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Thursday, April 4 • 11:50am - 12:20pm
Panel Discussion: Towards Kubernetes as the Network Service Orchestrator - Heather Kirksey, The Linux Foundation; Ramki Krishnan, VMware; Ed Warnicke, Cisco Systems; Jeffrey Saelens, Charter Communications; and Nikolay Nikolaev, VMware

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In the current landscape, network services are defined by a slow-moving standards ecosystem (TOSCA etc.) with vendor proprietary extensions. With the advent of Edge Computing and 5G, dynamism of Network Services is a critical element in achieving end-to-end service agility for applications and networks for enterprises, network operators and beyond. While transition from PNFs->VNFs->CNFs is an important element of this transformation, delivering a dynamic network service using an industry standard API is a key gap to address in a disaggregated landscape.

This panel discusses how the open source effort Network Service Mesh (NSM) uses the extensibility of Kubernetes API to deliver dynamic network services across Distributed DC deployments by seamlessly interconnecting PNFs, VNFs and CNFs at Layer 2/3. This panel also elaborates on the current state of NSM and future architectural plans.

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Ramki Krishnan

Lead Technologist, Open Source, VMware
Ramki, with 20+ years of industry experience, has a deep understanding of various technologies and strong business acumen to lead and transform innovation into customer-winning products. Currently, at VMware, he is responsible for Telco/Enterprise open source technology vision, strategy... Read More →
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Ed Warnicke

Distinguished Consulting Engineer, Cisco
Ed Warnicke is a Distinguished Consulting Engineer at Cisco Systems. He has been working for over a decade in many areas of networking and Open Source. He was the longest serving founding TSC member at OpenDaylight TSC. He was a founding TSC member at ONAP. Ed is currently the FD.io... Read More →
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Nikolay Nikolaev

Technical Lead, Kong Inc.
Nikolay Nikolaev is a Technical Lead in the Office of the CTO at Kong Inc. where he works on the Kuma Envoy Control Plane. For the last 17 years, he has been implementing networking software ranging from hardware boxes to powerful server applications and virtualized data planes. He... Read More →

Jeffrey Saelens

Principal Cloud Architect, Charter Communications
Jeffrey Saelens is a Principal Cloud Architect in Charter Communications’ Advanced Engineering commercial business unit. Starting his career in the US Army, Jeffrey was a Green Beret focused on communications and systems engineering. After leaving the military, he dove into the... Read More →
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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 →

Thursday April 4, 2019 11:50am - 12:20pm PDT