The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

Simplifying Transport Network Operations With Declarative, Vendor-Neutral Configuration Management

Tuesday, 5 March, 11:00-12:30
Theater III, Hall G
Session organized by OpenConfig

Session Description

Operating large, multi-vendor transport networks using traditional management interfaces (TL1, CLI, SNMP, etc.) presents a number of challenges to automation including dealing with vendor-specific conventions, serialized, imperative configuration, and the lack of well-defined machine-to-machine APIs. A model-driven, declarative management approach based on the OpenConfig ecosystem provides a simplified, vendor-neutral framework for configuring network devices, enabling new levels of automation and scalability. This panel will include the perspective of both users and technology providers on the benefits and best practices for OpenConfig-based configuration management.


Anees Shaikh, Network Architect, Google, USA

Anees Shaikh is a Network Architect in the Network Infrastructure team at Google where he works on management automation, cloud networking, and network reliability in Google’s production networks.  Prior to joining Google, he was the Chief SDN Architect at IBM where he was responsible for IBM's software-defined networking product architecture and technical strategy, including leading IBM’s open source networking engagements.



Eric Breverman, Staff Network Engineer, Google
Sai Chen, Alibaba, China
Victor Lopez, Technology Expert, Telefónica, Spain


Eric Breverman, Staff Network Engineer, Google

Eric is the technical lead of automation and software defined networking for Google's production optical network. Currently, his main objectives are to drive the industry to adopt a modern machine to machine approach for interacting with optical devices and to implement these platforms into Google's software stack. Specifically, this entails monitoring with OpenConfig based streaming telemetry and pushing declarative configuration via OpenConfig. A key aspect of his work has been contributing and educating others on the optical OpenConfig models. Multiple vendors and platforms have adopted this approach and Google has been the first in the industry to fully implement them into the live production network at scale. This has been a key enabler in allowing Google to achieve unprecedented scale and growth in the optical network. Eric holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.


Sai Chen, Alibaba, China

Sai Chen, currently workd in the optical network team in Alibaba Infrastructure Service department. Sai is responsible for designing the inter-datacenter optical network architecture. In the past few years, Sai has been actively joining the open optical transport project in Alibaba. Before joining Alibaba, Sai received the Ph.D degree from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, with a major research focus on high spectral-efficiency optical communication systems.


Victor Lopez, Technology Expert, Telefónica, Spain

Víctor López 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 career 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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