A network services road map for Think 2018

By: Angela Welchert

If you’ve signed up for IBM Think 2018 or you’re considering attending, you’ve probably taken a look at the some of the great sessions we have planned. Spoiler: There are a lot of them, and they all feature presentations by some of today’s top minds in IT and business technology.

Having a hard time choosing what sessions to attend? We’re here to help. Here’s a road map to Think 2018 for anyone who’s interested in all things network services.

Theatre sessions

The network is essential

Infrastructure Campus, Session ID: 7791

As network virtualization drives the convergence of cloud, security and services into software-defined infrastructure (SDI) — which is key for hybrid clouds — enterprises realize that network transformation is a foundational requirement. Join this session to learn how IBM SDI represents a multi-tower approach to leverage single-tower technologies such as SDN to enable hybrid clouds.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium: The inside story of one of the world’s most technologically advanced stadiums

Infrastructure Campus, Session ID: 4129

Hear how AMBSE partnered with IBM to design and deliver an end-to-end digital experience for the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Think tank sessions

SD-WAN for efficient application steering over WAN links

Infrastructure Campus, Session ID: 7802

The enterprise WAN network challenge is growing in both cost and complexity, and leveraging multiple carriers creates a level of complexity and cost that most companies aren’t prepared to deal with. This session covers some of the client success stories where IBM Network Services helped them to optimize their wide area network for agility, simplified management and better price performance.

Always-on hybrid cloud platforms for enterprises

Infrastructure Campus, Session ID: 7804

Network transformation is making way for hybrid cloud environments, but the new software-based network certainly brings concerns around adoption, time to market, security and scalability. Learn through this session how IBM can help enterprises rise to this challenge and take advantage of a new, always-on hybrid model.

SDThings: Software-defined network (SDN) solutions for IoT

Infrastructure Campus, Session ID: 7806

To take full advantage of the Internet of Things, business and IT leaders need to seamlessly integrate a multi-provider IoT solution with their existing IT infrastructure. Learn through this session how IBM can be your trusted partner in network transformation that caters to the IoT landscape suited to your business.

Delivering secure network services

Infrastructure Campus, Session ID: 7808

Vulnerabilities like WannaCry and DDoS attacks — not to mention the move from on-premise to cloud and from proprietary hardware platforms to software-defined networking SDN — have driven companies to consider fundamental shifts in both their security and network infrastructure. This session cover software-defined infrastructures that are seamlessly integrated with security.

Breakout sessions with alliances

Cisco and IBM GTS: Partners in IT transformation

Breakout Session, Session ID: 5872

From data center transformation to software-defined networking (SDN) in the enterprise and campus, Cisco and IBM GTS can solve any problem, and this session will discuss some of the strategic solutions that the two partners have created in data center and enterprise networking.

Network analytics and machine learning to enhance data center security and operations

Breakout Session, Session ID: 5924

In this session, we’ll discuss Cisco Tetration Analytics, which utilizes a sensor framework to analyze application behavior and accurately map application dependencies, employs machine learning to build dynamic policy models and enables application segmentation and automated enforcement.

The convergence of network, cloud and security with software-defined WAN

Breakout Session, Session ID: 7005

Learn from IBM and Juniper Networks how secure SD-WAN solutions can be securely delivered from the cloud, enabling enterprises to reap massive economic benefits.

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About The Author

Angela Welchert

Social Strategist, Global Technology Services, IBM

Angela leads Social Media for Cloud Services and Network Services at IBM.