• Orlando, Florida USA, 13-16 November 2017

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Below is the MEF17 Main Conference Program. Click the days to see program details.

 

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, 120+ expert speakers, 120+ sponsors & event partners, 18 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 - Third Network Services, LSO & Open APIs, Open Reference Implementations, Certification Programs
  • 14+ 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!)
  • UNITE Partner Activities - including open source projects and standards organizations

MEF17 Workshops – Monday, 13 Nov

8:15am – 9:15am
Registration
9:15am – 9:25am
Welcome to MEF Workshops – Creating a Global Ecosystem of Networks To Deliver Agile, Assured & Orchestrated Services
9:25am – 10:50am
Workshop I – Third Network Services: Transitioning to Orchestrated Connectivity (Wavelength, CE 2.0, IP) & SD-WAN Managed Services
10:50am - 11:00am
Break
11:00am - 12:50pm
Workshop II – LSO: Standardizing Inter-Provider & Intra-Provider LSO APIs for Orchestrated Services
12:50pm – *1:45pm
Lunch
1:45pm - 5:00pm
LSO Hackathon
1:45pm – 3:20pm
Workshop III – LSO: Open Reference Implementations and MEFnet
3:20pm - 3:30pm
Break
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Workshop IV – New Third Network Services, Technology & Professional Certification Programs (LSO + SDN + NFV + CE)
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
8:25am - 8:35am
MEF Chairman’s Address
8:35am - 8:50am
MEF President’s Address
8:50am - 9:10am
Executive Keynote
9:00am - 7:00pm
LSO Hackathon
9:10am - 9:30am
Executive Q&A
9:30am - 10:10am
Building a Global Ecosystem of Connected Networks Supporting Orchestrated, On-Demand Services
10:10am - 10:30am
President Keynote
10:30am - 10:45am
Break
10:45am - 11:05am
Executive Perspective
11:05am - 11:25am
CEO Insights
11:25am - 12:05pm
Service Innovation Panel
12:05pm - 12:50pm
Technology Innovation Panel
12:50pm - 2:45pm
Lunch, Proof Of Concept Showcase Demonstrations In Networking Hall
2:50pm – 5:15pm
Services Track
LSO Track
2:50pm - 3:40pm
Roadmap From Static Carrier Ethernet Services to Dynamic Third Network Services
Orchestrating On-Demand Services Over Multiple Provider Networks & Multiple Technology Domains: Service Provider Perspectives
3:40pm - 4:30pm
Managed SD-WAN: Creating New Revenue Opportunities For Service Providers
Orchestrating On-Demand Services Over Multi-Layer, Programmable Networks: Vendor Perspectives (Parts I & II - Details Coming Soon)
4:30pm - 5:15pm
The Meteoric Rise of SD-WAN: Vendor Perspectives
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
Industry Perspective
8:30am - 8:55am
MEF CTO Perspective
9:00am - 7:00pm
LSO Hackathon
8:55am - 9:15am
Executive Perspective
9:15am - 9:35am
Executive Keynote
9:35am - 9:55am
Executive Keynote
9:55am - 10:40am
Service Provider Executive Panel
10:40am - 10:55am
Break
10:55am - 11:55pm
Technology Innovation Perspectives
11:55pm - 12:50pm
Service Provider Executive Perspectives
12:50pm – 2:45pm
Lunch, Proof of Concept Showcase Demonstrations in Networking Hall
2:50pm – 5:30pm
The Future of Services Track
The Future of Networking Track
2:50pm - 3:10pm
Q&A: The Future of Services Certification - Testing as a Virtual Network Function
CEO Perspective: SD-WAN - From Software-Defined to Self-Driving
3:10pm - 3:55pm
Debate: What is the Path to High-Scale, Assured, and Secured Virtualized Services?
Debate: How Do We Get to a Truly Intelligent Optical Network?
3:55pm - 4:45pm
Debate: Who Are the Winners & Losers When Services Are Fully Virtualized & Placed Anywhere?
Debate: Will Zero-Touch Automation be Achieved by Network Domain or by Network Function?
4:45pm - 5:30pm
Debate: SD-WAN Services - Threat or Opportunity?
Debate: How Will 5G Transform User Experience and Impact the Network?
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Drinks Reception & Proof of Concept Showcase Demonstrations in Networking Hall

MEF17 - Thursday, 16 Nov

7:15am - 8:30am
Breakfast
8:30am - 12:30pm
MEF Third Network Foundations (MEF-TNF) Training Course & Certification Exam
MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) Recertification Training Course & Exam
12:30pm - 1:15pm
Lunch
1:15pm - 6:00pm
MEF Third Network Foundations (MEF-TNF) Training Course & Certification Exam
MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) Recertification Training Course & Exam
6:00pm
MEF17 Officially Ends. See You at MEF18!

