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MEF17 is on pace to be bigger and better than last year's popular MEF16 event, with a target of 1,000+ attendees from 275+ companies, 275+ service & technology executives, 110 expert speakers, 110+ sponsors & event partners, 11 live Proof of Concept demonstrations, and more. MEF17 represents a unique, valuable opportunity to engage with top LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, NFV, Carrier Ethernet, and Cloud services experts who are shaping the future of the communications landscape.

MEF17 program and special activities are designed to appeal to professionals from communication and cloud service providers; enterprises; government organizations; network technology suppliers; industry standards and open source organizations; analyst firms; the press; and others.

Major program elements include:

  • Plenaries, Sessions & Networking Activities (Mon-Wed)
  • MEF Workshops - Transitioning to MEF 3.0 Services, LSO & MEF 3.0, MEF 3.0 Implementations, Certification Programs, Road to 5G
  • 11 live Proof of Concept Service & Technology Showcase Demonstrations
  • Networking Hall
  • MEF Awards Party (new format)
  • LSO Hackathon
  • Global Media Hub
  • Onsite MEF Training & Certification Exam (new!)

MEF17 Workshops – Monday, 13 Nov

8:00am – 9:15am

Registration & Breakfast

9:15am – 9:25am

Welcome to MEF Workshops - Creating a Global Ecosystem of Networks with MEF 3.0

With the launch of MEF 3.0, MEF is accelerating the ability of service providers to create a global ecosystem of networks that deliver agile, assured, and orchestrated services optimized for the digital economy and hyper-connected world. These game-changing services provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with user and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities. MEF’s COO will provide an overview of the organization’s strategic work covered in today's workshops: (1) MEF 3.0 standardized, orchestrated services (wavelength, CE, IP, SD-WAN, and Layer 4-7), (2) LSO Reference Architecture and Open APIs, (3) MEF 3.0 implementations on MEFnet, (4) certification programs for services, technology, and professionals, and (5) 5G. Join us in moving the industry forward!

Kevin Vachon, Chief Operating Officer, MEF

9:25am – 10:50am

Workshop I – Transitioning to MEF 3.0 Orchestrated On-Demand Connectivity & SD-WAN Managed Services

With the MEF 3.0 global services framework, MEF is uniting industry efforts to enable orchestrated, on-demand wavelength, Carrier Ethernet, IP, SD-WAN,and Layer 4-7 services across a global ecosystem of automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks. To expand service reach and deliver more dynamic services, service providers need a standards-based approach that facilitates seamless service interoperability with other providers and enables end-to-end service automation with open APIs.  This workshop provides a progress report on standardization work related to orchestration-ready wavelength, CE, IP, and SD-WAN services as well as Security-as-a-Service. We will have indepth looks at the standardization of wavelength services and a comprehensive update on MEF's SD-WAN standardization activity. We will follow the updates on MEF work with a lively debate about what areas of SD-WAN need to be standardized and what areas do not.  The following MEF white paper will help prepare attendees for the SD-WAN portion of this workshop: Understanding SD-WAN Managed Services: Service Components, MEF LSO Reference Architecture, and Use Cases.

Part 1:  Latest MEF Work on Developing Standardized, Orchestrated Layer 1 Connectivity and SD-WAN Services

Moderator: Ralph Santitoro, MEF Distinguished Fellow; Head of SDN/NFV/SD-WAN Services, Fujitsu Network Communications | David Martin, Senior Systems Engineer, IP/Optical Networking Business Group, Nokia

Part 2: What Areas of SD-WAN Need to Be Standardized?

