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The Evolution of Assurance for NFV

5/26/2017
Those operators that master NFV service assurance early will be able to reap NFV benefits faster and de-risk VNF-based service launches.
Intel's Lynn Comp on Building a Network Community

5/26/2017
At BCE 2017, Intel's Lynn Comp addressed cross-industry collaboration as central to driving network transformation.
Report Examines T&M, Virtualization

5/25/2017
Heavy Reading report illustrates strong ties between T&M and virtualization.
Vodafone Demands 'Cloud-Native' From Its Vendors

5/25/2017
At BCE 2017, Vodafone's Matt Beal explains Project Ocean's shift to cloud-native applications, a jump some vendors struggle with.
Sonus & Genband Finally Combine to Form $745M Company

5/23/2017
Genband & Sonus to finally merge, as exclusively predicted by Light Reading a year ago.
How IoT, 5G & NFV Will Impact Data Center Infrastructure

5/23/2017
To fully benefit from the opportunities of 5G, IoT and NFV, operators must assure their infrastructure, services and processes throughout each stage of their virtualization, automation and DevOps journey.
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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
How Microservice Architecture and Virtualization Can Make Access Networks Work with Both Legacy OSS & SDN
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 12:00 p.m New York / 5:00 p.m. London

The simultaneous advancement of SDN frameworks and rollout of next-generation access systems with programmatic management and control APIs establishes a vision for the future of plug-and-play integration and rapid service deployment. Yet as open source and multi-vendor systems and software come together, the compatibility challenges of data models, network operations methodology and virtualization best practices become apparent.

The cost to integrate new vendors and technology is one of the largest impediments to network transformation, making the move to DevOps and automation an elusive goal. With the presentation of two case studies, this webinar describes how virtualized management and microservice connectors are bringing new physical layer technologies (e.g., NG-PON2) to cable's DOCSIS protocols and accelerating the commercialization of Central Office Rearchitected as Datacenter (CORD) architectures.

Archived Webinars
High-Performance Media Processing in an NFV World
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London

A majority of functions in today's networks are immediately suitable for virtualization in NFV architectures. And for these functions, service providers already have PoCs and even some live deployments in production.

However, some networking functions such as IP media processing have always required intensive processing power and stringent response times, dictating purpose-built network elements. So how do you virtualize the tougher network functions at scale? How do you go about delivering high performance media processing into a virtualized world?

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • State of the nation regarding virtualized network functions; which functions have been easy to virtualize; which functions are tougher to virtualize.
  • The unique and challenging requirements to deliver real-time IP media processing, including transcoding, transrating, media mixing, and media clip conversion, for today's interactive voice and video services such as VoLTE with EVS codec, VoWiFi and WebRTC.
  • Considerations and applicable standards when implementing IP media processing as Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) in an NFV architecture.
  • Opportunities for acceleration technologies in NFVI to augment the processing power required to deliver media processing in NFV architectures.
  • Case studies of progressive service providers who are tackling the challenges of virtualized media processing, and reaping the economic benefits today

Cloud-optimized Network Applications
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London

How do you get it right? Business advantages and technical implications. 5G enables a wide range of new services, from support of massive media distribution to remote operation of machines and smart metering. This will result in very diverse requirements on the network. Characteristics such as latency, resilience, availability, performance, throughput and security will look very different depending on the type of service. Network slices with cloud-optimized applications and a very high degree of automation and resource orchestration are key capabilities to handle many requirements, and for 5G service delivery. During this webinar, Ericsson will present its view on cloud-optimized network applications and important related business and technology topics. These include the business values for service providers; 5G cloud data layer; and design principles for cloud-optimized network applications, including cloud native and automation.

Implementing SD-WAN as a Service: Key Considerations and Strategies
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. New York/4:00 p.m. London

SD-WAN provides enterprises with a programmable, evolvable and lower-cost alternative to Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS); while for communications service providers (CSPs), SD-WAN brings the opportunity to target new market segments and differentiate their service offering.

SD-WAN is still very much an emerging technology, and multiple implementation and monetization questions remain outstanding.

In this webinar the speakers will detail the technical factors that must be addressed to achieve a successful SD-WAN implementation. Areas relevant to the discussion include security, orchestration, MPLS integration, network management and their linkage to customer requirements.

To fully capture the impact of these factors, this webinar presents key findings from a major survey created by Heavy Reading in collaboration with Juniper Networks.

CloudRAN & the Future-Oriented Mobile Network Architecture
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. New York / 3:00 p.m. London

The radio access network (RAN) is the critical asset that underpins the world’s largest technology platform – mobile communications. As service providers seek greater performance and leaner operating models, CloudRAN is emerging as critical to the new wireless network architecture.

