Programme

January 31, 2019

  • 08:30
  • Registration Opens
  • 09:30
  • Chair’s Opening Remarks
    Iain Gillott, President, IGR (iGillottResearch, Inc.)
  • 09:40
  • Opening Keynote Address
  • 10:00
  • Mapping the Edge Infrastructure Landscape
    A huge amount of hype surrounds the term ‘edge’ with myriad definitions from a plethora of stakeholders. To accelerate this complex ecosystem a common definition of edge and related concepts is required to fully understand the opportunities and current barriers to advancement.
  • 10:20
  • Edge Leaders Panel Discussion: Defining the Edge and the Impact on the Data Center
    Driven by an ongoing booming demand for IT services, data centers have seen substantial growth, and that is set to gain a new boost as the Edge becomes a reality. In this panel, industry executives will discuss how leaders can drive their business at the Edge, the barriers yet to overcome and what the edge can do for you.
    Chair: Iain Gillott, President, IGR (iGillottResearch, Inc.)
    James Kretchmar, CTO, EMEA, Akamai Technologies
  • 11:00
  • Morning Coffee Break
  • 11:30
  • Delivering the Next Industrial Revolution – Managing Multiple Edges
    Data centers, cloud, 5G and MEC – the concept of a fixed edge is dead. The demand for storage and compute capability and at the extremes of the network is driving a requirement for novel solutions. How can this network of overlapping edges and requirements be managed without excessive overheads? This will explore factors such as development, deployment, reliability and recovery
    John Frieslaar, CTO Western Europe, ZTE Corporation
    Carlo Daffara, CEO, NodeWeaver
  • 11:50
  • Exploring Standards at the Edge
    With edge still in its infancy multiple edge definitions and standards appear to compete and perhaps contradict within the sector. Here some of the key standards bodies explore key definitions of edge, what these mean for edge developments and how we can take a more collaborative approach across projects.
    Alexander Willner, Head of IIoT Center, Fraunhofer FOKUS
  • 12:20
  • The Industry Edge – Where are the Current Deployment Opportunities?
    Beyond the hype, key applications driving demands of latency and scale at the logical extremes of network are made possible only because of edge. This panel takes a look at a select few to understand the drivers and challenges for specific industry verticals.
  • 12:40
  • The Role of Automation, AI and Machine Learning
    The potential for edge services – such as IoT/IIoT – to generate vast amounts of data which may overwhelm legacy infrastructure. Cognitive computing enabled by AI and machine learning software such as AI play a key role in managing the load from cloud to edge and edge to cloud. This discussion examines how automation technologies can manage data at point of collection to ensure networks are not overwhelmed and can enhance agility and production.
    Asif Khadim Malik, Solutions Architect, Alibaba Cloud
  • 13:10
  • Networking Lunch
  • 14:10
  • Building the Edge – Infrastructure Requirements and Responsibilities
    The delivery of edge services will require cooperation across stakeholders in the service delivery value chain. From the cloud through micro data centers and tower infrastructure, networks, to the very extremes of distributed devices, applications and nodes. What steps are individual organisations taking in developing this ecosystem? Where do current infrastructure providers sit within future edge delivery ecosystems? How will this vary dependent on application and scale? Is there an opportunity for end-to-end service provision? Or will specialist silos and ad hoc cooperation form the backbone of the edge?
  • 14:30
  • Infrastructure Convergence, Investment and M&A Dynamics in Edge
    Edge services will require greater integration across layers of data center, telecoms and other communications and service infrastructure – alongside novel hubs and points of presence – creating new investment and development opportunities. Our panel explore some of the key investments in the edge data center environment and discuss some of the key factors driving the evolution of edge specific infrastructure.
  • 15:00
  • PANEL: The next revolution. Moving to the Edge
    Edge Computing is poised to boost the next generation of IoT technology into the mainstream. Next to this we see more initiatives that require low latency. This means that cloud decentralization is almost inevitable, creating new business models around virtualization and Multi Access Edge Computing. This panel will try to answer questions such as:
    - How does edge computing tie in with the modernization and virtualization of the network?
    - Where's the 'edge' in cloud computing and how does it fit with MEC initiatives?
    - Does it matter for 5G and what are the challenges?
    - What will be the New business models and services?
    Chair: Wilfried Dudink, Director Content Solutions, Product Management EMEA, CenturyLink
    Lambis Lytsikas, Senior Manager - Solution Engineering, TATA Communications
    Cara Mascini, CEO & Founder, EdgeInfra B.V.
  • 15:20
  • Afternoon Coffee Break
  • 15:50
  • Edge Computing and Digital Transformation – Identifying the Business Value and Where to Start
    Potential paradigm shifts in infrastructure services, such as edge are often held within the domain of IT projects. The impact, however, will be business/organisation wide. How can IT executives best highlight edge as a business-wide proposal rather than a pure IT project? And what factors need to be considered when analysing ROI and deployment? How do factors such as scale, geographical distribution, regulation, amongst others, impact the decision from a business perspective?
  • 16:20
  • Data Management and Security at the Edge
    Data management and sovereignty are a perennial issue in IT infrastructure and service delivery. How will edge and the plethora of data generated and processed influence this? Are structures in place to ensure data security at the extremes of the network? Is this an opportunity to relieve data sovereignty concerns at the core through efficiencies at the edge? And how can data sharing between edge applications at the extremes of the network be securely managed?
    Philip Griffiths, Head of EMEA Partnerships, NetFoundry
  • 16:40
  • Panel Discussion: The Year of the Edge?
    The concept of edge computing is nothing new – references date back at least 20 years. However, we are only just starting to see the prospect of large-scale commercial deployments. Is this simply technology catching up with academic theory? Maturing and development of previously siloed IT service sectors? Confidence in RoI and market demand? Our panel explores how and why things have changed and whether we are now at a tipping point for the ‘edge’.
  • 17:10
  • Chair’s Closing Remarks and End of Day One