MEF17 Workshops – Monday, 13 Nov

8:15am – 9:15am

Registration

9:15am – 9:25am

Welcome to MEF Workshops – Creating a Global Ecosystem of Networks To Deliver Agile, Assured & Orchestrated Services

MEF is enabling 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 in 4 major areas covered in today's workshops: (1) Third Network services (wavelength, CE, IP, SD-WAN, Layer 4-7 cloud services), (2) LSO Reference Architecture and Open APIs, (3) reference implementations and MEFnet, and (4) certification programs for services, technology, and professionals. Join us in moving the industry forward!

Kevin Vachon, Chief Operating Officer, MEF

9:25am – 10:50am

Workshop I – Third Network Services: Transitioning to Orchestrated Connectivity (Wavelength, CE 2.0, IP) & SD-WAN Managed Services

MEF is uniting industry efforts to enable orchestrated wavelength, Carrier Ethernet, Layer 3 IP, SD-WAN, and Layer 4 - 7 services across multiple provider networks. Service providers want to offer these services over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks that are more closely married to the cloud. But to expand their service reach and deliver more dynamic services, they need a standards-based approach that facilitates seamless service interoperability with other providers and enables end-to-end service automation with open APIs. This session provides a progress report on MEF work to create standard sets of attributes that can be used to define wavelength, and IP services. Standardized attributes consistent with those of globally adopted CE 2.0 services will allow service providers to leverage MEF’s LSO work to orchestrate a full range of services across provider networks. We also will provide updates on MEF's SD-WAN, Security-as-a-Service, and other service-related initiatives. We look forward to an interactive discussion.

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 | Speaker to be announced

10:50am - 11:00am

Break

11:00am - 12:50pm

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

Moderator Stéphan Pelletier, MEF Orchestration Area Co-Director; Director, Product Management, Service and Network Orchestration, Oracle | Shahar Steiff, LSO Committee Co-Chair, MEF; AVP New Technology, PCCW Global | Raluca Sirbu, Director, Domain 2.0 Architecture & Design, AT&T | Jack Pugaczewski, Distinguished Architect, CenturyLink | Speakers to be Announced

12:50pm – *1:45pm

Lunch

1:45pm - 5:00pm

LSO Hackathon

1:45pm – 3:20pm

Workshop III – LSO: Open Reference Implementations and MEFnet

Moderator: Daniel Bar-Lev, Director, Office of the CTO, MEF | Divesh Gupta, VP, Technology and Sales Operations, Presales, PCCW Global | Speaker to be announced, Sparkle | Speaker to be announced, Tata Communications | Sarit Tager, VP, Research & Development, ECI | Speakers to be announced

3:20pm - 3:30pm

Break

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Workshop IV – New Third Network Services, Technology & Professional Certification Programs (LSO + SDN + NFV + CE)

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

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

Nan Chen, President, MEF

8:50am - 9:10am

Executive Keynote

Josh Goodell, VP Integrated Services Platform, AT&T

9:00am - 7:00pm

LSO Hackathon

9:10am - 9:30am

Executive Q&A

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

Moderator: Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading | Eric Bozich, VP Product & Marketing, Wholesale, CenturyLink | Mark Daley, Director of Digital Strategy & Business Development, Epsilon | Speaker to be announced

10:10am - 10:30am

President Keynote

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

Moderator: Rosemary Cochran, Principal, Vertical Systems Group | Shawn Hakl, VP - Product and New Business Innovation, Verizon | Rosa Maria Boza, VP Enterprise Networking, 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 | Speaker to be announced

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 Creek Research

2:50pm - 3:40pm

Roadmap From Static Carrier Ethernet Services to Dynamic Third Network Services

Moderator: Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services, Vertical Systems Group | Jeff Brown, Director of Product Management and Marketing, Windstream | Marjory Sy, Carrier Ethernet Technical Lead, PLDT | 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 Creek 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 | Speaker to be anounced

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

Orchestrating On-Demand Services Over Multi-Layer, Programmable Networks: Vendor Perspectives (Parts I & II - Details Coming Soon)