This webinar investigates state-of-the-art commercial CloudRAN technology and looks ahead to the new architectures, and new deployment models, that will drive ongoing performance improvement in 4G LTE and 5G NR. It will discuss key challenges operators face (coordination, transmission, synchronization, etc.) and illustrate potential solutions.

Eliminating Three Challenges in Automating Service Provider NFV Deployments
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 12:00 p.m New York / 5:00 p.m. London

Network functions virtualization (NFV) can increase agility, simplify operations, speed rollout, yield scalability and reduce costs. Or it can consume your key people, bloat your budget and fall short of the promise of agility and lower cost.

While there are great benefits tied to virtualization for carriers, there are often overlooked areas and challenges to limit ISPs from seizing the full benefits of NFV, including increased manual processes between teams, inadequate security for the underlying DNS infrastructure and limited control across multiple point solution platforms. Too often, IT and network professionals focus on the strategic components of NFV deployments and don't pay enough attention to the impact on day-to-day processes and the underlying infrastructure.

During this webinar, Heavy Reading and Infoblox service provider experts will discuss critical issues such as:

  • How gaps in current implementations create detrimental manual processes
  • The rapidly growing security threat to DNS, what it has to do with NFV and how you can combat it
  • How advances in automation for DNS and IP address management can help your NFV initiative succeed
  • Best practices for ensuring positive first-connection experiences

Onboarding and Orchestrating VNFs
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. New York/5:00 p.m. London

Service deployment through NFV may take just as long as service deployment into a physical network. Unless there are clear procedures, standards, and methods defined, NFV may not live up to the promise of rapid and innovative service deployment, let alone cost savings. However, given the right set of tools and procedures, a VNF may be streamlined into a catalog, rapidly integrated, and deployed in a network in a matter of minutes. This webinar explores the definition of a well enabled VNF, the onboarding process into a catalog, the complete integration into a network of services, the deployment, and finally the service itself running in the network.

The key elements of the webinar include:

  • Defining the well enabled VNF
  • Onboarding and Cataloging the service
  • Model-driven, cross-layer orchestration

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.

Monitoring the NFV Infrastructure
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 10am EST

As operators transition to NFV, monitoring solutions need to adapt. The classic model, based on hardware solutions, is not only challenged economically, but is also blind when it comes to monitoring traffic within the virtualization platform. This webinar will discuss how operators can use flow-based monitoring, integrated in the NFV infrastructure, to enable key OSS/BSS functions such as service assurance and troubleshooting. Special attention will be given to implementations using open source software.

Accelerate the Rollout of NFV & 5G & Beat the OTTs at Their Own Game
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 12:00 p.m New York / 5:00 p.m. London

Legacy telcos and CSPs are being squeezed by challengers, including over-the-top players like Google and Facebook, as well as application providers that populate the handsets of every telco’s customers. Traditional revenue streams are being eroded in many ways, even as time spent on devices increases.

At the same time, subscribers are benefiting from a shift in power in their relationships with telcos. Their expectations are rising as they interact with over-the-top players and app providers on their devices in real time; they expect the same level of personalized real-time service and interaction from their telecoms operator. When they don’t get it, they switch carriers.

5G and NFV offer telcos and CSPs a way to compete with OTT providers while providing improved levels of service, more interactive, immersive experiences, and more precise billing to consumers. Join Heavy Reading Analyst Roz Roseboro and VoltDB’s Dennis Duckworth/Dheeraj Remella for this webinar where we discuss:

  • Why carriers need to go to 5G and NFV – now;
  • Requirements of data platforms that can transport much larger volumes of data at lower latency;
  • How to think about your network, the advent of ultrafast edge computing and how to prepare today by designing on-demand systems and capacity planning to be competitive tomorrow via SDN and NFV
  • New database architectures to support on-demand, per service, per device, per time of day scalability and billing/revenue models; multi-tier rating
  • New data security models

Cloud-Native Architectures Will Be Key to 5G NG Core
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 11:30 a.m. New York / 3:30 p,m. London

The networking industry is pushing the pace of 5G development. Service providers, and other organizations in the enterprise and public sector, must then determine how best to support their current or planned mobile broadband and IoT/MTC services while providing a path to 5G. The evolution of today’s network core will be central to this transformation. In this webinar, Heavy Reading’s Gabriel Brown, along with representatives from Nokia, will discuss the proposed 5G NGC functional architectures being proposed in 3GPP standards. It will identify why a ‘cloud-native’ packet core architecture is a requirement not only for future 5G services, but for existing or planned 4G mobile broadband and IoT/MTC services as well.

