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'Radical Future, Pragmatic Beginnings' - a Virtual Networks SIG Event

Start date/time :  13:30 8th May 2014
End date/time :  17:10 8th May 2014
Venue :  etc.venues, 57 North Wharf Road, Paddington, London, W2 1LA

The idea of applying the concepts used to build IT datacentres and Cloud services to decouple network functions from the underlying infrastructure has in a short space of time catapulted the established idea of ‘virtual networks' to one of the hottest topics in the networking industry. Speakers include, Philip Bridge of EE, Arjuna Sathiaseelan of Cambridge Computer Labs, Alan Carlton of InterDigital (UK) and Joakim Rönnblom of Huawei .

Technologies such as Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) are the enablers for this transformative trend. The virtualization does not come without challenges though, in particular in areas of interoperability and integration as well as in scale and dealing with extreme event scenarios. Covering opportunities and threats for the entire industry, this half-day event will explore potential use cases, both from a short and long-term perspective and separate myth from reality. It will bring practitioners together to exchange their views and meet those who want to understand how the future of network operations will look like.

The aim of this captivating event is to cut through the hype and FUD in order to lay out, debate the likely progress of one of the most radical developments in the networking industry in the past 20 years and identify things that can be done now to prepare for the coming change. Speakers will address the following questions:

  • How can industry players prepare for it?

  • Will the newly built networks exist as some virtual entities somewhere in the Cloud by 2020?

  • Who will be offering what services to whom?

  • Will there still be a role for equipment dedicated to ‘networking’ or can everything be done with COTS hardware?

Confirmed speakers for this event are:

Virtual Networks SIG is championed by Phillip Bridge of EE and Dirk Trossen of InterDigital. We are grateful to EE for hosting this inaugural event.

To follow this SIG on Twitter, @CambridgeWireless, please use #CWVN

This event is FREE to members of Cambridge Wireless. Tickets for non-members are £155+VAT. To join Cambridge Wireless as a member and attend future events for free, please visit: www.cambridgewireless.co.uk/sign-up

Limited FREE places for non-members:  We are keen to engage with, and foster the next generation of technologists so we have limited FREE delegate places at our events for non-members who are under 30. If you would like to register for one of these places, please register as a non-member and under job title please list your date of birth. We will then confirm if you have received a place within one week of the event.

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Organisation:  CW (Cambridge Wireless)