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NFV, SDN, Big Data – It's All About Automation

7/21/2017
The network must be automated. And Light Reading must write about it.
ADVA Takes a Haircut as It Warns of Tough H2

7/20/2017
ADVA's share price takes a 15% hit following an earnings report that cited 'turbulent times' and a 'subdued' sales outlook but there won't be any job cuts, the CEO says.
RJio Spurs Indian Interest in NFV

7/19/2017
The recent market entry of RJio is putting other operators under pressure to make investments in new software and virtualization technologies.
ZTE Net Profit Up 30% in First Half

7/19/2017
Chinese equipment supplier has recovered strongly from its clash with US authorities.
MEF Tackles SD-WAN Standards

7/19/2017
Forum engages with SD-WAN vendors in working to standardize SD-WAN managed services and enable interoperability and automation.
Open APIs Key to Automation – AT&T's Rice

7/19/2017
Opening up network interfaces is a critical step on the road to automation, AT&T's Chris Rice tells Light Reading sister site UBB2020.
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How the NIA Aims to Advance NFV
Following a recent board meeting, the New IP Agency (NIA) has a new strategy to help accelerate the adoption of NFV capabilities, explains the Agency's Founder and Secretary, Steve Saunders.
The Computer Science Approach to Network Virtualization
The three biggest challenges facing the implementation of virtualization are interoperability, moving to a DevOps model and the complexity around management, according to Doug Tait, head of NFV Solutions for Oracle. In this video, he discusses the features of a 'well-enabled VNF' that Oracle has piloted with AT&T, China Mobile and Orange.
The Cloud Descends on OFC 2017
The annual optical fest that is OFC is about to open its doors at the LA Convention Center and, like most networking industry events, cloud cover is very evident.
Modernizing the Packet Core for Cloud and 5G
Jan Häglund, Ericsson's head of network analytics and control, discusses how the packet core must evolve to accommodate cloud-native applications and the rollout of 5G. At MWC, Ericsson's pavilion included solutions for network slicing, optimizing throughput and automating lifecycle management.
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The Future of Virtualization: Presented by Cisco
Dave Ward, Cisco's CTO of Engineering and Chief Architect, outlines his vision for the future of virtualization.
The Future of Virtualization: Presented by Intel
Lynn Comp, senior director of market development for the Network Platforms Group for Intel, outlines her vision for the future of virtualization.
The Future of Virtualization: Presented by Oracle
Douglas Tait, global director of marketing for Oracle Communications, outlines his vision for the future of virtualization.
The Future of Virtualization: Presented by Ericsson
Ravi Vaidyanathan, Ericsson's Head of OSS/BSS Portfolio & Innovation, and Udaya Kumar, Global Head of Cloud Services, outline their vision for the future of virtualization.
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Upcoming Webinars
Open Innovation – the Key to Service Provider Network Security
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London

How can service providers open network security to innovation and agility, keep up with both network evolution and increased cyber threats while decreasing the number of dedicated security elements in their network?

Service providers, including mobile network operators, cable operators and fixed service providers, are responding to the expansion of mobile applications, new digital services, and the Internet of Things (IoT) by rapidly undergoing a fundamental transformation to all-IP networks with LTE-Advanced, flexible virtualized networks (NFV/SDN), Mobile Edge Computing and, in the near future, 5G multi-access converged networks. Cyber criminals are also evolving their skills, extending more and more automation and malicious capabilities to the service provider ecosystem.

Dynamic automated prevention is essential. It is vital that service providers take an automated, platform approach for network security. Network and subscriber protection are no longer separate problems and both data and signaling layer must be addressed through a dynamic, prevention-oriented platform that protects both the networks and subscribers. In addition, agility is required to maintain consistent security efficacy in environments that can include any combination of converged, fixed and mobile, physical and virtual architectures. To protect against rapidly evolving threats, this new platform-based security model must be able to leverage the entire security ecosystem – incorporating support security apps built by vendors, by third-party partners and even by service provider internally developed security applications.

