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Windstream: SD-WAN a Retail Smash

Operator's legacy of serving retail market combined with virtualization technology is sparking significant service growth.
Eurobites: Telia Takes Its Packet Core to the Cloud With Nokia

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sigfox confirms what LR knew; TIM re-starts talks over Canal+ JV; Italy's Enter offers SD-WAN services.
CORD: Calling All Systems Integrators

The open source project finds telcos eager for deployment as part of their edge compute strategies, but systems integration help is lacking.
ONAP Adds Verizon, Claims De Facto Title

Verizon joins ONAP as a platinum member, expecting to influence its direction and possibly other operators and vendors.
ETSI's Zero Touch Group Gains Support, Kickstarts Its Automation Engine

The industry body's new automation group has more big-name members from the operator and vendor communities and, following its inaugural meeting, an early plan of action.
Ciena CEO Gary Smith on Software's Brave New World

The DWDM company has grown into Ethernet networking and now open software architectures. We sat down with CEO Gary Smith to get a fix on Ciena's current identity.
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Debating the Common Information Model
LONDON, 11/3/2017 – At Light Reading's 'OSS in the Era of SDN & NFV' event in London, Heavy Reading's James Crawshaw and Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre talk common information models and automation.
Flirting With Automation
Automated back office operations is becoming a hot topic amongst major operators, including many of those at the recent Operations Transformation Forum in Hong Kong.
Colt's CTO on Connecting the Cloud
Colt CTO Rajiv Datta talks about the impact of SDN and NFV, how data centers are now at the core of the telecoms ecosystem and how network and services evolution is being built around enterprise demands.
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.
How to Use the Virtuapedia
Produced in partnership with Ericsson, Cisco, Intel and Oracle, the Virtuapedia is the ultimate information source for people, companies, standards groups, ecosystems, products and services that are building the new virtualized economy.
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
Defining the 5G Network Connectivity Challenge
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. New York / 3.00 p.m London

5G promises to change the way we live our lives, with unprecedented services and unparalleled user experience. Operators need to build an underlying connectivity infrastructure that is capable of delivering on demands like ultra-low latency and hyper-flexible bandwidth. This webinar will focus on the most critical aspects of the 5G transport network and discuss what is required in terms of slicing, edge computing and the need for openness and interworking. Addressing each of these aspects properly will enable operators to offer state of the art 5G services that will be the foundation of what some people believe will become the 4th industrial revolution.

In this webinar we will discuss:

  • What factors and demands will influence the infrastructure design
  • The impact of 5G on connectivity infrastructure and network requirements
  • The optional technological solutions and preferred solutions

Re-Defining the WAN With Session Smart Networking
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 1:00 p.m New York/ 6:00 p.m. London

Network complexity not only increases IT costs, but can also create network fragility and security risks. Recent approaches to reducing network complexity through Software Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) offer some short-term relief, but are still largely based on decades-old network paradigms that only create more complexity in the long run.

Session Smart Networking is different. Session Smart networks can by truly simplify the network, as well as provide a breadth of SD-WAN capabilities – including application visibility, software-define branches, multi-path routing and network segmentation. As a result, organizations using a Session Smart approach can realize breakthrough gains in performance, agility, security and scale.

In this webinar, 128 Technology and Light Reading will discuss the benefits of session-smart routers in SD-WAN deployments, which include:

  • A tunnel-free architecture that eliminates the 20% to 30% bandwidth tax incurred by overlay encapsulation and enables full mesh any-to-any routing for services.
  • A Zero Trust Security model operating on a "deny-all" routing fabric that transforms any IP network into a distributed network firewall, providing dynamic encryption, per-hop authentication and global access control.
  • The ability for the network to make intelligent, application-specific decisions regarding network optimization whenever problems occur.

NFV Service Lifecycle Management – Leveraging DevOps Tool Chains and Intent-Driven Operations for Increased Automation
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 10:00 a.m New York / 3:00 p.m London

Five years on from the initial NFV white paper, leading operators have moved beyond the proof of concept and trial phase to widespread deployment of virtualized network functions. The challenges they now face are how to make those network functions more "cloud native," and how to increase the level of automation throughout the lifecycle of a service chain from initial installation, testing and provisioning, to ongoing software updates and self-healing of VNFs.

In this webinar, Accanto Systems and IBM will explain how NFV service design, test and deployment tasks should be coordinated across service engineering and operations to bring new services into production with a high degree of confidence while maintaining high service levels despite the highly dynamic nature of NFV.

Service designers and engineers need DevOps and software lifecycle tools to create pre-production environments where they can test service on-boarding and accelerate production break-fix scenarios. At the same time, operations staff require similar tool chains to manage the ongoing maintenance of services and their component VNFs. To achieve high levels of automation in operations will require a transition from today's manual processes to more simplified, intent-driven operations. By sharing common tools, engineering and operations can better collaborate to deliver and maintain more reliable NFV-based services.

Focusing on the popular vEPC use case, the webinar will demonstrate tools that can automate service, design and deployment tasks across test and production environments. Example tasks Accanto Systems and IBM will demonstrate include:

  • Management of pre-production virtual environments
  • Automated service level testing
  • Continuous deployment across pre-production and production environments