ConteXtream’s Sharon Barkai Featured in Two Panel Discussions at Software Telco Congress

Mountain View, California (EastBayDaily) — ConteXtream, a leading provider of carrier-grade network virtualization solutions, today announced that Co-Founder Sharon Barkai will be speaking at TMC’s Software Telco Congress on Thursday, January 29, at the Miami Beach Convention Hall. This year’s Software Telco Congress will focus on how NFV and SDN are changing the telecom industry by examining how they help incumbent providers become more agile and adapt to market trends. They will also look at how carriers can handle subscriber demands more effectively, while also opening up the market to new players without requiring them to develop expensive proprietary hardware.

Sharon will be participating in a breakout session titled “New Network Management and Orchestration Rules for SDN & NFV,” where he will be speaking on the new management and orchestration requirements in a software-centric network, and how it will be possible to bridge the gap between the physical and virtual. Following that session, Sharon will be discussing issues surrounding the role of service chaining in driving SDN adoption in a second session titled “Is Service Chaining the Key to SDN/NFV Success?” This will focus on the use of virtualized services on commercial off-the-shelf servers in place of network hardware, and how they create not only more cost effective networks, but are also more efficient in terms on moving data through the infrastructure between endpoints.

WHO:     Sharon Barkai, co-founder of ConteXtream and senior representative for the OpenDaylight foundation. Barkai conceived of and began ConteXtream in 2006 after a career spent founding and managing highly successful technology companies. Before ConteXtream, he was founder & CEO of Sheer Networks, which was acquired by Cisco. Sheer Networks developed a highly successful control and management plane for consumer broadband networks, which was adopted by Tier 1 operators worldwide. He received his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Hebrew University, and an MSc from Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science.

WHAT:     Panel: “New Network Management and Orchestration Rules for SDN & NFV”     Panel: “Is Service Chaining the Key to SDN/NFV Success?”

WHEN:      “New Network Management and Orchestration Rules for SDN & NFV” takes place on January 29 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. EST      “Is Service Chaining the Key to SDN/NFV Success?” takes place January 29 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. EST

WHERE: Both sessions take place in room B212 at the Miami Beach Convention Center located at:      1901 Convention Center Drive      Miami Beach, FL      33139

About ConteXtream

ConteXtream is a privately held software-defined-networking (SDN) company that enables carriers to deliver network capacity and functions in the same way cloud providers deliver applications effectively utilizing standard compute and storage. ConteXtream's SDN offering, based on standards is carrier-grade and enables Network Function Virtualization (NFV) for various solutions deployed on carrier networks. Deployed by Tier-1 operators globally, ConteXtream's Carrier-SDN fabric dynamically and elastically connects subscribers to services and enables carriers to leverage standard, low-cost server hardware and hypervisors to virtualize functions and services, while replacing costly purpose-built proprietary systems. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., ConteXtream is backed by Benhamou Global Ventures, Gemini Israel Funds, Norwest Venture Partners and Sofinnova Ventures as well as Comcast Ventures and Verizon Ventures. For additional information, visit


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