April 3-5 | San Jose, California
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Wednesday, April 3 • 5:10pm - 5:40pm
Panel Discussion: Creating a Common Telco NFVi - Mark Cottrell, AT&T; Beth Cohen, Verizon; Qiao Fu, China Mobile; Heather Kirksey, The Linux Foundation & Moderated by Amy Wheelus

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As we move from specialized network appliances and vendor lock-in to virtualized network functions and open source software, service providers have to pay attention to NFV infrastructure to avoid a repeat of some of the very challenges we’d thought we’d left behind. The hardware and software platforms powering this new generation of virtualized capabilities are just as important as the functions themselves. And if the industry can’t agree on common NFVi standards, we’ll end up right back in the splintered, closed, expensive and non-interoperable mishmash of solutions we had before. This presentation will provide a guide for how the industry needs to address, develop and implement NFVi standards and best practices. We will propose a framework for addressing this urgent issue to ensure that these new software-defined networks don’t get slowed down by the same old problems.

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Heather Kirksey

VP, Community & Ecosystem Development, The Linux Foundation
Heather Kirksey works with the community to advance the adoption and implementation of open source NFV platforms.Before joining The Linux Foundation, she led strategic technology alliances for MongoDB. Earlier in her career she held various leadership positions in the telecom industry... Read More →

Qiao Fu

Project Manager, China Mobile Research Institute
Qiao Fu is a project manager at China Mobile Research Institute. She obtained Her Masters degree from Dept. Electronic and Engineering at Tsinghua University in 2013. She joined China Mobile after graduation and is working on the research of network technology. Qiao Fu is now leading... Read More →
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Beth Cohen

NFV/SDN Product Strategist, Verizon
In her role at Verizon, Beth is working on developing Software Defined Network and Edge products leveraging the Verizon global network. She has been responsible for the launch of several leading-edge products include Secure Cloud Interconnect, which allows companies to connect to... Read More →
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Mark Cottrell

Assistant Vice President, AT&T Labs
Mark Cottrell leads several areas within AT&T Network Cloud, including Integrated System Test (IST), Production Validation Test (PVT), Operational Readiness Test (ORT), Penetration Test (Security), Tier 4 Production Support, Audit Compliance, and Security. For the overall SDN platform... Read More →
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Amy Wheelus

Vice President, Network Cloud, AT&T
Amy Wheelus leads AT&T’s Network Cloud platform architecture, development, design, planning and engineering as well as the asset lifecycle management, tenant care, quality assurance and cloud security functions. Amy is a technologist who has held a variety of leadership positions... Read More →

Wednesday April 3, 2019 5:10pm - 5:40pm
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