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Below is the MEF17 Main Conference Program. CLICK ON EACH CALENDAR DAY ICON BELOW TO SEE THE PROGRAM DETAIL FOR EACH DAY.

 

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MEF17 is on pace to be bigger and better than last year's popular MEF16 event, with a target of 1,000+ attendees from 275+ companies, 275+ service & technology executives, 120+ expert speakers, 120+ sponsors & event partners, 18 live Proof of Concept demonstrations, and more. MEF17 represents a unique, valuable opportunity to engage with top LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, NFV, Carrier Ethernet, and Cloud services experts who are shaping the future of the communications landscape.

MEF17 program and special activities are designed to appeal to professionals from communication and cloud service providers; enterprises; government organizations; network technology suppliers; industry standards and open source organizations; analyst firms; the press; and others.

Major program elements include:

  • Plenaries, Sessions & Networking Activities (Mon-Wed)
  • MEF Workshops - Third Network Services, LSO & Open APIs, Open Reference Implementations, Certification Programs
  • 11 live Proof of Concept Service & Technology Showcase Demonstrations
  • Networking Hall
  • MEF Awards Party (new format)
  • LSO Hackathon
  • Global Media Hub
  • Onsite MEF Training & Certification Exam (new!)

MEF17 Workshops – Monday, 13 Nov

8:00am – 9:15am

Registration & Breakfast

9:15am – 9:25am

Welcome to MEF Workshops – Creating a Global Ecosystem of Networks To Deliver Agile, Assured & Orchestrated Services

MEF is enabling service providers to create a global ecosystem of networks that deliver agile, assured, and orchestrated services optimized for the digital economy and hyper-connected world. These game-changing services provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with user and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities. MEF’s COO will provide an overview of the organization’s strategic work in 4 major areas covered in today's workshops: (1) standardized, orchestrated services (wavelength, CE, IP, SD-WAN, and Layer 4-7), (2) LSO Reference Architecture and Open APIs, (3) MEFnet reference implementations, and (4) certification programs for services, technology, and professionals. Join us in moving the industry forward

Kevin Vachon, Chief Operating Officer, MEF

9:25am – 10:50am

Workshop I – Transitioning to Orchestrated On-Demand Connectivity & SD-WAN Managed Services

MEF is uniting industry efforts to enable orchestrated, on-demand wavelength, Carrier Ethernet, IP, SD-WAN,and Layer 4-7 services across a global ecosystem of automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks. To expand service reach and deliver more dynamic services, service providers need a standards-based approach that facilitates seamless service interoperability with other providers and enables end-to-end service automation with open APIs.  This workshop provides a progress report on standardization work related to orchestration-ready wavelength, CE, IP, and SD-WAN services as well as Security-as-a-Service. We will have indepth looks at the standardization of wavelength services and a comprehensive update on MEF's SD-WAN standardization activity. We will follow the updates on MEF work with a lively debate about what areas of SD-WAN need to be standardized and what areas do not.  The following MEF white paper will help prepare attendees for the SD-WAN portion of this workshop: Understanding SD-WAN Managed Services: Service Components, MEF LSO Reference Architecture, and Use Cases.

Part 1:  Developing a Family of Standardized, Orchestrated Wavelength, Carrier Ethernet & IP Services

Moderator: Ralph Santitoro, MEF Distinguished Fellow; Head of SDN/NFV/SD-WAN Services, Fujitsu Network Communications | David Martin, Senior Systems Engineer, IP/Optical Networking Business Group, Nokia

Part 2: What Areas of SD-WAN Need to Be Standardized?

