The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Moscone Center,
San Francisco, California, USA

2020 Data Center Summit

Wednesday, 11 March 11:30 - 12:30
Theater I

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(This program is included in the free Exhibits Pass Plus Registration.)


Moderator: Tom Giallorenzi, Senior Director for Science Policy, The Optical Society, USA

Data Center Summit Fireside Chat: Data Center 2020 – Less Hyper-scale and More Co-location and Compute at the Edge


A lot of focus has been put on the economy and scale of hyper-scale data centers. The last decade witnessed a massive scale out of data centers, some of which contain upwards of a hundred thousand severs and require more than a hundred Megawatts of power. However, security, privacy and data sovereignty considerations have also required the use of much smaller data centers closer to the end user. And with the roll out of 5G and the need for more and more data tied to time critical applications such as real time maps for autonomous driving, edge and co-location data centers are becoming an increasingly critical component of the network as well. 

This panel will discuss the latest trends in data centers from an infrastructure and networking hardware perspective. What vectors and opportunities exist to reduce power consumption, size, and cost, what architectures are being considered inside data centers, and how are data centers evolving and being linked together at the regional and global scale to address the needs of the new decade?  


Dan Pitt, Vice President, MEF Forum, USA
SD-WAN: Genesis of Edge Computing Platforms

We all agree that Edge Computing will open new vistas for applications, services, and revenues. Cool designs have been proposed for disaggregated computing platforms and software structures for VNFs and CNFs from all sorts of authors. But what will get these computing platforms out in all the network edge locations where they are desired? We think the answer is SD-WAN, as that is the commercial service that even now is in rapid deployment. Between Provider Edge and Customer Edge, SD-WAN will put computing power in enough places to drive the growth of these promising and highly diverse new applications and services. No other single application or service will have the critical mass. In this very brief talk we also describe how SD-WAN standards are enabling and accelerating the deployment of these very platforms.


Dan Pitt, Vice President, MEF Forum, USA

Dan Pitt, a leading voice of SDNFV, serves as senior vice president of MEF, applying SDN, NFV, Cloud, Disaggregation, and Open Source to the offering of new, dynamic services across a global system of automated networks. Prior to MEF he was executive director of ONF from 2011-2016 and served as Dean of Engineering at Santa Clara University. His industrial career includes Nortel Networks, Bay Networks, HP Labs, and IBM Research Zurich. He holds a B.S. from Duke and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois and is a Fellow of the IEEE.



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