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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
8:30am
Wednesday - 2/14/18
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Continental Breakfast - Full conference passes only
X-01
  
9:00-9:25am
Wednesday - 2/14/18
SD-WAN Industry Perspective ()
SD-WAN: Unprecedented Visibility & Control
SDW-01
Windstream
A significant benefit of SD-WAN is acquiring information on what applications are running on your network, how much bandwidth they are consuming, and how well they are performing. With traditional networks, most IT teams were literally flying blind and were unable to measure or guarantee the performance of their applications, nor could they identify rouge applications that shouldn’t even be on their networks. At the same time IT is being pressured to roll out new apps to support employees and the customer experience. This knowledge is powerful, but even more powerful is the ability to make real-time changes to your business and security policies.
  SD-WAN Industry Perspective
9:30-9:55am
Wednesday - 2/14/18
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SD-WAN: Analyst Perspective
SDW-02
With market growth comes choice. That is certainly the case in the burgeoning SD-WAN market. This session will deliver an analyst perspective on the technologies that are shaping the SD-WAN market, the values the offer to enterprises, and variations on implementation based on need and vendor capabilities.
  
10:00-10:55am
Wednesday - 2/14/18
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Network Evolution in the Cloud Age
SDW-03
Increased use of and, indeed, reliance upon cloud applications and resources are forcing organizations to rethink traditional WAN architectures and their use of MPLS as a transport mechanism. This session will discuss the four main drivers forcing businesses to migrate to next generation WANs and best practices for making the transition: Multi-tenant branches, Agility, Capacity, Cloud User Experience.
  
11:00-11:25am
Wednesday - 2/14/18
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Enhancing the Enterprise Network for Complete UCaaS
SDW-04
Whether over a private MPLS network or over the top of an existing broadband connection, SD-WAN solutions can help businesses enhance the performance of mission critical business applications such as Virtual Desktop, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), CRM tools and Hosted Email. Designed for businesses with a high demand for voice, video, and data communications to conduct their day-to-day business operations, strategic, innovative implementation of SD-WAN technology with a company’s cloud-based solutions amplifies the benefits – such as increased mobility and productivity – that they are already receiving from a unified communications system, helping drive better business outcomes.
  
11:30-11:55am
Wednesday - 2/14/18
SD-WAN Industry Perspective ()
Telecom 2.0
SDW-05
Comcast Business
A discussion on the current market, the opportunity, and a competitive landscape that includes incumbent telcos and many more specialized players, as well as new entrants to the growing space.
  SD-WAN Industry Perspective
12:00pm
Wednesday - 2/14/18
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Conference Luncheon - Full conference passes only
X-02
  
1:00-1:55pm
Wednesday - 2/14/18
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SDN and SD-WAN: What They Mean to Each Other
SDW-06
Riverbed
TELoIP
The industry has been talking about SD-WAN for some time, and SDN even longer. But, there is still confusion regarding the two technologies, their relationship, and the practical implementation of both in a network. How they related? What are the requirements to have SD-WAN? Do we need SDN?
  
2:00-2:25pm
Wednesday - 2/14/18
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SD-WAN & NFV – It’s Not About The Tech, But Money and 5G
SDW-07
Management of wide area networks via software and networking functions improves reliability and reduces costs. However, it is more about a new ability for service providers to compete, add value, partner, differentiate and create new business models than technical efficiencies. SD-WAN and NFV are both stepping stone technologies leading us toward a Software Defined Future. However, the future is not about technology… it’s about how the changing way money goes around the table and the new opportunities created. It is the same way cloud technologies can be used as a blueprint for the economic changes in network we will realize. This session will discuss differences between SD-WAN and NFV, the role each plays in evolving networks, their evolution into still another generation of network opportunities, and how enterprises, SMBs, and providers can all leverage them to create new business opportunities.
  