Moderator: Ralph Santitoro, MEF Distinguished Fellow; Head of SDN/NFV/SD-WAN Services, Fujitsu Network Communications | Randy Ford, Sr. Product Development Manager, SDN, Windstream | Neila Wilson, Manager, Technology Management, CenturyLink | Alastair Johnson, Principal Solution Architect, Nuage Networks | Nav Chander, Sr. Director, Service Provider Marketing, Silver Peak

10:50am - 10:55am

Break

10:55am - 12:55pm

Workshop II – LSO & MEF 3.0: Standardizing Inter-Provider & Intra-Provider LSO APIs for Orchestrated Services

MEF’s LSO Reference Architecture (LSO RA) guides agile development of standardized open LSO APIs that enable end-to-end orchestration of MEF 3.0 services across multiple providers and over multiple network technology domains.  Not suprisingly, the LSO RA is continuing to gain recognition in the industry.  Its focus to enable dynamic, real-time end-to-end services resonates very well in a world where service sroviders seek agility but still need to use too many manual business and/or service operations processes.  The LSO RA offers innovative perspectives for enabling a real-time partner ecosystem and promoting an agile orchestration-based architecture.

This workshop will include an overview of the LSO RA along with the various LSO Committee projects.  We will discuss how diverse standards organizations (TM Forum, ONF, and ATIS) are collaborating with MEF and how this work is influencing the open source project ONAP.  The core of the Workshop will focus on the MEF work towards standardizing API functions at multiple interface reference points.  It will conclude on a discussion of different models for end-to-end orchestration involving multiple service providers.

Part I:  LSO Committee Projects & LSO Reference Architecture Overview

Moderator: Chris Purdy, LSO Committee Co-Chair; CTO, CENX | Shahar Steiff, LSO Committee Co-Chair, MEF; AVP New Technology, PCCW Global | Andy Mayer, Principal Member of Technical Staff, Domain 2.0, AT&T Labs

Part II: MEF, Open Source & Standards Collaboration

Moderator: Chris Purdy, LSO Committee Co-Chair; CTO, CENX | Raluca Sirbu, Director, Domain 2.0 Architecture & Design, AT&T | Ken Dilbeck, VP Collaboration R&D, TM Forum | Jack Pugaczewski, Distinguished Architect, CenturyLink

Part III: Overview & Status of MEF CTO Office and LSO Committee API Projects

Moderator: Chris Purdy, LSO Committee Co-Chair; CTO, CENX | Dhurvas (Siva) Sivakumar, Ethernet Solutions Architect, AT&T | Fahim Sabir, Director of Architecture & Development, Colt | Andy Mayer, Principal Member of Technical Staff, Domain 2.0, AT&T Labs | Jack Pugaczewski, Distinguished Architect, CenturyLink

Part IV: End-to-End Orchestration Models Involving Multiple Service Providers

Shahar Steiff, LSO Committee Co-Chair, MEF; AVP New Technology, PCCW Global

12:55pm – *1:45pm

Lunch

1:45pm - 5:00pm

LSO Hackathon

1:45pm – 3:20pm

Workshop III – MEF 3.0 Implementations on MEFnet

MEF member companies are developing prototype implementations on the MEF sandboxing platform 'MEFnet' both to accelerate the understanding and adoption of MEF 3.0, as well as to provide immediate feedback to the standards development projects in the MEF. In this workshop, we explore four MEF 3.0 service implementations through panel discussions in which those MEF members driving this work address what has been achieved and learned to date, and how they plan to evolve these projects over the next 12 months.

 

Project 1 - Service Fulfillment and Activation

This project implements a use case where a customer of a service provider needs to stream cinema-quality content from Hong Kong to New Jersey for collaborative real-time review and editing of the content. Inter-carrier LSO APIs are used to automate the determination of serviceability of the New Jersey site and the ordering of the service that eventually spans three different Operators, as well as the automation of service configuration & activation and network resource provisioning within two of the Operator's domains. Panelists representing the leading participants in the project answer questions and discuss what they have learned during the setup of the production networks and the software integration of LSO.

Moderator: Daniel Bar-Lev, Director, Office of the CTO, MEF | Divesh Gupta, VP, Technology and Sales Operations, Presales, PCCW Global | Daniele Mancuso - Director Innovation & Engineering, Sparkle | Ahmad Khalil, Associate Director, Advanced Technology LAB, Tata Communications | Sarit Tager, VP, Research & Development, ECI

Project 2 - Service Telemetry

This project focuses on streaming telemetry data from a number of sources, including service provider networks, to a common big data analytics platform implemented using the open source project PNDA (http://www.pnda.io). The purpose of creating a data lake in this project is to understand better the challenges in moving to a big data analytics approach for multi-domain programmable networks. Once the data lake reaches critical mass, it will be used to prototype service assurance and closed-loop control solutions for MEF 3.0 services. Panelists representing the leading participants in the project answer questions and discuss what they have learned in defining what should be streamed and implementing the streaming of the telemetry data to the PNDA instance, and their vision for the work in 2018.

