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Monday, November 3

11:40 CET

Orange: A Leading Operator of the Internet Era Leaping to Cloud
Orange vision to become a leading operator of the internet era

by Thierry Souche - Senior VP of Orange Labs Products and Services 
Orange strategy towards a cloudified telcos  
  • Cloud technologies: One of the main technological disruptions for the coming decade:
    • with huge impacts on our offers and services, on our technical architectures and on our processes and organization,
    • technologies description, maturity and adoption.
  • Strategy headlines:
    • Infrastructure
    • Services platforms
    • IT
    • Networks      
    • Consistent and optimized design
    • Network elements in IT, and security
    • Use of open source components, make and buy
  • Execution plan
Cloudified telcos transformation deeply impacts Orange insights:
  • Cloud as an opportunity to adapt our way of working, with the objective to drastically enhance our TTM and reactivity (deliver small changes more often in production):
    • Incept in our teams Agile and DevOps methodology and mindset
    • Adapt our processes and organizations (notably renovate relationship between Build and Run teams)
    • Renovate our network and security architecture
    • Skills transformation: acculturate our teams and forecast relevant trainings
    • Rely on openstack IaaS and opensource PaaS
    • Define and share guidelines for developing Cloud-ready applications
    • Set up a dedicated Cell in order to accompany our applications into their deployment on the Cloud (providing notably DevOps tooling and advices)
How Orange is boosting  its transformation contributing  to opensource communities
  •  For Orange, the best way to boost its Cloud transformation is to be an active contributor in the leading Cloud Open Source communities
    • Orange contributes actively to Openstack, especially to the networking project Neutron
    • Orange participates to OpenDaylight, provides use cases and contributes to define interfaces
  • Telco Cloud transformation is a challenge which could only be fully overcome by  leveraging the community power 
    • As a global telco operator, Orange shares the need to have a carrier grade Open Source Cloud infrastructure which supports not only the IT operations but also the network and service platforms
    • An Open Source NFV orchestration platform will be a key to ensure the interoperability of multi-vendors VNF solutions
  • To do so, Orange would like to participate actively to the initiatives which will accelerate the adoption of NFV: 
    • Openstack NFV working group
    • OPNFV project


Thierry Souche

Senior VP Orange Labs Products and Services
After studying engineering (X/ENST), Thierry Souche joined the France Telecom Group in 1994. With his considerable international experience, he has helped Orange establish itself in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and in Romania by greatly improving customer perception of the... Read More →

Monday November 3, 2014 11:40 - 12:20 CET
Salle Maillot

12:30 CET

Panel: Experience with OpenStack in Telco Infrastructure Transformation

This panel will include some of major Telco service providers and their technology partners. In this session you will learn about Telcos efforts and unique challenges in building their next generation infrastructure platforms. The experts on the panel will share their experiences using OpenStack to implement NFV solutions and architect the future of Telco network and service platforms. They will explain what has worked, what has not worked, and what they want like to see in OpenStack going forward.

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Toby Ford

Assistant Vice President, AT&T
As the AVP of Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Architecture & Strategy for AT&T, Toby Ford leads technology efforts around AT&T's cloud offerings both internally and externally focused. Currently, Mr. Ford is responsible for shepherding SDN and NFV projects on the AT&T’s Integrated... Read More →
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Fernando Oliveira

DMTS, Verizon

Chen Qingjin

R&D Department Manager, China Unicom Cloud Data Limited Company
Chen Qingjin,  Ph.D, R&D Department Manager at the China Unicom Cloud Data Limited Company, Dr Chen is senior member Chinese Institute of electronics, with over 10 years of experience in the communications industry with the 60 papers published in domestic and foreign journals and... Read More →

Boris Renski

SVP, Telecom Business Development, Mirantis
Boris Renski is Co-Founder and SVP, Telecom Business Development of Mirantis.
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Alexis Susset

Principal Cloud Technologist, Vodafone
As Chief Cloud Architect working in Vodafone Group Products and Services, Alexis is responsible for the definition and implementation of Vodafone s Global Private and Public Cloud strategies. He is passionate about the transformation that Cloud is bringing to the industry through... Read More →

Haiying Wang

CTO of Cloud Computing, Huawei
VP and CTO of Cloud Computing t Huawei. Prior Huawei, Haiying co-funded Digital Support Technology as CEO. The company delivered innovative online support service using virtualization. Previously, Haiying held a R&D management position over 3 years at VMware in its early days. Before... Read More →

Monday November 3, 2014 12:30 - 13:10 CET
Salle Maillot

14:30 CET

OpenStack Empowers Customer-Centric NFV
During our pursuit of customer-centric innovations through the NFV evolution in the past few years, Huawei has strived to create long-term values for our telco customers by collaborating very closely. We are now at a stage with clear understanding and are promoting an open solution based on OpenStack. Along the journey, we ve encountered several challenges and identified several opportunities. In this presentation, we d like to share our experience and findings, as well as some of our NFV visions that OpenStack community may be motivated to help evolve the telco industry further.

