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Thursday, October 29 • 2:40pm - 3:20pm
NFV Bakeoff

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A panel discussion with experts from HP, Ericsson, Brocade, Alcatel, Huawei and Juniper.

NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) has gotten much press in the past year or two.  First proposed in September 2010 by a subgroup of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, NFV is emerging to address the need for better tools that provide the greater flexibility and more rigorous control needed to manage the thousands of separate virtual networks used in a cloud.  One way of thinking about NFV is to view the cloud as a set of services that need to be managed, rather than a set of physical and virtual resources.

Many vendors are jumping on the NFV bandwagon and are actively working to create tools based on this approach.  This panel discussion will bring some of the NFV vendors together, so the Open Stack community can see for themselves the maturity, similarities and differences between the products from experts from HP, Ericsson, Brocade, Alcatel, and Juniper.


Bob Haddleton

Cloud Software Architect, Alcatel-Lucent
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Beth Cohen

Network Product Strategist - Verizon, Verizon
Beth is a Cloud Networking Product Manager at Verizon, working on developing new cloud products and services. She is also President, Luth Computer Specialists, an independent consultancy specializing in cloud focused solutions to help enterprises leverage the efficiencies of cloud... Read More →
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Sudhir Kethamakka

Product Development Leader, Ericsson
Sudhir is Product Development Leader and Engineering Manager at Ericsson, heading one of the core development units for Ericsson Cloud Manager. He has 15 years of experience in Telecom industry working in different roles related to Software Development and Architecture. He holds a... Read More →
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Tariq Khan

Chief Technologist, OpenStack & SDN, HP
Chief Technologist within HP’s Telecom Business Unit driving solution areas that include Cloud solutions, Software-defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). In this role, I’m responsible for shaping HP’s NFV technology architecture related to the Virtual... Read More →
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Prakash Ramchandran

Technical Staff, Dell Technologies
Prakash has 30+ years of Telco/ICT experience with MSEE from IIT Bombay. He is an active OpenStack participant, and has been a veteran consultant on NFV/SDN in the areas of data center and carrier network operations. The companies he has served for include Micronic Devices, IDM, Microdata... Read More →
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Sridhar Ramaswamy

Software Engineer, Cisco
Sridhar Ramaswamy works as a Principal Engineer in Brocade’s Software Networking division. Sridhar leads OpenStack Tacker project building a generic NFV Orchestrator / VNF Manager. Sridhar is a Kubernetes, Docker enthusiast and an active contributor to OpenStack Neutron project... Read More →

Thursday October 29, 2015 2:40pm - 3:20pm

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