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Huawei Intros SDN/NFV Testing-as-a-Service

9/19/2017
The testing environment has become more complex and burdensome with the introduction of virtualization, so Huawei has developed a testing-as-a-service (TaaS) offer called TestCraft to pitch to operators.
What Comes After SD-WANs?

9/18/2017
Software-defined WANs were the hot topic a year ago at Light Reading's NFV-SDN event, and a lot has happened since. What grabs the spotlight this year?
Comcast Packs More Powerful SD-WAN Punch

9/18/2017
Comcast isn't just adding SD-WAN, it's making a strong play as a large player without any MPLS legacy to protect.
Photo Highlights: Operations Transformation Forum 2017

9/17/2017
Highlights from Huawei's annual event that focuses on how network operators are transforming their operations and corporate processes.
China Telecom Global Launches SD-WAN Service With Versa Networks

9/15/2017
China Telecom Global has partnered with Versa Networks to deploy SD-WAN services to enterprise customers globally.
Close the Loop to Automate Service Assurance

9/14/2017
The separation between obtaining service assurance data and acting on it is going away, letting the network automatically address issues.
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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
Innovation in DDoS Mitigation – Responding to the Modern Threat
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 11:00 a.m New York/ 3:00 p.m. London

The rise in small-scale, multi-vector attacks has not gone unnoticed by service providers and digital enterprises alike. With this evolved threat comes the need to mitigate attacks instantaneously to eliminate downtime, outages and service latency. For some ISPs, this comes as an opportunity to better protect their customers from business impacting service interruptions.

Join this webinar to learn:

  • The latest trends in the DDoS threat landscape
  • How DDoS mitigation techniques have evolved to provide real-time, automated protection
  • How GTT has turned the DDoS threat into an opportunity to provide value-added security services to customers
  • How to enable DDoS Protection as-a-Service (DDPaaS) quickly and effectively

Monetizing Tiered Managed SD-WAN Services
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 1:00 p.m. New York/ 5:00 p.m. London

Are you ready to compete in the world of SD-WAN services? With more than 23% of organizations moving towards SD-WAN solutions in the next 12-24 months*, now is the time to deliver this game-changing technology as a managed service.

If you are a service provider – network service provider, managed service provider, system integrator looking to offer managed SD-WAN services – how are you going to get started? How will you build your revenue stream? And more importantly, how can you differentiate your service offering in an increasingly competitive market?

Join this webinar featuring industry experts from Frost & Sullivan and Silver Peak to learn about:

  • How to deliver and monetize tiered managed SD-WAN service
  • Ways to differentiate your service offering
  • Use cases to consider for managed services
  • Leveraging SD-WAN to help your customers embrace SaaS and IaaS offerings
  • Key requirements for SD-WAN

Choosing the Right Platform for Cloud-Based Virtualized Managed Services
Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:00 a.m New York/ 4:00 p.m. London

The nature of enterprise demand for network services is changing rapidly with the arrival of new service options like Secure SD-WAN. CSPs have to adapt quickly to customer requirements by deploying a new service delivery approach characterized by speed, agility and automation. In this webinar, Juniper will share valuable lessons on the power of a platform to increase CSP profits and customer satisfaction, and IBM will share a business strategy that can shorten time to market while reducing costs to allow CSPs to capture new enterprise customers profitably.

“Pay-as-you-Protect” Network Protection: How On-Demand Virtualized Infrastructure Can Enhance Network Security
Friday, September 29, 2017 - 11:00 a.m New York/ 4:00 p.m. London

The scale of DDoS and other network attacks are increasing exponentially. Today, CSPs are often addressing this by over-provisioning capacity in proprietary hardware that is scaled for rare peaks that lie unused most of the time. As well as being inefficient, this approach doesn't always guarantee enough capacity for some of the attack types that can be generated today.

One approach to breaking out of this paradigm lies in virtualizing parts of the CSP's security infrastructure. This enables infrastructure to automatically scale up only when needed – and to the exact capacity required. Using this approach, CSPs can have a highly efficient and disruptive "pay-as-you-protect" model, such that they only pay for protection resources when they need them.

In this webinar, Sandvine and Intel will discuss the results of their lab tests and pilot studies. These validate the technical feasibility of such a "pay-as-you-protect" model and some of the opportunities it creates for CSPs.

MoCA Access™: Multi-Gigabit and Beyond
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 10:00 a.m New York / 3:00 p.m London

With data speeds accelerating across the globe, service providers are embracing gigabit-to-the-home as the mantra of their broadband access network design and implementation. However, there are numerous paths to the gigabit future and all the available technologies are all quite rich in their benefits and quite vulnerable in their deficiencies. The Multimedia over Coax Alliance, MoCA, best known as a home networking standards body, introduced MoCA Access in June 2017 so that operators can leverage the technology’s inherent and well-known performance, reliability and use of existing coaxial cabling, all of which have become key requirements for broadband access design and implementation.

