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Intelligent Networks: Automation and Beyond

As businesses embrace new digital business models and accelerate their adoption of cloud-based services, traditional network services are struggling to keep pace. The emergence of technologies such as SDN and NFV is creating a new generation of faster, more agile and intelligent networks that are fundamentally changing how businesses provision and experience connectivity.
 
Embracing network automation can help businesses as they build and manage increasingly complex and global IT environments by enabling them to orchestrate networks to meet their needs. Yet network automation already means different things to different people, and it is becoming harder for businesses to understand the short and long-term implications of intelligent networking.
 
In this BrightTALK panel, we’re bringing together networking experts, enterprises and technology providers to discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by intelligent networking. Join us to learn:
 
-          How your business can begin the move to intelligent networking
-          How network automation can play a role in improving access to the cloud and other current use cases.  
-          Why open APIs are an essential part of the move to intelligent networks
-          How industry standards are also helping to advance network automation
-          What truly autonomous and intelligent networks can mean for business in the future
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