Chief Technology Officer, LightRiver
With LightRiver since 2004, as Chief Technology Officer, Dean is responsible for the development of LightRiver’s product and technology solutions portfolio. He leads the Pre-sales Engineering and the Project Management teams and maintains technical relationships with LightRiver’s vendor partners. Dean has 20+ years of experience in IT management, software applications development and large-scale data networking. He has held leadership roles across the technology value chain and pioneered the development of E-commerce infrastructures, working with established and start-up organizations. Dean holds a BA in Computer Sciences from Rutgers University, as well as multiple technology certifications including Carrier Ethernet Professional and PMP Project Management.
Principal Analyst, Optical Networking & Transport, Heavy Reading
Sterling has more than 15 years' experience in telecommunications as an industry analyst and journalist. His coverage area at Heavy Reading is optical networking, including packet-optical transport.
Sterling also authors Heavy Reading's Packet-Enabled Optical Networking Market Tracker andNext-Gen Core Packet-Optical Market Tracker.
Sterling is a frequent speaker at telecom industry events and a highly sought-after source among the business and trade press. His opinions have appeared in The Financial Times, The New York Times, Investor's Business Daily, Lightwave, Telephony, CNET News, Information Week and CIO Magazine, among many others.
Sterling joined Heavy Reading after five years at IDC, where he served as lead optical networks analyst, responsible for the firm's optical networking subscription research and custom consulting activities. Prior to IDC, Sterling worked for Standard & Poor's, where he delivered global industry analysis on a range of IT segments. He is a former journalist and editor at Telecommunications Magazine, and has also done consulting work for the research firm Current Analysis.
Sterling graduated cum laude with a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College. He can be reached at [email protected].
Director, Fiber Monitoring Business Unit, SASS division
Denis Fluet is Director, Fiber Monitoring Business Unit for EXFO’s SASS division. He is responsible for leading business investment activities and attaining financial performance objectives. With more than 30 years of telecommunications experience, Denis has held a number of management roles at Ciena and Nortel including global business development functions, as well as other positions in manufacturing, engineering, product line management and global enterprise sales.
Denis holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, holds two patents in network virtualization and data center networking, and has participated in speaking engagements at many industry events.
Today, businesses operate globally on a demanding 24x7 schedule. They are moving critical, and even real-time applications into “cloud architectures” to capture the competitive edge. These modern businesses are ‘always on’, responsive to changing conditions, and available wherever their customer base demands.
Driven by these evolving business requirements, communications networks can no longer afford to be offline, even for short periods of time. Maintenance windows are becoming a thing of the past. Newer applications (particularly real-time applications) are demanding increased reliability across the network. The question is, “how do evolve your network to support these ever increasing application performance requirements?”
The answer to this question requires a re-think about how networks are designed and operated. It requires a different perspective on how reliability it ensured. It requires leveraging more automation. And it requires integrated tools to observe the resources across all layers of the network environment – physical, transport, services layers.
Join this webinar to learn how LightRiver and their partner EXFO team up to deliver: