The enterprise shift to a cloud-native environment is driving an evolution in how enterprises access data and digital applications. The traditional approach to individually managed network functions, and virtualizing functions on uCPE, is giving way to virtual network functions in the near edge cloud. But in this environment, how do enterprise network teams ensure orchestration, visibility, and control of cloud-based network workloads? How can they reduce the complexity and potential cost of moving network functions into the edge cloud? Join our panel discussion to hear how “platform X 2025”, a cloud-based, universal infrastructure platform powered by Ciena’s Distributed Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure software stack provides you the visibility and control of virtualized or containerized network functions via open-source platforms like Kubernetes Clusters. Our panelists will share insights and real-world examples of how to leverage a “Platform X 2025” approach to normalize, simplify, and assure network functions in an edge cloud environment.
Daniele Loffreda is Marketing Lead for Ciena’s Virtualized Edge Solution. In this role he leads Ciena’s initiatives applying technologies that converge network, security and compute to help service provider and enterprise customers improve the efficiency of remote branch locations, reduce operational expense, evolve towards a multi-cloud edge, and deliver a higher quality experience to their customers.
Daniele has more than 25 years of experience helping customers leverage Information, Communications and Technology solutions provide greater value, streamline their operations and generate higher returns on network investments. In addition to his current role at Ciena, Daniele has worked in pioneering sales roles at AT&T, Sprint and Fujitsu. He has presented at numerous industry conferences, and published articles and posts on next generation network connectivity as a critical foundation of enterprise transformation.
Mark has over 30 years’ experience working with Optical and Ethernet Network Technology, including 16 years of experience at Ciena. He has held positions in Sale and Sales Leadership focusing on Enterprise Companies where he has been an innovator in helping Enterprises deploy emerging
technologies, including the world’s first Enterprise deployed 100G Network at a Global Stock Exchange, and the deployment of Optical Level Encryption for Large Financials, Utility and Health Care customers.
Jeremiah Ginn is a Husband, Father, Teacher, and lives a life focused on investing in those that cross his path. Today he has 3 bio and 6 adopted children, 3 grandchildren, and lives in Northwest Arkansas. A Service-Disabled Veteran, he proudly served in the US Army. He serves today as a Military Veteran Advocate, President of the Arkansas Chapter of the AT&T Veterans and a Champion for Children’s Adoptive and Foster Care Programs across multiple non-profit organizations.
Jeremiah leads Software Defined Networking Evangelism Efforts at AT&T, supporting global customers in their efforts to automate network infrastructure and reduce business impacting conditions. He leads with roles as an SD-WAN, SASE, NFV, and Multi-Tenant Cloud Edge Compute Subject Matter Expert, as well as Executive Consultant, SCRUM Master, Developer, Author, Public Speaker, Educator, and Technology Evangelist.
Mitch Auster is Director, Systems Integration Product Management responsible for services that enable
network operators to take advantage of state-of-the-art technologies, multi-vendor solutions and flexible
business models for providing next gen metro and edge services.
Prior recent activities have included developing solutions and sharing business and technical insights on
virtualizing network functions and automating packet-optical networks and operations processes for
delivering network services such as SD-WAN, MPLS, data center interconnect and cloud connect.
Mitch Auster has been in the telecommunications industry for over 35 years, having spent the past 30
years in various product management, marketing, and business development positions serving the data,
voice, video, mobile and cloud communications markets.
He has a BS Degree in Computer Science from Penn State University and earned an MBA from Rutgers Graduate School of Management.