Workshop III Diagram

Moderator: Daniel Bar-Lev, Director, Office of the CTO, MEF | Ahmad Khalil, Associate Director, Advanced Technology LAB, Tata Communications | Donald Hunter, Principal Engineer, Cisco | Daniele Mancuso - Director Innovation & Engineering, Sparkle

Project 3 - Multi-Operator ONAP

MEF and ONAP have recently announced an important collaboration to maximize the alignment of the open source implementation of service orchestration and the standards defining LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) being developed in ONAP and MEF respectively. In addition to alignment of these bodies of work, two MEF member service providers that are active in the Linux Foundation ONAP open source project have instantiated pre-Amsterdam versions of ONAP on MEFnet.  What makes the project unique and so important to the industry and the progress of ONAP is the use of LSO Sonata and LSO Interlude inter-carrier APIs to automate the fulfilment and activation of the end-to-end service spanning the two service provider domains. Panelists representing the leading participants in the project answer questions and discuss how they plan to build upon emerging versions of ONAP and the east-west LSO APIs to evolve the use cases while providing both ONAP and MEF members with lessons learned and recommendations for future work.

Moderator: Daniel Bar-Lev, Director, Office of the CTO, MEF | Raluca Sirbu, Director, Domain D2.0 Architecture & Design, AT&T | Ludovic Robert, IT Senior Architect, Orange |  Mark Gibson, Director of Product Management, Amdocs OSS | Andy Mayer, Principal Member of Technical Staff, Domain 2.0, AT&T Labs (ONAP PTL External APIs)

Project 4 - Security-as-a-Service

SECaaS is an important emerging market opportunity for service providers which is becoming simultaneously both more feasible and challenging as a result of the introduction of NFV and SDN. This project aims to provide service providers planning to introduce SECaaS into their product portfolios with a guide to how MEF service provider members have implemented SECaaS in specific use cases, and use that as a starting point for their own efforts. Panelists representing the leading participants in the project answer questions and discuss how they plan to deploy the first use case of SECaaS where a virtual firewall is deployed to a universal CPE in a branch office of an enterprise.

Moderator: Daniel Bar-Lev,, Director, Office of the CTO, MEF | Rick Hillson, VP Transformation, GBI | Richard Orgias, Director, Segment and Audience Marketing, Fortinet | Liam Twomey, VP of Sales & Marketing, Amartus

3:20pm - 3:25pm

Break

3:25pm - 4:15pm

Workshop IV – MEF 3.0 Services & Technology Certification & MEF Professional Certification Programs (LSO + SDN + NFV + CE)

MEF is increasing the agility of its service and equipment certification programs and expanding its professional certification program to accelerate development and adoption of emerging MEF 3.0 certified services and technologies. The new MEF 3.0 certification is delivered by MEF’s testing and certification partner, Iometrix, on a revolutionary cloud-based virtual test platform that empowers subscribing companies to certify that their services and technologies comply with the latest MEF 3.0 releases. The MEF 3.0 framework provides the ability, for the first time, to move to an incremental release approach for both services and LSO APIs and to tightly align certification with each release. Subscribing companies can certify combinations of services and LSO APIs and can certify as often as desired. In 2017, MEF introduced a Professional Certification Framework for creating a global base of certified professionals with the leading-edge skills required to build automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, NFV, and CE. The framework expands upon MEF’s popular Carrier Ethernet Certified Professionals (MEF-CECP) program.  Join MEF’s certification experts to learn more about the enhanced and expanded services, technology, and professional certification programs.

