The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Open Management and Monitoring of Multilayer Webscale and Carrier Networks

Wednesday, 22 March; 12:00 - 13:30
Expo Theater II
Session Organized by Open Config

Session Description

Operators face significant challenges in scaling global networks while reducing costs and delivering highlyavailable infrastructure and services. The need to constantly evolve the network has led to a mix of equipment from multiple vendors or open whitebox devices to exploit advances in cost, power consumption, and capacity. Standard, vendorneutral device models and management interfaces are essential to efficiently manage these heterogeneous networks. At the same time, software defined networking (SDN) with centralized traffic engineering and control has proven to increase utilization and performance, at layer-3 and layer-1. This session will host representatives from web scale operators, carriers, and equipment manufacturers to discuss these challenges. Panelists will focus on the latest open management interfaces (OpenConfig, NETCONF, OpenFlow, etc.), new monitoring approaches such as streaming telemetry and pub/sub, and innovations in SDN and transport-SDN.


Steve Plote headshot Steve Plote, Optics Consulting Engineer, Nokia, USA

Steve Plote, is Optics Consulting Engineer at Nokia. He is currently responsible for the support of all Nokia sales teams in the Americas as well as Channel Partners.  Focusing on Network designs for the delivery of real time, next generation services for Video transport, Carrier Ethernet, Consumer Content Distribution, and Cloud Computing.  He has personal responsibility for the network engineering and support for the WEB2.0 and Content Service Providers in North America.  Mr. Plote has more than 30 years of experience in Data Center Interconnect, Telecommunications and LAN switching and transmission solutions.  Prior to joining Nokia, he was Solutions Business Development and CSP Systems Engineering at BTI Systems and prior to that was Solutions Sales Director at Tellabs.  He has many professional memberships and committee involvements including NANOG PC, OFC, MEF, IEEE, OSA, IEC and IETF. 


Jamie Gaudette headshotJamie Gaudette, Manager, Optical Network Architecture and Development, Microsoft, USA
Jamie Gaudette is the Manager of Optical Network Architecture and Development at Microsoft where he combines a passion for learning and a great team to create a world-class open data center network.  Before Microsoft, Jamie designed industry leading hardware and software with Ciena and Nortel in Ottawa, Canada.  He has 4 US patents in optical networking, is the author of the current ITU G.977 specification for undersea cables, and has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University in Canada.  

Tad Hofmeister headshotTad Hofmeister, Network Architect, Google, USA

Tad Hofmeister has been a Network Architect at Google since 2011, with a focus in metro and long-haul DWDM networking. Prior to Google, Tad was an architect, system engineer, and hardware designer for several optical transport and packet processing companies including: Ciena, Matisse Networks, OpVista, and Applied Signal Technology. Dr. Hofmeister earned MS and Ph.D. degrees in EE from Stanford University and BS degrees from Columbia University and Bates College.

Christian Hopps, Senior Architect, Deutsche Telekom, Sweden

Christian Hopps is a Senior Architect at Deutsche Telekom for the the Terastream project, a next generation aggressively automated and simplified optical IP network. His work includes the design and implementation of the optical management software, the continuous integration and deployment framework, and the application orchestrator. Christian is an IETF working group chair for the IS-IS routing protocol, a member of the IETF routing area yang design team, and a member of the IETF routing area directorate. In addition to over 20 years experience in the networking industry, Christian has worked on and with many open source projects.

Dave Miedema, Senior Technical Advisor, Ciena, USA

Dave Miedema is currently a senior technical advisor working on the software that controls and manages Ciena's agile and programmable optical transport systems.  Dave joined the industry in 1994 working on software on OC48 Transport systems.  Dave received his B.Eng. from McMaster University in Engineering Physics.  Dave's most recent efforts include modernization of the embedded software architecture and northbound interfaces.

Sushin Suresan Adackaconam, Product Manager, Cisco Systems, USA

Sushin has been with Cisco's optical business the last ten years across software development and product marketing roles. He currently is responsible for Cisco's Data Center and Web Service Provider optical product portfolio that includes the NCS 1000.


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