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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 Networks

Alessandro Barbieri, Vice President, Product Management, Pluribus Networks

Ian Hood, Chief Technologist, Global Service Provider, Red Hat

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 it 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 results 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 CMO Mike Capuano and Vice President, Product Management Alessandro Barbieri; and Red Hat's Chief Technologist for Global Service Providers Ian Hood 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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Alessandro Barbieri, Vice President, Product Management, Pluribus Networks
Alessandro has over 17 years of engineering, technical marketing and product management experience in the networking industry. Prior to joining Pluribus, Alessandro served as the Director of Product Management for several of Cisco’s Data Center and Enterprise networking product lines, including the launch of the latest generation of Catalyst 6800 core switching platform. His specialties include Datacenter Networking and High-Speed Ethernet technologies, where he contributed in shaping the 40GbE and 100GbE IEEE standard. Alessandro’s main responsibilities at Pluribus include managing the Pluribus product portfolio and technical marketing activities.

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Ian Hood, Chief Technologist, Global Service Provider, Red Hat
Ian brings more than 30 years of engineering and telecommunications technology leadership to Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of in open source technologies. Acting as a catalyst and trusted advisor, Ian brings together a wealth of industry and open source community insight to help Red Hat customers flourish in the digital transformation era.

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