The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Panel VI: IP and Optical Integration: Physical or Control/Management Plane?

Thursday, 15 March
12:30 - 14:00
Theater I

Sterling Perrin, Industry Analyst – Optical Networking & SDN, Heavy Reading, USA

Panel Description:

After decades of limited applications, IP and optical integration is making a strong comeback due to significant advances on both the software and the hardware front. The software technology enabler is SDN which provides a centralized control and management layer cutting across multiple layers and multiple vendors – for the first time in history. SDN-based interworking brings interworking benefits without requiring any physical hardware integration. At the same time, physical IP and optical integration has a new life based the combination of merchant silicon, pluggable optics modules, and open APIs. The new line side pluggables insert directly into layer 2/3 switches, eliminating short-reach optics, and promise multi-vendor interoperability – another break from past architectures.
This panel looks at both SDN-based multi-layer interworking and physical multi-layer integration from an architectural perspective, with a focus on the drivers, benefits, technology enablers, and primary applications for each.

Topics include:

  • Where does physical integration make most sense in the network?
  • Where does control/management plane integration make most sense?
  • What is the role of SDN in both architecture types?
  • What are differences in architectural preference among different types of service providers, such as traditional telecom vs. Webscale vs cloud?
  • For most service providers will the IP and optical integration decision be one or the other? Or both?
  • What are the main challenges to be addressed to move forward with each architecture type?



Adam Carter, Chief Commerical Officer, Oclaro, USA
Title available soon.

LLDP or Bust?
Mike Freiberger, Principal Engineer, Verizon, USA

IP and Optical Integration does not Need to Wait for Anything
Ori Gerstel, Founder and CTO, Sedona, Israel

Donyel Jones-Williams, Director of Service Provider Product Marketing, Juniper, USA
Title available soon.

IP and Optical Integration Will Start with Control and Management Plane
Chongjin Xie
, Senior Director, Alibaba, China


Adam Carter, Chief Commercial Officer, Oclaro, USA

Dr. Carter has served as Oclaro’s Chief Commercial Officer since July 2014. Prior to joining Oclaro, he served as the Senior Director and General Manager of the Transceiver Module Group at Cisco from February 2008 to July 2014, where he was instrumental in the acquisition of Lightwire, a Silicon Photonics start-up. He also served as Cisco’s Marketing Director from February 2007 to February 2008. From September 1994 to February 2007, Dr. Carter held various strategic marketing and business development roles at Avago Technologies, Agilent Technologies and Hewlett Packard. In addition, Dr. Carter was a Process and Device Engineer at British Telecom & Dupont from November 1989 to September 1994. Dr. Carter holds a B.Sc. (Honors) in Applied Physics from Portsmouth University and received a PhD from the University of Wales, Cardiff, for his research on plasma etching of III-V semiconductor materials.

Mike Freiberger, Principle Engineer, Verizon, USA

With more than 20 years of optical and data networking experience, Mike Freiberger is responsible for managing the technical requirements of vendor projects for Verizon’s metro optical platforms to assure compliance with Verizon’s vision of optimal performance on these optical networks. 
Mike also creates security requirements based on the Verizon Corporate Security Policy and Baselines as well as industry standards. Mike is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) with certification and representssecurity best practices and points of view to the transport industry.
In addition to his wireline responsibililites, Mike has worked on mobile backhaul and fronthaul technologies and development.
Mike is a member of The Optical Society and has spoken on optical topics at OSA conferences as well as other industry conferences hosted by Informa and Lightwave.

Ori Gerstel, Founder and CTO, Sedona Systems, Israel

Ori is founder and CTO of Sedona Systems – a leading supplier of multilayer network control software. Before starting Sedona, Ori was a Principal Engineer at Cisco, where he was responsible for driving the architecture of router-transport integration. Before joining Cisco in 2002, Ori held senior architecture positions at Tellabs and Nortel, where he architected the first mesh optical network and the first fully switched optical network, respectively. He started his work in optical networking at IBM, where the first commercial DWDM system was developed. For his contributions, Ori was awarded the grade of IEEE Fellow (2008) and OSA Fellow (2014). Ori has published approximately 100 papers in the main international conferences and journals in the field, as well as several book chapters. He holds over 35 granted patents on optical and multilayer networks, and a similar number of pending patents. He served as Editor in Chief for IEEE/OSA JOCN and as a conference committee member and co-chair of several conferences and is regularly invited to teach short courses, attend panels, and give plenary talks at the main conferences of the field. He also serves as steering committee member for OFC. Ori holds a PhD from Technion (Israel Institute of Technology).

Donyel Jones-Williams, Director of Service Provider Product Marketing, Juniper, USA

Donyel Jones-Williams joined Juniper Networks in 2014 driving product marketing in core routing, packet optical, carrier SDN, and NFV.  He now the leads Junipers service provider product marketing team for Core, Edge, Metro, NFV & SDN, Packet Optical, and SP Infrastructure Automation & Analytics.  He has over 18 years of telecommunication experience ranging from system test engineering, development engineer, technical marketing, and product marketing during his tenure at Cisco.  He strives to build a culture that emphasizes an aspirational work environment, mentoring emotional intelligence, exploring deep creative insights, and maintaining healthy physical energy to evaluate marketing effect in making a meaningful difference in the world. Donyel graduated from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. While attending Cal Poly SLO, he was a collegiate student-athlete playing football as a wide receiver and was a key member of the National Society of Black Engineers.

  Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst – Optical Networking & SDN, Heavy Reading, USA

Sterling has more than 15 years' experience in telecommunications as an industry analyst and journalist. His coverage area at Heavy Reading is optical networking, including packet-optical transport. He also authors Heavy Reading's Packet-Enabled Optical Networking Market Trackerand Next-Gen Core Packet-Optical Market Tracker. Sterling joined Heavy Reading after five years at IDC, where he served as lead optical networks analyst, responsible for the firm's optical networking subscription research and custom consulting activities. Prior to IDC, Sterling worked for Standard & Poor's, where he delivered global industry analysis on a range of IT segments. He is a former journalist and editor at Telecommunications Magazine, and has also done consulting work for the research firm Current Analysis. Sterling is a frequent speaker at telecom industry events and a highly sought-after source among the business and trade press. 

Chongjin Xie, Senior Director, Alibaba, China

Chongjin Xie is a senior director in Alibaba Group, leading an optical network architecture, research, design and testing team to develop datacenter optical interconnects and networking technologies to support Alibaba online platform and cloud services. Prior to joining Alibaba Group in 2014, Dr. Xie was a distinguished member of technical staff at Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, doing research on optical communication systems and networks. He did his postdoctoral research at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden from 1999 to 2001, and received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications in 1996 and 1999, respectively. Dr. Xie has published one book, 3 book chapters and over 200 journal and conference papers. He is a Fellow of OSA and a senior member of IEEE.


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