Interop ITX is pleased to announce a partnership with the IDC to offer a two-day Summit on Network Transformation. As enterprises build out their digital transformation strategies, IT infrastructure is rapidly evolving to keep up. Businesses are focusing on modernizing their networks to support skyrocketing connectivity demands while improving agility and service levels. This ushers in a new breed of software-defined, service-based, and open source network infrastructure that allows flexibility, automation, and integration with cloud models and applications.

This two-day program will explore how today's enterprise networks must adapt to meet the needs of today's technology-centric businesses and will explore how those who build these networks need to prepare for challenges on the horizon.

Note: an RSVP is required for Workshops & Summits. Please RSVP by making your selections in your registration account.

Summit Details

9:00 - 9:05 Welcome
Brandon Butler -- Event Emcee (Senior Research Analyst, Enterprise Networks, IDC)

9:05 - 9:45 Protocol Myths, Missteps and Mysteries
Radia Perlman (Fellow, Dell EMC)
Networking pioneer Radia Perlman takes a thought-provoking look at fads like Blockchain, “information-centric networking” and SDN, and breaks down some commonly held misconceptions about networking protocols and technology.

9:45 – 10:30 The Open Source Perfect Storm
Arpit Joshipura (General Manager, Networking & Orchestration, Linux Foundation)

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 11:45 How Hyperscale Networking Practices Can be More than Just a Fun Story
Aaron Sullivan (Director of Hardware Engineering, Facebook)

11:45 – 12:00 Message from our Sponsor: VMware

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 1:45 Business-Driven Network Design
Denise Donohue (Network Architect, Chesapeake NetCraftsmen)
As technology becomes an integral part of companies, network architects need to understand how to translate business requirements into network solutions.

1:45 - 2:30 Realizing Security and Speed at Scale
Lori MacVittie (Principal Technical Evangelist, F5 Networks)
Becoming an “applications-first” IT organization requires digital transformation. Learn how to survive the transition and avoid turning your network into a cloudy, containerized vortex of chaos.

2:30 - 3:00 - Break

3:00 - 4:00 Advancements in Wireless Networking

4:00 - 5:00 Networking Careers: The Evolving Networking Professional and Team
Amy Lewis, Director of Influence Marketing, VMware (moderator)
Denise Donohue (Network Architect, Chesapeake NetCraftsmen)
Our panel of networking professionals and IT leaders discusses the changing IT landscape and how organizations and practitioners are adapting in order to survive and thrive.


9:00 - 9:45Networking Past, Present and Future
Martin Casado (General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz)
In this fireside chat, emcee Brandon Butler talks with SDN inventor martin Casado about how far networking has come and where it’s heading. Audience questions encouraged.

9:45 – 10:30 The Enterprise Network Is Dead…Or Is It?
Peyton Maynard-Koran (Senior Director - Worldwide Infrastructure, Whole Foods/Amazon)
Enterprise infrastructure mimics the same way we built software in the 1970s and 80s, and it is time for a change. However, many companies are preferring to rent "managed" infrastructure, webscale providers are building their own network operating systems, and the open source ecosystem is growing. Will enterprises be able to adapt? It's all up to them.

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 11:45 Intent-Based Verification: Taking a Practical Step Towards Autonomous Networks
Brighten Godfrey (Co-Founder and CTO, Veriflow)
Intent-based verification can be a practical first step towards autonomous networks, providing a new level of awareness of the entire state of the network to support business goals. With automated, mathematically-rigorous assurance that these goals are met, verification improves the resilience and security of existing networks while providing a foundation for evolution towards the autonomous network of the future.

11:45 – 12:00 Message from our Sponsor: Cisco

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 1:45 Keeping the 'Inter' in 'Internet'
Leslie Daigle (Principal, ThinkingCat Enterprises)
The Internet was conceived in an era when it was not physically or financially feasible for any single entity to build a globe-spanning network. Today's large corporations are closer to achieving such networks, and it’s tempting to seek such exclusivity. However, that misses the power and the point of inter-networking, which is at least as valuable today as it was 40 years ago.

1:45 - 2:30 The Zero Trust Revolution
Charlie Gero (CTO, Enterprise Division, Akamai)
Perimeter-based security architectures are inherently flawed, resulting in some major attacks. Learn how the theory of Zero Trust and its development is addressing these challenges, and how implementing the concepts can achieve a greater security posture.

2:30 - 3:00 Break

3:00 - 4:00 Why the Network Edge Is Growing in Importance

4:00 - 5:00 Networking for the Next Decade
Brandon Butler -- Event Emcee (Senior Research Analyst, Enterprise Networks, IDC)
Peyton Maynard-Koran (Senior Director - Worldwide Infrastructure, Whole Foods/Amazon)
In this closing panel, our speakers discuss the major themes of the program and offer advice for attendees to ensure their networks are ready to face the future.

This is a preliminary listing. Check back for additional speakers and scheduling.