Lancaster Hotel London, 17-18 October 2017


Advisory Board:

Harald Berg, Head of IT Tools, Network and Data Center, VOLKSWAGEN AG
Simon Lawrence, Group Manager, NS, EUS, EMEA Network Engineering, BNY MELLON
Colin Pryke, Data Network Platform Manager, ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND
Gilles DeWorm,  Senior Technology Manager, Network Connectivity, JOHNSON & JOHNSON
Marcel Koenig, Principal ICT Technology & Sourcing, ANCOMA NETWORK
Simone Marcomini, Global Procurement Director, Telco, EUC & Security, PEARSON

Day One

8:15                  Registration and Refreshments

9:00                  Opening Remarks


9:10                  The Evolving Corporate WAN

Wide area networking is finally joining storage and compute with remote software control. This is changing how corporations design, buy, and implement their networks. This keynote will highlight what changes software-defined control is bringing to the network and both the benefits and challenges it poses 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.

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

Mike Howell, Global Network Design, RENTOKIL INITIAL

10:25                Morning Coffee Break

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

SD-WAN has become synonymous with hybrid networking—combining MPLS IP VPNs with 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 toward 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 two or three criteria for selecting an SD-WAN vendor?
  • How has migration to an SD-WAN hybrid network impacted 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 provisioning live up to its promise?
  • How does SD-WAN affect the last mile? Are enterprises integrating broadband, LTE, and other last mile alternatives in new ways?
  • Was there a requirement to rip and replace current infrastructure, if so, did this fall into EOL, KEC (keep environment current)?

Sunit Chauhan, Senior Director Product Management, NUAGE NETWORKS
Jose Antonio Cortes, SDWAN Global Product Manager, TELEFONICA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS
Mike Howell, Global Network Design, RENTOKIL INITIAL
Samir Desai, Senior Product Manager, GTT
Jonathan Forest, Vice President, Enterprise Products and Markets, INFOVISTA
Moderator: Nick Greenway, Management Consultant, PA Consulting



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.

12:15                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.

12:40                Lunch


14:10                Enterprise Case Study

Simone Marcomini, Global Procurement Director, Telco, EUC & Security, PEARSON

14:35                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.

  • 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 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?

Marcel Koenig, Principal ICT Technology & Sourcing, ANCOMA NETWORK
Mark Lewis, EVP Communications & Connectivity, INTEROUTE
Mark Bayne, Director of Sales Engineering, EMEA, CATO NETWORKS
Senior Representative, VIPTELA
Jim Fagan, Director Global Platforms,TELSTRA


15:15                Afternoon Coffee Break

15:45                Enterprise Case Study

Jeffrey Edwards, Programme Manager, SEADRILL

16:10                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?

Simon Pamplin, Director of Technical Sales – EMEA, SILVER PEAK NETWORKS
Jens Leuchters, SVP Network Services, NTT
Moderator: Craig Northveth, CTO, THE NETWORK COLLECTIVE



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.

16:40                Live Polls and Extended Q&A

16:50                Closing Remarks

17:00                Networking Drinks

18:00                Close of Day One


Day Two

8:30                  WAN Leadership Forum Breakfast Club

Our inaugural WAN Leadership Forum Breakfast club is an intimate enterprise-only event intended to foster conversation and build a community of enterprise network managers. In addition to nourishment to begin the day, this session offers members of the WAN Leadership Forum the opportunity to discuss candidly the challenges in running their networks and glean insight and guidance from their peers.

9:30                  Registration and Refreshments

9:45                  Opening Remarks


10:00                How SD-WAN is Changing the Design and Technology of the WAN

Laurence Andrews, Global Engineer, GTS, Global Products & Engineering, CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD

10:25                Enterprise Case Study: Utilizing WAN Monitoring and Security Tools

10:50                Panel: Monitoring Performance of the Modern WAN

At the heart of performance-based routing is performance monitoring. As 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 performance 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?
  • Can cloud monitoring improve application performance and enhance security?
  • What tools are available for managing IoT?

Archana Kesavan, Product Marketing Manager, THOUSANDEYES


11:30                Morning Coffee Break

12:00                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.

12:30          Presentation: SD-WANs and Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO)

While the industry has recently embraced SD-WANs, there are many definitions and scenarios of SD-WANs that have yet to be played out.  Today, SD-WANs come in all types and flavors in which enterprises worldwide can reduce their cost of WAN networks while having similar business grade ubiquitous WAN performance guarantees.   However one thing is for sure, SD-WANs must be operated by either the enterprise themselves or by a service provider.  

In this session MEF will discuss how SD-WANs will be offered as a managed service by Communication Service Providers (CSP) worldwide in which Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) will play a critical role. 

Daniel Bar-Lev, Office of the CTO Director, MEF

12:55                Lunch

14:10          LIVE POLL

14:20                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:

  • How do IoT and big data change the job of the WAN manager and what tools can help?
  • BYOD has introduced the concept of managing many devices on the LAN and WAN but IoT magnifies 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? Does IoT and machine-to-machine add to capacity constraints or is it too small to matter?
  • 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?


15:00                Enterprise Case Study: The Future Of Your WAN

Dimitrios Voutsinas, Head of Network Design & Validation, THOMSON REUTERS

15:25                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?
  • 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?

Simon Lawrence, Group Manager, NS, EUS, EMEA Network Engineering, BNY MELLON
Dimitrios Voutsinas, Head of Network Design & Validation, THOMSON REUTERS
Dobias van Ingen, EMEA SE Director and CTO, ARUBA a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company



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.

16:45                Closing Remarks From The Chair 

                           Close of Summit & Networking Coffee