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CIO’s guide to SDN, NFV and VNF
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5/4/2016  | 
From commodity servers to commodity switches, learn about the different kinds of SDN, what is NFV, and how they benefit cloud economics in the era of Big Software.
Getting Up to Speed: Assuring High-Speed Bandwidth in a Gigabit-Plus World White Paper
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5/4/2016  | 
Gigabit broadband is in the midst of making the transition from science experiment to broadly available service. This white paper discusses how the move to 1 Gbit/s and beyond, represents a major leap for customers and resets the broadband market stage for a new era of competition between service providers.
Testing Time Synchronization in the Field: Myths, Challenges and Solutions White Paper
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5/4/2016  | 
Testing Time Error or Phase Alignment in the field may not be as simple as commonly thought. It requires the right tools and knowledge to overcome real-life challenges associated with being in the field. This white paper addresses how, as an industry, the discussion needs to be started.
GPS Disciplining & Holdover for Field Testing: Introduction, Examples, Analysis and Recommendations White Paper
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5/4/2016  | 
One of the challenges synchronization engineers and technicians often face in the field, is the lack of proper Frequency and Time (Phase) references required for 1PPS Accuracy and Stability verification at remote sites. This white paper includes simple explanations on how disciplining and holdover work.
Atomic Clock Relative Phase Monitoring: How to Confirm Proper Phase Alignment & Stability in the Field
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5/4/2016  | 
This white paper introduces the Relative Phase Measurements as that extra tool to provide a bit more visibility into the disciplining process. VeEX test sets equipped with GPS receiver and Chip Scale Atomic Clock options include a relative phase monitoring tool that can be used for this purpose.
DOCSIS 3.1 Basics Wall Chart
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5/4/2016  | 
A detailed wall chart with information on OFDM Basics, OFDM Sub-Carriers, RF Table, LDPC, Spectrum and Capacity and Higher Order QAM.
Innovation in Communications Services: Breaking With the Past Without Waiting for the Future
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5/2/2016  | 
Service providers today face rising growth expectations along with competing pressures to reduce OPEX and CAPEX. This paper examines DNS as a cost effective means to personalize Internet experiences while helping providers plot a digital transformation path to sustain growth.
The Role of Voice in IoT Applications
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5/2/2016  | 
This paper examines the role of voice in IoT and identifies use cases and opportunities.
Cisco NFV Infrastructure: Delivering Business Value
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4/29/2016  | 
The Cisco® NFV Infrastructure provides the compute, storage, networking infrastructure, and management and assurance capabilities to run network function virtualization (NFV) network services.
Service Orchestration & Network Virtualization: A Lifecycle View
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4/29/2016  | 
Streamlining the design and delivery of new network services is a top priority for operators, as customers demand rapid service fulfilment. AT&T’s announcement that is has cut provisioning times for Ethernet services by 95 percent, for example, had been a wake-up call to the market. Its competitors need to follow suit or risk losing business.
Cisco 5G Vison Series: Laying the Foundation for New Technologies, Use Cases, and Business Models
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4/29/2016  | 
The fifth generation (5G) of mobile networking standards is in the early stages of development. Cisco is actively engaged in defining its requirements and leading engagements to address how 4G LTE networks will gracefully evolve to 5G by 2020.
Cisco 5G Vision Series: Small Cell Evolution
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4/29/2016  | 
With spiraling traffic volumes experienced by mobile networks around the world, small cell radio access network (RAN) has been proposed as the way to accommodate billions of users with a myriad of devices and demanding applications.
Arbor & Cisco: Stopping DDoS Attacks
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4/26/2016  | 
Cisco ASR 9000 vDDoS Protection Solution
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4/26/2016  | 
Cisco and Arbor Networks have collaborated to bring industry-leading distributed denial-of-service mitigation capabilities on the Cisco® ASR 9000 Series routers. This collaboration extends the Arbor Peakflow Threat Management System DDoS mitigation functions to the ASR 9000.
Threat-Centric Security Solutions for Service Providers
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4/26/2016  | 
Threat-centric security is a business enabler for service providers that provides the following benefits: - Enhanced Agility, Reduced Costs and Increased Revenues
NFV Management and Orchestration: Enabling Rapid Service Innovation in the Era of Virtualization
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4/26/2016  | 
Network Function Virtualization (NFV) technology, in combination with Software Defined Networking (SDN), promises to help transform today's carrier networks. It will transform how they are deployed and managed, and the way services are delivered. The ultimate goal is to enable service providers to reduce costs, increase business agility, and accelerate the time to market of new services.
Business Case for Virtual Managed Services
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4/26/2016  | 
Managed services allow businesses to offload day-to-day network management tasks to service providers and thus free up internal talent to focus their core expertise on making the fundamental changes needed to accelerate businesses’ processes and innovation to gain a competitive edge. The current architecture implemented to deliver managed services to large enterprises, however, is blocking service providers from offering managed services to smaller businesses (SMB).
Whitepaper: Deploying Virtual Network Functions – The Complementary Roles of TOSCA & NETCONF?YANG – by Heavy Reading
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4/26/2016  | 
The agile and automated management of virtualized network functions (VNFs) throughout their lifecycles is a key goal for network functions virtualization (NFV). This white paper focuses on the first phase of the VNF lifecycle: the agile deployment and fulfillment of VNFs in the cloud. It explores the complementary roles played by cloud deployment templates, such as Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications (TOSCA), and the network data modeling language, YANG, and its associated configuration application programming interface (API), NETCONF. Heavy Reading research consistently confirms that service agility is the top driver for NFV adoption, closely followed by operational cost reduction. Network operators want to be able to launch network services more rapidly and with much lower cost than they can today.

