Senior Director, Solutions Marketing, Ciena
Abel Tong is Sr. Director of Solutions Marketing for Ciena’s Blue Planet Division. He is responsible for helping to transform networks through the application of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), to deliver value and create new services, and to simplify network operations for Ciena’s customers.
Abel has over 15 years of networking and telecommunications systems experience. He is also a long-time contributor to the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF). He leads MEF’s Project UNITE, an industry wide collaborative initiative bringing standards development organizations together to create the building blocks for Lifecycle Service Orchestration and Third Network. Abel is also a member of Open Cloud Connect (OCC), Open Daylight and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).
Industry Briefings 2
Sunday, 17 January 2016
Service providers have made significant progress with respect to their understanding SDN and NFV over the past 2 years. Extensive lab trials, proofs-of-concept (PoCs), and a handful of live network commercial deployments have made it clear that successfully operationalizing SDN and NFV involves two inter-related challenges for service providers; 1) how to fit the new technologies into the company’s existing operational processes and procedures, and 2) determining the impact that SDN- and NFV-enabled services will have on the company’s business model.
This session will explore the lessons learned by the pioneering service providers who are leveraging SDN and NFV to transform many aspects of their operations and generate new revenue streams. A variety of Use Cases will be covered, including NFV vCPE (virtual CPE), Ethernet service automation, NaaS (network as a service), and more. In addition, the session will provide an overview of how the open service creation and orchestration capabilities of NFV and SDN are allowing service providers to eliminate the vendor lock-in associated with legacy network technologies.
Attendees will learn how service providers have addressed the challenges associated with deploying SDN and NFV from real-world examples. This session will be relevant to communications service provider personnel ranging from strategic planners and architects to business planners and managers.