2017 Agenda

WAN Summit New York  

April 3-4, 2017


Conference Day One: April 3

8:15 Registration and Refreshments

9:00 Opening Remarks

9:10 Keynote: How Smart Networks are Changing Corporate Networks

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.

  • 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?
  • What was the cost impact of deploying an SD-WAN solution? How much do enterprises save in the long term after that initial investment?
  • 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?
  • How does SD-WAN affect organizational structures of corporate IT teams?
  • How does it change the relationships of customers with their service providers?
  • How has this impacted the support model, and insourcing versus outsourcing?
  • Was there a requirement to rip and replace current infrastructure, if so, did this fall into EOL, KEC (keep environment current)?

10:40 Roundtable Peer to Peer Exchange

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

Within six months, Gap transformed 1000+ sites of its retail network from a traditional WAN to SD-WAN using Viptela. Snehal will explain Gap's evaluation criteria for this transformation based on platform requirements, integration into existing networks and, most importantly, scale. He will cover the tools and processes that were needed in operationalizing this new technology - and the importance of features like central manageability and zero touch provisioning.

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?  
  • 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?
  • 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: Rethinking WAN Strategy for the Cloud

14:50 Roundtable Peer to Peer Exchange

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 Internet Peering as a Cloud Enabler for Enterprises

This presentation will review Schneider Electric’s cloud strategy of using peering at open internet exchanges and discuss the possibility of greater enterprise utilization of open exchanges in the U.S.

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. This panel will review reasons for undertaking this change and experience with the process from the perspective of enterprise WAN managers, vendors, and datacenter providers.

  • What’s driving this shift? 
  • 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 is the security impact of this change?
  • What role does the application design play?

16:40 Live Polls and Extended Q&A

17:05 Closing Remarks

17:15 Networking Drinks

Conference Day Two: April 4


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?

10:15 Roundtable Peer to Peer Exchange

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: Hybrid Network Architecture

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: Lessons Learned From an SD-WAN Rollout

12:15 Lunch

13:45 Panel: Getting to the WAN - Challenges and Strategies in the Last Mile

It is easy to talk about bandwidth on demand and other benefits of SDx in the datacenter or between network nodes, but bringing those capabilities to the branch office and the user is a completely different prospect. This session will explore and compare various access technologies, traditional leased line and Ethernet access, LTE and 5G, VSAT as well as LAN strategies and WiFi usage.

  • What are the benefits of going with a traditional access line with SLAs versus broadband?
  • When do most enterprises employ LTE? Is wireless moving beyond backups and temporary to become a genuine alternative?
  • How should IT manage BYOD or other unregistered devices that connect to the LAN? What effects do these choices have on WAN security?
  • What is the future of wireless access? What impact might 5G have on the LAN?
  • How much does QoS matter in the last mile?
  • FCC has defined BB as 25 Mbps , how is this impacting carriers?
  • Many federal and local states are looking to “invest” in the BB infrastructure, how might this impact the access market? 

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?

15:05 Roundtable Peer to Peer Exchange

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