Network Infrastructure for a Data-Centric World

Service Provider Transformation, Big Data and Virtualization, CDNs,
Edge Computing and Energy Efficient Data Centers

Join TIA’s Network Infrastructure track for a deep dive into the technology underpinnings of the evolving needs of service provider and enterprise network infrastructures, including:

  • The Enterprise Cloud
  • Content Delivery Networks and Edge Computing
  • Energy Efficient Data Center Design
  • Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Virtualization
  • Big Data Platforms

Behind all the applications and services that make the digital experience a modern luxury of consumer connectedness and business efficiency, there is the network infrastructure on which all the data resides and is shared, packet by packet, from server to server, data center to data center, country to country.

Network operators, Over-the-Top (OTT) content providers and enterprises all rely on the complex web of data centers, fiber optic cabling and data platforms that in sum is the network to keep up with the ever-increasing demands of data generated and network capacity.

This track will address the often out-of-sight, yet critical network infrastructure that makes up the bedrock of the digital experience. Service providers’ transformation to platform-enablement, content delivery networks, Big Data and virtualization of the network will be addressed within this track.


TUESDAY, JUNE 2: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Simplifying the Cloud for Enterprise-Class Customers

The market adoption of cloud computing is moving from “what is the cloud?” to “what more can we put in the cloud?” as enterprises realize the benefits of residing their networking and business applications within a scalable infrastructure that allows for custom-configuration of business functions, security and network operations.

Realizing that their networks are an integral and strategic asset for the delivery of cloud computing, service providers are transitioning their networks to software-centric platforms that allow for user-centric configuration of client networking in addition to hosted Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) cloud services. This transition opens up new opportunities for the development of additional revenue-generating services and solutions, including enterprise data management, application development, and security as a service – to name a few.

This session will address service providers’ transition to a network that is comprised of a fluid network topology and architecture that hosts platforms for open-source development and programming. The session also will address the new applications and technologies service providers and their partners are developing to make the management, functionality and performance of enterprise cloud computing easier and more cost-effective.

  • Joe Corvaia, Vice President of Sales Engineering for NTT America
  • David Shacochis, Vice President, Cloud Platform, CenturyLink
  • Paul Obsitnik, Vice President, Service Provider Marketing, Juniper Networks
  • Chris Rivera, Managing Director, CTO, Americas Service Provider and Web, Cisco
  • Akhil Gokul, Senior Engagement Manager, Ericsson
  • Sean Buckley (Moderator), Senior Editor, FierceTelecom

TUESDAY, JUNE 2: 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Internet Crossroads: The Growth of Data Center Interconnections and Internet Exchanges

Today’s networks are in reality a network of networks, and within the mass of networks there is a need for a physical space, usually a data center, for one network to connect with another. These interconnection points enable an end-user to connect via a local ISP with a content server located hundreds to thousands of miles away.

These interconnection points are significant. As traffic demands generated by a myriad of providers, from OTTs and Enterprises to strict telcos, all of whom are running HD video and high-capacity cloud computing interconnects, Internet Exchange Point companies (IXPs) must strategically manage the crossroads of the Internet.

This session will address the strategic growth of Data Center Interconnection and Internet Exchanges within the U.S., from site builds within growing geographic markets to new business models being pioneered to solve growing concerns within the data center and peering industry.

  • Vinay Nagpal, Director, Carrier Relations, DuPont Fabros Technology
  • Michael Levy, ‎Manager, Global Colocation Product Management, CenturyLink
  • Rick Kurtzbein (Moderator), Research Analyst, Datacenters, 451 Research

TUESDAY, JUNE 2: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Green is Gold: Increasing Margins by Designing Data Centers with Resource Efficiency in Mind

Data centers are gluttons of power. Each year the data center industry consumes approximately 100 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, a figure that is not subsiding with the explosive growth of the Internet and as service providers, enterprises and governments move their workloads to consolidated computing platforms and the cloud.

Reducing a data center’s consumption of electricity is a complex problem to solve and one that involves the entire supply chain – from chipset manufacturers to building design firms – but the incentives to reduce OPEX are there as the need to squeeze more compute per square foot within the data center while reducing a facility’s overall power consumption increases.

As wholesale data center operators transition their pricing models to cost per square foot to cost per kilowatt hour, consciously deploying energy efficient networking designs can result in big savings.

This session will address the various technologies, architectural designs and incentive-based programs that data center owners are adopting as they look to reduce their infrastructure’s PUE and DCIE and translate those cost savings into profit or pass them back to their clients.

  • Shawn Mills, President, CEO & Founder, Green House Data
  • Roger Tipley, Vice President of Industry and Government Alliances, Schneider Electric, Chairman of the Board and President, The Green Grid
  • Aaron Binkley, Director of Sustainability, Digital Realty
  • Jennifer Sims (Moderator), CEO, Power & Telephone Supply Co.

