The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Disaggregating the Transport Layer: What It Means to The Bottom Line

Tuesday, 13 March, 14:00-17:00
Theater II, Hall E
Session sponsored and organized by Juniper Networks

Session Description

Disaggregation of the optical transport layer promises operational and time-to-market advantages over traditional transport architectures, but in these early days of implementing disaggregated solutions the economic benefits are not yet known. The timing of realizing these benefits is also a question of considerable debate, as open networking groups such as Open ROADM and TIP work towards bringing multi-source agreements and open source based solutions to market. Join host Juniper Networks and an expert panel from leading network operators, component and systems vendors to discuss and debate the business case for transport layer disaggregation. 

  • ​Opening Monologue: Disaggregating the Transport Layer: What It Means to The Bottom Line, Donyel Jones-Williams, Juniper Networks
  • Where Are You on the Spectrum of Open and Disaggregation, Heidi Adams, IHS Markit
  • Advance Optical Innovation for an Open Disaggregated World, Dr. Robert Keys, Juniper Networks
  • Road to Dynamic Networks, Saurabh Patil, Cox Communications
  • Intent Driven Networking is Bringing Packet Optical and IP Networks Together, Amit Bhardwaj, Juniper Networks
  • Modernization of IP/Optical Transport Networks, Victor Lopez, Telefonica Global
  • Moderated Expert Panel, Donyel Jones-Williams, Juniper Networks


Donyel Jones WilliamsDonyel Jones-Williams, Director of Service Provider Product Marketing, Juniper Networks, 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.


Heidi AdamsWhere Are You on the Spectrum of Open and Disaggregation

Heidi Adams, Senior Research Director, Transport Networks, IHS Markit, Canada
An experienced leader in the telecommunications industry, Ms. Adams joined IHS in March 2016, bringing over 20 years of product management, marketing, go-to-market strategy and industry analysis expertise to the team. She has been active in introducing to the market new products and solutions that span access, aggregation, edge and core networks for service providers, mobile network operators and large enterprises.  As the lead analyst for transport networks, including router and optical technologies, at IHS, she is uniquely positioned to assess the impact of emerging cloud-centric residential, business and mobile service architectures on the underlying IP and optical transport network infrastructure.
Prior to joining IHS, Ms. Adams was Senior Director, Product Marketing, for Nokia’s IP/Optical Networks group, where she led technical marketing across a broad range of areas including IP routing, virtualized routing/NFV, carrier Ethernet, IP/optical integration, carrier/WAN SDN, mobile backhaul, mobile packet core and packet microwave. She was also Director, Product Line Management, of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP division, and has held roles in product management, technical support and software development for Nortel Networks, Bell Northern Research and IBM.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University, Ontario, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Robert KeysAdvance Optical Innovation for an Open Disaggregated World

Robert Keys, Vice President of Engineering, Juniper Networks, Canada
Dr. Robert Keys is currently Vice President Engineering at Juniper Networks. His focus is on driving packet optical network transformation. He joined Juniper Networks through their acquisition of BTI Systems in 2016 where he served as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Product Management. He has over 20 years of communications engineering and leadership experience and prior to joining BTI Systems Robert served as Chief Engineer at Bookham (now Oclaro), and held various influential roles in the development organization at Nortel, where he was responsible for the successful development and delivery of multiple optical products to market. He has more than 12 patents granted in the area of optical communications. Robert has a Ph.D & M.Sc in Electronics and Electrical Engineering and a B.Sc in Physics from the University of Glasgow.

Saurabh PatilRoad to Dynamic Networks

Saurabh Patil, Lead Design Engineer, Optical Engineering, Cox Communications, USA
Saurabh Patil is a Lead Optical Transport Design Engineer in the network engineering group at Cox Communications.  In this role, he is primarily responsible for researching, designing, deploying Long Haul and Metro optical transport on Cox’s Nationwide Optical Backbone.  Prior to this role, Saurabh was a prime contributor to many successful projects launched at Infinera, Ciena, and Cisco.  He has a wide range of experience in IP and Optical domains.  Having had experience on both sides, vendor and client, allows him to actively contribute to his company’s business needs.  In addition to his extensive work experience, Saurabh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics & Communications from Mumbai University, followed by a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications from the prestigious Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Amit BhardwajIntent Driven Networking is Bringing Packet Optical and IP Networks Together

Amit Bhardwaj, Director of Product Management, Juniper Networks, USA
Amit is Director of Product Management at Juniper Networks responsible for Metro and Optical products. Amit has a variety of experience in Product managing portfolio in Core routing, Access/Aggregation, Packet Optical, Optical and SDN space at Juniper Networks and previously at Cisco. Amit has an MBA from Haas school of business, UC Berkeley and a B.E in Computer Science from PEC Chandigarh.

Victor LopezModernization of IP/Optical Transport Networks​

Victor Lopez, Technology Expert, Technology and Planning for Transport, IP and Interconnection Networks, Telefonica Global, Madrid, Spain
Víctor López (M.Sc. 2005 - Ph.D. 2009) is a Technology Expert at the Technology and Planning for Transport, IP and Interconnection Networks department in Telefonica Global CTO. He works on the IP and optical processes of the Telefonica group. Moreover, he is involved in the research projects as well as in the definition of the Telefonica network guidelines for IP/optical segment. He started his carrier in Telefónica I+D as a researcher (2004). He moved to Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in 2006, where he obtained the Ph.D. He worked as an Assistant Professor at UAM (2009) working on metro-backbone evolution projects (BONE, MAINS). In 2011, he joined Telefonica I+D as Technology specialist working on funded research project from the Telefonica group and the European Commission. He has co-authored more than 150 publications and contributed to IETF and ONF. Moreover, he is the editor of the book Elastic Optical Networks: Architectures, Technologies and Control (308 pages, Springer 2016). His research interests include the integration of Internet services over IP/MPLS and optical networks and control plane technologies (PCE, SDN, GMPLS).


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