Moderator: Sarah Wallace, Director, Service Enablement, AI & Analytics, IHS Markit | Mark Gibson, Director of Product Management, Amdocs | Speaker to be announced, Ciena | Robert Shore, VP of Global Sales Enablement, Coriant | Jason Ettinger, Senior Product Manager, Neustar | Speaker to be announced, Infinera | Speaker to be announced, EXFO

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 | Sponsor to be announced

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

Industry Perspective

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

Executive Perspective

Gabriel Kerner, VP and Head of OSS Product Management, Amdocs

9:15am - 9:35am

Executive Keynote

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

9:35am - 9:55am

Executive Keynote

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

9:55am - 10:40am

Service Provider Executive Panel

Chair: Jason Marchek, 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 Engineering, Spectrum Enterprise

10:40am - 10:55am

Break

10:55am - 11:55pm

Technology Innovation Perspectives

Moderator: Michael Howard, Senior Research Director and Advisor, Carrier Networks, IHS Markit | Sunil Khandekar, Founder & CEO, Nuage Networks | Exec Speaker to be announced, Ciena | Yaakov Stein, CTO, RAD | Hayim Porat, CTO, ECI

11:55pm - 12:50pm

Service Provider Executive Perspectives

Moderator: Mike Sapien, Chief Analyst, Ovum | Jean-Claude Geha, SVP International Delivery Unit (SVP IDU), Deutsch Telekom | CTO Speaker to be announced | CTO Speaker to be announced

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: TBD

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

David Hughes, CEO, Silver Peak

3:10pm - 3:55pm

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

Moderator: TBD | Cyril Doussau, Senior Director, Service Assurance Products & Markets, InfoVista | Sponsor | Sponsor | Sponsor

Debate: How Do We Get to a Truly Intelligent Optical Network?

Today’s optical network must become more efficient, optimal, and intelligent over time in order to adapt to growing business demands for automation, enhanced performance, and cost reduction. All aspects of the network must evolve. First, the hardware needs to be more flexible and intelligent. Characteristics such as disaggregated, open hardware and open management interfaces with new features such as zero touch provisioning and streaming telemetry are needed. Secondly, software and control need to support this vision through the use of SDN, NFV, open interfaces, and model-driven, multi-vendor options. On top of these features, additional artificial intelligence tools must be developed. The culmination of these advances can lead to a “conscious network.” Session speakers will explore each of these areas to develop a path to achieve a truly intelligent optical network.

Moderator: Ian Redpath, Practice Leader, Components, Transport and Routing, Ovum | Jeff Babbit, Optical Solutions Architect, Fujitsu Network Communications | Sponsor | Sponsor | Sponsor

3:55pm - 4:45pm

Debate: Who Are the Winners & Losers When Services Are Fully Virtualized & Placed Anywhere?

Moderator: Mike Sapien, Chief Analyst, Ovum | Sponsor | Sponsor | Sponsor | Sponsor

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

Moderator: TBD | Speaker to be Announced, Netcracker | Sponsor | Sponsor | Sponsor

4:45pm - 5:30pm

Debate: SD-WAN Services - Threat or Opportunity?

Moderator: Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services, Vertical Systems Group| Sponsor | Speaker to be Announced, Juniper | Sponsor | Sponsor

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

Moderator: Rami Yaron, Co-Chair, Global Marketing Committee, MEF; VP, Strategy & Business Development, Telco Systems | Anatoli Levine, Director of Products and Standards, Spirent | Sponsor | Sponsor | Sponsor

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Drinks Reception & Proof of Concept Showcase Demonstrations in Networking Hall

 

MEF17 - Thursday, 16 Nov

7:15am - 8:30am

Breakfast

8:30am - 12:30pm

MEF Third Network Foundations (MEF-TNF) Training Course & Certification Exam

MEF is offering a one-day course to prepare networking professionals to take and pass the MEF Third Networking Foundations (MEF-TNF) 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-TNF 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-TNF Overview on MEF.net.

Trainer: TBD | Speakers TBD

MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) Recertification Training Course & Exam

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: TBD | Speakers TBD

12:30pm - 1:15pm

Lunch

1:15pm - 6:00pm

MEF Third Network Foundations (MEF-TNF) Training Course & Certification Exam

MEF is offering a one-day course to prepare networking professionals to take and pass the MEF Third Networking Foundations (MEF-TNF) 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-TNF 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-TNF Overview on MEF.net.

Trainer: TBD | Speakers TBD

MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) Recertification Training Course & Exam

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: TBD | Speakers TBD

6:00pm

MEF17 Officially Ends. See You at MEF18!

 

 

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