Moderator: Ralph Santitoro, MEF Distinguished Fellow; Head of SDN/NFV/SD-WAN Services, Fujitsu Network Communications | Speaker to be announced | Speaker to be announced | Speaker to be announced | Speaker to be announced

10:50am - 11:00am

Break

11:00am - 12:50pm

Workshop II – LSO: Standardizing Inter-Provider & Intra-Provider LSO APIs for Orchestrated Services

Moderator Stéphan Pelletier, MEF Orchestration Area Co-Director; Director, Product Management, Service and Network Orchestration, Oracle | Shahar Steiff, LSO Committee Co-Chair, MEF; AVP New Technology, PCCW Global | Raluca Sirbu, Director, Domain 2.0 Architecture & Design, AT&T | Jack Pugaczewski, Distinguished Architect, CenturyLink | Andy Mayer, Principal Member of Technical Staff, Domain 2.0, AT&T Labs | Ken Dilbeck, VP Collaboration R&D, TM Forum | Speaker to be Announced

12:50pm – *1:45pm

Lunch

1:45pm - 5:00pm

LSO Hackathon

1:45pm – 3:20pm

Workshop III – MEFnet Reference Implementations

As part of the MEF's agile standards development process, member companies are creating reference implementations to maximize alignment of market implementations with published and emerging LSO API and connectivity services specifications. MEF has created a new compute, storage, and networking platform called MEFnet that enables development, testing, integration, and showcasing of implementations based on open source and commercial closed source products.  We explore four MEFnet implementations in this workshop. 

Implementation 1 - Service Fulfillment and Activation

Moderator: Daniel Bar-Lev, Director, Office of the CTO, MEF | Divesh Gupta, VP, Technology and Sales Operations, Presales, PCCW Global | Gabriele Laghi, ICT Engineering - MNCs & Innovation Lab, Sparkle | Ahmad Khalil, Associate Director, Advanced Technology LAB, Tata Communications | Sarit Tager, VP, Research & Development, ECI

Implementation 2 - Telemetry and Big Data Analytics

Moderator: Daniel Bar-Lev, Director, Office of the CTO, MEF | Ahmad Khalil, Associate Director, Advanced Technology LAB, Tata Communications | Donald Hunter, Principal Engineer, Cisco

Implementation 3 - MEF Services and ONAP

Moderator: Daniel Bar-Lev, Director, Office of the CTO, MEF | Speakers to be announced

Implementation 4 - Security-as-a-Service

Moderator: Daniel Bar-Lev,, Director, Office of the CTO, MEF | Rick Hillson, VP Transformation, GBI | Richard Orgias, Director, Segment and Audience Marketing, Fortinet | Liam Twomey, VP of Sales & Marketing, Amartus

3:20pm - 3:30pm

Break

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Workshop IV – New Services, Technology & Professional Certification Programs (LSO + SDN + NFV + CE)

Moderator: Rick Bauer, Director of Certification, MEF | Eric Puetz, Certification Committee Co-Chair, MEF; Director, Standards & Industry Alliances, AT&T | Isabelle Morency, Head of Engineering & Standards, Iometrix

4:00pm - 7:30pm

Proof of Concept Showcase Demonstrations in Networking Hall

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Opening Reception in Networking Hall

 

MEF17 - Tuesday, 14 Nov

*7:15am – 8:15am

Registration & Breakfast

8:15am - 8:25am

Welcome to MEF17

Kevin Vachon, Chief Operating Officer, MEF | Stan Hubbard, MEF17 Program Director

8:25am - 8:35am

MEF Chairman’s Address

Michael Strople, Chairman, MEF; President, Enterprise Networks, Zayo Group

8:35am - 8:50am

MEF President’s Address

Nan Chen, President, MEF

8:50am - 9:10am

Executive Keynote

Josh Goodell, VP Integrated Services Platform, AT&T

9:00am - 7:00pm

LSO Hackathon

9:10am - 9:30am

Executive Q&A

Kevin O'Toole, Senior VP, Product Management, Comcast Business

9:30am - 10:10am

Building a Global Ecosystem of Connected Networks Supporting Orchestrated, On-Demand Services

Moderator: Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading | Eric Bozich, VP Product & Marketing, Wholesale, CenturyLink | Mark Daley, Director of Digital Strategy & Business Development, Epsilon | Speaker to be announced

10:10am - 10:30am

President Keynote

Eric Cevis, President, Verizon Partner Solutions

10:30am - 10:45am

Break

10:45am - 11:05am

Executive Perspective

Satya Parimi, Group Vice President, Enterprise Data & Cloud Products, Spectrum Enterprise