Moderator: Rick Bauer, Director of Certification, MEF | Eric Puetz, Certification Committee Co-Chair, MEF; Director, Standards & Industry Alliances, AT&T | Isabelle Morency, Head of Engineering & Standards, Iometrix | Kevin Marz, Director, Training Division, Tech 2000

4:15pm – 5:00pm

Workshop V – The Road to 5G

MEF has a long history of providing service definitions for mobile transport supporting 2G through 4G/LTE. MEF 5G work addresses the new latency, isolation, and capacity requirements of 5G.  Specifically, the workshop will cover:

  • What is new in 5G?
  • Transport for 5G
  • Network Slicing
  • Orchestrating 5G Services
  • MEF Services over 5G

Moderator: Rami Yaron, Global Marketing Committee Co-Chair, MEF; VP, Strategy & Business Development, Telco Systems | Glenn Parsons, Editor of Mobile Transport for 5G, Office of the CTO, Ericsson

4:00pm - 7:30pm

Proof of Concept Showcase Demonstrations in Networking Hall

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Opening Reception in Networking Hall

 

MEF17 - Tuesday, 14 Nov

*7:15am – 8:15am

Registration & Breakfast

8:15am - 8:25am

Welcome to MEF17

Kevin Vachon, Chief Operating Officer, MEF | Stan Hubbard, MEF17 Program Director

8:25am - 8:35am

MEF Chairman’s Address

Michael Strople, Chairman, MEF; President, Enterprise Networks, Zayo Group

8:35am - 8:50am

MEF President’s Address - Introducing MEF 3.0

MEF is pleased to introduce MEF 3.0, a transformational framework for defining, delivering, and certifying agile, assured, and orchestrated communication services across a global ecosystem of automated networks. MEF 3.0 is the realization of the Third Network vision. It is the next step in MEF's journey to transform the industry with services and networks that are easy to manage and monetize and that deliver lasting value to customers. MEF President Nan Chen will introduce the major elements of MEF 3.0 and explain their significance to the market.  Join with MEF and our collaborative community to unleash the full potential of industry innovation!

Nan Chen, President, MEF

8:50am - 9:10am

Evolving To Intelligent Edge

Josh Goodell, VP, Intelligent Edge, AT&T

9:00am - 7:00pm

LSO Hackathon

9:10am - 9:30am

GIG + SDN: A Generational Moment

Kevin O'Toole, Senior VP, Product Management, Comcast Business

9:30am - 10:10am

Building a Global Ecosystem of Connected Networks Supporting Orchestrated, On-Demand Services

End-users need services that address increasingly complex networking requirements, especially with the challenges posed by cloud applications, IoT, mobility, and emerging 5G. They are looking for dynamic services to increase business agility, innovate, and adapt, and they ideally would like to have these services available to any location. In recent years, a number of service providers have introduced dynamic connectivity and virtualized services to address these demanding needs, but their innovation primarily has been limited to services delivered over individual provider networks. To realize the full potential of our market, the industry needs to move beyond independent islands of excellence. We need to enable delivery of dynamic services across multiple provider networks, maximizing the return on SDN and NFV investments. This panel brings together experts from industry-leading providers to discuss what it will to take to build a global ecosystem capable of delivering next-generation services optimized for the digital economy and hyper-connected world.

Moderator: Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading | Eric Bozich, VP Product & Marketing, Wholesale, CenturyLink | Mark Daley, Director of Digital Strategy & Business Development, Epsilon | Daniele Mancuso - Director Innovation & Engineering, Sparkle

10:10am - 10:30am

Partnering for Success: Delivering the Hyper-Connected World

Eric Cevis, President, Verizon Partner Solutions

10:30am - 10:45am

Break

10:45am - 11:05am

Executive Perspective

Satya Parimi, Group Vice President, Enterprise Data & Cloud Products, Spectrum Enterprise

11:05am - 11:25am

CEO Insights

Marc Halbfinger, CEO, PCCW Global

11:25am - 12:05pm

Service Innovation Panel

The pace of technology change is accelerating rapidly, with nearly every industry being disrupted by digital transformation and increased automation.  Within the service provider community, there is a growing realization that many providers are going to get left behind in the market if they do not retool their networks, operations, and service portfolios in order to be more flexible and able to quickly address customer needs. In this session, we bring together senior experts from world-leading service provider to explore what is driving service innovation and where the market is headed. What are the hot service innovations, how will they impact customers, how are service providers taking advantage of new technologies to be more efficient and responsive to customer needs, what will be the impact of SD-WAN managed services, and what new service innovations are coming over the horizon? We will answer these questions and more!

