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As Unified Communications (UC) moves to the cloud as UC-as-a-Service (UCaaS), the delivery model between the user and the service will become much more complex and difficult to manage. Today’s typical on-premise enterprise deployments of UC and other real-time media applications has significant complexity to deploy and manage the real-time workloads and time critical networking requirements. Most on-premise real-time media deployments today experience intermittent session quality and reliability issues. Now amplify the complexity as the real-time applications migrate to the cloud using some intermediary set of networks, managed by multiple different providers to get to the real-time application services.
In this webinar listen to industry leaders address the above issues by applying Software Defined Networks (SDN) concepts for its simple philosophy of reducing complexity thru software abstraction and automation. Jim Burton co-founder and leading analyst for Unified Communications Strategies will moderate five cutting edge thought leaders in how to make real-time media applications work better delivered from the cloud. Listen to how the IMTC RTM-SDN Activity Group is working on a ground breaking Real-Time Media Cloud Service using SDN use case and information model specification to automate and simplify UC Cloud and other Real-Time Media based deployments by the end of the year. This new IMTC specification will dramatically simplify and redefine how businesses embrace UCaaS and other real-time applications.
Jim Burton – Co-founder of CT Link LLC, UCStrategies and UC Expert
Apart from his regular industry contributions to the above, Jim is also founder and CEO of CT Link, LLC. Burton founded the consulting firm in 1989 to help clients in the converging voice, data and networking industries with strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and distribution issues.
Our Panelists :
Manfred is a Distinguished Technologist for Unified Communication and Mobile Multimedia in the Aruba Networking CTO office at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. In this role, he works closely with strategic alliance partners (like Microsoft Skype for Business) to drive the technology vision and roadmap strategy including Mobile Multimedia and Software Defined Networking (SDN) for UC. Manfred also serves on the IMTC Board of Directors and is active in various Wi-Fi Alliance and IEEE standards committees, and has been instrumental behind driving the adoption of UC SDN, LLDP/LLDP-MED and NAC/802.1X across the industry.
Chris has 25 years of experience designing and building networking and communications solutions for large enterprises and service providers. He is an active contributor to the TOSCA Simple Profile and TOSCA NFV Profile specifications and is also a co-editor of the RTM SDN Task Group at the International Multimedia Telecommunication Consortium (IMTC). Prior to founding Ubicity, Chris served as Chief Technology Officer of Avistar Communications Corp. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the KU Leuven of Belgium and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University.
Mani Mahalingam – Polycom, Distinguished Engineer
Mahalingam Mani (Mani) is a Distinguished Engineer with focus on Cloud & Collaboration Architecture at Polycom. Previously he served as CTO of VPNet Technologies, prior to its acquisition by Avaya where he served as the Chief Security & UC Mobility Architect in CTO. Mani has 30 years of experience spanning Software Engineering, Design & Development of Multi-processor & Distributed Systems, Mobility, Security and Collaboration. Mani co-chaired CAPWAP WG at IETF and has co-authored RFC5209; co-chaired ORMS TC at OASIS; has contributed to IEEE WLAN WG standards & in Trusted Computing Group (TCG). He has spoken at several technical forums such as the RSA Conference. Mani holds 13 patents. Involved actively in RTM SDN AG, Mani also co-chairs UC IoT AG in IMTC. He has a Masters in EE from IIT, Madras and BS in EE from IISc, Bangalore.
Shambhu Rai – Sonus, Senior Principal Product Manager
Shambu is a technologist and product management professional with 15+ years’ experience defining and managing products and solutions in communication, web, wireless and security domains.
Jon Snyder – Cisco, Manager, Collaboration Network Integration
Jon has been involved with Cisco collaboration for over 10 years in a variety of roles. He currently leads a team responsible for innovative solutions that link collaboration to the rest of Cisco’s product portfolio. He holds a CCIE in routing & switching and collaboration.