In this webinar, we will discuss the major industry trends impacting service provider network security, including the game-changing evolution of IoT, the overall evolving threat landscape including mobile malware and botnets and the main challenges that are impacting both network service providers and their subscribers. Topics will include:

  • Service provider network security challenges and use cases
  • The security impact of virtualization, IoT, 5G and MEC
  • How a comprehensive platform with automation, complete visibility and automated security is required for service provider network security
  • An overview of Palo Alto Networks Application framework which supports and empowers this new security model

Archived Webinars
Benchmarking Cloud Infrastructure – Fast Track Your NFV-Enabled Cloud
Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 12:00 p.m New York/ 5:00 p.m London

Complex applications placed on virtualized infrastructure require considerable amounts of testing and benchmarking. This helps determine and validate realistic expectations from cloud services and/or virtual service chains delivered by NFV. The ability to baseline and benchmark the underlying cloud infrastructure, and simulate any type of application workload allows you to validate both the functionality and performance of various applications and services (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) running over this infrastructure. Join us to learn how Spirent can help you fast track your NFV-enabled cloud deployments and measure the health of your cloud.

The Compelling Economics of DDoS Managed Security Services
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 11:00 a.m New York/ 4:00 p.m. London

Cloud adoption demands new approaches for managing security risks such as DDoS. And it's not simply a technology issue, it's also a business issue since cloud security business models are also expanding to support a broader range of managed services. These are designed to address the needs of enterprises that are increasingly relying on third parties for protection from complex threat vectors.

Join Radware’s Mike O'Malley, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, and Heavy Reading Principal Analyst, Jim Hodges, to discuss the business case drivers as well as the ROI potential that service providers can commercially realize by offering a managed cloud DDoS service to their enterprise customers.

Specifically, this webinar will address:

  • Current technology trends and their impact on enterprise security requirements
  • Commercial examples of why enterprises are turning to service providers and adopting a cloud-based managed services model
  • The economic model Heavy Reading and Radware developed to benchmark and quantify the strong revenue streams that a managed DDoS service can deliver
  • Three easy ways Radware can help service providers deliver such an offering and realize market potential

SECaaS in the Carrier Cloud: How CSPs can Capture the SMB Opportunity
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London

Half of all SMBs are victims of cyberattacks. Of those that are attacked, 60% go out of business within months. For SMBs needing better cybersecurity for their employees, guests and all connected devices, the security as a service (SECaaS) model presents the perfect opportunity for CSPs to fill a growing need with a cost-effective, easy-to-deploy solution, while maintaining management of and visibility into all activities on the network.

When SECaaS is made available through the carrier cloud – as opposed to through a third-party provider – by leveraging a CSP's DNS infrastructure, service providers can ensure network performance remains at optimal levels, regardless of the traffic volume or issues caused by third-party cloud solutions. The SECaaS model also enables CSPs to provide the strongest level of protection against threats like phishing, ransomware and other malware – in a highly scalable way, at minimal cost – while creating a new revenue stream and strengthening brand loyalty.

Join this webinar, hosted by Jim Hodges of Heavy Reading, along with Nominum security experts, to learn:

  • Why SMBs are a key target of cyberattacks and how a SECaaS model presents new opportunities for CSPs
  • The benefits to CSPs and their SMB customers of offering a SECaaS solution through the carrier cloud
  • How the DNS infrastructure provides the best layer of protection and keeps network management and visibility with the CSP

NFV: Next Steps for Automation & New Services
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. New York/ 5:00 p.m. London

The race to 5G, IOT and smart and intelligent connections is underway and many operators are banking on a bright future as they blaze the path to make this brave new world a reality. To accomplish such major investments in network infrastructure have become mandatory and NFV is foundational to the creation of this new world. This webinar will examine how NFV has and is setting the stage for a new reality. First, the speakers will review key lessons learned while sharing the current state of NFV deployments. Next, the webinar will gauge how operators are looking to move to cloud-native network functions and automated service assurance that will open new business models and drive more revenue. Finally, by examining real-world examples, we can study how to drive cost savings and efficiency into the operational aspects of the network while launching new and innovative services brought to life by 5G and IOT.

Transforming the Network Edge With Virtual Routing
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London

Network operators are looking to virtual routers to increase their service agility, revenue opportunities and operational efficiency, and are implementing them in a wide variety of use cases. In this webinar, Juniper Networks’ Gurudatt "Guru" Shenoy will discuss the increasingly important role of virtual routers in modern networks and trends in virtual router adoption. He will also introduce the Juniper Networks vMX, a fully featured, virtual-edge router that runs on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) x86 servers, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace and the Juniper Networks NFX250 Network Services Platform, and explain the benefits it brings to provider edge, Hybrid Cloud Interconnect, route reflection, residential broadband and managed service use cases.

