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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 Thursday and 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
11:00 - 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 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 - 1:00 Plenary Executive Keynotes, Perspectives, Panels
1:00 – 3:20 Lunch, Proof Of Concept Showcase Demos and MEF 3.0 Implementation Projects in Networking Hall
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 
   
   
   
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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 | Speaker TBD | 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 TBD | Speaker TBD | Speaker TBD

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 Overview & LSO Project Updates

Moderator TBD | Speaker TBD | Speaker TBD | Speaker TBD

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

Moderator TBD | Speaker TBD | Speaker TBD | Speaker TBD

Part 3: Inter-Provider LSO Sonata APIs – Technology Support for Commercial Offerings

Moderator TBD | Speaker TBD | Speaker TBD | Speaker TBD

Part 4:  TBD

Moderator TBD | Speaker TBD | 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:  Case Studies

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

Part 2:  Services, Technology & Professional Certification

Moderator TBD | 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 - 10:30am

CEO Fireside Chat

Marc Halbfinger, Chief Executive Officer, PCCW Global

10:30am - 10:50am

Break

10:50am - 11:30am

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

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

11:30am - 11:50am

Executive Presentation

Kevin Sheehan, CTO of the Americas, Ciena

11:50am - 12:10pm

Executive Presentation

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

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 Needs

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

MEF 3.0 Migration Track

Track Chair: TBD

3:20pm - 4:05pm

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 | Enterprise | Enterprise | Speaker to be announced, Orange Business Services | Sponsor

 

The Journey to Inter-Carrier Service Automation

Moderator: TBD | Service Provider Sponsor | Darren Pralle, Senior Manager of Business Development and Marketing, Lifecycle Service Assurance, Spirent | Sponsor

4:05pm - 4:50pm

Building Virtual Walls – Challenges in Network Security from Edge to Cloud

With new network technologies and topologies come new security concerns. As many applications move from private servers to the cloud, administrators must secure them while maintaining security of applications that remain on private servers. This panel will explore how and where WAN managers can secure evolving traffic flows.

  • How do new technologies change security needs, and how does this differ by industry?
  • Are cloud-based firewalls a workable alternative security strategy? In what situations?
  • What are the best strategies for policy updates in the modern WAN environment?
  • What challenges does the move from private to public cloud for business applications present?
  • How can enterprises prepare for known threats such as DDOS?
  • How do you deal with visibility in cases like SaaS that is often delivered over SSL?

Moderator: TBD | Enterprise | Enterprise | Sponsor | Sponsor

Proactive Service Assurance - Machine Learning & Analytics

Moderator: TBD | Patrick Ostiguy, President & CEO, Accedian | Sponsor | Sponsor

4:50pm - 5:30pm

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

Moderator: TBD | Enterprise | Enterprise | Ricardo Belmar, Senior Director, Worldwide Enterprise Product Marketing, InfoVista | Sponsor

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

Moderator: TBD | 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 - 8:35am

Industry Perspective

Speaker TBD

8:35am - 9:00am

MEF CTO Perspective

Pascal Menezes, CTO

9:00am - 9:20am

Executive Presentation

Shawn Hakl, Senior Vice President, Business Products, Verizon

9:20am - 9:40am

Executive Presentation

Speaker to be announced, AT&T

9:40am - 10:00am

Executive Presentation

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

10:00am - 10:40am

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

10:40am - 11:00am

Break

11:00am - 11:15am

Executive Perspective

Speaker to be announced, Sponsor

11:15am - 11:30am

Executive Perspective

Speaker to be announced, Orange Business Services

11:30am - 12:15pm

Debate: Universal CPE- vs. SD-WAN-Centric Approaches – What is Best for Flexible Service Delivery?

Moderator: Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading | Eitan Schwartz, VP, Service Provider Line of Business, North America, RAD | Sponsor | Sponsor | Sponsor

12:15pm – 1:00pm

Where Are You on the Road to Network Transformation?

Moderator: Dan Pitt, SVP, MEF | Bart Oskam, CTO, Eurofiber | Service Provider Sponsor | Dave Stehlin, General Manager, Lifecycle Service Assurance, Spirent | Speaker to be announced, InfoVista

1:00pm – 3:20pm

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

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Future of Networking – Hot Topics Track

Track Chair: To be announced

The Journey to 5G

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

3:30pm - 4:10pm

Orchestrated Multi-Layer Optical Transport

Moderator:  Ian Redpath, Practice Leader, Components, Transport & Routing, Ovum | Speaker to be announced, Sponsor | Sponsor | Sponsor

Session Titles Coming Soon

Topics include:

  • Leveraging LSO, SDN, NFV To Enable New Services with 5G
  • Using LSO to Monetize 5G
  • 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 soon

4:10pm - 4:50pm

Session TBD

Moderator: TBD | Sponsor | Sponsor | Sponsor

4:50pm - 5:30pm

Session TBD

Moderator: TBD | Sponsor | Sponsor | Sponsor

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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