Moderator: Rosemary Cochran, Principal, Vertical Systems Group | Shawn Hakl, SVP Business Products, Verizon | Josh Goodell, VP, Intelligent Edge, AT&T | Gunnar Peters, Senior Director, Emerging Networks, Spectrum Enterprise

12:05pm - 12:50pm

Technology Innovation Panel

Moderator: Ralph Santitoro, MEF Distinguished Fellow; Head of SDN/NFV/SD-WAN Services, Fujitsu Network Communications | Patrick Ostiguy, President & CEO, Accedian | Chris Purdy, CTO, CENX | Claudio Mazzuca, VP of Systems and Services, EXFO

12:50pm - 2:45pm

Lunch, Proof Of Concept Showcase Demonstrations In Networking Hall

2:50pm – 5:15pm

Services Track

Track Chair: Roopa Honnachari, Industry Director, Business Communications Services & Cloud Computing, ICT, Frost & Sullivan

LSO Track

Track Chair: Jennifer Clark, General Manager, Battle Green Research

2:50pm - 3:40pm

Roadmap From Static Carrier Ethernet Services to Dynamic MEF 3.0 Services

Moderator: Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services, Vertical Systems Group | Jeff Brown, Director of Product Management and Marketing, Windstream | Greg Harris, Associate Director, Global Ethernet Services, Verizon Partner Solutions | Eitan Schwartz, VP, Service Provider Line of Business, North America, RAD | Jay Stewart, Senior PLM for Virtual Solutions, Spirent

Orchestrating On-Demand Services Over Multiple Provider Networks & Multiple Technology Domains: Service Provider Perspectives

Moderator: Jennifer Clark, General Manager, Battle Green Research | Divesh Gupta, VP, Technology and Sales Operations, Presales, PCCW Global | Scott Melanson, Director of Systems Support, Verizon Partner Solutions | Tariq Rafique, Manager, Network Architecture & Planning, Zayo

3:40pm - 4:30pm*

Managed SD-WAN: Creating New Revenue Opportunities For Service Providers

Moderator: Roopa Honnachari, Industry Director, Business Communications Services & Cloud Computing, ICT, Frost & Sullivan | Kevin O'Toole, Senior VP, Product Management, Comcast Business | Bob Schroeder, VP Product Management, Spectrum Enterprise | Rick Hillson, VP Transformation, GBI | Ralph Santitoro, Head of SDN/NFV/SD-WAN Services, Fujitsu Network Communications

Automating Service Fulfillment & Activation with LSO (*Ends 4:20)

Moderator: Sarah Wallace, Director, Service Enablement, AI & Analytics, IHS Markit | Mark Gibson, Director of Product Management, Amdocs | Jason Ettinger, Senior Product Manager, Neustar

 

4:30pm - 5:15pm**

The Meteoric Rise of SD-WAN: Vendor Perspectives

Moderator: Roopa Honnachari, Industry Director, Business Communications Services & Cloud Computing, ICT, Frost & Sullivan | Jonathan Forest, VP of Enterprise Products and Markets, InfoVista | Prayson Pate, CTO, ADVA Optical Networking | Nav Chander, Sr. Director, Service Provider Marketing, Silver Peak | Shehzad Karkhanawala, Director of Marketing, Aryaka

Orchestrating and Assuring On-Demand Services Over Multi-Layer, Programmable Networks: Vendor Perspectives (**Starts 4:20)

Moderator: Sarah Wallace, Director, Service Enablement, AI & Analytics, IHS Markit | Andreas Iselt, Director Software Strategy, Coriant | Abel Tong, Senior Director, Solutions Marketing, Blue Planet, Ciena | Andres Madero, Director, Service Provider Architecture & Business Development, Infinera Latam | Claudio Mazzuca, Vice President, Systems and Analytics, EXFO

