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The Edge Gets Real: Data Center Automation for Telco and Cloud Service Providers
Date / Time: Thursday, January 23, 2020, 11 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
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Jim Hodges, Chief Analyst – Cloud and Security, Heavy Reading

Mike Capuano, Chief Marketing Officer, Pluribus

Kumar Srikantan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pluribus

There has been a lot of talk about the edge but generally, the industry is still in the process of transitioning from discussing the topic at conferences to deploying in the field. One of the challenges is ensuring that specifically designed networking hardware and software can meet the requirements of constrained environments and highly distributed architectures. Retrofitting existing networking solutions designed for large centralized data centers result in high cost, complexity, and compromise.

Tune into this webinar to learn about how new hardware and software innovations purpose-built for these smaller distributed environments are transforming concepts of edge compute into reality. Join Heavy Reading analyst Jim Hodges, Pluribus Networks CEO Kumar Srikantan and CMO Mike Capuano as they review multiple innovations for wireless and wireline telco operators, MSP/CSPs and even mid-market enterprise customers that are looking to automate small and medium-sized, single and multi-site data centers, including highly distributed edge compute environments.



 

Jim Hodges, Chief Analyst – Cloud and Security, Heavy Reading
Jim leads Heavy Reading’s research on the impact of NFV on the control plane and application layers at the core and edge. This includes the evolution path of SIP applications, unified communications (UC), IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), session border controllers (SBCs), Diameter signaling controllers (DSCs), policy controllers and WebRTC. Jim is also focused on the network and subscriber impact of Big Data and Analytics. He authors Heavy Reading's NFV and SDN Market Trackers. Other areas of research coverage include Subscriber Data Management (SDM) and fixed-line TDM replacement. Jim joined Heavy Reading from Nortel Networks, where he tracked the VoIP and application server market landscape and was a key contributor to the development of Wireless Intelligent Network (WIN) standards. Additional technical experience was gained with Bell Canada, where he performed IN and SS7 network planning, numbering administration, technical model forecast creation and definition of regulatory-based interconnection models. Jim is based in Ottawa, Canada.

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Mike Capuano, Chief Marketing Officer, Pluribus
Mike has over 20 years of marketing, product management and business development experience in the networking industry. Prior to joining Pluribus, Mike was VP of Global Marketing at Infinera, where he built a world class marketing team and helped drive revenue from $400M to over $800M. Prior to Infinera, Mike led product marketing across Cisco’s $6B service provider routing, switching and optical portfolio and launched iconic products such as the CRS and ASR routers. He has also held senior positions at Juniper Networks, Pacific Broadband and Motorola.

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Kumar Srikantan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pluribus
Kumar has been President and CEO of Pluribus since late 2013 and has led the company to rapid revenue growth, achieving recognitions such as the Deloitte Fast 500 award and successfully deploying Pluribus open networking and SDN solutions at over 200 customers across the globe. Prior to Pluribus Kumar was VP/GM of HW Engineering for the Enterprise Networking Business at Cisco and held other leadership roles at StratumOne and Silicon Graphics (SGI). Kumar brings 25 years of diverse leadership and operational experience in the technology industry that spans development, marketing, and engineering across computing, silicon and communications industries.

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Dan Voyer, Technical Fellow, Bell Canada
Dan Voyer leverages 20 years in the telecommunication industry. He is currently technical fellow and lead architect for networking and data center at Bell Canada. His role involves research and development that solve networking challenges and promotes innovative architecture strategies. He is active within IETF in various working groups.

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