About Niall Robinson

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As VP of global business development at ADVA Optical Networking, Niall focuses on moving cutting edge technology from the lab into the network. He has previously held roles in MCI/Worldcom’s Advanced Technology group, Nortel’s optical research team and Oclaro’s high speed optical modules group.

As always, PTC in Hawaii was a great event to kick off the year. It looks like 2016 will be a crucial time for software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) and this was reflected in the program for PTC'16. There were three SDN/NFV-focused sessions (compared with only one last year), including the panel discussion that I took part in. It turned out to be a fascinating and very lively roundtable debate chaired by Joe Weinman, author of Cloudonomics and Digital Disciplines. Along with panellists from Ciena and BTI Systems, I discussed the implications of SDN/NFV for cloud and network service providers. Here’s a few of the main points I took from our debate ...
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