2:30-2:55pm
Wednesday - 2/14/18
SD-WAN Industry Perspective ()
Navigating the SD-WAN Landscape
SDW-08
MegaPath
The SD-WAN market is predicted to grow by 90 percent each year for the next 5 years to $6 Billion. There hasn’t been a market opportunity as big as SD-WAN since the Hosted Voice market exploded. It’s being driven by the fact that 80 percent of businesses are using at least three critical cloud-based applications today and they can’t afford business disruption. As this reliance on cloud grows, they are turning to SD-WAN technology to maximize application performance and eliminate downtime for maximum productivity. This session will discuss the key topics and value propositions, how the different service providers and SD-WAN vendors are taking to address WAN requirements, including MPLS replacement, reliability vs. speed, SLAs, bandwidth aggregation, and more.
  SD-WAN Industry Perspective
3:00-3:55pm
Wednesday - 2/14/18
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Assuring SD-WAN Services to Deliver a Superior Customer Experience
SDW-09
Centina Systems
As service providers and enterprises deploy SD-WAN, it is essential that they have an assurance solution that effectively monitors the health of virtual services in a disaggregated, virtual environment. That includes the need for an assurance solution that can support hybrid networks to identify and troubleshoot issues across a virtual and dynamic service infrastructure and be able to correlate those issues back to the impacted customers and services – before they impact network and infrastructure performance and business operations.
  
4:00pm
Wednesday - 2/14/18
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SD-WAN Expo / ITEXPO Keynote Presentation by Dialpad
K-01
Dialpad
  
4:30pm
Wednesday - 2/14/18
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SD-WAN Expo / ITEXPO Keynote Presentation by Juniper
K-02
Juniper Networks
  
5:00-7:00pm
Wednesday - 2/14/18
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SD-WAN Expo / ITEXPO Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception
X-03
  
Thursday, February 15, 2018
8:30am
Thursday - 2/15/18
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Continental Breakfast - Full conference passes only
X-04
  
9:00am
Thursday - 2/15/18
Keynote Presentation ()
SD-WAN Expo / ITEXPO Keynote Presentation by Mitel
K-05
Mitel
  Keynote Presentation
9:30am
Thursday - 2/15/18
Keynote Presentation ()
SD-WAN Expo / ITEXPO Keynote Presentation
K-06
  Keynote Presentation
10:00am
Thursday - 2/15/18
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SD-WAN Expo / ITEXPO Keynote Presentation by IBM
K-03
  
10:30am
Thursday - 2/15/18
Keynote Presentation ()
SD-WAN Expo / ITEXPO Keynote Presentation by Atlassian
K-04
Atlassian
  Keynote Presentation
11:00am-4:00pm
Thursday - 2/15/18
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SD-WAN Expo / ITEXPO Exhibit Hall Open
X-05
  
11:15am
Thursday - 2/15/18
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Lunch Passes provided to full conference badge holders
X-06
  
1:00-1:55pm
Thursday - 2/15/18
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Painting the Perfect Network with SD-WAN
SDW-10
AireSpring
MegaPath
Windstream
Networks are business enablers, and IT managers are under increasing pressure to deliver better and more efficient networks and faster and better connectivity for access to network resources. In fact, the network has become, perhaps, the most critical business asset today. While interest in and adoption of SD-WAN is increasing rapidly, it is not meant to completely uproot the networking ecosystem. Rather, is can be used to support existing technologies to create better solutions. The question is not necessarily whether to replace existing network infrastructure with SD-WAN, but how to build a hybrid network that will enhance your networks without a complete rebuild.
  
2:00-2:25pm
Thursday - 2/15/18
SD-WAN Industry Perspective ()
Building a Software Defined Perimeter
SDW-11
TELoIP
As SMBs and Enterprises increasingly adopt SD-WAN as the new branch office model, a next generation security architecture is required to provide lightweight, yet deep security for this new connectivity model. Fortunately, with new days, there are also new ways of thinking. This session will propose a broad new way to manage network security. Rather than looking at brittle firewall only branch security, network and security professionals can more effectively meet the evolving needs of their business by focusing on a layered approach to security. In fact, this paradigm shift of delivering both a Software Defined WAN and Software Defined Security solution makes it possible run at near 100% network utilization while still guaranteeing predictable business critical application performance and comprehensive security.
  SD-WAN Industry Perspective
2:30-2:55pm
Thursday - 2/15/18
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SD-WAN: Analyst Perspective
SDW-12
  