This webinar will take a deep dive into the attributes and benefits of MoCA Access, while comparing and contrasting the new spec with other broadband access technologies. The competition is formidable, the demand is great and immediate and the winners are still to be determined. As in the home networking market, the broadband access space will likely end up supporting a combination of technologies that best serve customer use cases and operator requirements for reliable and robust networks.

Please join Light Reading and MoCA for a webinar on Wednesday, October 11 at 10 a.m. EST to learn details about MoCA Access and the benefits that it offers for the broadband environment. Cable operators, telcos, ISPs and anyone designing, installing and marketing broadband services will find this webinar a must-attend event. Questions and comments after the presentations are welcome and encouraged.

Archived Webinars
Cutting Energy Use with Distributed Access Architecture
Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. EST / 8:00 a.m. PST

As SCTE•ISBE has shown in its Energy 2020 Program, cable operators spend most of their energy budget on cable edge facilities and the access network. Now, thanks to advances in technology, the industry has the ability to reduce energy consumption significantly by shifting the placement of the PHY and MAC layers in the access network. In many cases, this shift may enable operators to consolidate cable edge facilities, thereby eliminating an entire building’s worth of energy use.

Such moves must be made carefully, however, because the reduction of energy consumption is not guaranteed; nor is it the only force in play when determining whether facilities should be consolidated. As cable operators evolve their access networks to distributed, fiber-deep architectures, they will also need to look at how they can save space and energy through new mid-mile aggregation architectures that help to minimize the growing capacity demands on their CCAP platforms.

In addition, operators need to consider how this shift will impact the customer. Customer service should be improved, not diminished, by any architectural change.

In this webinar, leading cable technologists will weigh the energy savings of shifting the PHY layer closer to the customer. The technologists will look at how cable operators can leverage proven architectures from adjacent industries to provide massive scale, efficiently and effectively. Presenters will also examine if and when cable operators can eliminate some of their cable edge facilities altogether. Finally, the experts will evaluate the implications of moving the MAC layer either closer to the customer or further away in the data center, depending upon the architecture chosen.

Is Your RAN Ready for 5G Mobility Migration?
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. / 5:00 p.m. London

The next generation of mobile technology will place increasing demands on the efficiency, flexibility and scalability of the radio access network. Network operators need to plan and design their evolving architecture to accommodate 5G cloud applications and services. And, they must do it with an open mind to realize the optimum network performance while lowering TCO.

Join this webinar hosted by Sterling Perrin of Heavy Reading and Joe Mocerino of Fujitsu to learn:

  • The benefits and challenges of migration from a distributed to a centralized RAN architecture
  • The protocol and physical layer options for fronthaul transport, including active, passive and dedicated dark fiber in CRAN architectures
  • The key elements in migrating from 4G centralized to 5G cloud RAN
  • The impact of virtualization on open RAN architectures

Cellular-V2X Commercial Readiness
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 11:00 a.m New York/ 4:00 p.m. London

As automotive technologies continue to advance and vehicles become increasingly connected and autonomous, cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) is becoming an important technology enabler for the connected car of the future. With a strong evolutionary path that brings 5G-NR enhancements, C-V2X will enable the transportation industry with enhanced V2V, V2I, V2P and V2N wireless capabilities, including extended communication range, improved reliability and NLOS performance to enable vehicles to talk with each other and the environment around them. 3GPP C-V2X Release 14 specifications were completed in March 2017, numerous trials have been announced globally and several collaborations between the automotive and telecom industry have been forged. C-V2X traction and broad ecosystem support exists and will enable C-V2X to be commercialized quickly and economically.

Join our automotive experts for this webinar to learn more about:

  • The important role C-V2X will play in improving safety and supporting autonomous cars
  • How the ecosystem is coming together to support the commercial reality of C-V2X
  • How Qualcomm is further accelerating the readiness of C-V2X technology
  • The economic benefits of C-V2X as seen from the automaker

Choosing the Right Orchestration Solution for Multi-Vendor Networks
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 11:00 a.m New York/ 4:00 p.m. London

Cloud, 5G, IoT and streaming media present significant opportunities for network providers. The selection of Network Service Orchestration is the most important decision to maximize revenue potential and business agility. In this webinar, Heavy Reading Analyst Roz Roseboro discusses the best practices for selecting and implementing the appropriate Network Orchestration Solution for multi-vendor environments with experts from Technica Corp and Anuta Networks.

How the Cord-Cutting Explosion is Impacting Network Architectures
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 11:00 a.m New York/ 4:00 p.m. London

In a landmark move, Netflix recently passed cable operators for the most overall pay-TV subscriptions in the US as the cord-cutting trend continues to gain momentum. Plus, industry analysts estimate that more subscribers moved away from traditional pay-TV services than ever before in the second quarter.

This webinar will look at the impact that these constantly changing Internet traffic and subscriber trends are having on today’s service provider networks. Also, the session will explore how new physical layer technologies like NG-PON2 and software-defined access network architectures are driving providers to instrument, automate and future-proof their networks for high-bandwidth services.

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

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