Panel III: Building the Ecosystem for Converged IP/Optical Networks - Beyond 400G Pluggables

Tuesday, 08 March 14:30 – 16:00
Theater I

Session Description:

The availability of 400G coherent pluggables enables the integration of WAN optics in routers and brings cost, footprint and power reduction opportunities to IP networks. What are the next hurdles for the industry to overcome in enabling wide-scale deployment of IP/Optical architectures? What level of multi-vendor interoperability is required? This panel provides insights and unique perspectives resulting from early converged IP/Optical deployments or real network studies, including commentary around photonic line system compatibility, migration plans of existing networks and essential capabilities required from an operational perspective.

Moderator: 

Helen Xenos, Sr. Director, Portfolio Marketing, Ciena Corp., USA

Panelists: 

Daniel Voyer, Technical Fellow, Network, Bell, Canada

Glenn Wellbrock, Director, Optical Transport Network - Architecture, Design & Planning, Verizon, USA

Jeffrey Valley, VP, IP Consulting Engineering, Network Infrastructure​, Nokia, Canada

Robert Keys, Sr. Director of Optical Transmission R&D, Ciena, Canada

Biographies: 

Robert Keys, Sr. Director of Optical Transmission R&D, Ciena, CanadaRobert Keys is a Senior Director of Optical Transmission R&D at Ciena. In this role, Robert oversees all aspects of optical systems transmission including link performance assurance, planning tools, and optical hardware development.  In his 30+ years of experience, Robert has held several leadership positions including VP of Packet Optical R&D at Juniper Networks where he developed optical systems for switching and routing platforms, as well as CTO at BTI Systems.

Jeffrey Valley, VP, IP Consulting Engineering, Network Infrastructure​, Nokia, Canada
Jeffrey Valley, MSc, leads IP Consulting Engineering for North America in Nokia’s Network Infrastructure group. Jeffrey is responsible for making sure our products align with industry and customer requirements in the region and works to assist our customers with design and architecture decisions for next-generation IP networks. His areas of interest include evolving architectures for residential and business services including 400G, segment routing, EVPNs, 5G mobile backhaul, IP network security including DDoS protections, network automation with NETCONF/YANG and other APIs, and the industry shift toward containerization of high-performance network elements.

Daniel Voyer, Technical Fellow, Network, Bell, Canada
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Glenn Wellbrock, Director, Optical Transport Network - Architecture, Design & Planning, Verizon, USA
Glenn Wellbrock is the director of optical transport network architecture, design and planning at Verizon, where he is responsible for the development and deployment of new technologies for the access, metro and long haul transport infrastructure. Prior to this position, Wellbrock ran the advanced technology lab, established evaluation criteria and set engineering guidelines for all backbone transport equipment as well as various positions within network operations. In addition to his more than 30 years at Verizon, Wellbrock was responsible for product architecture within the U.S. optical networks group at Marconi and product planning at Qplus Networks with a specific focus on developing alternative modulation techniques.

Helen Xenos, Sr. Director, Portfolio Marketing, Ciena Corp., USA
Helen Xenos is Senior Director of Portfolio Marketing at Ciena. She is responsible for introducing Ciena’s converged packet optical solutions and technologies to market, including Ciena’s industry leading WaveLogic high-capacity coherent optical solutions. She is a frequent blogger and speaker, and enjoys rendering technical speak into the exciting implications it means for network providers. Across her 20+ yr career in the telecommunications industry, Ms. Xenos’ roles include product management, systems engineering and test engineering.