Packet Design is now part of      Learn More

Self-Driving Networks in the City of Lights

It’s springtime in Paris, therefore it must be time for the annual Packet Design Customer Symposium! We have had a record number of registrations for our Symposium. We’re delighted that, in addition to the familiar faces, we will have the chance to welcome many newcomers. There will be attendees from four continents, including customers, partners and employees based in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.

As usual, the Symposium agenda is rich in technical content, providing information about the latest product enhancements, road map and best practices, as well as insights into the latest self-driving network applications presented by CTO, Cengiz Alaettinoglu. There will also be a keynote presentation on multi-layer orchestration given by our partner, Ciena, plus customer use case presentations by South Africa’s Liquid Telecom S.A., Canada’s Shaw Communications and Indonesia’s XL Axiata.

MPLS+SDN NFV World Congress 2018

Following the Symposium, at the same venue, will be the 2018 MPLS + SDN + NFV World Congress (Upperside Conferences, the event organizers, really need to come up with a shorter name for the conference!). This is the annual gathering of the who’s who in the communications service provider industry. Packet Design is, once again, a major sponsor of the event and we look forward to engaging with attendees in our booth.

Cengiz, a perennial speaker at the MPLS + SDN + NFV World Congress, will present a glimpse into the not-so-distant-future of self-driving networks with a real-world customer use case that illustrates how real-time routing telemetry and analytics predicted an optical interface failure and rerouted traffic to avoid a service impact. His presentation is labeled Proactive Service Restoration.


This year, Upperside is hosting a second event to run concurrently at the same venue. AI NET will explore opportunities to introduce artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to networking in the quest to build self-healing, self-optimizing networks. As the organizers state, “AI can be effectively used in many networking areas, such as fault isolation, intrusion detection, event correlation, log analysis, capacity planning, and design optimization, just to name a few.” Cengiz is also a featured speaker at this event. In his talk, he will discuss the role of machine learning in developing self-driving networks.

If you are attending one or both events, we look forward to seeing you.

À bientôt à Paris!