120+ CE 2.0, LSO, SDN, NFV & cloud expert speakers assembling at GEN15 networking event, 16-19 november

Date: Wed, 09/30/2015 - 17:34

120+ CE 2.0, LSO, SDN, NFV & cloud expert speakers assembling at GEN15 networking event, 16-19 november

Includes top experts from AT&T, Comcast Business, Cox Business, PCCW Global, Verizon, Windstream, Telecom Italia Sparkle, Deutsche Telekom, Colt, CenturyLink, Skype For Business, Ciena, Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent & more

The MEF is pleased to announce that it is on track to assemble a world-class line-up of more than 120 Carrier Ethernet, LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, NFV, and cloud service expert speakers at the GEN15 event being held on 16-19 November 2015 at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, Texas. More than 90 service & technology speakers already have been confirmed, and many more are expected to join in the weeks leading up to the event.
“GEN15 is on track to be bigger and better than last year’s popular GEN14 event, providing an extraordinary opportunity to engage the world’s top service and technology experts driving the industry’s shift toward cloud-centric, on-demand communications services orchestrated over more automated networks,” said Kevin Vachon, Chief Operating Officer of the MEF. “GEN15’s program content is designed to appeal to professionals involved in all aspects of the Carrier Ethernet and emerging, dynamic Third Network ecosystem – including enterprise service-end users; retail, wholesale, and mobile service providers; cloud service providers; technology suppliers; investors; and others.”

Keynote & Featured Speakers. Keynote and featured speakers thus far include:
• John Medamana, Vice President, Packet-Optical Network and AT&T Fellow, AT&T
• Josh Goodell, Vice President, AT&T Network On Demand, AT&T
• Stephen Rowley, Senior Vice President, Cox Business
• Eric Cevis, President, Verizon Partner Solutions
• Gagan Puranik, Director of SDN Architecture Planning, Verizon
• Axel Clauberg, Vice President, IP & Optical, Deutsche Telekom AG
• Steve Vogelsang, CTO, IP Routing & Transport, Alcatel-Lucent
• Kevin Sheehan, Vice President, Global Operations Blue Planet, Ciena
• David Ward, Senior Vice President, Engineering CTO and Chief Architect, Cisco
• Stu Elby, Senior Vice President, Cloud Network Strategy and Technology, Infinera
• Michael Strople, Chairman, MEF; President, Allstream
• Nan Chen, President, MEF; Executive Vice Chair, CENX
• Pascal Menezes, Principal Program Manager for Skype Business Service PartnerEngineering at Microsoft

Keynote Panelists & Featured Speakers
• Ken Countway, Vice President of Network Architecture, Comcast
• Michael Tighe, Vice President Data Services, Comcast Business
• Marc Halbfinger, CEO, PCCW Global
• Alessandro Talotta, CEO, Telecom Italia Sparkle
• Randy Nicklas, CTO, Windstream
• Matthias Hain, Director, Bandwidth & Ethernet Services, Colt
• Reinhard Scholl, Deputy to the Director of the ITU-T Secretariat

Communications & Cloud Service Providers. GEN15 will feature more than 30 Executives and other senior speakers from leading global, national, and regional communications & cloud service providers, including:
• Allstream
• AT&T
• CenturyLink
• Colt
• Comcast
• Comcast Business
• Cox Business
• Deutsche Telekom
• Fibrenoire
• Global Capacity
• PCCW Global
• Telecom Italia Sparkle
• Time Warner Cable Business Class
• Verizon
• Windstream
Additional sponsoring service providers include Datanet (Africa), Eurofiber, and Frontier.

Technology Solutions Vendors. Dozens of corporate Executives, CTOs, and other senior experts from more than 25 network technology, software, and testing providers will share their perspectives at GEN15. Companies with speakers include:
• Accedian
• Alcatel-Lucent
• Amartus
• Amdocs
• Ciena
• Cisco
• Ericsson
• Fujitsu Network Solutions
• Hitachi
• Infinera
• InfoVista
• Iometrix
• Juniper Networks
• NEC / Netcracker
• Neustar
• Oracle Communications
• Overture Networks
• Raisecom
• Telco Systems
• Ubiqube
• WebNMS

Additional sponsoring technology-related solutions providers include: ADVA Optical, Canoga Perkins, Carrier Ethernet Academy, Cisco DevNet, Datavision, EXFO, Juniper Networks, Omnitron Systems, Precision Optical Transceivers, Sandvine, Tech 2000, Transition Networks, Veryx Technologies, and Wedge Networks.

Industry Standards Organizations & Groups. Senior representatives from numerous industry standards organizations and groups will be sharing their vision for how to create a more dynamic future powered by advanced networking technologies and improved industry collaboration. Participating organizations confirmed thus far include:
• CableLabs
• Carrier Ethernet Linked-In Group
• OpenCloud Connect
• Open Networking Foundation
• TM Forum
• University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL)

Research Firms. More than a dozen service and technology experts from leading industry research firms will be participating as speakers and/or moderators at the event. Participating companies include:
• Current Analysis
• Frost & Sullivan
• IHS Infonetics
• Metanoia
• NSS Labs
• Ovum
• The Rayno Report
• TeleGeography
• Vertical Systems Group

Above, image credited to the MEF


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