11:05am - 11:25am

CEO Insights

Marc Halbfinger, CEO, PCCW Global

11:25am - 12:05pm

Service Innovation Panel

Moderator: Rosemary Cochran, Principal, Vertical Systems Group | Shawn Hakl, VP - Product and New Business Innovation, Verizon | Josh Goodell, VP Integrated Services Platform, AT&T | Gunnar Peters, Senior Director, Emerging Networks, Spectrum Enterprise

12:05pm - 12:50pm

Technology Innovation Panel

Moderator: Ralph Santitoro, MEF Distinguished Fellow; Head of SDN/NFV/SD-WAN Services, Fujitsu Network Communications | Patrick Ostiguy, President & CEO, Accedian | Chris Purdy, CTO, CENX | Claudio Mazzuca, VP of Systems and Services, EXFO

12:50pm - 2:45pm

Lunch, Proof Of Concept Showcase Demonstrations In Networking Hall

2:50pm – 5:15pm

Services Track

Track Chair: Roopa Honnachari, Industry Director, Business Communications Services & Cloud Computing, ICT, Frost & Sullivan

LSO Track

Track Chair: Jennifer Clark, General Manager, Battle Green Research

2:50pm - 3:40pm

Roadmap From Static Carrier Ethernet Services to Dynamic Third Network Services

Moderator: Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services, Vertical Systems Group | Jeff Brown, Director of Product Management and Marketing, Windstream | Speaker to be announced | Eitan Schwartz, VP, Service Provider Line of Business, North America, RAD | Jay Stewart, Senior PLM for Virtual Solutions, Spirent

Orchestrating On-Demand Services Over Multiple Provider Networks & Multiple Technology Domains: Service Provider Perspectives

Moderator: Jennifer Clark, General Manager, Battle Green Research | Divesh Gupta, VP, Technology and Sales Operations, Presales, PCCW Global | Scott Melanson, Director of Systems Support, Verizon Partner Solutions | Tariq Rafique, Manager, Network Architecture & Planning, Zayo | Speaker to be announced

3:40pm - 4:30pm

Managed SD-WAN: Creating New Revenue Opportunities For Service Providers

Moderator: Roopa Honnachari, Industry Director, Business Communications Services & Cloud Computing, ICT, Frost & Sullivan | Kevin O'Toole, Senior VP, Product Management, Comcast Business | Bob Schroeder, VP Product Management, Spectrum Enterprise | Rick Hillson, VP Transformation, GBI | Ralph Santitoro, Head of SDN/NFV/SD-WAN Services, Fujitsu Network Communications

Automating Service Fulfillment & Activation with LSO

Moderator: Sarah Wallace, Director, Service Enablement, AI & Analytics, IHS Markit | Mark Gibson, Director of Product Management, Amdocs | Jason Ettinger, Senior Product Manager, Neustar

 

4:30pm - 5:15pm

The Meteoric Rise of SD-WAN: Vendor Perspectives

Moderator: Roopa Honnachari, Industry Director, Business Communications Services & Cloud Computing, ICT, Frost & Sullivan | Jonathan Forest, VP of Enterprise Products and Markets, InfoVista | Prayson Pate, CTO, ADVA Optical Networking | Nav Chander, Sr. Director, Service Provider Marketing, Silver Peak | Sponsor to be announced

Orchestrating and Assuring On-Demand Services Over Multi-Layer, Programmable Networks: Vendor Perspectives

Moderator: Sarah Wallance, Director, Service Enablement, AI & Analytics, IHS Markit | Robert Shore, VP of Global Sales Enablement, Coriant | Abel Tong, Senior Director, Solutions Marketing, Blue Planet, Ciena | Speaker to be announced, Infinera | Speaker to be announced, EXFO

5:15pm – 6:45pm

Drinks Reception & Proof of Concept Showcase Demonstrations in Networking Hall

7:00pm - 10:00pm

MEF Awards Party

 