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Sean Chen

Sr. Director, Futurewei Technologies
As the Director and founding member of NFV Lab at Huawei R&D center at silicon valley, Sean Chen (Shiao-Yang) is focused on driving technical innovations and disruptive business models through open collaboration strategies. In addition to prototyping the next generation CloudEdge... 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 →

Monday November 3, 2014 14:30 - 15:10 CET
Salle Maillot

15:20 CET

Huawei SoftCOM, Reshape the Future Way of Telco Industry Based on OpenStack
Carriers today are facing substantial challenges in transforming themselves in the new digital economy. The traditional service model, based on voice, SM, and best-effort broadband access and built on heavy-asset network infrastructure with high operation management costs, is no longer sustainable. The convergence of rapidly maturing technologies in software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), and cloud is providing the new foundation for transforming existing carrier network infrastructures into open, abstracted, programmable, software-defined, and automated ones.

While these technology innovations are certainly disruptive, in reality carriers clearly want to take an evolutionary path to transform their existing multi-generation networks without service disruption. Hence, in order to ensure the success of this new wave of carrier transformation, it is important to identify high-priority projects that address immediately pressing issues in network infrastructure and/or business operation and undertake migration initiatives one at a time accordingly.

Every carrier has its unique issues at different stages and will have its own pace of migration, prioritizing different initiatives based on their needs. Huawei is proactively engaging with our customers and embarking on joint initiatives with them to help them implement their network business transformations without disruptions, under the grand vision named SoftCOM of moving towards the convergence of SDN, NFV, and cloud.


Robert Fanning

Mr. Fanning has almost 30 years experience in the telecommunications industry. He is an expert in E2E telecom technology, strategy and service consultancy. He has many years of experience working in close partnership with some of the industry's leading operators. As a Senior ICT Managing... Read More →

Monday November 3, 2014 15:20 - 16:00 CET
Salle Maillot

16:20 CET

Creating a Carrier-Grade Virtualized Network Function for Mobile Operators Using OpenStack
Mobile service providers are turning to Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) to quickly scale-up network capacity and scale-out the availability of network elements in a Telco Cloud, without the need to invest in discrete, proprietary physical network elements. At the same time, service providers require the solution to be "carrier-grade , with highly-available components and in-service upgrades, so as to provide a  five-nines  environment. 

In this presentation, we will talk about the components of the mobile packet core and how Openstack and OpenContrail are used to create one of industry's first virtualized SGSN/MME (Mobility Management Entity) solution built for cloud environments, and that runs on standard X86 servers. We will explain how we have made the solution a) optimized for cloud/virtual, b) carrier-grade , and c) talk about its deployment in one of the largest carrier's lab environment for a trial.

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Don Keeler

SVP, Business Development & Product Management, Hitachi CTA
Mr. Keeler is Hitachi-CTA's SVP of Business Development and Product Management. Prior to joining Hitachi, Mr. Keeler was the Director of Product Management at Nortel Networks responsible for the Evolved Packet Core business. Mr. Keeler spent 20 years at Nortel holding a variety of... Read More →
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Jennifer Lin

Product Management, OpenContrail
Prior to joining Juniper through the acquisition of Contrail Systems, Jennifer was a member of the early team and VP, Product Management at Contrail Systems, where she led the product management and marketing activities.  Prior to Juniper and Contrail, Jennifer was Senior Director... Read More →

Monday November 3, 2014 16:20 - 17:00 CET
Salle Maillot

17:10 CET

Developing OpenStack as a Framework for NFV
Communication service providers embracing Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are endorsing OpenStack as providing the common API Service Framework required to deliver their applications and services with a lower time to market. This desire for agility is in turn driving increasing pressure for OpenStack to meet the performance, reliability, and determinism requirements of this sector.

At the last OpenStack summit in Atlanta service providers and developers came together over the course of several "birds of a feather" (BoF) sessions to form a new OpenStack sub-team [1] with a stated goal of defining use cases to drive the identification and prioritization of requirements for enabling Network Function Virtualization (NFV) workloads on OpenStack clouds.

This presentation will briefly describe the structure and operation of the subteam as well as the relationship with other groups such as ETSI NFV before moving on to discuss the current realities of OpenStack as a Framework for NFV both in terms of progress made, and work still to be done.

Specific NFV use cases will be discussed before being linked to either outstanding gaps in OpenStack or to corresponding enablement work undertaken in the Juno cycle including:

  • CPU/NUMA topology awareness and pinning enhancements

  • Large pages enhancements

  • DPDK enablement

  • DPDK vSwitch enablement

  • SR-IOV enhancements

Finally we will discuss what still needs to be done and how you too can get involved in the NFV sub-team, helping to drive NFV enablement in the OpenStack community.

