Sydney

21 & 22 August 2019, Hilton Sydney

2019 Advisory board

  • Tim Sullivan, CEO, COEVOLVE

  • David Stork, Major Projects, Communications Training and Development Manager, DETMOLD GROUP

  • Daniel Bales, Head of Infrastructure, MERIVALE

  • Doug Kolishkin, Infrastructure Architect, TABCORP

 

2019 agenda

Day One: Wednesday, 21 August 2019

8:15 REGISTRATION AND REFRESHMENTS 

9:00 OPENING REMARKS 

9:10 LIVE POLL #1

9:15 ENTERPRISE CASE STUDY: A SD-WAN SUCCESS STORY

9:40 PANEL DISCUSSION: MAKING THE MOST OF SD-WAN – LESSONS LEARNED FROM POC TO PILOT & IMPLEMENTATION

While some enterprise WAN managers continue to evaluate SD-WAN as a new technology, a growing number have deployed SD-WAN in their global network and accumulated experience with implementation and daily operation. This session will review experiences with SD-WAN adoptions, evaluate results, and assess changes in network management prompted by SD-WAN. The panel will allow end-users, carriers, and vendors to explore their or their customers’ experiences in integrating SD-WAN into the corporate network and offer advice on issues and successes to look out for.

  • What are the best practices for SD-WAN proof of concept?

  • What is the scope of an SD-WAN implementation? How should WAN managers time the transition?

  • What challenges should WAN managers anticipate during the proof-of-concept, pilot, and roll-out stage?

  • How does SD-WAN impact overall WAN spending?

  • Most enterprises still plan to keep MPLS, how do they calibrate their MPLS exposure?

  • How should enterprises choose between vendor appliances and VNFs/uCPE models?



10:20 ENTERPRISE CASE STUDY: SELECTING SD-WAN—MANAGED SERVICES VS. TECHNOLOGY SUPPLIERS IN THE AUSTRALIAN MARKET

10:45 MORNING COFFEE BREAK & EXHIBIT HALL 

11:25: TELEGEOGRAPHY PRESENTATION: BENCHMARKING ENTERPRISE NETWORKS — MODELING DIFFERENT NETWORK CONFIGURATION COSTS

This TeleGeography presentation will present global trends in networking pricing and will evaluate the total cost of ownership of several network configurations based on different corporate network needs.



11:50 PANEL DISCUSSION: LOOKING PAST THE HYPE - DEFINING SD-WAN STANDARDS AND EVALUATING VENDORS

One of the key challenges in the development of SD-WAN has been even getting a clear idea of exactly what services can be accurately defined as SD-WAN. While the MEF is working on standards that carriers and vendors can get accredited through, enterprises still need to understand what services or VNFs are important to them and how to find which vendors offer those. This panel will look at the breadth of SD-WAN vendors, from equipment and software companies to carriers and managed services providers, to help both buyers and sellers alike understand how to compare and choose the providers that best fit their networks.

  • What are the defining features of SD-WAN and what features fall outside of that definition?

  • Are providers working towards interoperability for software-defined services? Why is this necessary, and does it matter to the enterprise customer?

  • What factors in the network, IT demands, or desired features have the most importance in selecting among the various types of SD-WAN vendor?

  • Do mission-critical applications still require MPLS in some circumstances, or can new tools provide sufficient QoS over DIA or even broadband? Will a post-MPLS network compromise development and support of performance-intensive real-time applications?

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages to sourcing overlay or other ancillary services from their network or managed services provider and in what cases should they go with a “DIY” approach?



12:30 LUNCH & EXHIBIT HALL 

13:40 LIVE POLL #2 

13:50 ENTERPRISE CASE STUDY: CLOUD ADOPTION CHALLENGES

14:15 PANEL DISCUSSION: FROM THE EDGE TO THE CLOUD – ENSURING CONTROL AND SECURITY OF THE NETWORK

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. This panel will explore how and where WAN managers can secure evolving traffic flows.

  • How do you secure cloud services? What are the different security responsibilities of the CSP and the enterprise? What are some potential gaps in security? What role does SDN play in cloud security? Do you add additional layer of encryption for your Cloud hosted applications?

  • What assurances do enterprises have for security within and between VPCs?

  • What are the best options for securing the link between primary infrastructure and VPCs?

  • Are appliance-based firewalls still viable? Is cloud-based security service sufficient?

  • How do you secure local internet breakouts at branch locations? What about remote and roaming employees?

  • In what situations should enterprises be considering zero trust approaches such as software-defined perimeter?



14:55 AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK & EXHIBIT HALL 

15:35 TELEGEOGRAPHY PRESENTATION: HOW CSP AND NETWORK PROVIDER BACKBONE GEOGRAPHY AFFECTS THE WAN

TeleGeography reviews trends in enterprise network footprints, connections to the cloud and CSP geography, as well as global submarine networks, pricing, and traffic. Matching your physical network needs with those of your provider can have an important effect on costs and performance. 



16:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: OVERCOMING THE TYRANNY OF DISTANCE – BEST PRACTICES IN CLOUD CONNECTION MODELS TO ENSURE 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 affect 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 as well as end users and network providers and delve more deeply into: 

  • How do enterprises connect to cloud-based services? What are advantages and disadvantages of using internet, peering, VPN, or private transport links?

  • What are the most common use cases for dedicated connections (Direct Connect, ExpressRoute) to cloud service providers?

  • How are the CSP partner ecosystems evolving? Are CSPs working more directly with enterprises, or do enterprises rely more on partner service providers (telcos, colos, MSOs, system integrators) to assist enterprises in migrating to the cloud or connecting to cloud services?

  • CSPs offer networking services, such as Azure’s Virtual WAN or AWS’s Global Accelerator, that route traffic over their private networks instead of the public internet. What are the pros and cons of using a CSP network versus a carrier network? Are they a substitute for telco and ISP services or complementary?

  • What is the future of dedicated connections (Direct Connect, ExpressRoute) in the SD-WAN world?

  • What is the future of the intranet? With zero trust security will enterprises move to all internet?



16:40 LIVE POLL #3

16:50 CLOSING REMARKS 

17:00 NETWORKING DRINKS

18:00 CLOSE OF DAY ONE

 

Day Two: Thursday, 22 August 2019

8:30 WAN ENTERPRISE BREAKFAST  

8:30 REGISTRATION AND REFRESHMENTS & EXHIBIT HALL 

9:30 OPENING REMARKS 

9:35 LIVE POLL #4 

9:40 ENTERPRISE CASE STUDY: GLOBAL COMMERCE WITH MODEST MEANS—CONNECTING FAR-FLUNG LOCATIONS FOR THE MID-SIZED ENTERPRISE

10:05 PANEL DISCUSSION: KEEPING UP WITH THE EVOLVING OPTIONS OF UNDERLAY NETWORKS — EVALUATING OFFERINGS INCLUDING NBN AND 5G

SD-WAN has revolutionized network service options with a network overlay, but the underlay of physical connectivity remains the foundation of the WAN. Network managers now have a broader array of possibilities both for their network technologies like MPLS and DIA and their local access technologies like utilizing business broadband or wireless at the edge. This session will explore and compare the benefits and risks of various network technologies, both in the last kilometer and the global network.

  • How do enterprises determine the right mix of MPLS, DIA and broadband for their network?

  • In what situations is the privacy, prioritization, and security of MPLS no longer needed?

  • What are some “model portfolios” of access types per location type? Are two discrete connections sufficient?

  • How will the NBN affect broadband options once it is fully online? Does it illustrate the differences between supplier diversity and path diversity?

  • How does an enterprise’s balance of east-west and north-south traffic affect it’s network sourcing decisions in the SD-WAN enabled network?

  • How do enterprises choose between local ISPs and broadband aggregators or carriers for internet service?

  • Is wireless moving beyond backups and temporary to become a genuine alternative? What impact might 5G have on the WAN?

  • How can WAN managers determine whether access lines are truly diverse, with no single point of failure?



10:45 MORNING COFFEE BREAK & EXHIBIT HALL

11:25 TELEGEOGRAPHY PRESENTATION: WAN MANAGER SURVEY AND THE FUTURE NETWORK CONFIGURATIONS

11:50 PANEL DISCUSSION: CREATING NETWORKS FOR ALL OCCASIONS – EXPANDING FROM DEVELOPED TO EMERGING MARKETS, REMOTE SITES, UNCOMPETITIVE MARKETS AND OTHER CHALLENGES

Multinational WAN managers have to balance budget priorities, IT requirements, and geographically diverse locations. Many however are saddled with those challenges plus rural or remote sites, locations in difficult markets, and developing and less competitive telecom markets. Others have frequent acquisitions to manage or rapidly growing businesses that require constant attention both in terms of architecture and sourcing. This panel aims to outline some of the extra challenges infrastructure managers might face and strategies to overcome them. 

  • What are the most difficult markets for network connectivity and how have enterprises and providers worked to do business in those places? 

  • What are the best practices for sustaining connectivity with operations in China? 

  • Whether it is manufacturing, resource extraction, or other rural industries, what are the best tools and strategies to connect remote markets? 

  • If your company frequently engages in acquisition or experiences rapid growth, how do you maintain service and continuity across an ever-expanding WAN? 

  • How has telework and mobile employees impacted end-to-end WAN management? 

  • What are the best strategies for handling growing bandwidth demands and shrinking budgets? 



12:30 CLOSING REMARKS

12:40 LUNCH AND EXHIBIT HALL 

14:00 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE

 

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