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Intelligent Optical Networks: A Look Into the Future
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
Time: 8:00 am PT / 11:00 am ET / 15:00 UTC
Duration: 45 min + Q&A

Optical networks historically have been operated by spreadsheet - a static, labor-intensive and error-prone approach to managing network resources and services. Moving forward, optical networks will be increasingly automated as they to adapt to the requirements of delivering modern, on-demand transport services. This webinar will explore how optical networks will be managed and operated in the future, enabled by new tools including network instrumentation, software-defined networking (SDN) applications and machine learning/artificial intelligence (ML/AI).

  • Heidi Adams, Senior Research Director, Transport Networks, IHS Markit
  • Helen Xenos, Director, Portfolio Marketing, Ciena
  • Man Wing Fong, Strategic Solution Planner, Fujitsu Network Communications
  • Mark Showalter, Senior Director, SDN Product Marketing, Infinera
  • Allen Tatara, Manager, Webinar Events, IHS Markit (Moderator)
Trends in Optical Disaggregation
Bandwidth demands continue to grow exponentially and network operators consistently report the need to accelerate innovation cycles and reduce costs across targeted parts of their network infrastructures. One approach is to leverage open white box systems to drive further innovation and cost reductions. Over the past few years, hyperscale data center operators have applied this approach to the switching fabric inside their data centers, enabling the construction of switches with simpler feature sets designed for their data center network performance, scaling, cost, and power requirements. A similar approach is now underway for optical transport; however, as one moves lower down the layers, the functions transition from digital to analog. Converting and managing analog performance, plus virtualization and disaggregation at the optical layer, is complex and necessitates collaboration among all participants.

Join Madhu Krishnaswamy, Senior Director Product Line Management at Lumentum and Matthew Mitchell, Vice President Optical Systems Architecture at Infinera as they discuss these upcoming trends in optical disaggregation, joint open line system interoperability and other industry efforts aimed at ensuring successful implementation of this new paradigm.

  • Simon Stanley, Analyst at Large, Heavy Reading
  • Matthew Mitchell, Vice President of Optical Systems Architecture, Infinera Corporation
  • Madhu Krishnaswamy, Product and Business Management, Lumentum
Insight Infinera 2016 Live Webcast - Transforming Optical Networking
Please join us for Insight Infinera 2016, a live webcast starting at 8:30 AM PT on November 17. Hear Infinera executives and leading network operators share their insight on the technologies and solutions that are transforming the business of optical networking.

  • Tom Fallon, CEO, discussing Infinera’s strategy and high level vision
  • Dr. Dave Welch, co-founder and president, introducing innovative technologies and solutions
  • Customer panel, featuring leading operators explaining network transformation imperatives
  • Brad Feller, CFO, reviewing Infinera’s financial model in the context of our strategy
MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0: The Foundation for Agile, Assure and Orchestrated Third Network Services
This webinar will cover the work of the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), the global defining standards development body for Carrier Ethernet (CE) for the past 15 years, that delivers on the Third Network vision. The Third Network is a transformation that is taking place in data communications networks that is accelerating the ability to deliver agile, assured, and orchestrated services over more automated and interconnected networks, combining the on-demand agility and ubiquity of the Internet with the performance and security assurances of CE2.0. It will also define the complete service lifecycle requirements to deliver Network as a Service from ordering through service activation including supporting APIs.

Note: The webinar will be presented in Spanish with supporting slides in English.

  • Andres Madero, Director, Service Provider Architecture & BD at Infinera
  • Emerson Moura, Distinguished Systems Engineer at Cisco and MEF CALA Marketing Co-chair
  • Andres Ramos Acosta, Product Portfolio Manager at Internexa and MEF CALA Marketing Co-chair
Data Center Interconnect for a Diverse Market
Data center interconnect (DCI) is a vibrant and rapidly growing market for optical equipment and it's currently the center of much market attention. Internet cloud and content providers (ICPs) are driving the fastest growth and pushing DCI technology forward, attracting the attention of vendors and industry observers alike. Yet DCI is a diverse market with a wide range of applications and requirements. Enterprises, traditional carriers and other service providers can benefit from new DCI technology driven by ICPs, but they also have lower capacity and scale requirements and place higher value on other DCI attributes. This webinar outlines the latest advances in DCI technologies, architectures and operational tools and explores how they align to the challenges and requirements of different market segments from ICPs to carriers and enterprises.