5:15pm – 6:45pm

Drinks Reception & Proof of Concept Showcase Demonstrations in Networking Hall

7:00pm - 10:00pm

MEF Awards Party

 

MEF17 - Wednesday, 15 Nov

*7:15am – 8:15am

Registration & Breakfast

8:15am - 8:30am

Harmonizing Open Networking and Standards

Arpit Joshipura, GM, Networking Projects, Linux Foundation

8:30am - 8:55am

MEF CTO Perspective

Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF

9:00am - 7:00pm

LSO Hackathon

8:55am - 9:15am

Service Lifecycle Management: The Road Ahead

Dr. Gabriel Kerner, Vice President Network Products and Offerings, Amdocs Technology

9:15am - 9:35am

Executive Keynote

Shetal Sheth, VP Platform Delivery, Product Development & Technology, CenturyLink

9:35am - 9:55am

Network Evolution

John Medamana, VP, Packet-Optical Network, AT&T Fellow, AT&T

9:55am - 10:40am

Service Provider Executive Panel - Building Automated & Virtualized Networks Powered by LSO, SDN & NFV

Chair: Jason Marcheck, Consulting Director, GlobalData Technology (formerly Current Analysis) | Allan Langfield, Executive Director, Product Management, Comcast Business | David Hughes, VP of Engineering, PCCW Global | John Dickinson, VP,  Commercial Network, Network Engineering, Charter Communications

 

10:40am - 10:55am

Break

10:55am - 11:55am

Technology Innovation Perspectives

Moderator: Michael Howard, Senior Research Director and Advisor, Carrier Networks, IHS Markit | Alastair Johnson, Principal Solution Architect, Nuage Networks | Karl Horne, Chief Architect, Ciena | Yaakov Stein, CTO, RAD | Hayim Porat, CTO, ECI

11:55am - 12:50pm

Service Provider Executive Perspectives

Moderator: Mike Sapien, Chief Analyst, Ovum | Jean-Claude Geha, SVP International Delivery Unit (SVP IDU), Deutsche Telekom | Travis Ewert, VP, Software Defined Services & Big Data, CenturyLink | Steve Fisher, CTO, Enterprise Networks, Zayo

12:50pm – 2:45pm

Lunch, Proof of Concept Showcase Demonstrations in Networking Hall

2:50pm – 5:30pm

The Future of Services Track

Track Chair: Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services, Vertical Systems Group

The Future of Networking Track

Track Chair: Dan Pitt, Senior VP, MEF

2:50pm - 3:10pm

Q&A: The Future of Services Certification - Testing as a Virtual Network Function

Bob Mandeville, President, Iometrix interviewed by Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services, Vertical Systems Group

CEO Perspective: SD-WAN - From Software-Defined to Self-Driving

SD-WAN adoption is sky-rocketing, but where is this leading and what can we learn? This presentation will explore the future of SD-WAN and its impact on the broader software defined networking space. Three trends are clearly emerging. First, a shift toward framing network or service objectives in terms of higher level business intent, and complementing automation with AI and machine learning to translate this high-level intent into continuous and dynamic optimization of hundreds or thousands of individual network components. Second, AI and web-scale computing can be used to analyze enormous volumes of data in real-time to produce a set of prioritized actions for an operator, complete with a drill-down of network forensics. Third, there is an emerging tension between a function-centric view of the network and an application or customer-centric view, leading to some thought provoking questions. Which delivers the most value? Which delivers the most agility?

David Hughes, CEO, Silver Peak

3:10pm - 4:00pm

Perspectives: What is the Path to High-Scale, Assured, and Secured Virtualized Services?

Moderator: Brian Washburn, Practice Leader, Network Transformation & Cloud, Ovum | Cyril Doussau, VP, Service Assurance Product Strategy, InfoVista | Sony Kogin, Director Service Provider, Segment Marketing, Fortinet

Perspectives: How Do We Get to More Intelligent, Flexible & Scalable Networks?

