Onboarding and Orchestrating VNFs
Service deployment through NFV may take just as long as service deployment into a physical network. Unless there are clear procedures, standards, and methods to 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
Is 2017 the year where NFV will really happen at scale?
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.
Tracking CSPs' Progress on Virtualization
Heavy Reading, working with Ericsson, Intel and Oracle, has developed a unique series of virtualization indexes, aggregating input from CSPs around the world to get a detailed, up-to-the-minute picture of the status of virtualization initiatives. Updated every 6 months, the indexes provide all CSPs with a compelling reality check for measuring their own progress in three critical areas: planning, deployment and spending. In this webinar, Roz Roseboro, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, will share the results from the November indexes, noting the changes since the Spring update, and lead a panel discussion on what the results mean for CSPs and the entire telecom ecosystem.
The New Competitive Edge: Why Service Providers Need Cloud Billing
The capabilities of many legacy billing and charging systems are strained in today's world. Due to explosive subscriber and transaction growth, the rapid introduction of new digital services, and consumer demand for anytime, anywhere services, organizations without flexible and super-responsive billing solutions will soon fall behind. A cloud-based billing model based on an billing and revenue management convergent billing platform provides optimum flexibility to meet these challenges.
This webinar addresses:
- Why and how operators and services-based businesses should deploy cloud-based billing
- The challenges and concerns surrounding cloud billing models
- How cloud billing enables businesses to more quickly capitalize on new opportunities, while addressing scaling challenges and keeping capital costs under control
- The realities of implementing a cloud billing solution and how the typical process works
NFV Enabling Cloud Communications
As cloud technologies revolutionize the business model of enterprise computing, the telecommunications industry is leveraging the potential of network function virtualization (NFV) as a telco flavor of network cloud computing. However, the move to a cloud business model is complex for communications. In addition to the capital expenditures for data centers to provide infrastructure, platforms, data or software-as-a-service, communications service providers (CSPs) must make fundamental shifts in the way they address development, deployments and operations. Cloud computing in communications opens the market to CSPs and enterprises to take advantage of communications services without owning the equipment or the network similar to cloud computing in enterprises where the actual computing is done in a data center not owned by the customer.
The full range of NFV benefits can be better realized by adopting a fresh approach to service development, instantiation and configuration that builds on the strengths of this computing model. With the NFV and cloud computing approach, services are built differently and run differently but should be consumed like services based on a legacy, non-NFV platforms. These new differences require a new model of thinking, consideration of the inherent trade-offs when planning solutions or services and an understanding of the design patterns that achieve the best results in the most efficient way.
This webinar will cover:
- Cloud business model for driving NFV services
- The timeline on how to get to cloud communications
- The requirements in orchestration and virtualization of cloud network services