If the network functions that services depend upon are virtualized, they can be deployed very quickly, potentially anywhere in the network, without the delays associated with physical hardware procurement and installation. When VNFs are spun up on top of cloud infrastructure, they take advantage of the instant availability of virtual resources.

In addition, VNFs can be instantiated using cloud application lifecycle management techniques that automate deployment, reducing operational cost and time-to-launch. NFV taps into the agile application lifecycle management opportunity that cloud delivers to achieve operators' service agility goals.

However, VNFs need further configuration at runtime to fulfill customer-specific services. A cloud deployment template can help to turn up a new VNF instance so that it is operationally ready, but such a template does not have an API that can configure the VNF dynamically, on demand. This is where runtime configuration approaches are needed to complete the fulfillment process. NETCONF/YANG is an example of one such approach that delivers a programmatic configuration experience that can be harnessed to support the automated lifecycle management goals of NFV.
Imagine Your Business Being More Agile
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4/26/2016  | 
Consumable Datacenter Networking Brochure
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4/26/2016  | 
Unconstrained Datacenter Networks for the Cloud Era
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4/26/2016  | 
DOCSIS 3.1 – Best Practices for Peak Performance
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4/25/2016  | 
DOCSIS 3.1 completely changes the way DOCSIS works, increasing data capacity up to 50% and speeds up to 10 Gbps on the downstream and Gbps on the upstream – rates that rival fiber.
Five Misconceptions of Test Automation
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4/22/2016  | 
Well-intentioned, but inaccurate information of implementing a test automation solution have caused some organizations to forgo the benefits.
Common Causes for Test Automation Solution Failure
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4/22/2016  | 
Organizations face big questions when considering adopting a test tool or test lab orchestration tool. Will it deliver the planned ROI? Will it be easy to implement? Will it work?
Quality and Automation: Where Business and Testing Intersect
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4/22/2016  | 
The only way to minimize the impact of poor quality on the bottom line is to be proactive and prevent it in the first place.
Accelerating Digital Transformation for Service Providers: White Paper by Strategy Analytics
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4/22/2016  | 
Competitive pressures are mounting for service providers, making digital transformation an urgent imperative. This paper analyzes the state of the industry and offers a path for providers to transform in order to meet the ever-increasing needs of today’s subscriber.
Assuring Right-On Demand Service Launches in the Virtualized Network
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4/18/2016  | 
Network functions virtualization (NFV) represents an inflexion point in the way that network services will be created. Instead of building generic “one size fits all” networks where services are configured on top of pre-installed and pre-tested components, operators will spin virtual network components up on demand to meet the specific needs of customers and their services.
NFV: Coming, Ready or Not!
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4/15/2016  | 
Download our complete guide to de-risking NFV deployment in 2016, including:

• An eight-step strategy to deploying NFV safely based on input from the companies that have already started virtualizing their production networks. • Interviews with leading executives at Colt, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Cisco, Nokia, ZTE, Ericsson and Heavy Reading.
Telefónica Tests Nokia VNFs
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4/14/2016  | 
From Today to Tomorrow: Huawei Microwave & MM-Wave Whitepaper
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4/11/2016  | 
Application Note: Nokia 5620 Service Aware Manager: An OpenStack integrated VNF manager for the Nokia Virtualized Service Router and Evolved Packet Core VNFs
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4/6/2016  | 
Operators seeking to accelerate the deployment of Nokia Virtualized Service Router (VSR) and Evolved Packet Core (EPC) virtual network functions (VNFs) will welcome the addition of a carrier-grade VNF manager to the Nokia 5620 SAM. The 5620 SAM VNF Manager delivers out-of-the-box OpenStack integration, simplifying the fit of the Nokia IP Routing and EPC VNF solution into OpenStack-based network functions virtualization management and orchestration architectures.
Blog: Carrier-grade virtualized routers: Are we there (yet)?
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4/6/2016  | 
IP routing virtualized network functions (VNFs), such as virtualized routers and mobile gateways, offer a wide range of benefits for network operators and their customers. In this blog, the first of a series, let’s discuss the current status of VNFs and potential barriers to adoption.
Blog: Manage VNF deployment for IP routing and EPC
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4/6/2016  | 
Network function virtualization (NFV) industry hype and proof of concepts have finally turned into products for IP routing and EPC virtual network function (VNF) deployment. As carriers prepare for commercial VNF deployment, they need to start to evaluate options for managing VNFs and their lifecycle.
Seamless Communications and Collaboration
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4/5/2016  | 
In a world of mobile and cloud technologies, enterprises can redesign their business processes with tools like embedded communications. For the mobile workforce, seamless real time communications tools bring data and analysis together to enhance both customer and worker experience.
Mobilizing Real Time Communications: Transformation of business communications
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4/5/2016  | 
Mitel has a unique vision of communications industry convergence and to provide business critical voice and high value business collaboration services across Mobile and Enterprise networks. The adoption of IP underlies the intersection of Real Time Communications between mobile and fixed carriers and today’s connected enterprise.
How Cloud Communications is Opening Up Possibilities (and Floor Space)
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4/5/2016  | 
Does cloud communications make sense for you? In businesses and organizations across the world, rooms once humming with wires, black boxes and blinking lights now sit empty. The cloud is the source of the transformation. Read on to find out why some IT pros have embraced it and why some haven’t made the jump.
The Path to 5G with Programmable Mobility Management
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4/5/2016  | 
Every 20 years or so, there is a fundamental shift in the communications paradigm and the business opportunities it unlocks. The technology industry refers to this next transformation as the “New IP” or “3rd Platform.” The New IP represents a fundamental change in networking— from proprietary, hardware-centric, manually intensive networks to open, software-enabled, automated networks. Mobile networks will need to go through this evolution to achieve the goals and promises of 5G.
Mobile Network Transformation Survey: The Emerging Mandate
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4/5/2016  | 
In a recent survey by Heavy Reading, it is apparent that NFV and SDN technologies will be critical technologies for how the mobile network will evolve to support new business models such as IoT, connected cars and machine-to-machine. This report contains the survey results and corresponding analysis to 80+ mobile operators around the world and how they plan to evolve their mobile network.
ASOCS NFV-Compatible, Fully Virtualized RAN Pre-integrated with Wind River Titanium Server Carrier Grade NFV Software Platform
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4/4/2016  | 
As part of the Wind River® Titanium Cloud™ ecosystem, ASOCS and Wind River have partnered to enable service providers to realize the vision of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), from core to radio access network (RAN). Pre-integrating the Wind River Titanium Server™ carrier grade network virtualization platform with the ASOCS virtualized RAN (vRAN) solution enables complete RAN virtualization of every layer and all functions, from modem to management.
Industry-Leading WAN Optimization and Carrier Grade NFV Infrastructure Delivers Superior Performance and Reliability
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4/4/2016  | 
Riverbed Technology is the leader in application performance infrastructure and the provider of the leading wide area network (WAN) optimization solution Riverbed® SteelHead™. SteelHead is now integrated with Wind River® Titanium Server, the industry’s first fully integrated and feature-complete Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) software platform.
The Business Case for Service Automation in Mobile Networks
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4/4/2016  | 
Through automation, operators are able to develop new service offerings more quickly and efficiently. This study by Core Analysis quantifies the operational and financial benefits of automated service provisioning in operator networks.
Cyber Security Solutions for Power Utilities
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4/1/2016  | 
The beginning of the 21st century brought about a newfound awareness of the potential damage that cyber attacks could cause to critical infrastructure, leading to more attention being given to network security. The first binding regulation was the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), introduced in 2008. This white paper explores the variety of challenges that arise when securing power utility operational technology networks.
Securing LTE Networks—What, Why, and How
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4/1/2016  | 
As security threats evolve, service providers must implement comprehensive security for both their LTE network infrastructures and connected devices to protect network and service performance, customer satisfaction, and revenue growth.
Test Report Exclusive: Validating Nokia’s IP Routing & Mobile Gateway VNFs
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3/31/2016  | 
Network operators are facing some of the biggest technology decisions in their history and the choices they make will have a major impact on their future prosperity. That's why the independent verification of VNFs is so important.
Drones Deliver 360-Degree Video with LTE Small Cells
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3/30/2016  | 
Intel is leading the convergence of computing and connectivity that will bring 5G to life. As the world becomes increasingly smart and connected, 5G networks are essential to delivering amazing experiences throughout daily life. The introduction of 5G represents a significant shift from today’s mobile networks.
5G: A Network Transformation Imperative
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3/30/2016  | 
The explosive growth in mobile data traffic, combined with the proliferation of “smart” devices, is forcing communications service providers to transform their networks.
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Download our complete guide to de-risking NFV deployment in 2016, including:
  • An eight-step strategy to deploying NFV safely, based on input from the companies that have already started virtualizing their production networks.
  • Interviews with leading executives at Colt, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Cisco, Nokia, ZTE, Ericsson and Heavy Reading.
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    During this short kick-off video, Doug Webster, Vice President of Service Provider Marketing, Cisco, and Light Reading’s CEO & Founder Steve Saunders give an overview of Upskill U.
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    Atrinet's NetACE – Migration to NFV & SDN With NetOps-Driven LSO

