NetEvents Singapore Day Two: Cloud Network Security, Lifecycle Service Orchestration, Data Center Interconnections and 100G Metro Aggregation

Two exciting days in Singapore – that was NetEvents APAC Press & Service Provider VIP Summit, May 28-29, 2015. Keynotes, debates and meetings covered every essential topic in networking and carrier networks. Let’s review the highlights of Day Two of the VIP Summit, starting with its keynote session by Steve Chappell of Wedge Networks; a special presentation from Gint Atkinson of KVH about data center interconnects; and two forward-looking debate sessions about Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) and 100 Gigabit metro aggregation.

The transcripts, photos and presentations from all these sessions are available. Visit this page and click on the Press Resources tab.

Kick-Off Interview with Steve Chappell, COO of Canadian cloud security solutions provider Wedge Networks

Mr. Chappell explained that NFV and SDN offer possibilities to do security in a different way — delivered from within the cloud — that is much more effective than the way security has traditionally been enabled by service providers. The model is that service providers can provide “clean” data – just like water companies provide clean water to their customers. The SDN and NFV technologies are in place for this value-added service, which is going to lower the cost of enterprise security.

“Service providers can then have the best of breed of all the different security products, the best of breed of all these functions virtualized, running, updated, monitored for thousands or hundreds of thousands of their business customers’ data flows coming in,” Mr. Chappell said. In this new model, enterprises don’t have to worry about endpoints, new employees or customer security, because “they can trust that their data, as it’s leaving the data center and going into their service provider, is being cleaned, it’s being secured.”

The keynote was followed by a Q&A session moderated by Manek Dubash, editorial director for NetEvents. A key question was about specific security concerns in the Asia Pacific region.

Mr. Chappell explained that in this part of the world, “we’ve seen as high as 70% to 80% of the actual data is malware and spam.” That’s why, he said, “with this new technology we can take it and at the edge, as this data comes into the service provider, we can strip out the malware and spam, just throw it out. Now what they have to transport throughout their networks is clean data. And that right there can save huge amounts of just backbone usage and data usage.”

Read the full transcript for all the details of the keynote and Q&A session.

Round-Table Discussion on Lifecycle Service Orchestration

The panel on Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO), was chaired by Manek Dubash, editorial director for NetEvents. The panelists were Kevin Vachon, Chief Operating Officer, MEF; Gint Atkinson, Vice President, Network Strategy & Architecture, KVH Co., Ltd, and Amit Sinha Roy, Vice President, Tata Communications.

Mr. Vachon introduced the panel by described the drivers for LSO. The first is Software Defined Networks (SDN) , which is the enabling technology. The second, pushing LSO in the market, is the demand by business for bandwidth on demand, and for agile service to deliver and manage that bandwidth in a flexible manner. And the third is that the increased desire for cloud services can’t be realized without an underlying network fabric that is dynamic, agile and automated. The discussion was dynamic; be sure to read the transcript for the full details.

Special Presentation: Data Center Interconnects with Gint Atkinson, Vice President, Network Strategy & Architecture, KVH Co., Ltd

Mr. Atkinson talked about the very real, very current challenges facing customers who have many data centers in many geographies, a common situation in Asia Pacific. Those customers required robust low-latency connections not only between their data centers, but between their cloud service providers as well. The solution: Next-generation data center interconnects (DCIs), such as KVH’s DCNet, link the customers and their data centers to Amazon, Azure and SoftLayer today, and with more providers to follow.

DCNet is a private network interconnecting data centers in Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, with on-ramp access from key data centers in the United States. DCNet offers pre-wired Ethernet connectivity to 100+ data centers in these regions, providing customers with greater choice in where they colocate and with whom they connect. With fixed and burstable bandwidth from 50Mbps to 10Gbps, DCNet lets enterprise customers avoid the complexity of negotiating and managing many individual network contracts.

See the transcript for more details about next-generation DCIs and KVH’s DCNet solution.

Round Table Discussion of Metro Aggregation as a 100 Gigabit Opportunity

The panel on metro aggregation was chaired by Manek Dubash, editorial director for NetEvents. The panelists were Andrew Bond-Webster, Vice President Asia Pacific, Infinera; Junjie Li, Board Member, OIF, Director, Optical Communication Research Centre, China Telecom Beijing Research Institute; and Gint Atkinson, Vice President, Network Strategy & Architecture, KVH Co., Ltd.

Mr. Bond-Webster introduced the panel by explaining that Infinera, an optical transport networks technology provider, is seeing a huge growth in Internet content providers, such as Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Facebook. That is helping drive a push to 100G from today’s most common 10G networks.

“Do we see 100G happening in the Metro? Very simply the answer is yes. We are seeing across the region in different markets different rates of evolution from 10 to 100. But it is happening,” Mr. Bond-Webster said. “It is happening now whether it’s in Europe, the US, in Asia, we are seeing it in Japan, we are seeing it in Korea, we are seeing it in Australia…. It’s already happening.”

The panel discussion talked about the factors enabling 100G, as well as pushing demand. A key factor is that the per-bit cost over 100G can be lower than that of 10G, if you look at optical devices. Fiber capacity is increasing, solutions are easy to deploy, and even the maintenance of new 100G technologies is lower than that of 10G.

For more details of a very thorough and practical discussion technical discussion, please see the transcript and presentation from this panel.

Download the Transcripts and Presentations

The transcripts, photos and presentations from all these sessions are available. Visit this page and click on the Press Resources tab.

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