Moderator:  Ian Redpath, Practice Leader, Components, Transport and Routing, Ovum

Building Open, Programmable, Scalable Access Networks

Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, ADTRAN

Creating a Truly Intelligent Optical Network

Jeff Babbitt, Optical Solutions Architect, Fujitsu Network Communications

Ethernet Going the Distance

Thananya Baldwin, Vice President, Strategic Programs, Ixia

4:00pm - 4:45pm

Debate: SD-WAN Services - Threat or Opportunity?

Moderator: Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services, Vertical Systems Group | John Isch, Director, Network and Voice Practice, Orange Business Services/Americas | Tony Sarathchandra, Director, Product Management, Juniper | To be announced | To be announced

Debate: Will Zero-Touch Automation be Achieved by Network Domain or by Network Function?

Moderator: Dan Pitt, SVP, MEF | Allan Langfield, Executive Director, Product Management, Comcast Business | Andy Mayer, Principal Member of Technical Staff, Domain 2.0, AT&T Labs | Sanjay Mewada, Chief Strategy Officer, NEC/Netcracker | Chris Purdy, LSO Committee Co-Chair, MEF; CTO, CENX

4:45pm - 5:30pm

Industry Roundtable - Keys to Success in the Future Services Landscape

Moderator: Stan Hubbard, MEF17 Program Director; Communications & Research Director, MEF | Mark Daley, Director of Digital Strategy & Business Development, Epsilon | Rob Schult, Research Director, TeleGeography | Charlie Reed, Partner, ATLANTIC-ACM | Speaker to be announced

Debate: How Will 5G Transform User Experience and Impact the Network?

Moderator: Rami Yaron, Global Marketing Committee Co-Chair, MEF; VP, Strategy & Business Development, Telco Systems |Gary Fujinami, Director of OSS Solutions and Systems Operations, Verizon Wireless | Anatoli Levine, Director of Products and Standards, Spirent | Scott Mansfield, Standardization Researcher, Development Unit Network Products, Ericsson

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Drinks Reception & Proof of Concept Showcase Demonstrations in Networking Hall

MEF17 Proof of Concept Award Winners Announced

 

MEF17 - Thursday, 16 Nov

7:15am - 8:30am

Registration & Breakfast

8:30am - 12:30pm

MEF Network Foundations (MEF-NF) Training Course - Part I (Day-Long Class Session)

MEF is offering a one-day course to prepare networking professionals to take and pass the MEF Foundations (MEF-NF) certification examination. This recently released certification – developed by MEF in association with other leading industry standards and groups – is the first ISO-certified skills certification in advanced networking technologies in the world. The certification training helps students understand key concepts of SDN, NFV, LSO/Orchestration, Carrier Ethernet Connectivity Services, and Third Network solutions like SD-WAN and others at a basic, informed level. The MEF-NF is the foundational certification in the entire MEF Third Network Certified Professional Framework and will be the vendor-neutral technology foundation that will propel your career success. For more information, see MEF-NF Overview on MEF.net.

Trainer: Hector Isaza, Tech 2000

MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) Recertification Training Course & Exam - Part I (Day-Long Class Session)

Today, there are more than 5,100 MEF-CECPs employed by 440+ companies in more than 80 countries. MEF is offering a one-day course to prepare previously-certified MEF-CECP professionals to update their certification that has either lapsed or will soon lapse. Take advantage of a full review of Carrier Ethernet, with the updates to CE 2.0. The MEF-CECP is a technical certification that recognizes CE expertise in professionals from a cross section of job functions including Product Management, Sales Engineering, Product Development, Network Engineering, Network Architecture, Product Support and Network Operations. The course will provide a summary of all the major domain areas, and will prepare a previously-certified MEF-CECP professional with all the updates on the CE2.0 services and connectivity technologies. For more information, see the MEF-CECP Overview on MEF.net

Trainer: John Mauritz, Tech 2000

12:30pm - 1:15pm

Lunch

1:15pm - 6:00pm

MEF Network Foundations (MEF-NF) Training Course & Certification Exam - Part II (Day-Long Class Session)

Trainer: Hector Isaza, Tech 2000

MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) Recertification Training Course & Exam - Part II (Day-Long Class Session)

Trainer: John Mauritz, Tech 2000

6:00pm

MEF17 Officially Ends. See You at MEF18!

 

 

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