  • Heidi Adams, Senior Research Director, Transport Networks, IHS Markit
  • Stu Elby, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Data Center Business Group, Infinera
  • Allen Tatara, Manager, Webinar Events, IHS Markit (Moderator)
Radical Innovation for the Cloud: Introducing the Cloud Xpress 2
As cloud traffic grows exponentially, with increases in machine-to-machine transactions and new bandwidth-intensive applications like Facebook Live and virtual reality, cloud networks are challenged to keep up. Internet content providers and service providers need to efficiently scale their networks to handle this ever-increasing demand. This webinar delves into cloud networking trends and new products and technologies that will make it dramatically easier to scale networks simply, securely and efficiently. Mike Capuano, VP of Marketing, led a stimulating discussion with a distinguished panel.

Watch now to:
  • Learn from Sterling Perrin, Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading, about market trends and why they are driving the need for new transport solutions
  • Hear from Infinera President Dave Welch and Senior VP Stu Elby about Infinera technologies and the new Cloud Xpress 2
SDN Commercial Deployments: Emerging Business Cases
Service providers deployed around 10 new software-defined networking (SDN)-based live, commercial services last year. Some of these involve internal network traffic, operations or services, while others include services offered to customers usually via a self-service portal. AT&T, COLT, Deutsche Telecom, Level 3 and Telstra/Pacnet are among the early pioneers. Much has been learned by moving SDN projects out of the laboratory proof-of-concept (PoC) stage and into commercial deployment. This webinar focuses on the emerging business cases for commercial SDN, with a particular focus on SDN in transport networks, barriers to deployment and the lessons learned by operators that have deployed the technology.

  • Michael Howard, Senior Research Director, Carrier Networks, IHS Markit
  • Jay Gill, Principal Manager, Cloud & SDN Marketing, Infinera
  • Allen Tatara, Manager, Webinar Events, IHS Markit (Moderator)
Mobile Fronthaul: Key Considerations and Deployment Scenarios

Deploying remote radio heads as part of a centralized radio access network (RAN) or cloud RAN (C-RAN) architecture is driven by the need for higher capacity, denser connectivity and sectorization in the mobile network. Fronthaul has a fundamental role in a C-RAN, but its vital to understand the challenges to and options for its deployment. This webinar looks at wavelength division multiplexing (WDM)based solutions for fronthaul and explores the commercial environment, including the role of wholesale fronthaul services and examples from deployments already taking place.


  • Richard Webb, Research Director, Mobile Backhaul and Small Cells, IHS
  • Sten Nordell, Chief Technology Officer, Infinera
  • Paul Brooks, Customer Solutions Engineering Consultant, Partner Markets, Virgin Media Business
  • Allen Tatara, Manager, Webinar Events, IHS (Moderator)
The Next Generation of Coherent Optical

OSA Industry Development Associates and Infinera have partnered to bring you a free, interactive webinar on The Next Generation of Coherent Optical.

Coherent detection and digital signal processing have led to a new and exciting paradigm in optical fiber communications, as they provide a substantial improvement in transport system capacity and functionality. Optical networking, and in particular the use of super-channel wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) technology, is the ideal way to efficiently transport extremely large amounts of data over long-haul terrestrial and subsea networks.

Join Scott Jackson, Vice President, Subsea Business Group, Infinera, and Matthew Mitchell, Vice President, Optical Systems Architecture, Infinera and learn about:

  • Operational scale challenges impacting network operators as bandwidth demand continues to grow
  • The next generation of optical transport technologies that combine advanced photonics and electronics to harness maximum capacity and reach from long-haul, terrestrial and subsea networks
  • New techniques such as Nyquist subcarriers, soft-decision forward error correction (SD-FEC) gain sharing, matrix-enhanced phase shift keying (ME-PSK), high-gain SD-FEC and flexible channel spacing
New Metro Transport Network Architectures for the Cloud Era
Metro networks are entering a period of profound change and disruption driven by the continued growth in metro traffic, the rapid rise of metro data center capacity and the virtualization of applications and network functions. These trends are providing unprecedented opportunities to re-architect the metro network and make it more scalable, efficient, flexible and programmable. The gap between the flexible and on-demand requirements of cloud applications and the static nature of today's metro networks is a significant challenge, and is leading network operators globally to radically re-think how their metro networks are built and operated. This webinar takes an in-depth look at requirements for next-gen metro transport networks for the cloud era and how applications are driving new architectures in mobile, cable, telco and Internet content provider networks.
  • Leveraging virtualization to create new approaches to metro access, aggregation and core architectures
  • The changing role of central offices and cable head ends and the rise of data centers in the metro area
  • Understanding the emergence of a cloud services Layer (Layer C) and Intelligent Transport Layer (Layer T) model
  • Defining the key building blocks of Layer T including scalable optics, granular switching and programmability
  • The role of SDN and NFV in these new metro architectures