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Thank you to All of ITEXPO's Attendees, Speakers, Sponsors and Exhibitors for Making the 2018 Fort Lauderdale Event an Amazing One! Stay tuned for details on ITEXPO January 28-31, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


Days


Tracks

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
8:15am
Wednesday - 2/14/18
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Continental Breakfast - Full conference passes only
X-01
  
8:30-9:00am
Wednesday - 2/14/18
SD-WAN Industry Perspective ()
Is SD-WAN Ready for Global Deployments?
SDW-15
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
9:00-9:25am
Wednesday - 2/14/18
SD-WAN Industry Perspective ()
SD-WAN: Unprecedented Visibility & Control
SDW-01
Riverbed
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
Nemertes Research
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
TMC
XRoads Networks
Versa Networks
BigLeaf Networks
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 ()
Industry Perspective: GIG + SDN: A Generational Moment
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
TELoIP
Riverbed
Ghostpoint
Citrix
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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Making Sense of a Disruptive and Biased Market
SDW-07
There are countless players in the SD-WAN marketplace and not a lot of blunt truth in messaging around what each individual provider is best suited for when evaluating an SD-WAN opportunity. This session will leverage the experiences of 2,000+ selling partners to consider when, where, and how they are successfully selling SD-WAN services. Topics will include SD-WAN/MPLS augmentation, SD-WAN provisioning experiences, and various value proposition with different provider platforms. Attendees will leave with three things to look for in the field when evaluating potential SD-WAN 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
Telstra
TMCnet
Aryaka
Hughes Network 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
(Floridian Ballroom, 3rd Floor)
SD-WAN Expo / ITEXPO Keynote Presentation by Dialpad
K-01
Dialpad
  
4:30pm
Wednesday - 2/14/18
(Floridian Ballroom, 3rd Floor)
SD-WAN Expo / ITEXPO Keynote Presentation by Juniper Networks: Combating Cybersecurity Threats with Behavioral Analytics
K-02
Juniper Networks
The widespread growth of cybersecurity threats over the past several years has led to a focus on investment in emerging technologies that help anticipate and detect these threats. Businesses now are spending more budget on cybersecurity than ever before; however, threat landscape continues to evolve, requiring companies to constantly need to adapt their defenses. IT departments must have a good understanding of what assets are most important to the business and then what protections make the most sense. One solution businesses should consider? Predictive analytics tools, which help stitch together various events and detect anomalous behavior humans couldn’t, filling in gaps in network protections.
  
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
8:20am
Thursday - 2/15/18
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Continental Breakfast - Full conference passes only
X-04
  
8:30am
Thursday - 2/15/18
(Floridian Ballroom, 3rd Floor)
Special Presentation: SD-WAN Leadership Awards
X-11
  
9:00am
Thursday - 2/15/18
Keynote Presentation (Floridian Ballroom, 3rd Floor)
SD-WAN Expo / ITEXPO Keynote Presentation by Mitel: Cloud Communications and the Secret to Gaining a Competitive Edge
K-05
Mitel
You don’t need a crystal ball to imagine the cloud’s long-term impact on the enterprise market. The current shift is already revealing glimpses into how the cloud is fundamentally disrupting the landscape for both enterprises and service providers. From small shops on Main Street to large multinational corporations around the globe, businesses of all sizes increasingly choose cloud over traditional on-site solutions. Now, even large companies can move with the speed and nimbleness of a startup. In turn, those with only a handful of employees can access advanced communications and collaboration tools once beyond their reach. Just as important, they can consume those communications services on their own terms via subscription, capital purchase or a mix of both. The cloud is also having a profound impact on how enterprises deliver truly exceptional experiences to their customers and how service providers facilitate the success of their enterprise cloud customers. In today’s world, outshining the competition requires more than offering a great product or service; customer experience is the real differentiator. Find out what the shift to cloud means for your organization, what deployment model matches your needs, and learn how you can leverage the cloud to gain a competitive advantage.
  Keynote Presentation
9:30am
Thursday - 2/15/18
Keynote Presentation (Floridian Ballroom, 3rd Floor)
SD-WAN Expo / ITEXPO Keynote Presentation by Windstream
K-06
Windstream
  Keynote Presentation
10:00am
Thursday - 2/15/18
(Floridian Ballroom, 3rd Floor)
SD-WAN Expo / ITEXPO Keynote Presentation by IBM: AI? Cloud? It's All About the Data
K-03
Capitalizing on AI (Artificial Intelligence) requires gaining more value from your data. Data is your single greatest asset - representing sources of new insights and knowledge in today's digital economy. Whether your data is stored on-premises, in the public cloud, or at the cloud edge, the infrastructure and data management decisions you make today will either hold you back or propel you forward. Join this session as IBM shares how leading organizations are transforming how they deliver, store, protect and manage data to ensure their operations support a smarter way to work in the AI and multicloud data driven world.
  
