Westin Singapore, September 12-13 2017

Agenda 2017

Advisory Board:

Shishir Belbase, Head, Communications & Networks Unit, Asia Development Bank
Peter Leong, Head, Regional IT – Asia, Petronas Lubricants International
Tanya Tang, Chief Economic and Policy Advisor, Rajah & Tann Singapore, LLP
Lucas Goh, Group IT Infrastructure Manager, Volex

Conference Day One: September 12

8:15     Registration and Refreshments

9:00     Opening Remarks    

9:10     Keynote: How Smart Networks are Changing the Corporate WAN
The WAN is finally becoming programmable, and this is changing how corporations design, buy, and implement changes to their networks. This keynote will highlight what changes the SDx technologies are bringing and what business problems they can solve for the IT team and the WAN manager. 

9:35     Presentation: SDN, SD-WAN, NFV, VNF: I’m Confused!
With all the buzzwords it is hard to sort out exactly what each means for the corporate WAN manager. This presentation will offer a brief explanation of each concept and how it all comes together.  

10:00    Panel: Hybrid Transformations – Experiences with Adopting SD-WAN and Integrating Internet into the WAN
Many enterprise IT teams plan to integrate SD-WAN in the near term but are still in the early stages of the process. The justifications for adopting SD-WAN are clear to many, but corporate network teams are still learning how to evaluate vendors, right size the network, and design a network that incorporates a variety of access and network technologies. This session will examine experiences from WAN managers, SD-WAN vendors, consultants, and carriers on how to move forward towards SD-WAN and hybrids.

•    What are the top two or three criteria for selecting an SD-WAN vendor?
•    Now that more enterprises have rolled out hybrid WANs, what have been the impacts on overall WAN spend?
•    In selecting among various CPE and hardware options, what are the benefits and costs of solutions such as vCPE on an x86 server versus vendor-supplied hardware? Does zero touch live up to its promise? 
•    Is SD-WAN ready for IPv6?
•    How does SD-WAN affect the last mile? Are enterprises integrating broadband, LTE, and other last mile alternatives in new ways as a result?
•    How does SD-WAN change the on-site IT skills needed at branch offices?
•    Was there a requirement to rip and replace current infrastructure, if so, did this fall into EOL, KEC (keep environment current)?

These sessions provide delegates with an opportunity to explore questions raised by the summit in more depth, with audience members determining their own needs and outcomes based on experience from within their own organizations.

10:55     Morning Coffee Break

11:25     Enterprise Case Study: Adopting an SD-WAN Enabled Network

11:50    TeleGeography Presentation: Benchmarking Enterprise Networks — Modeling Hybrid Network Costs

This TeleGeography presentation will examine several hybrid network alternatives and see how adopting a hybrid solution might alter network and access spend for a hypothetical global enterprise network. 

12:15     Lunch

13:45     Panel: Cloudify the WAN – How to Adapt your WAN to Accommodate Cloud-Based Applications
As corporate computing is increasingly shifting to the cloud, WAN managers ensure that the network can accommodate the resulting shifts in traffic. The geography and technology of the network is intertwined with the location of corporate data centers, neutral colocation facilities, and cloud service provider presence. This panel will highlight issues and experiences with adapting network strategy to meet the new demands that cloud services present for the WAN. 

•    How are most enterprises connecting to cloud providers and should this change going forward? Are there different strategies for connecting to multiple cloud providers?
•    What implications do cloud services pose for clear security standards and logical architectures? 
•    What specific methods do you use to secure this new cloud environment?
•    How can enterprises design their network to ensure performance of applications that are being accessed remotely? How do you delineate responsibility for performance assurance between the network provider and cloud service provider? 
•    What are the costs and network factors enterprises should consider when moving an application to the cloud?
•    What additional issues does IoT bring to enterprise cloud strategy?
•    How does cloud provider geography affect network design?
•    How has private vs. public cloud impacted the WAN?
•    What new security challenges have the change in cloud utilization lead to?
14:25    Enterprise Case Study: Adapting my WAN to the Cloud


These sessions provide delegates with an opportunity to explore questions raised by the summit in more depth, with audience members determining their own needs and outcomes based on experience from within their own organizations.

15:05     Afternoon Coffee Break

15:35     Enterprise Case Study: Finding the Best Data Center Strategy

16:00     Panel: Migration of the Corporate DataCenter—Moving Corporate Data to Shared Spaces

Many enterprises have already completed or are in the process of transitioning from company-owned datacenters and servers to private servers in shared colocation/datacenter spaces or the public cloud. Whereas the cloud panel focused specifically on cloud connectivity, this panel will review the factors that go in to selecting a datacenter strategy and allow enterprise WAN managers, vendors, and datacenter providers to offer experiences with the process.