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    At Atrinet's headquarters, Ray Le Maistre sits down with Roy Silon to get an in-depth look into the company's focus and the secret recipe for their success.
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    Huawei's ICT solutions power the state-of-the-art Amsterdam ArenA, turning it into a smart stadium.
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    Testing When There's No 'There' There

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    The benefits of SDN/NFV are well known, but the transition comes with some challenges, prominent among them is: how do you test a network that has been abstracted and has the potential to be endlessly reconfigurable? Light Reading was at NFV World Congress in Santa Clara, Calif., where we bumped into Mats Nordlund, CEO and co-founder of Netrounds, a Swedish ...
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    Ditching the Slash & the Orchestration Wars

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    SDN and NFV have been inextricably bound with each other for so long that on a conceptual level, smooshing them together into one catch-all phrase – SDNFV – is now justifiable, according to Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF). Light Reading spoke to Pitt at the NFV World Congress, where he explained that the next ...
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    ZTE TV Connect Highlights

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    ZTE gives us a tour of its booth and new products at TV Connect in London.
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    Deluxe's Unified Delivery Solution

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    Join Alan Breznick of Light Reading and visit the Deluxe booth at NAB! Here you'll find Deluxe's Unified Delivery Solution, OTT video, virtual reality, HDR, 4K and much more!
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    Verizon Puts Gray Boxes in the Shade

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    When it comes to the white box trend, "gray" boxes, which have a slight proprietary twist, don't give service providers and end users the advantages they're seeking, according to Verizon's Vice President of Product and New Business Innovation Shawn Hakl.
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    Dealing With a Disrupted Video Market

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    Ericsson's Simon Frost discusses how traditional pay-TV providers can cope with the big changes wrought by the rise of OTT video and IP technology.
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    The VNF Responsibility of Red Hat

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    At MWC, Caroline Chappell of Heavy Reading visits the Red Hat booth and sits down with Chris Wright to talk about the responsibility the VNF needs to take on in order to ensure the operators get the carrier-grade performance they expect for their network.
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    AT&T Expert on the Key Pillars of UC

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    Vishy Gopalakrishnan, AVP of product marketing at AT&T, talks about the three developments that are making unified communications and collaboration secure and reliable for enterprise users.
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    LRTV Report: Mobile Core Innovation

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    Hear from multiple industry experts from Deutsche Telekom, SK Telecom, Heavy Reading, Huawei, Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia, NEC and many more about developments in the mobile core as operators virtualize their IMS and evolved packet core systems and prepare for a 5G world.
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    NFV World Congress Highlight

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    The highlight of the NFV World Congress contains exciting telecom news. Join us for an inside look at Huawei's ICT 2020 plan and its latest collaboration with industry leaders.
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    In this latest installment of the CEO Chat series, Craig Labovitz, co-founder and CEO of Deepfield, sits down with Light Reading's Steve Saunders in Light Reading's New York City office to discuss how Deepfield fits in with the big data trend and more.
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    Of all the tech companies in the Valley, Intel has made the most aggressive commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workplace culture. It's doing so by taking concrete, measurable steps, making a large financial investment and through a commitment to complete transparency about its progress. In this radio show, WiC Director Sarah Thomas will be joined by Shlomit Weiss, Intel's Vice President, Data Center Group, and General Manager of Networking Engineering, who will share with us why Intel is tackling this huge challenge, how and to what effect. She will also discuss her unique experiences leading development of Client SOC development in the past and today leading development of all of the chipmaker's silicon hardware for networking IPs and discrete devices and managing a team of 600 engineers across Israel, Europe and the US.