10:30am
Thursday - 2/15/18
Keynote Presentation (Floridian Ballroom, 3rd Floor)
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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Using SD-WAN to Create Your Perfect Network
SDW-10
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 ()
The Value of SD-WAN for SMB and Mid-Market Enterprise
SDW-11
While larger enterprise IT teams may have sufficient internal resources to design, deploy and manage their own SD-WAN solutions, small and mid-market customers are finding strategic value in SD-WAN-as-a-Service. Mission-critical applications are moving to public clouds, workforce mobility is increasing and real-time collaboration is changing the way we communicate. For leaner SMB IT environments, realizing the full promise of SD-WAN requires a solution that accelerates productivity and innovation throughout the entire business ecosystem while freeing up IT talent to pursue digital transformation initiatives. This session will examine key SD-WAN value drivers and use cases from the perspective of small to mid-market businesses who must optimize performance and availability for real-time cloud applications while reducing network cost and complexity.
  SD-WAN Industry Perspective
2:30-2:55pm
Thursday - 2/15/18
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Gartner Perspective on SD WAN: Enterprise Benefits and Challenges
SDW-12
Gartner
Gartner’s research shows very strong enterprise interest in using SD-WAN, yet adoption is lagging. What’s causing this disconnect, and if present in your enterprise, should and how can you overcome it? In this session, a Gartner analyst will present findings from recent research detailing perceived benefits and concerns about this technology, and the current supplier landscape for SD-WAN products and services. You’ll come away with a clear understanding of how to make the best choice for your enterprise. KEY QUESTIONS: - What are the common misconceptions about SD-WAN and how are they affecting buying choices? How accurate are these perceptions? - Are enterprises interested in using managed SD-WAN services? What’s driving these preferences, and how might they evolve? - The vendor and provider landscape is constantly morphing. To make the best choice, how should you assess the different types of suppliers?
  
3:00-3:55pm
Thursday - 2/15/18
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The Economic Benefits of SD-WAN
SDW-13
Spectrotel
GCI, Inc.
TMCnet
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
Global Blockchain
Windstream
Symmetry Blockchain Advisors, Inc.
  
4:25pm
Thursday - 2/15/18
Keynote Presentation ()
IDEA Showcase Opening Keynote by Windstream
GS-03
Windstream
  Keynote Presentation
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
Content Boost, TMC's Custom Publishing Division
Barracuda
Silver Peak
Edgewater
Fortinet
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 ()
Industry Perspective: Stop Getting Routered! How an Application-Driven SD-WAN Enables the Thin Branch WAN Edge
SDW-18
Silver Peak
As cloud adoption accelerates, shifting traffic patterns require the intelligent, application-aware steering of SaaS traffic directly to the internet, changing the role of routing at the WAN edge. By combining SD-WAN, routing, WAN optimization and branch firewall capabilities in a single, fully integrated “thin branch” solution, enterprises and service providers can greatly simplify WAN edge infrastructure and streamline the management of underlying WAN services.
  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
TMCnet
128 Technology
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
(Expo Hall A)
SD-WAN Expo / ITEXPO Exhibit Hall Open
X-09
  

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