Guru and Heavy Reading moderator Sterling Perrin will be joined by Erik Bais of A2B Internet and Craig Wilson of IBM who will discuss their production experience with virtual routers, techniques being applied in vCPE use cases at the network edge and observations and solutions that will help those in the industry realize their goals in the most efficient manner.

The Impact of Virtualization on Messaging Services, RAN & the Control Plane
Friday, June 23, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London

Within the next two years operators are taking meaningful steps to virtualize their networks. But where are their focus areas, and which timelines apply? In order to assess the state of operators' network functions virtualization (NFV) activities in relation to evolving legacy messaging services, RAN and the signaling control plane, Mavenir Systems partnered with Heavy Reading to launch a major survey project in Q1 2017. Results of this Heavy Reading survey provide a snapshot of mobile network operators' virtualization activities to allow comparison with options other operators around the world are considering.

The Heavy Reading research project polled communications service providers (CSPs) about their progress and plans as they evolve towards NFV, as well as drivers and challenges affecting the virtualization of legacy messaging services, radio access network (RAN) and the signaling control plane. Based on input from operators around the world, this survey provides insight on;

  • Which services operators are migrating to NFV and when?
  • What NFV infrastructure types and components are operators exploring?
  • What benefits or challenges do operators anticipate migrating to NFV?
  • How NFV is expected to impact their organizations

What attendees will learn:
The webinar shares results of the Heavy Reading NFV survey with insights into mobile network operators' approach to NFV, as well as drivers and challenges affecting these projects. The goal is to provide operators with a better understanding of how various organizations will benefit from NFV as they evolve their network infrastructure.

Who should attend?
Mobile network operator staff involved in evolving legacy solutions or NFV strategies and projects.

Network Convergence & the Future of Central Offices
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 10:00 a.m New York / 3.00 p.m London / 4.00 p.m Paris

C-RAN deployments are gaining momentum, and 5G is on the horizon. To maximize asset utilization and simplify infrastructure, service providers are considering the convergence of their wireline and wireless networks.

In addition, the development of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) may mean big changes for the Central Office. How big?

Explore the impact of network convergence and the approaching passive infrastructure challenges on your Central Office. Watch the webinar "Network Convergence and the Future of Central Offices." It's happening June 21 at 4:00 p.m. CET/3:00 p.m. GMT.

NFV Made Efficient: Living at the Edge
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 11:00 a.m New York / 4:00 p.m London

Virtualizing network functions between the network core and customer edge, with dynamic and distributed capability driven by zero-touch automation, is the ultimate goal of service providers seeking to deliver greater flexibility and agility in new revenue-generating services.

Configuring, monitoring and maintaining this automation remotely at scale is key, and puts high requirements on both policy-based and data-driven orchestration. Cost, space and power efficiency are also critical factors when provisioning more VNF capability at the provider or customer edge, while improving end customers' experience.

In this presentation, ARM and Enea will examine some of the challenges faced in virtualizing the next-generation network, trends in lightweight virtualization techniques being applied in vCPE use cases at the network edge, as well as observations and solutions that will help those in the industry realize their goals in the most efficient manner.

Is NETCONF Ready for Prime Time?
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 11.00 a.m New York, 4.00 p.m London

The latest attempt to crack the CLI vendor lock-in problem is NETCONF, an XML-based protocol created by the IETF that supports operations like transaction-based provisioning, querying, editing and deleting configuration data on network devices. In conjunction with the modelling language YANG, NETCONF is a key enabler of the new paradigm of SDN/NFV where services can be designed at a high level, independent of the complexities and device dependencies of the underlying infrastructure. NFV needs NETCONF/YANG to deliver on the promise of automation, but NETCONF/YANG can enable automation today without the need for virtualization. Why then, isn't NETCONF/YANG more widely implemented?

