speaker: Loudon Blair
Director of Corporate Strategy, Ciena (US).
Scaling the Network for a Rapidly Changing Service.
networks need to evolve to keep pace with accelerating traffic
demands on multiple fronts; video content is driving bandwidth, the
Internet of Things (IoT) is expanding the number of networked
endpoints and next generation mobility is compressing connection
density. This talk describes how cloud networking is challenging our
understanding of network scale and explores how new software-enabled
programmable architectures will fundamentally change the networking
Loudon Blair is Senior Director of Corporate Strategy at Ciena. Since
joining the company in 1997, he has performed several roles in the
development of Ciena's networking products including the formation of
Ciena's vision for new and evolving network architectures. Today, he
is responsible for strategic planning and assessment of industry and
technology trends. He has also worked at Iridium, BT and Hitachi.
Loudon received a B.Sc. degree (with first class honors) in
Electronics from the University of Dundee, Scotland and a D.Phil.
degree in Engineering from the University of Oxford, England. Loudon
has 12 patents granted with a further 10 patents pending. He is a
Member of the IEEE, Member of the IET and has been a long-term
contributor to the OFC/NFOEC conference. He was general co-chair for
OFC/NFOEC in 2008 and is current OFC Steering Committee Chair.