New York

April 2019, New York

2018 Agenda

2018 Program Advisory Council members:

  • Kevin Gallo, Telecommunications Manager, GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
  • Michael McGahan, Executive Director, Networking, NPD GROUP
  • Shweta Gupta, Director, Vendor Management and Procurement, STATE STREET GLOBAL MARKETS
  • Senthilkum Chokkan, Manager/Architect, Global Network Services, VWR INTERNATIONAL

Day One

8:15 Registration and Refreshments

9:15 WAN Design and Managed Service in the age of SD-WAN

Jim Fagan, Director, Global Platforms, TELSTRA

9:40 Enterprise Case Study: Rolling Out A Global Deployment of SD-WAN

Ed Higgs, Interim Global Service Delivery Director, RENTOKIL INITIAL

10:05 Panel: Hybrid Transformations – Experiences with Adopting SD-WAN and Integrating Internet into the WAN

While it has been on many enterprise WAN Manager’s horizons for the past few years, SD-WAN has begun to reach a stage where large multinationals have deployed SD-WAN on some or all of their global network. This session will review experiences with rolling out SD-WAN and discuss what changes it has lead to in network management.

  • What are the impacts on overall WAN spend?
  • How has SD-WAN affected the in house knowledge of IT teams? Do branch office techs now need to take crash courses in SD-WAN?
  • What specific metrics does SD-WAN offer and what new visibility into the network has it offered?
  • What are some specific applications of VNFs that WAN Managers have utilized after roll out?
  • What was the cost impact of deploying an SD-WAN solution? How much do enterprises save in the long term after that initial investment?
  • Was there a requirement to rip and replace current infrastructure, if so, did this fall into EOL, KEC (keep environment current)?

Ripin Checker, Director Cloud Solutions, JUNIPER NETWORKS
Sunit Chauhan, Senior Director Product Management,
Mike Howell, Global Infrastructure Engineering Manager, RENTOKIL INITIAL

Michael Kaehly, Technical Director, Advanced Technology Group, RIVERBED
Adnan Ramji, Senior Manager - Global Technology, TRANSUNION

Moderator: Ciaran Roche, Co-Founder & CTO, COEVOLVE


10:45 Morning Coffee Break

11:15 Enterprise Case Study: Selecting an SD-WAN Vendor and Rolling Out Hyperconvergence Infrastructure on Portions of Abbvie’s Global WAN

Amar Abdelhak, Enterprise Architect, ABBVIE


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

12:00 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.

Mike Bisaha, Manager, Data Science, TELEGEOGRAPHY

12:25 Lunch

13:45 Live Poll

13:50 Enterprise Case Study: Borgwarner’s WAN Strategy for Cloud, Virtual Appliances, and LTE

Mark Williams, Sr. IT Manager, Global Networks/ Telecommunications/ Security, BORGWARNER

14:15 Panel: Cloud in 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 collocation 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 does adoption of cloud services impact the choice of branch office connectivity? What is the impact on major hub sites?
  • 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?
  • How does cloud provider geography affect network design?

Ritesh Mukherjee, Director of Product Management, 128 TECHNOLOGY
Karl Brown
, Senior Director – Product Management, NetScaler SD-WAN, CITRIX
Samir Desai, Director of Product Management, GTT
Kristan Kline, Principal, Network Strategy, Office of the CTO,
Andy Weiss, VP Sales, OPEN SYSTEMS

Moderator: Rob Schult, Research Director, TELEGEOGRAPHY


14:55 Afternoon Coffee Break

15:25 Enterprise Case Study


15:50 Panel: The Underlay Network – Selecting and Sourcing Local Access and Broadband

It is easy to talk about bandwidth on demand and other benefits of SDx in the datacenter or between network nodes where excess capacity is deployed, but bringing those capabilities to the branch office and the user is a completely different prospect. This session will explore and compare the benefits and risks of various access technologies, traditional leased line and Ethernet access, DIA, broadband, and LTE and 5G.

  • What are the key difference in price, security, and SLAs that customers need to understand between TDM or Ethernet access lines, DIA, and broadband?
  • When do most enterprises employ LTE? Is wireless moving beyond backups and temporary to become a genuine alternative?
  • What is the future of wireless access? What impact might 5G have on the LAN?
  • How much does QoS matter in the last mile? What steps can end users or providers take to improve last mile QoS?
  • What are some of the challenges or advantages to sourcing broadband or DIA directly from ISPs rather than through a carrier or reseller?

