The Best IT Network and SD-WAN Events for 2019

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SD-WAN continues to be one of the fastest growing industries across the globe. Revenues increased 83.3% in 2017, and predictions estimate that it will reach $4.5 billion according to the IDC.

The list of SD-WAN events and conferences scheduled for 2019 is already quite impressive, and it’s already on our agenda to start marking our calendars for the upcoming year as the 2018 year begins to wind down. Here are the events that we’ve got our eye on so far.

Metro Connect USA 2019

Jan 29-Jan 31 2019 | Miami, FL USA

This event is for C-level executives in the U.S. communications infrastructure market. Each day includes panel discussions that include addressing industry updates, challenges, trends, and future development. One such panel will be “The Edge Ecosystem: Exploring the Different Roles in Delivering this Final Frontier”. Topics to be explored during the discussion include, how should you balance latency vs. location, and what is the impact of SD-WAN and the edge? With 600+ attendees and over 200 companies, you can expect productive strategic discussions and opportunities to generate new business for the upcoming year.


Jan 29-Feb 1 2019 | Fort Lauderdale, FL USA

This expo provides the opportunity for enterprise executives, service providers, and technology vendors to connect on the growing SD-WAN market and its evolution. Industry experts will be on hand to present and discuss topics that include WAN transformation, application performance, IoT, and security. This event is focused on the SD-WAN industry but is also co-located with ITEXPO, one of the largest communications and technology conferences in the world. The closing session will conclude with what lies ahead for SD-WAN, and how digital transformation initiatives and the rroadmap for today’s enterprises will be affected.

MPLS + SDN + NFWORLD Paris 2019

Apr 9-Apr 12 2019 | Paris, France

Representatives from service providers and large enterprises from around the globe will gather to provide thought leadership on the 2019 agenda: AI and Machine Learning Impacts. A highlight of the event includes the Public Multi-Vendor Interoperability Test. Together with participants, a tangible, lab-validated network showcasing the latest advances will be exhibited. The 2018 edition of this event had over 1600 participants, with presentations on orchestration, automation, and service delivery.

WAN Summit New York

Apr 8-Apr 9 2019 | New York, NY USA

This two-day summit is geared toward network managers responsible for global enterprises who want to stay current on the latest network architecture trends, and telecom service providers tailoring their services to the challenges global enterprises are facing. Packed in to the summit are Peer Exchanges, Case Studies, and Interactive Q&A sessions on topics that matter most to enterprise WAN architectures. Enterprises can meet vendors with new technologies surrounding cloud connectivity, global SD-WAN, and more. Kristan Kline of Kaiser Permanente says, “The best conference to attend to get an impartial focus on enterprise WAN.”

Gartner Tech Growth & Innovation Conference

June 3-June 5 2019 | San Diego, CA USA

Gartner is well renowned in market-leading research. This event is three days of vendor-exclusive Gartner research and dialogue. The agenda will include the latest technology and business disruptions and how to leverage the risk and opportunities these present. There will be sessions on market opportunities and threats, competitive positioning and messaging, creating a customer-centric culture, ecosystem development and management, and more. This conference provides attendees the opportunity to engage with over 40 Gartner analysts and learn from over 70 research-driven sessions.

  • Market opportunities and threats
  • Competitive positioning and messaging
  • Creating a culture of innovation and customer-centricity
  • Ecosystem development and management
  • Business Performance Management
  • Talent and future of work


Oct 8-Oct 9 2019 | London, England

With 6 IT events under one roof (IP EXPO, Cyber Security X, Developer X, AI-Analytics X, Internet of Things X and Blockchain X), you won’t want to miss this expo. Registration grants you access to all co-located events. Last year’s event had an impressive lineup of speakers including Cato’s Director of Sales Engineering,  Mark Bayne (The Future of SD-WAN), and Carla Echevarria (The Power and Perils of AI). Acclaimed public speaker Andrew Keen laid out “a five pronged strategy to realize the positive promise of the digital revolution” in his keynote speech “How to Fix the Future.” Another interesting keynote speaker was Colonel Chris Hadfield, Astronaut and co-creator and host of the acclaimed BBC series Astronauts. No doubt this year will include another engaging lineup of speakers.