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Navigating the New Zero Touch Network

With the need to deliver exceptional customer experience, the concept of the zero touch network has been gaining ground. While not a new idea, in 2020 the zero touch network is defined by most as being a network that ensures high availability, reliability and efficiency - automatically. Behind this is a management system that relies on many of the principles of software-defined networking and virtualization.

As 5G begins to be deployed around the globe, the requirements for network transformation has ramped up quickly and is having a significant impact on network operations.

Join this panel of networking experts as they share insights and lessons on how to navigate the new zero touch network and its demands on operations around capacity, latency, reliability and scalability.

Speakers:
Steve Brumer, Partner, BH IoT Group (Moderator)
Brandon Heller, CTO & Co-Founder, Forward Networks
Rama Darbha, Director, Consulting Services, Culumus
Nathan McMahon, Solutions Architect, Avi Networks
Recorded Apr 22 2020 60 mins
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Steve Brumer (BH IoT Group), Brandon Heller (Forward Networks), Rama Darbha (Cumulus), Nathan McMahon (Avi Networks)
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