TUESDAY, JUNE 2: 4:05 pm – 5:00 pm

The Next Frontier for SDN: Transport SDN

As SDN is introduced across data center and wide area access (WAN) networks there is a growing need to introduce the same benefits of SDN across transport networks. However, the abstraction of functions across transport networks is a more challenging process. Due to the physical nature of optical transport networks, legacy hardware in addition to protocols that do not support IP networking, transport networks are facing a longer SDN adoption curve compared to networking elements at higher layers of the networking stack.

A recent report written by the Open Networking Forum (ONF) and the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) noted that WAN traffic is doubling every 18 to 24 months. Driven by the demands generated from high-definition video, high-capacity data center interconnect and the Internet of Things, transport network operators must introduce new levels of programmability across their networks to meet the rising demands of increasingly dynamic traffic.

This session will address transport network operators’ transition to next-generation hardware and software architectures and how operators can adopt SDN functionality and programmability across their transport networks.

  • Vishnu Shukla, ‎Principal Technologist, Verizon


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Common Carrier Requirements for Open Source Software to Enable NFV

The networking industry is experiencing widespread adoption of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) because of its potential to change the way that service providers build future networks, including increased flexibility and accelerated service delivery. NFV and SDN bring both cloud computing and Information Technology (IT) capabilities and benefits into the telecom industry, enabling new levels of flexibility and business growth opportunities for providers.

The deployment of NFV and applicable use cases are unique to the needs of carriers. What functions are virtualized within a mobile network operator’s network may be very different from the functions virtualized across a multiple service operator’s network. However, as MNOs, MSOs and telcos introduce NFV programmability across their networks, the complex issue of ensuring that NFV has its own set of requirements and making sure it is carrier-grade is a common task amongst carriers.

The OPNFV project was created to help carriers and the OSS community to come together to collaborate to build an open source NFV reference platform. With more than 50 members joining, from both the carrier and vendor communities, OPNFV has quickly emerged as a key place for discussions. This session will address how OPNFV aims to create a carrier-grade cloud platform for network applications by integrating existing open source building blocks with new components and by providing testing that will accelerate development and deployment of NFV.

  • Matt Bateman, Senior Network Architect, XO Communications
  • Paul Obstinik (Moderator),  Vice President, Service Provider Marketing, Juniper Networks
  • Andrew Coward, VP, Service Provider Strategy, Brocade
  • Soumen Chatterjee, Director, Product Line Management, NFV Product Line, Ciena


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3: 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

IoT, Low-Latency and Content Caching are Ushering in a New Era of Computing at the Edge

Mobile video consumption and real-time data analytics are ushering in a new era of distributed computing – this time at the edge. While large data centers and cloud computing platforms are being utilized to host and analyze zettabytes of data, enterprises and network operators are realizing that there are physical and economic limitations to putting everything into remote data center facilities or into the cloud.

For enterprises looking to deploy IoT sensor networks that utilize real-time data analytics, the latency of communications networks can be a serious drawback and potentially catastrophic. Striving to achieve a latency of two to five milliseconds requires placing analytic platforms closer to the sensor networks, analyzing I/O traffic in near real-time, and then off-loading lower priority data into the cloud for further analysis.

Similarly, network operators and content providers are looking to reduce data traffic across their macro networks by caching content closer to the edge, thus improving the Quality of Experience for the end-user and reducing the costs associated with the transfer of video content across transport networks.This session will discuss this new era of computing at the edge and its impacts on network operators, cloud service providers, enterprises, and hybrid cloud computing.

  • Phill Lawson-Shanks, Chief Architect, EdgeConnex
  • Dan Sahar, Vice President, Product Marketing and Co-founder, Qwilt
  • Dilip Sarangan, Director of Marketing & Operations, Compass Intelligence
  • Donough Roche, VP, Sales Engineering, Digital Realty
  • Dilip Sarangan (Moderator), Director of Marketing & Operations, Compass Intelligence, LLC

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3: 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Big Data Platforms for Business Intelligence

Big Data analytics offer service providers and enterprises meaningful ways to identify new opportunities to connect with customers and produce higher margins via operational efficiencies. Additionally, Big Data can be leveraged to create new revenue streams via revenue-generating data sets and new services.

But beyond the jargon, getting the most out of a company’s investment in Big Data is a complex endeavor, requiring a holistic approach that includes investments in infrastructure – from sensors, software and computing power – to defining the business problem that needs to be addressed, identifying the process to address the problem analytically, and sourcing the human capital capable of deriving meaning from complex data sets.

This session will address the best practices to adopting Big Data platforms for business intelligence. Attendees of this session will gain a broad understanding of how to approach the deployment of Big Data platforms within their company and the needed considerations ranging from infrastructure needs to a defined process to data collection and the needed human resources to obtain value from data collected.

  • James Chittenden, Senior Engineer, Cloud Platform, Google
  • Sameh Yamany, Vice President and CTO of Applications and Analytics, JDSU
  • Tamas Kerekjarto, ‎Business Unit Architect, Chevron
  • Stephan Gatien, Global Head of the Telco Industry & Mobility Solutions Business Unit, SAP
  • Frank Bernhard (Moderator), Managing Director, Accenture Analytics, Information & Analytics Strategy Practice, Accenture