The future of telecommunications is open—Red Hat Summit 2018 highlights

  • 27 de Junio de 2018
  • Webinar

Available ON-DEMAND beginning Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 10 a.m. ET.


Service providers are under increasing pressure to transform their networks—and their customer experience—while determining how to capitalize on the future opportunities of 5G and Internet of Things (IoT).

Join Susan James, Red Hat senior director of telecommunications strategy and top Red Hat telecommunications technologists to discuss:

  • How telecommunications leaders are evolving to accept more open technologies and methodologies as their focus shifts from cost savings to adding customer value.
  • How open source accelerates service provider innovation and expands development resources and flexibility.
  • Top Red Hat® Summit session picks for service providers from available recordings and slide presentations, as detailed below.


These 20-minute mini sessions were presented at Red Hat Summit and are among Susan James' recommended picks for service providers.


Session 1: Creating new value with 5G/MEC

5G and mobile edge computing (MEC) offer more than greater speed. The evolution of mobile architectures is poised to transform delivery of healthcare, education, and a range of enterprise services. This session offers an overview of the technology underlying these new opportunities.


Session 2: Open infrastructure for 5G networks

The promise of 5G networks depends on an open platform that can evolve to accommodate change. This session offers a deeper look at 5G architecture, requirements, and use cases. 


Session 3: NFV go-live, but where are my containers?

NFV movement into production is accelerating. Service providers are increasing their capacity and managing hardware obsolescence with NFV, putting an end to legacy hardware deployments. This session includes discussion of today’s 4G and IP-TV deployments, and how they will transition from virtual machines to containers for 5G and more.



Susan James, senior director of telecommunications strategy, Red Hat

Susan James, as the senior director of telecommunications strategy, works with Red Hat product development and marketing organizations to help apply Red Hat emerging technologies to the  specific challenges service providers face. Prior to Red Hat, Susan worked at Ericsson as the head of their network functions virtualization (NFV) infrastructure product line, and in other roles within their enterprise, wireline, network, and cloud organizations. A product management veteran, her 27-year career has focused on developing products to address technology transitions and the establishment of new business areas.


Session 1: Creating new value with 5G/MEC

Ian Hood, global telecommunications architect, Red Hat

Ian Hood, global telecommunications architect, brings more than 30 years of engineering and telecommunications technology leadership to Red Hat. Acting as a catalyst and trusted advisor, Ian brings together a wealth of industry and open source community insight to help customers flourish in the digital transformation era. More recently, Ian was responsible for global service provider architecture at Cisco, leading their software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) vision and business transformation strategy. 


Session 2: Open infrastructure for 5G networks

Azhar Sayeed, chief architect, telecom, Red Hat

Azhar Sayeed is currently a chief architect for the service provider telco group at Red Hat, leading the company’s service provider architectures and solutions strategy with OpenStack®, SDN, NFV, and datacenter orchestration. Azhar has more than 25 years of experience in the networking and communications industry that includes development, design, installation, and management of complex networks. Prior to joining Red Hat, he spent 17 years at Cisco. 


Session 3: NFV go-live, but where are my containers?

Franck Baudin, principal product manager, OpenStack NFV

Franck Baudin, principal product manager for OpenStack® NFV at Red Hat, is responsible for technical product management of Red Hat® OpenStack Platform for NFV use cases. Before joining Red Hat, Franck was as a senior software architect for Cosmos and an engineer for 6Wind.