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Wednesday, August 19 • 17:40 - 18:15
Panel: Are Cloud Native 5G Core Network Functions (NFs) Truly Manageable & Secure? - Ramki Krishnan, VMware; Srini Addepalli, Intel; Heather Kirksey, The Linux Foundation; Tom Kivlin, Vodafone; & Balaji Ethirajulu, Ericsson

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In the transition towards Cloud Native, 5G Core NFs has an interesting architectural mix of HTTP 2.0 and other network I/Fs.

In this panel, we first examine the various manageability/security/visibility challenges of the 5G Core NFs in K8S with 1) Multiple network I/Fs for high performance data plane NFs and for isolation for all NFs 2) Chaining of NFs that are distributed across K8S clusters.

While multi-cluster L7 Service Mesh (Istio, Linkerd etc.) seems to be a reasonable solution choice especially for HTTP-based functions, there are unique challenges posed by other NFs operation with other protocols and at lower layers. We will explore options such as an integrated Layer 2-7 service mesh approach leveraging open source efforts such as Open Virtual Network (OVN) to address these challenges - e.g. inter node/cluster secure communication using for Layer 7 TLS or Layer 2-4 IPSEC.

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Ramki Krishnan

Lead Technologist, Open Source, VMware
Ramki, with 20+ years of industry experience, has a deep understanding of various technologies and strong business acumen to lead and transform innovation into customer-winning products. Currently, at VMware, he is responsible for Telco/Enterprise open source technology vision, strategy... Read More →
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Heather Kirksey

Vice President of NFV, The Linux Foundation
Heather Kirksey works with the community to advance the adoption and implementation of open source NFV platforms.Before joining The Linux Foundation, she led strategic technology alliances for MongoDB. Earlier in her career she held various leadership positions in the telecom industry... Read More →
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Balaji Ethirajulu

Senior Director Product Management, Ericsson
Balaji Ethirajulu is a senior director of product management at Ericsson, driving technologies in the areas of open source, automation, orchestration, NFV, SDN, 5G, cloud-native, edge computing, networking, and IoT. He has more than 25 years of experience in product management, technology... Read More →

Srini Addepalli

CTO, Aryaka
Srini Addepalli has over 22+ years of experience in networking, security, analytics and automation. He has been in Intel for last 3 years working as Sr. Principal Engineer & Chief Architect. In his current role, he technically leads the software engineering & architecture activities... Read More →
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Tom Kivlin

Principal Telco Cloud Architect, Vodafone
Tom, with nearly 20 years of experience in building and operating infrastructure and software within the Telco industry, is passionate about using modern technology and operating practices to deliver real business value. Currently, at Vodafone, he is responsible for defining, communicating... Read More →

Wednesday August 19, 2020 17:40 - 18:15 CEST
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