Itron and ISG on the Journey to a Cloud-Centric WAN – Sponsored by Apcela

Fall 2023

Join global manufacturer and Industrial IoT provider Itron along with industry analyst ISG for a discussion on the new Cloud-Centric WAN. As the pace of digital transformation continues to drive cloud adoption, many are approaching the tipping point where more applications are hosted in the cloud than on-premises. When the cloud becomes the center of data and application gravity, it’s no longer sufficient to simply extend a traditional WAN architecture to the cloud.

Hear how large enterprises with legacy IT infrastructures are evolving by abstracting the network from the confines of traditional hardware-bound architectures, and seamlessly integrating with the cloud’s inherent flexibility. The new Cloud-Centric WAN is unleashing unprecedented levels of agility, scalability, and efficiency by leveraging Software-Defined Networking (SDN) principles to seamlessly integrate with cloud orchestration.

The strength of the Cloud-Centric WAN is its ability to align networking strategies with the core principles of cloud computing – on-demand resource allocation, rapid provisioning, and robust security. With dynamic traffic routing, real-time application optimization, and elastic bandwidth allocation, enterprises are empowered to respond swiftly to changing business needs.

As CEO of Apcela, a four-time Deloitte Tech Fast 500 company, Mark leads the team in revolutionizing high performance networking and security for enterprises on a digital transformation journey to cloud. Apcela’s software-defined, cloud-optimized Arcus Platform™, is a low latency global prem-to-cloud and cloud-to-cloud network, seamlessly distributing security infrastructure closer to users and applications, paving the way to zero trust adoption.
Prior to Apcela, Mark held senior roles in sales, marketing, and finance at AT&T, Verizon, and CSX.

Adrian Douglas is a senior leader of Global Networks at Itron, Inc. With a combination of degrees in technology and business, Adrian was inspired to pursue a career in technical sales and operations.
Prior to working at Itron, Adrian led pre-sales teams focused on networking supporting data, voice, and video solutions for BT, Rhythms NetConnections, and Anixter. In addition, Adrian had the pleasure of starting a successful triple-play service company in the beautiful ski resorts of Colorado.

In his free time, Adrian can be found scuba diving around the world and spending time with his wife and son in the mountains of NC or St Pete Beach in Florida.

Will directs ISG’s Network Audit group which focuses on validation and cost out projects for our clients. He developed a playbook for structuring cost savings strategies for client’s telecommunications spend. These projects consistently deliver cost reduction through audit, negotiation and inventory validation efforts. These projects exemplify the overall experience of the greater team and deliver great results to our clients.

Will began his career 24 years ago at Teldata Control performing Telecom Audits for clients primarily in the greater New York city area. Will held several positions within Control Point Solutions, Telwares and Alsbridge before joining ISG). He held positions of Senior Consultant, Inventory Services Manager and Project Manager of Inventory Services. Throughout his career he has worked on hundreds of projects globally focusing on securing telecommunications savings for his clients. Will has directed the ISG Network Audit team for the last twelve years. During this time the group has delivered over $70M in refunds and approximately $108M in cost reductions for ISG clients.

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