Panel Discussion: Towards Kubernetes as the Network Service Orchestrator

Panel Discussion: Towards Kubernetes as the Network Service Orchestrator – Heather Kirksey, The Linux Foundation; Ramki Krishnan, VMware; Ed Warnicke, Cisco Systems; Jeffrey Saelens, Charter Communications; and Nikolay Nikolaev, VMware In the current landscape, network services are defined by a…

Panel Discussion: Towards Kubernetes as the Network Service Orchestrator

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Panel Discussion: Towards Kubernetes as the Network Service Orchestrator – Heather Kirksey, The Linux Foundation; Ramki Krishnan, VMware; Ed Warnicke, Cisco Systems; Jeffrey Saelens, Charter Communications; and Nikolay Nikolaev, VMware

In the current landscape, network services are defined by a slow-moving standards ecosystem (TOSCA etc.) with vendor proprietary extensions. With the advent of Edge Computing and 5G, dynamism of Network Services is a critical element in achieving end-to-end service agility for applications and networks for enterprises, network operators and beyond. While transition from PNFs->VNFs->CNFs is an important element of this transformation, delivering a dynamic network service using an industry standard API is a key gap to address in a disaggregated landscape.

This panel discusses how the open source effort Network Service Mesh (NSM) uses the extensibility of Kubernetes API to deliver dynamic network services across Distributed DC deployments by seamlessly interconnecting PNFs, VNFs and CNFs at Layer 2/3. This panel also elaborates on the current state of NSM and future architectural plans.

Speakers

Ram (Ramki) Krishnan
Lead Technologist, VMware
I have a deep understanding of various technologies and strong business acumen to lead and transform innovation into customer-winning products. My expertise includes a wide range of technologies and markets – SDN, Virtualization etc. I drove an extremely successful differentiated…

Ed Warnicke, Cisco Systems
Ed Warnicke is a Distinguished Consulting Engineer in the Chief Technology and Architecture Office (CTAO) office at Cisco Systems. He has been working for over a decade in many areas of networking and Open Source. He was the longest serving founding TSC member at OpenDaylight TSC…

Nikolay Nikolaev
Open Source Engineer, VMware
Nikolay Nikolaev is a Senior Open Source Engineer in the Open Source Technology Center at VMware. For the last 15 years, he has been implementing networking software ranging from hardware boxes to powerful server applications and virtualized dataplanes. He spent some time in the virtualization…

Jeffrey Saelens
Principal Cloud Architect, Charter Communications
Jeffrey Saelens is a Principal Cloud Architect in Charter Communications’ Advanced Engineering commercial business unit. Starting his career in the US Army, Jeffrey was a Green Beret focused on communications and systems engineering. After leaving the military, he dove into the…

Heather Kirksey
OPNFV Director, The Linux Foundation
Heather Kirksey currently oversees and provides | guidance for all aspects of the OPNFV project, | from technology to community and marketing and | reports to the OPNFV board of directors. | | Heather Kirksey is the panel coordinator.

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