MEF17 - Wednesday, 15 Nov

*7:15am – 8:15am

Registration & Breakfast

8:15am - 8:30am

Industry Perspective

Arpit Joshipura, GM, Networking Projects, Linux Foundation

8:30am - 8:55am

MEF CTO Perspective

Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF

9:00am - 7:00pm

LSO Hackathon

8:55am - 9:15am

Executive Perspective - Service Lifecycle Management: The Road Ahead

Gabriel Kerner, VP and Head of OSS Product Management, Amdocs

9:15am - 9:35am

Executive Keynote

Shetal Sheth, VP Platform Delivery, Product Development & Technology, CenturyLink

9:35am - 9:55am

Executive Keynote

John Medamana, VP, Packet-Optical Network, AT&T Fellow, AT&T

9:55am - 10:40am

Service Provider Executive Panel

Chair: Jason Marchek, Consulting Director, GlobalData Technology (formerly Current Analysis) | Allan Langfield, Executive Director, Product Management, Comcast Business | David Hughes, VP of Engineering, PCCW Global | John Dickinson, VP Engineering, Spectrum Enterprise

10:40am - 10:55am

Break

10:55am - 11:55pm

Technology Innovation Perspectives

Moderator: Michael Howard, Senior Research Director and Advisor, Carrier Networks, IHS Markit | Sunil Khandekar, Founder & CEO, Nuage Networks | Exec Speaker to be announced, Ciena | Yaakov Stein, CTO, RAD | Hayim Porat, CTO, ECI

11:55pm - 12:50pm

Service Provider Executive Perspectives

Moderator: Mike Sapien, Chief Analyst, Ovum | Jack Waters, CTO, Zayo | Jean-Claude Geha, SVP International Delivery Unit (SVP IDU), Deutsche Telekom | Speaker to be announced

12:50pm – 2:45pm

Lunch, Proof of Concept Showcase Demonstrations in Networking Hall

2:50pm – 5:30pm

The Future of Services Track

Track Chair: Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services, Vertical Systems Group

The Future of Networking Track

Track Chair: Dan Pitt, Senior VP, MEF

2:50pm - 3:10pm

Q&A: The Future of Services Certification - Testing as a Virtual Network Function

Bob Mandeville, President, Iometrix interviewed by Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services, Vertical Systems Group

CEO Perspective: SD-WAN - From Software-Defined to Self-Driving

SD-WAN adoption is sky-rocketing, but where is this leading and what can we learn? This presentation will explore the future of SD-WAN and its impact on the broader software defined networking space. Three trends are clearly emerging. First, a shift toward framing network or service objectives in terms of higher level business intent, and complementing automation with AI and machine learning to translate this high-level intent into continuous and dynamic optimization of hundreds or thousands of individual network components. Second, AI and web-scale computing can be used to analyze enormous volumes of data in real-time to produce a set of prioritized actions for an operator, complete with a drill-down of network forensics. Third, there is an emerging tension between a function-centric view of the network and an application or customer-centric view, leading to some thought provoking questions. Which delivers the most value? Which delivers the most agility?

David Hughes, CEO, Silver Peak

3:10pm - 3:55pm

Debate: What is the Path to High-Scale, Assured, and Secured Virtualized Services?

Moderator: TBD | Cyril Doussau, VP, Service Assurance Product Strategy, InfoVista | Sponsor | Sponsor | Sponsor

Perspectives: How Do We Get to More Intelligent, Flexible & Scalable Networks?

Moderator:  Ian Redpath, Practice Leader, Components, Transport and Routing, Ovum

Building Open, Programmable, Scalable Access Networks

Speaker to be announced, ADTRAN

Creating a Truly Intelligent Optical Network

Jeff Babbitt, Optical Solutions Architect, Fujitsu Network Communications

Scaling with 400GE

Thanany Baldwin, Senior Director, Strategic Programs, Ixia

3:55pm - 4:45pm

Debate: Who Are the Winners & Losers When Services Are Fully Virtualized & Placed Anywhere?

Moderator: Mike Sapien, Chief Analyst, Ovum | Sponsor | Sponsor | Sponsor | Sponsor

Debate: Will Zero-Touch Automation be Achieved by Network Domain or by Network Function?

Moderator: Dan Pitt, SVP, MEF | Speaker to be Announced, Netcracker | Sponsor | Sponsor | Sponsor

4:45pm - 5:30pm

Debate: SD-WAN Services - Threat or Opportunity?

