5 March 2018


Advisory Board:

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

Agenda - 5 March 2018

9:15      Registration and Refreshments

9:45      Opening Remarks

10:00    The Changing Role of The WAN: Matching WAN Networks To Shifting Business Needs

  • What challenges do network designers face in meeting these requirements?
  • How can businesses in the region meet both cost and connectivity growth goals?

Karthikeyan Gunasekar, Solutions Architect, ARUBA
Ronald van der Breggen, Chief Commercial Officer, LEOSAT
Ajay Rathi, Senior Director, IT, Meeras

Ahmad Manzur, Specialist Transport Network Operations, Network Development, VIMPLECOM
Moderator - Dr. Dhrupad Mathur, Associate Professor IT, SP JAIN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT, DUBAI


10:40    Deploying a Modern WAN in the Middle East: What are the Options?


Morning Coffee Break

11:30     Technology Overview: WAN Service Options, Benefits and Drivers

Corporate WAN managers face 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.

Catherine Lucas, CEO, NAVIGACOM

12:00     Enterprise Case Study: Adapting my WAN to the Cloud

Kumar Prasoon, Group CIO, Al SAFEER GROUP

12:20     Lunch

13:30     Panel: The Enterprise Cloud—How The Cloud Is Changing The Network

  • 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?

Kumar Prasoon, Group CIO, Al SAFEER GROUP
Omid Mahboubi, Co-Founder, MENA CLOUD ALLIANCE
Andrew Grenville, Chief Executive Officer, ORIXCOM
Mohammad Shahzad, Chief Information Officer, RDK Commercial Investment

14:10     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. 

Robert Schult, Research Director, TELEGEOGRAPHY

14:40     Afternoon Coffee Break

15:10     Enterprise Case Study: Securing Cloud Solutions for the WAN

Mahmoud Yassin, Manager Data Center & Cyber Security Leader, NATIONAL BANK OF ABU DHABI

15:30     Panel: Cyber Security for the WAN

  • 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 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?

Taimoor Dar, Security Architect, BATELCO
Mahmoud Yassin, Manager Data Center & Cyber Security Leader, NATIONAL BANK OF ABU DHABI
Srinivas Rao, Senior Manager, IT Infrastructure, OASIS INVESTMENT CO. AL SHIRAWI GROUP

16:10    Growing your WAN to Meet the Demands of the Modern Workplace – Future Trends

  • 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?

Sivakumar Venkatraman, CIO,  DUBAI FIRST, UAE
Joseph Nettikaden, CIO, ESOL EDUCATION
Jawad Abbassi, Head of MENA, GSMA
Kevin Vachon, COO, MEF

16:50     Closing Remarks from the chair

17:00     Close of Summit and Networking Reception