This webinar will discuss several issues holding back NETCONF/YANG adoption such as the installed base problem, immaturity of module standardization, skill shortages in CSPs and confusion over the overlap of NETCONF/YANG with TOSCA and REST APIs. We will also look at the challenges that operators face as they migrate to next-generation network management, including the need to manage hybrid physical and virtual network functions and the need for openness from the vendor community.

Battling Network Latency: How to Avoid the Impact of Delay on Your Business
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London

Is Network Latency Hurting Your Business?

With the explosion of data services, one network metric has risen above the others as both cucial and difficult to manage: delay (i.e., latency). Reducing network latency has quickly become critically important as our industry undergoes a shift to a full on-demand model for services and applications. And as we move into the first phase of virtualization, achieving ultra-low latency is of paramount importance and vital to success.

Considering the asymmetrical nature of network congestion and services, unidirectional delay measurement is essential for delivering the best possible QoE, especially in the case of real-time services such as VoIP, video streaming and interactive applications. On the flip side, traditional methods for measuring accurate one-way delay are both complex and expensive. This webinar introduces an innovative approach that solves this challenge by leveraging virtual active service assurance. Discover how to deliver superior quality of experience while not compromising on accuracy, by gaining unidirectional and bidirectional visibility and pinpointing the source of service-impacting latency without using complex or costly external synchronization mechanisms.

Webinar attendees will learn:

  • Why performance monitoring has become so critical
  • The main KPIs from an IP transport perspective
  • The main cause of network delay and its impact on service performance, quality of experience and revenue
  • How to produce one-way and two-way delay metrics, as well as delay variation metrics, by leveraging standards-based methodologies (OAM/TWAMP), ensuring interoperability with all compatible devices
  • More about mobile backhaul performance assurance by deep-diving into a use case

Battling Network Latency: How to Avoid the Impact of Delay on Your Business
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London

Is Network Latency Hurting Your Business?

With the explosion of data services, one network metric has risen above the others as both cucial and difficult to manage: delay (i.e., latency). Reducing network latency has quickly become critically important as our industry undergoes a shift to a full on-demand model for services and applications. And as we move into the first phase of virtualization, achieving ultra-low latency is of paramount importance and vital to success.

Considering the asymmetrical nature of network congestion and services, unidirectional delay measurement is essential for delivering the best possible QoE, especially in the case of real-time services such as VoIP, video streaming and interactive applications. On the flip side, traditional methods for measuring accurate one-way delay are both complex and expensive. This webinar introduces an innovative approach that solves this challenge by leveraging virtual active service assurance. Discover how to deliver superior quality of experience while not compromising on accuracy, by gaining unidirectional and bidirectional visibility and pinpointing the source of service-impacting latency without using complex or costly external synchronization mechanisms.

Webinar attendees will learn:

  • Why performance monitoring has become so critical
  • The main KPIs from an IP transport perspective
  • The main cause of network delay and its impact on service performance, quality of experience and revenue
  • How to produce one-way and two-way delay metrics, as well as delay variation metrics, by leveraging standards-based methodologies (OAM/TWAMP), ensuring interoperability with all compatible devices
  • More about mobile backhaul performance assurance by deep-diving into a use case

NFV done right. How to apply cloud native design principles to network functions virtualization
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. New York/5:00 p.m. London

NFV is now a ubiquitous term across the industry and its promise is well understood.

Many operators are seeking to realize the recognized benefits of this software-centric approach, including opex and capex savings, service agility and rapid time to revenue. But there is a catch: most of today's NFV implementations cannot actually deliver these benefits. Virtualized network functions that are based on legacy monolithic software, merely ported to run inside a virtual machine on a hypervisor are not the answer. They do little more than migrate an existing paradigm and associated problems from dedicated hardware to a “virtual chassis” in the cloud. This, is NFV “done wrong.”

In contrast, truly cloud native communications software is built around microservices and designed to run in containers on commodity hardware in private, public and hybrid clouds. This approach enables service providers to fully and finally realize the breakthrough economic, speed, simplicity and scale benefits that have been promised by NFV. But how would you recognize cloud native VNFs in a software identity parade? And what does it take to deploy them? In this webinar, recognized industry thought leader, Martin Taylor, CTO of Metaswitch, will explain the key architectural design principles on which cloud native virtual network functions are built and why this approach is not just the quickest way to NFV “done right,” but is also one of the most important deployment decisions an operator can make.