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

OPNFV Director, The Linux Foundation
Heather Kirksey currently oversees and provides | guidance for all aspects of the OPNFV project, | from technology to community and marketing and | reports to the OPNFV board of directors. | | Heather Kirksey is the panel coordinator.

Qiao Fu

Project Manager, CHINA MOBILE
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

SDN Product Strategist, Verizon
Beth is an Advanced Networking Product Manager at Verizon, working on developing new SDN products and services. At Verizon, she has architected and developed several products, including Virtual Network Services, which has been driving many of the Open Source Edge projects... Read More →
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Mark Cottrell

AVP Member Technical Staff, AT&T
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

VP - Network Cloud, AT&T
Amy Wheelus leads AT&T’s Network Cloud platform development, delivery lifecycle and tenant care, D2 integrated system design and engineering as well as integrated system testing and cloud security.Amy has held a variety of leadership positions within AT&T’s Technology & Operations... Read More →

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