[1] https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Meetings/NFV

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Steve Gordon

Principal Product Manager, Red Hat
Geographically displaced Australian. Focused on building infrastructure solutions for compute use cases using a spectrum of virtualization, containerization, and bare-metal provisioning technologies. Stephen is currently a Principal Product Manager at Red Hat based in Toronto, Canada... Read More →
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Adrian Hoban

Principal Engineer, SDN/NFV Orchestration, Intel, Intel Corporation
Adrian Hoban is a Principal Engineer in Intel's Network Platforms Group. He is the system architect responsible for management and orchestration for Software Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualisation. He specialises in open source software such as OpenStack, Linux... Read More →
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Alan Kavanagh

Expert Cloud System Architect, Ericsson, Ericsson AB
Alan possesses over 15 years R&D experience in the Telecom Networks, Mobile networking and Fixed Broadband network technologies. Alan graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1998 with a double Degree BA, BAI Hons in Computer Engineering and Mathematics and immediately started working... Read More →

Monday November 3, 2014 17:10 - 17:50 CET
Salle Maillot
Wednesday, November 5

14:40 CET

Economics of NFV and OpenStack
This presentation will highlight the key virtualization impacts on Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) when implementing NFV on OpenStack:

  • Consolidation ratio for hardware

  • Degree of Automation / SI

  • Transformation/Migration options

  • Distributed vs centralized

  • Scaling 

  • Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity / High Availability

This talk will emphasize how Openstack lays the foundation, and how Ericsson adds value/capability to it.


Seamus Keane

Strategy Consultant, Ericsson
Seamus Keane is a Senior Consultant under the Ericsson Global Competence Hub for Consulting. Seamus specializes on strategy and business development for telecoms and technology companies working across diverse geographic and market conditions. He is responsible for program and project... Read More →

Wednesday November 5, 2014 14:40 - 15:20 CET
Room 242AB

15:30 CET

Telekom Deutschlands Approach to NFV
Network Function Virtualization (NFV) has already moved from a mere hype to an industry trend. Nevertheless there is a lot of work to do in order to get the thing up and running. Carriers have to orchestrate a complex environment consisting of a plethora of technologies as well as of newly to be defined operational processes.

The presentation gives an overview on the goals of Telekom Deutschland to be reached with the technological conversion during the next decade. This conversion will as much as possible be based on OpenSource SW in which OpenStack is one of the major pillars.


Stephan Heuser

Senior Project Manager
Stephan is Senior Project Manager within the engineering department of Deutsche Telekom Technik. As Program Manager, he is responsible for the Network Function Virtualization program within Technik Deutschland.

Wednesday November 5, 2014 15:30 - 16:10 CET
Room 242AB

16:30 CET

Supporting Telecom and NFV with the Open Source Ecosystem
Telecom is one of the largest areas of opportunity for OpenStack. That said, supporting Telecom requirements with OpenStack is not without it s unique challenges. We will discuss the rapidly evolving nature of Telecom s cloud and network requirements.

Some example questions to be discussed:
What areas of OpenStack and the surrounding ecosystem need to evolve in order to meet the requirements of Telcos and their Cloud and NFV initiatives?  
What are the highest priority challenges and gaps we should be focused on as a community ? What are the right solutions to address needs of this rapidly growing and important segment?

Canonical, AT&T

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Toby Ford

Assistant Vice President, AT&T
As the AVP of Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Architecture & Strategy for AT&T, Toby Ford leads technology efforts around AT&T's cloud offerings both internally and externally focused. Currently, Mr. Ford is responsible for shepherding SDN and NFV projects on the AT&T’s Integrated... Read More →
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John Zannos

VP, Canonical
John Zannos is Vice President of Cloud Platform business at Canonical. He is responsible for execution of the Ubuntu Cloud business, ecosystem, partnerships, alliances and strategy.  During his career John has lead business and technology efforts around cloud computing, telecom... Read More →

Wednesday November 5, 2014 16:30 - 17:10 CET
Room 242AB

17:20 CET

Building an NFV Orchestration Platform with OpenStack

SDN and NFV are the key paradigms of future telecom networks.Network agility and programmability are the drivers of this network transformation. 

The industry is working towards building a Reference Platform for NFV based on ETSI-NFV specifications.

In this session we discuss how Openstack can be leveraged to build an ETSI aligned NFV platform. The challenges involved and complementary technologies to enable such a platform on Openstack will also be discussed.

NFV is one of the key forces driving network transformation to agile and programmable future networks. The industry is working towards building a Reference Platform for NFV based on ETSI-NFV specifications.

The challenges in building an NFV platform are yet to be addressed with focus on orchestrating the Virtual functions.In this talk we discuss on how Openstack can be leveraged to build an ETSI aligned NFV platform. The challenges involved and complementary technologies to enable such a platform on Openstack will also be presented.


Akhila Chetlapalle

Solution Architect, Tata Consultancy Services
Akhila focuses on Openstack Initiative at TCS from a Telco Cloud perspective. She works at the TCS Openstack - Telco Cloud lab which focuses on building solution accelerators relevant in the telco cloud context.
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Partha Datta

Delivery Manager and Business Development, TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES (TCS)
Partha is the Deputy Head of Technology Business Unit’ Next-Generation initiatives (Software Defined Networking, Virtualization, Wireless technologies, Devices and Semi-conductors). With an experience of 16 years across leading telecom equipment vendors located in the US and Europe... Read More →

Wednesday November 5, 2014 17:20 - 18:00 CET
Room 242AB