3:00-3:55pm
Thursday - 2/15/18
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The Economic Benefits of SD-WAN
SDW-13
Granite Telecommunications
Much of the discussion around SD-WAN focuses on technology and creating better, faster, and more reliable connectivity. Inevitably, though, the conversation at some point must turn to the economics –how will SD-WAN impact the bottom line? This session will describe how SD-WAN impacts the economic configuration of networks and discuss how different models and scenarios have the potential to decrease overall network costs and the cost per megabit. Panelists will also consider economic differences between traditional facilities-based providers and emerging non-facilities based vendors.
  
4:15pm
Thursday - 2/15/18
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IDEA Showcase: Startup Pitch Networking Event & Reception
GS-02
  
8:00pm
Thursday - 2/15/18
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SD-WAN Expo / ITEXPO Party at The Atlantic Hotel
X-07
  
Friday, February 16, 2018
8:30am
Friday - 2/16/18
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Continental Breakfast - Full conference passes only
X-08
  
9:00-9:55am
Friday - 2/16/18
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Improving Branch Security to Elevate Experiences with SD-WAN
SDW-14
Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company
Cloud and IoT device trends are presenting serious challenges to enterprise IT departments as they work to protect branch and remote offices against security threats. Increasing utilization of cloud services is leading to higher bandwidth requirements, and Internet-connected mobile devices are changing how users and devices interact with corporate infrastructure at branch and remote networks. The traditional notion of security perimeters no longer applies to enterprise mobility and this change is negatively impacting IT’s ability to enforce policies and deliver consistent Quality of Service. This session will explore how SD-WAN and other emerging technologies can comprehensively incorporate policy management to enable simpler deployment, configuration, and troubleshooting for branch and remote networks. Attendees will leave the session with a broader understanding of the new security threats that are emanating from the branch as well as the solutions that they can put in place today to combat these threats.
  
10:00-10:25am
Friday - 2/16/18
SD-WAN Industry Perspective ()
Is SD-WAN Ready for Global Deployments?
SDW-15
Aryaka Networks
Not all SD-WANs can deliver global application performance and reliability, while reducing complexity and costs for IT. Global enterprises that use edge-based SD-WANs are forced to go over the Internet for most cloud- and SaaS-based applications, often experiencing lost productivity and poor end user experience due to slow application performance. This session focuses on the criteria enterprises should consider when evaluating SD-WANs to support global expansion and cloud/SaaS migration initiatives.
  SD-WAN Industry Perspective
10:30-10:55am
Friday - 2/16/18
SD-WAN Industry Perspective ()
SD-WAN Buyer's Guide
SDW-16
TPX Communications
With an increase in SD-WAN adoption comes a natural growth in the competitive landscape, as more and more players throw their hats in the ring. Why is SD-WAN becoming so popular so quickly? The session will discuss the features common to most SD-WAN vendors, as well as differences between telcos and niche players, and the options businesses should look for as they make their vendor decisions, including a Buyer’s SD-WAN Checklist to ensure you’re getting everything you need from your vendor.
  SD-WAN Industry Perspective
11:00-11:55am
Friday - 2/16/18
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Myths & Truths about SD-WAN
SDW-17
Powernet
Sproute Networks
SD-WAN is still relatively new, which is one reason it is winning interest. But, that also means there are countless questions around its implementation, short- and long-term benefits, integration into existing infrastructure, and vision for the future. This session will serve to tie together many of the topics discussed at SD-WAN Expo and how business executives and network managers should look at the many options they have for enhancing or building their networks. The goal is to understand what is true and what is still undetermined when it comes to SD-WAN.
  
11:00am-2:00pm
Friday - 2/16/18
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SD-WAN Expo / ITEXPO Exhibit Hall Open
X-09
  

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