Moderator: Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services, Vertical Systems Group| Sponsor | Tony Sarathchandra, Director, Product Management, Juniper | Sponsor | Sponsor

Debate: How Will 5G Transform User Experience and Impact the Network?

Moderator: Rami Yaron, Co-Chair, Global Marketing Committee, MEF; VP, Strategy & Business Development, Telco Systems | Anatoli Levine, Director of Products and Standards, Spirent | Sponsor | Sponsor | Sponsor

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Drinks Reception & Proof of Concept Showcase Demonstrations in Networking Hall

 

MEF17 - Thursday, 16 Nov

7:15am - 8:30am

Registration & Breakfast

8:30am - 12:30pm

MEF Third Network Foundations (MEF-TNF) Training Course & Certification Exam

MEF is offering a one-day course to prepare networking professionals to take and pass the MEF Third Networking Foundations (MEF-TNF) certification examination. This recently released certification – developed by MEF in association with other leading industry standards and groups – is the first ISO-certified skills certification in advanced networking technologies in the world. The certification training helps students understand key concepts of SDN, NFV, LSO/Orchestration, Carrier Ethernet Connectivity Services, and Third Network solutions like SD-WAN and others at a basic, informed level. The MEF-TNF is the foundational certification in the entire MEF Third Network Certified Professional Framework and will be the vendor-neutral technology foundation that will propel your career success. For more information, see MEF-TNF Overview on MEF.net.

Trainer: TBD | Speakers TBD

MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) Recertification Training Course & Exam

Today, there are more than 5,100 MEF-CECPs employed by 440+ companies in more than 80 countries. MEF is offering a one-day course to prepare previously-certified MEF-CECP professionals to update their certification that has either lapsed or will soon lapse. Take advantage of a full review of Carrier Ethernet, with the updates to CE 2.0. The MEF-CECP is a technical certification that recognizes CE expertise in professionals from a cross section of job functions including Product Management, Sales Engineering, Product Development, Network Engineering, Network Architecture, Product Support and Network Operations. The course will provide a summary of all the major domain areas, and will prepare a previously-certified MEF-CECP professional with all the updates on the CE2.0 services and connectivity technologies. For more information, see the MEF-CECP Overview on MEF.net

Trainer: TBD | Speakers TBD

12:30pm - 1:15pm

Lunch

1:15pm - 6:00pm

MEF Third Network Foundations (MEF-TNF) Training Course & Certification Exam

MEF is offering a one-day course to prepare networking professionals to take and pass the MEF Third Networking Foundations (MEF-TNF) certification examination. This recently released certification – developed by MEF in association with other leading industry standards and groups – is the first ISO-certified skills certification in advanced networking technologies in the world. The certification training helps students understand key concepts of SDN, NFV, LSO/Orchestration, Carrier Ethernet Connectivity Services, and Third Network solutions like SD-WAN and others at a basic, informed level. The MEF-TNF is the foundational certification in the entire MEF Third Network Certified Professional Framework and will be the vendor-neutral technology foundation that will propel your career success. For more information, see MEF-TNF Overview on MEF.net.

Trainer: TBD | Speakers TBD

MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) Recertification Training Course & Exam

Today, there are more than 5,100 MEF-CECPs employed by 440+ companies in more than 80 countries. MEF is offering a one-day course to prepare previously-certified MEF-CECP professionals to update their certification that has either lapsed or will soon lapse. Take advantage of a full review of Carrier Ethernet, with the updates to CE 2.0. The MEF-CECP is a technical certification that recognizes CE expertise in professionals from a cross section of job functions including Product Management, Sales Engineering, Product Development, Network Engineering, Network Architecture, Product Support and Network Operations. The course will provide a summary of all the major domain areas, and will prepare a previously-certified MEF-CECP professional with all the updates on the CE2.0 services and connectivity technologies. For more information, see the MEF-CECP Overview on MEF.net

Trainer: TBD | Speakers TBD

6:00pm

MEF17 Officially Ends. See You at MEF18!

 

 

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