•    What’s driving this shift? What are the key factors in coming up with a new datacenter strategy?
•    What services or applications stay on private servers, and what is shifting to public cloud?
•    What impact does this change have on network design? What are the challenges with connectivity between private DC /cloud, and connectivity from offices to DC/cloud?
•    What are key criteria in selecting DCs and colo sites?
•    How does moving data offsite affect the last mile and site bandwidth needs?
•    What are the user and application impacts of changing datacenter strategy?
•    What is the security impact of this change?
•    What role does the application design play?

16:40     Extended Q&A

16:50    Closing Remarks—Drink Sponsor speech

17:00     Networking Drinks

18:15     Close of Day One

Conference Day One: September 12

8:30     Registration and Refreshments

9:00     Opening Remarks
9:10     Keynote: How SD-WAN is changing the Design and Technology of the WAN

9:35     Panel: WAN Monitoring and Security – Utilizing WAN Acceleration/Optimization, Cloud Security, and Performance Data in the New Hybrid WAN

As the network gets smarter, there are an increasingly complex array of tools enterprises can employ to balance traffic, monitor the network, create virtual firewalls, and manage applications. This panel will explore various ancillary WAN services and how they can be best employed in the post-all MPLS network.

•    Is there any need for WAN Optimization/Acceleration in the SD-WAN enabled network?
•    How does SD-WAN change security needs and how does this differ by industry?
•    Are cloud-based firewalls a workable alternative security strategy? In what situations?
•    Is cloud security a roadblock for some users in adopting SD-WAN?
•    What challenges does the move from private to public cloud for business applications present?
•    Can cloud monitoring improve application performance and enhance security?
•    How can enterprises prepare for known threats such as DDOS?
•    What tools are available for managing IoT?

These sessions provide delegates with an opportunity to explore questions raised by the summit in more depth, with audience members determining their own needs and outcomes based on experience from within their own organizations

10:30     Enterprise Case Study: Utilizing WAN Monitoring and Security Tools

10:55     Morning Coffee Break

11:25     TeleGeography Presentation: Global Enterprise Networks and Submarine Cable Capacity

A TeleGeography presentation reviewing data trends in enterprise network footprints, connections to the cloud, and carrier SD-WAN service as well as the global submarine networks and their paths, pricing, traffic levels and how these trends affect the corporate network.

11:50      Enterprise Case Study: How to Accommodate the Coming IoT Explosion

12:15    Lunch

13:45    Panel: Internet of Things — WAN and Datacenter Strategies for the Coming Flood of Devices

IoT has already exploded in certain industries such as manufacturing, but it is certainly coming for everyone else in the next few years. The panel will explore how IoT adoption across different industries is creating new challenges in the WAN and the datacenter. Panelists will offer experience with and possible solutions to a host of issues IoT raises for the corporate network: 

•    BYOD has introduced the concept of managing many devices on the LAN and WAN but IoT magifies this many times. How does the sheer number of devices and vendors affect security and network management? Is it difficult to even maintain device inventory?
•    With the potential of the office teapot to be hacking gateways, what new or existing tools are available to the WAN manager to police devices no human may ever interact with? 
•    How does IoT complicate the LAN? With devices connecting across the full spectrum of access options including broadband, wifi, LTE, etc. how does the corporate IT team identify devices, secure them, and insure availability and application functionality across disparate technologies?
•    IoT traffic generally flows in one direction: toward the datacenter. How does this change datacenter strategy and capacity management?
•    IoT traffic may be much less even and predictable than human-driven traffic. How can corporate IT teams model traffic patterns in the IoT world?

14:25    Panel: The Future of your WAN – Growing your WAN to Meet the Demands of the Modern Workplace
Cloud, telework, mobility, BYOD, OTT communications, collaboration, IoT, and a host of other changes are having a large impact not just on how we work, but on how WAN managers ensure an available, reliable, and secure network. This panel will explore how the nature of work is changing and what tools are now available to accommodate these changes. The panelists will discuss monitoring, SD-WAN, cloud and software based services, security, and emerging managed services and how they will enable the WAN of the present and future: 

•    How do you extend the corporate network and its security and QoS requirements to employees that are increasingly mobile, on outside devices, and on consumer-sourced connections?
•    How do enterprises understand and forecast bandwidth needs at each site? Are there tools or do they rely on carriers and vendors based on business needs?
•    What impact do OTT communication tools have on bandwidth needs?
•    Does IoT and machine-to-machine add to capacity constraints or is it too small to matter?
•    IPv6 has been on the horizon for quite some time, but rollouts are now finally coming. Are WANs ready to adapt?
•    Are there particular challenges for highly regulated industries such as banking/finance?
•    How do IoT and big data change the job of the WAN manager and what tools can help?


These sessions provide delegates with an opportunity to explore questions raised by the summit in more depth, with audience members determining their own needs and outcomes based on experience from within their own organizations.

15:35    Closing Remarks From The Chair
15:45    Close of Summit & Networking Coffee