industry across various technology fields.   Prior to Versa, Pierre-Henri spent 7 years at Acme Packet as EMEA Solutions Architect - Director, and 6 years at Juniper Networks as Senior Systems Engineer.

16.50
Taking the SASE Steps to Deliver ZT with no Exceptions
Understanding Zero Trust principles that address the security and performance needs of today’s digital businesses.
How modern security architectures should be optimized to deliver leading performance and resiliency.
Why advanced ML/AI techniques deliver superior protections from today’s sophisticated threats.

Amit Singh, Chief Business Officer, Palo Alto Networks

As chief business officer, Amit focuses on strategic customer relationships that span the company’s Strata, Prisma and Cortex security platforms. Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks in 2018, Amit held several roles at Google, including founding and building Google's Cloud business. In this capacity, he worked to help companies move to Cloud-based services like Gmail, Google Docs and the entire Cloud platform suite. He also led business and operations for Google's AR and VR efforts. Prior to Google, Amit spent 20 years at Oracle in various product, engineering, sales and strategy roles.   Amit holds a master’s degree in industrial and management engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering.

 


17.10
uCPE Connect, a New Virtualization Business Model
Virtualization of network functions becomes a market standard. Discussing a virtualization service in terms of usage and business model.

Anne Tran-Kiem, Marketing Director, Orange Wholesale France
17.30
Returning to Earth: Moving from the Cloud to the Edge
How can the industry navigate the path towards the Edge and unlock its benefits? Alongside harnessing innovation, a good starting point is to explore how existing access solutions can be utilized to make immediate gains in services like SD-WAN, but also in 5G, virtualization, Edge Computing and flexible CPE.

Marc Bouteyre, Head of Virtualization, Ekinops

As Head of Virtualization Product Management, Marc is responsible for the OneAccess branded virtualization portfolio, including virtual network functions (VNF) product management and strategic partnerships. He also leads the development of the go-to-market model and the set-up of the Ekinops partners’ ecosystem. As a virtualization expert, Marc is the Ekinops spokesperson for the company’s software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) activities.   Marc has over 20 years of experience in the telecom industry. Prior to joining Ekinops, he was Head of SDN/NFV Solution Management for Kapsch CarrierCom and has also held several PLM positions within Nortel.   Marc holds a degree in Fundamental Physics from the Université Denis Diderot in Paris. He also completed a Masters at the Ecole de Management Lyon in France and a Masters in the Management of New Technologies.




17.50
The Three Architectural Models of SASE
Different from its initial monolithic definition of SASE, Gartner now looks at more diverse architectural models that combine SD-WAN, SSE, and SASE.

Discussing these different options, their use cases, and the different views of the panelists on realizing them.
Moderator
Amir Zmora, CEO & Co-founder, flexiWAN

Amir Zmora is CEO & Co-founder of flexiWAN, the world’s first Open Source SD-WAN & SASE.  Before starting flexiWAN, 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.


18.30


End of Conference Day One

Cocktail