Program Participant

Program Participant

Ken Gold

Leader, Solutions Marketing, EXFO

Ken has a diverse background in the telecommunications industry spanning over 30 years. He is responsible for building and evolving the EXFO go-to-market strategy as well as advocating EXFO solutions with partners and at industry events. Prior to joining EXFO, Ken held leadership roles in Solutions Marketing and Product Line Management with Accedian Networks, focused on Carrier Ethernet service assurance and performance monitoring. Ken also held similar roles at ADTRAN, Harris Broadcast and Nortel.

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Topical Session 7: SD-WAN & Network Virtualization
Monday, 22 January 2018


Orchestrated Service Assurance - An Enabler to Realize the Benefits of Virtualization




You must have heard the song from Wizard of Oz where the girl, the lion and tin man are all seeking the Wizard who is presumed to have limitless powers and can solve all their problems. When they find him however, they realize that he is just hype.

Network Virtualization offers a similar promise and operators globally are rushing to embrace this disruptive innovation. However there is a danger that the magic might just evaporate unless we clearly understand the pitfalls in operating this new network and create solutions with proper instrumentation to drive innovation, agility and service assurance.

My presentation will cover:

  • Understanding the key challenges in the journey of network virtualization
  • Talk about the impact of concepts like network slicing/service chaining on service assurance

Talk about a framework for an automated/ policy-enabled service assurance using SD-WAN as an example

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