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SD-WAN: Infinite Hype or Infinite Possibilities?

What You’ll Learn

SD-WAN is one of the hottest networking markets, with enterprises embracing SD-WAN for many productivity-enhancing benefits. As applications move to the cloud and rapid changes in remote workforce demands shift to the network edge, SD-WAN services and technologies are now a critical step along the digital transformation journey.

In the first episode of MEF Infinite Edge, we discuss all that SD-WAN has to offer with industry executives, analysts and subject matter experts, including application performance guarantees, centralized visibility & control, cost savings, and optimized cloud connectivity and agility.

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Episode Segments

Host’s Edge View

10:00AM – 10:10AM (EST)

Jon, our trusted host, kicks us off with some fun surprises and sets the stage for an exciting episode of fast-paced, dialogue-driven segments. Make sure to catch Jon’s Edge View, which concludes the episode. Jon will provide an entertaining summary and reflection on the topic of SD-WAN with help from Matt, our episode sketch correspondent all the way from Australia!

Executives in Conversation

10:10AM – 10:30AM (EST)

Rupesh offers his insights and visions for the possibilities of SD-WAN in a one-on-one interview with Jim.

Pushing the Edge: Analysts’ Corner

10:30 AM – 10:50 AM (EST)

Erin and Roopa engage in a lively discussion about SD-WAN, its benefits, and the biggest questions surrounding adoption and digital transformation.

MEF Perspectives

10:55AM – 11:25AM (EST)

MEF is playing a leading role in shaping the direction and growth of the SD-WAN services market through standardization and certification of services, technologies, and professionals. In this session, MEF leaders will share their perspectives on the major aspects of MEF’s SD-WAN work and its relevance to business customers, service providers, and technology vendors. Explore how combining overlay SD-WAN and SASE services with dynamic underlay connectivity services will enable service providers to offer powerful MEF 3.0 hybrid networking solutions with unprecedented user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities. Get up to speed on the latest developments related to SD-WAN interoperability (Universal SD-WAN Edge), end-to-end network slicing with 5G, automation, application security, Zero Trust, SASE, and more!

Deep Dive: Delivering on SD-WAN Expectations: Application Performance, Visibility, Control & Security

11:25AM – 11:55AM (EST)

With applications increasingly moving to the cloud and workforce demands rapidly changing at the network edge, enterprises are embracing SD-WAN for many productivity-enhancing benefits, such as: application performance guarantees, centralized visibility & control, security, optimized cloud connectivity, agility, and more. Join top experts to realistically assess how service providers are delivering on SD-WAN expectations. Learn how SD-WAN helps improve application performance and cloud access, while keeping in mind potential restrictions. Discover how SD-WAN application visibility and control change network design and operation, and dive deep into centralized resource management in hybrid connectivity and multi-cloud environments.  Learn how to determine the most viable SD-WAN security solutions now and into the future, striking an appropriate balance between security policy and network efficiency goals.

Deep Dive: Evolving SD-WAN as a Transformation Enabler: Virtualization & Automation at the Edge

12:00PM – 12:30PM (EST)

The ability of SD-WAN service providers to meet quickly changing enterprise needs in today’s transformative environment will depend heavily on their approach to virtualization and automation at the network edge. Real-time, policy-driven orchestration and automation of physical and virtual network functions are critical for enabling rapid deployment and adoption of services, assuring application and service performance, and opening up new revenue opportunities tied to improved customer experience, agility, control, and security in multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments. Engage with industry-leading expert speakers on the latest developments with virtualization and automation at the edge, including ground-breaking efforts to standardize APIs for north-south and east-west orchestration of SD-WAN services.

Deep Dive: From SD-WAN to SASE: Assure Me, Secure Me

12:35PM – 1:00PM (EST)

Evolving business requirements to deliver connectivity to any user on any device, any cloud, and any application demand a digital transformation spanning the distributed edge, data center, and the cloud. The traditional WAN must undergo a drastic change to be part of the new digital foundation enabling transformation. Customers are rapidly adopting a new Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) architecture model that combines network connectivity and security functions with subscriber policies to meet a higher level of performance and assurance required by modern enterprises. Engage with leading technology experts to learn how customers can take SD-WAN to the next level with SASE while validating SD-WAN implementations for improved performance, visibility, bandwidth allocation, and secured application policy enforcement. Also discover the reassuring value of certified MEF 3.0 SD-WAN service and technology solutions and learn about emerging standards work on security testing and certification.


Episode 1 Sponsors

Join us from 9:00AM–10:00AM (EST) before the show starts, and then again between 1:00PM–2:00PM (EST) after we wrap up for networking with our Sponsors, MEF, and other attendees!

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