NetEvents Singapore Day One: Topical Panels on IoT, Service Provider Investments, and Business-Defined Networking

NetEvents Singapore Day One: Topical Panels on IoT, Service Provider Investments, and Business-Defined Networking

Three exciting panels followed the kickoff keynote at the NetEvents APAC Press & Service Provider VIP Summit in Singapore, May 28-29, 2015. Photos, transcripts and presentations from all three of these panels are available. Visit this page and click on the Press Resources tab.

The first of the Thursday morning panels was called “Testing Times in the Internet of Things,” and covered IoT’s impact on network traffic, topology and services.

The panel was led by Nikhil Batra, Research Manager for Telecommunications, at IDC.

Mr. Batra was joined by Neil Holmquist, Senior Director, Product Management for Cloud & IP, Spirent Communications; Derrick Loi, Head of Cloud Business for APAC, Orange Business Services; Helen Wong. Director, Partner & Product Strategy Asia Pacific, Verizon; and Amit Sinha Roy, Vice President, Tata Communications.

The Internet of Things threatens 9 billion connected devices by 2018 – and most of the little gadgets now signing up for it cannot afford any of the internal security that protects today’s connected computers. How feasible is it to test and monitor dynamic services in this fast evolving IoT ecosystem? Topics under discussion included virtualized testing, automated monitoring, real time network intelligence, data analytics – and those unknown unknowns that make the IoT hard to predict, hard to test, and hard to secure.

Following the IoT panel was a move to the financial side, with a panel entitled, “Follow the Money: Who’s Investing in What?” Chaired by NetEvents editorial director Manek Dubash, the panelists included Dan Pitt, Executive Director, Open Networking Foundation; Amit Sinha Roy, Vice President, Tata Communications; and Chris Rezentes, Regional Manager, Partner & Product Strategy – Asia Pacific, Verizon.

The questions before the panel: Where are service providers putting their money today: NFV? SDN? Service orchestration? Cloud providers? To launch this important discussion, Mr. Dubash outlined today’s cloud and business market data and trends, and Mr. Pitt presented his and the ONF’s current thinking on the prospects and business realities of cloud innovation.

Business Defined Cloud Networking” was the name of the third Thursday morning panel, also chaired by Manek Dubash, editorial director for NetEvents. He was joined by Derrick Loi, Head of Cloud Business for APAC, Orange Business Services; Jurek Krasnodebski, Head of Digital Business – Advise AMEA, BT; Gint Atkinson, Vice President, Network Strategy & Architecture, KVH Co., Ltd; Peter Lam, Senior Director, Systems Engineering, Asia Pacific, Infinera; and Dan Pitt, Executive Director, Open Networking Foundation.

The premise of this discussion: SDN is still making headlines, but enterprise uptake has been underwhelming, since enterprise CIOs are looking for practicality, efficiency, savings and, above all, results. Let’s weigh up the key drivers: service orchestration, operational management, migration, and cost etc. Or do enterprise customers simply not understand SDN?

In response, Mr. Loi shared his experiences at Orange, with examples that really have delivered the goods as well as a review of promising solutions now in the pipeline.

The panel debated the theme of business-defined networking (BDN) and offered its opinions about whether the industry really is on the right track – or what must now be done to get back there.

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Again, photos, transcripts and presentations from all three of these panels are available. Visit this page and click on the Press Resources tab.