For more information, download the new "Getting to the Core" white paper:
https://pages.nokia.com/2563.Designing.Cloud-Native.5G.Core.Network.html

Gabriel Brown, Heavy Reading blog: Defining NG Core for 5G Networks:
https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/arG6BRu6drZXTR?domain=lightreading.com

Understanding the SDN-Driven IP and Optical Renaissance
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London

Today, we are seeing a resurgence in the application of IP+optical integration driven by a combination of significant advances in hardware and by revolutionary concepts in software control and management. Whereas, historically, IP+optical focused on physical integration of hardware, the new focus is on multi-layer and multi-vendor control and management enabled by SDN. This webinar will address both the technology enablers and the business opportunities and applications underlying the IP+optical renaissance.

Topics covered during the webinar will include:

  • What are the most compelling operator use cases for multi-layer IP and optical integration/interworking?
  • Which network operators are realizing benefits of IP and optical integration today?
  • What are the hardware innovations required to build dynamic optical layers?
  • Which SDN standards and technologies are most applicable for multi-layer integration?
  • How can operators migrate to multi-layer SDN while re-using as much of their existing hardware and software as possible?
  • Is there a role moving forward for physical layer IP and optical integration?

The webinar will draw on recent Heavy Reading operator research on the topic and present real-world examples of IP and optical integration in live networks.

Delivering Carrier Grade OCP for Virtualized Data Centers
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London

The telecom industry's transformation from traditional networking infrastructure to virtualized data centers is driving increasing demand for open hardware solutions. The Open Compute Project (OCP) has provided basis for rack-scale integration of open compute, storage and networking resources in enterprise data centers. However, adapting the OCP model to the telecommunications industry must take into account new carrier requirements.

In this webinar, Heavy Reading analyst Simon Stanley and Radisys' Tushar Saxena will address the following:

  • Trends in the adoption of SDN and NFV in telecom networks, and how these trends are driving demand of open hardware solutions.
  • How OCP forms the foundation for rack-scale open compute, storage and networking resources required for virtualized networking solutions.
  • How OCP is adapting to address telecommunication industry needs to accommodate carrier-grade central office environments including Physical, Content/Workload, Management and Networking/Interconnect.
  • Industry initiatives, including the Central Office Re-Architected as a Datacenter (CORD), which provides a reference architecture for virtualized networking based on open source SDN and NFV software on open hardware.
  • Real-world examples of mobile operators deploying carrier-grade OCP equipment, pre-integrated with open source SDN and NFV software, to facilitate 5G service innovations and rapid service delivery using DevOps principles.

Implementing SD-WAN: The Differentiation Drivers
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London

Within the past 12 months, software-defined wire area network (SD-WAN) has emerged as one of the hottest topics in networking because it offers enterprises a significant cost savings by enabling virtual private networks (VPNs) at a much lower cost than today’s operator-managed Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) VPNs. SD-WAN then presents a threat to service providers who generate revenue from the managed VPNs that SD-WAN could limit or displace.

So where is SD-WAN on the technology adoption lifecycle? How do operators perceive SD-WAN? What are their plans to support it? What are their requirements for a candidate solution?

To find out, we asked a group of leading global operators about their views on SD-WAN and their plans for deploying it. This webinar will draw from that Heavy Reading survey data and will address the following topics:

  • Gauging the relative strength of SD-WAN technical and business drivers
  • Documenting SD-WAN current implementation timelines – including support of a multi-service support model
  • Identifying SD-WAN implementation barriers
  • Assessing the differentiation impact of integrating advanced techniques such as policy control and orchestration into SD-WAN to facilitate zero touch programmable service chains
  • How to achieve service differentiation by leveraging SD-WAN to monetize a new managed services model with a broader range of services (e.g. SECaaS and distributed multi-tenant applications)
  • Insights from ADVA Ensemble on how to effectively deploy SD-WAN in a way that supports both enterprise and CSPs

Is 2017 the year where NFV will really happen at scale?
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. New York/5:00 pm.m London

The most recent FoV survey revealed that CSPs are making progress on virtualization—albeit more slowly than was originally anticipated. Moving from PoCs to production is proving to be complex, and new issues seem to arrive at each step in the process. The early adopters are serving an important role in exposing these issues so they can be addressed in order for the industry as a whole to benefit. A key question is whether enough has been done so that NFV can be deployed at scale this year.

Join Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading, as she guides a discussion with leading industry representatives from Ericsson, Intel and Oracle about what their companies are doing to help their customers implement NFV more efficiently and effectively. They will also discuss the major challenges they and their customers are encountering, and how they plan to overcome them.

How Carrier SDN Is Making Tight Coupling of IP & Optical a Reality
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. New York / 3:00 p.m. London

In order to thrive in the cloud era, communication service providers must deliver new dynamic network services while making the most efficient use of multi-layer network assets. This webinar assesses how the close coupling of IP and optical domains in automation, optimization and assurance has become a central theme in achieving these operator goals, and how multi-layer SDN has become the critical software enabler. The webinar will draw from the most recent Heavy Reading global operator survey data on the topic and will include perspective from a network operator on the leading edge of multilayer (IP/optical) carrier SDN.