Roda Al Murooj Downtown Hotel, December 5-6, 2017


Advisory Board:

Andrew Grenville, Chief Executive Officer, ORIXCOM
Omid Mahboubi, Co-Founder,  MENA CLOUD ALLIANCE
Raju Ved, Regional Manager Network Operations, STANDARD CHARTERED BANK
Ajay Rathi, Senior Director, IT, MEERAS
Mubarik Hussain, Head of IT, PETROSERV

Day One

8:15     Registration and Refreshments
9:00     Opening Remarks

9:10     The Evolving Corporate WAN

MPLS IP VPN connections are no longer the default option for corporate wide area networking. Enterprises are relying more on applications hosted in the public cloud, and integrating broadband connections with the VPN accordingly, while maintaining security, assuring performance, and lowering cost. This keynote will address changes in how corporations implement their networks and how service providers sell them, and how those changes pose both benefits and challenges for the IT team and WAN manager.
9:35     Presentation: SDN, SD-WAN, NFV, VNF: A Modern WAN Primer

Corporate WAN managers face a major shifts in the network services market, replete with buzzwords and acronyms that can be hard to sort out. This tutorial will offer an overview and explanation of new WAN service options and their implications for WAN managers, with a focus on what’s relevant to the Middle East and contrasting the region with other locations.

10:00     Enterprise Case Study: Rolling Out A Global Deployment of SD-WAN

10:25     Morning Coffee Break 

10:55    Panel: Hybrid Transformations – Experiences with Hybrid Networks and Adopting SD-WAN

SD-WAN has become synonymous with hybrid networking—combining MPLS IP VPNs with DIA and broadband connections to optimize cost, performance, and scale. The hybrid network use case proposition for SD-WAN is well founded, but for corporate network teams initially considering the transition need to evaluate vendors, pricing models, premise equipment, and diverse access links. This session will examine experiences from WAN managers, SD-WAN vendors, consultants, and carriers on how to move forward towards SD-WAN-enabled hybrid networks.
•    What are the most compelling use cases for SD-WAN?
•    How do SD-WAN implementations differ in primary and branch corporate facilities?
•    How does SD-WAN change the on-site IT skills needed at branch offices?
•    What are the top criteria for selecting an SD-WAN vendor?
•    How has migration to an SD-WAN hybrid network impacted overall WAN spend?
•    How does SD-WAN affect the last mile? Are enterprises integrating broadband, LTE, and other last mile alternatives in new ways?


11:35    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    Enterprise Case Study: Adapting my WAN to the Cloud

14:05    Panel: Adapt your WAN to Accommodate Cloud-Based Applications

Many corporate computing applications are moving to the cloud. WAN managers must 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, with emphasis on the unique attributes of the Middle East.
•    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 are the billing models? When do direct connections to cloud providers make more sense than egress billing?
•    How does cloud provider geography affect network design? How do data sovereignty issues affect cloud adoption?
•    What are the unique attributes of cloud implementation in the Middle East? Does it require a separate strategy from other locations in the network?
•    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?
•    What are the costs and network factors enterprises should consider when moving an application to the cloud? What applications will not move to the cloud? What mix of private and public cloud will enterprises adopt going forward, and how will the WAN accommodate that?
•    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? Will application-based SLAs emerge?
•    How do different verticals and company sizes impact private vs. public cloud adoption?


14:45     Afternoon Coffee Break

15:45     Enterprise Case Study: Procuring Security Solutions for the Evolving Network

16:05     Panel: Securing Hybrid Networks and Cloud—Based Applications

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. Hybrid networks migrate traffic from VPNs to the public internet, expanding new security concerns beyond the built-in protection of managed private networks. This panel will explore how and where WAN managers can secure evolving traffic flows.
•    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?
•    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?


16:45     Live Polls and Extended Q&A

16:50    Closing Remarks

17:00     Networking Drinks

18:00     Close of Day One

Day Two

8:30     Registration and Refreshments

8:45     Opening Remarks

9:00     Deploying a Modern WAN in the Middle East: What are the Options?

9:25     Enterprise Case Study: Utilizing WAN and Application Monitoring Tools

10:05   Panel: Monitoring Performance of the Modern WAN

At the heart of performance-based routing is performance monitoring. As applications become more reliant on the network and the network gets smarter, there are an increasingly complex array of tools enterprises can employ to collect network data and use it to optimize performance. This panel will explore monitoring services and their role in hybrid WANs.
•    What do we need to monitor? What are the critical performance indicators?
•    What is the role of performance monitoring in the SD-WAN enabled network? Is there any need for WAN optimization, particularly as a stand-alone function?
•    What are options for application monitoring, and how are they differnet from network monitoring?
•    Can cloud monitoring improve application performance and enhance security?
•    What tools are available for managing IoT?


10:45     Morning Coffee Break

11:15     TeleGeography Presentation: Enterprise Networks and the Core Global Network Underlying Them

TeleGeography reviews trends in enterprise network footprints, connections to the cloud, and carrier SD-WAN service, as well as global submarine networks, pricing, and traffic. Wholesale transactions in the core network lend keen insight into structuring global enterprise networks.

12:35      Panel: 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? Is peering with OTTs an opportunity?
•    How do IoT and big data change the job of the WAN manager and what tools can help?
•    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?


13:15    Closing Remarks From The Chair
 Close of Summit & Networking Coffee