Tuesday, April 14, 2014
8:30 a.m. -
9:15 a.m. 
Network Deployments: What's on the Agenda for 2015?
As carriers look to deploy new networks in the coming year, there are a number of business concerns and strategies they need to consider, particularly with regard to fiber projects. During the session, speakers will discuss what actions they think need to take place at the local, state and federal levels to incentivize last-mile deployments; share their experiences on working with local government on local zoning and permitting issues; and explain how they've overcome obstacles related to provisioning.
Editor at Large
  Matt Erickson
President, Physical Infrastructure
  Chief Development Officer
  David Zelenok
Chief Innovation Officer
City of Centennial, Colorado
10:30 a.m. -
11:15 a.m. 
Hybrid Cloud Architectures: Why the WAN Matters
Despite concerns about security and performance, enterprises are embracing the cloud with increasing fervor. Service providers have a real opportunity to capitalize on this IT evolution by enabling customers to integrate their wide area networks (WANs) with various cloud providers. This integration also opens up opportunities to offer customers differentiated services, such as bandwidth-on-demand (BoD). During this session, panelists will look at how network service providers are assisting customers with building hybrid cloud architectures, the tools they’re offering to manage this emerging multicloud environment, and the role played by public cloud providers and major data center operators.
  Jake Heinz
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Product
XO Communications
Vice President Business Development
Global Vice President- Technology and Solutions
Vice President, Data Center and Cloud Strategy
3:30 p.m. -
4:30 p.m. 
SDN and NFV: Getting Started
Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) promise of speedier service deployment and greater operational efficiency improvements. But most service providers know that can't happen without major changes to transform their existing network.  Because SDN and NFV requires a profound commitment of money, time and personnel, service providers are looking for ways to dip their toe in the water before jumping in.  This panel will expand on previous introductory COMPTEL PLUS panels on the technology, by exploring the ways in which service providers can begin to gain hands-on experience using manufacturer “starter kits” for various functionalities. With these modest, but functional microsystems, service providers can more easily ascertain the challenges, opportunities and level of commitment associated with full-scale deployment of their particular use cases.
  David J. Malfara Sr.
President and CEO
ETC Group, LLC
  Director of Technical Marketing
Executive Vice President, Business Development
  Director of Product Marketing