Chris Cannon, President, CANNON GROUP
Jeff Lewis, Vice President, Connectivity Services, COMCAST BUSINESS
Sander Barens, VP Commercial Development, EXPEREO
Mark Sheard, Managing Director, TECHCALIBER UK
Yulia Duryea, Director, Product Management, WINDSTREAM

Moderator: Steve Garson, Founder & CEO, SD-WAN EXPERTS


16:30 Round Table Peer to Peer Exchange

16:50 Live Poll and Extended Q&A

17:00 Closing Remarks

17:10 Networking Drinks

18:30 Close of Day One

Day Two

8:30 Registration and Refreshments

8:30-9:30 WAN Enterprise Forum Breakfast

The WAN Enterprise Forum Breakfast 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 Enterprise Forum the opportunity to discuss candidly the challenges in running their network

9:40 Opening Remarks and LIVE POLL

9:50 Enterprise Case Study: Network Product Development for SD-WAN, How to Recognize the Right Platform for You?

Michael A. Wynston, Director GNE Network Architecture, Global Network Engineering, FIRST DATA CORPORATION

10:15 Panel: One or Many? — Provider Selection Strategies in the Hybrid WAN Market              

The SD-WAN overlay network opens up the possibilty for WAN managers to rethink the topology, technology, and vendors of their physical network. This panel will explore and debate the choices WAN managers face for network sourcing in the hybrid environment, including questions such as:

  • Does SD-WAN facilitate a regional WAN sourcing strategy over a one-stop-shop global WAN solution? Or does this still depend on other factors such as WAN requirements, internal IT expertise and others?
  • Are there situations where end users should purchase their own broadband or DIA, or should they continue to rely on carriers or aggregators to source from ISPs and access providers across the world?
  • What about mobile convergence? Are there reasons to source mobile and wireline or WAN service from the same providers?
  • How can enterprises best choose between a fully managed service and network-only service?

Steve Sesko, Global Category Head, CHAIN IQ
Michael A. Wynston, Director GNE Network Architecture, Global Network Engineering, FIRST DATA CORPORATION
Andrew Brown, Partner, LB3
Gottlieb, Co-Founder, TALARI NETWORKS
Shweta Gupta, Director, Vendor Management and Procurement, STATE STREET GLOBAL MARKETS

Moderator: Mark Sheard, Managing Director, TC2 UK


10:55 Morning Coffee Break

11:25 TeleGeography Presentation: Enterprise Networks and the Core Global Network Underlying Them

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.

Patrick Christian, Senior Analyst, TELEGEOGRAPHY

11:50 Panel: Delivering the Cloud: CSP Connection Models, Security and Performance

While the WAN managers have adapted their networks to the clouds, the cloud providers have also adopted new strategies to accommodate and engage with enterprise users either directly or through channel partners. Cloud provider geography and different strategies for connecting to cloud providers can effect enterprise application performance and have a direct effect on WAN design. This panel is designed to see cloud from the perspective of the cloud providers and delve more deeply into: 

  • What are the most common ways you see enterprises connecting to the cloud? Internet? Peering (public or private)? VPN? Dedicated connections? 
  • Do you work directly with enterprises typically, or is it more common for carriers to assist enterprises in connecting to your services? 
  • Have you seen an increased role of network fabric providers connecting to data centers, such as Megaport, PacketFabric, and now Equinix?
  • Who are your primary channel partners for offering cloud services to enterprises (carriers, colo operators, VARs, MSPs etc.)?How can enterprises design their network to ensure performance of applications that are being accessed remotely? 
  • What are the costs and network factors enterprises should consider when moving an application to the cloud?
  • How does cloud provider geography affect network design?
  • What specific methods do you use to secure this new cloud environment?

Ross Ortega, Partner Program Manager, AZURE NETWORKING MICROSOFT
Lloyd Noronha, Head of SD-WAN Marketing, CISCO
Barry Bonson-Bruce, GATE GOURMET
Jezzibel Gilmore, SVP Business Development, PACKETFABRIC

Moderator: Patrick Christian, Senior Analyst, TELEGEOGRAPHY

12:30 Lunch

14:00 Enterprise Case Study: Introducing Technology In A Brownfield Environment

Partha Turaga, Bloomberg WAN Network Manager, BLOOMBERG

14:25 Panel: WAN Architecture for 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?
  • Are there particular challenges for highly regulated industries such as banking/finance?

Ryan Gibbons, NE Channel and Sales Director, ARYAKA
Partha Turaga, Bloomberg WAN Network Manager, BLOOMBERG

Stan Hubbard, Director Research & Communications, MEF
Ellaury Hernandez, Head of Product Management,TELEFONICA BUSINESS SOLUTIONS
Rohan Naggi, Sr. Mgr, Technical Product Management, VELOCLOUD (now part of VMware)

Moderator: Taki Remtulla, CTO & Partner, ABILITA


15:05 Closing Remarks

15:10 Exhibit Hall and Networking           

16:00 Close of Summit

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