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Automating Defenses Against Increasingly Sophisticated DDoS Attacks – by Heavy Reading
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1/28/2015  | 

DDoS Attacks Threaten Our Digital Lifestyle

There was a time when DDoS attacks were small-scale affairs. An antisocial individual with computing skills, looking to exact revenge on an organization that had crossed him, would swamp that organization's IT resources with high volumes of messages, to overwhelm those resources and take them out of service. These early at- tacks were rare, often amateurish, and often driven by personal grudges. Since these first attacks were launched in an era that preceded mass-market penetration of fixed broadband, e-commerce, mobile broadband and social networking, they tended to have a fairly limited impact.

In developed countries, the digital landscape has changed so dramatically in recent years that we now think in terms of the majority of people in these countries leading a "digital lifestyle." And that digital lifestyle has become increasingly vulnerable to DDoS attacks and both their short- and longer-term impacts.

Evolution of OSS From Support to Enablement – by Heavy Reading
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1/27/2015  | 
Encoding.com 2015 Global Media Format Report
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1/23/2015  | 
Encoding.com has collected a massive media processing data set across 2000+ video publishers. This comprehensive report provides insights and analysis of the following mission critical media information.
  • Closed Caption Formats
  • Screen Resolutions
  • Adaptive Bitrate Standards
  • Video Codecs & Containers
  • Static Image Formats
  • Digital Rights Management
Carrier SDN Service Provider Perspectives, Transition Strategies & Use Cases: An Introduction
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1/23/2015  | 

In 2013, Heavy Reading launched its first ever multi-client study investigating the potential of carrier software-defined networking (SDN) in the wide-area network (WAN). Through that initial study, we learned that the most important expected benefits from WAN SDN for service providers are improved resource utilization, SDN-based service and network innovation, lower capex and opex, automation/service orchestration, increased service velocity, new services and coordination of network resource assignments with IP/MPLS and data center networks. Yet we also learned that there are strong inhibitors to wide-scale adoption, including the compatibility of SDN products with the installed base, standardization and integration of SDN hardware and software components.

Heavy Reading's initial carrier SDN study formed a strong foundation of the potential benefits and primary market inhibitors on which to build our future research in this critical area. The SDN market is evolving rapidly. During the past year, we have seen commercial rollouts of SDN-based services and applications from several leading-edge service providers, while proof-of-concept (PoC) and trial work has accelerated in all regions of the world. We have also seen OpenFlow standardization activities solidify, while other standards have emerged to complement – and compete with – the work of the ONF, including OpenDaylight, ETSI Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and the IETF's Netconf and Yang, among others. Meanwhile, systems suppliers have continued to position and reposition themselves for success in the coming SDN era.

We believe the time is right to reexamine service provider plans and strategies with a follow-up multi-client study. Carrier SDN: Service Provider Perspectives, Transition Strategies & Use Cases 2014 focuses specifically on the evolution of SDN in carrier WANs (including OSI Layers 0 through 3). This project takes into account progress and developments of the past year and builds on the key findings of the 2013 study.

HP NFV Director Solution Overview
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1/22/2015  | 

HP NFV Director brings together HP capabilities in operations support systems (OSS) and IT management to provide a comprehensive, multivendor NFV orchestrator solution. The solution will handle the complexities and abstractions introduced by virtualization. By leveraging the existing HP OSS functionality for the non-virtualized aspects of management, it enables you to move into the world of NFV while protecting your current investment, bridging old with new, and building on current operational processes.

HP NFV Director is designed to meet the evolving ETSI specifications for the NFV orchestrator functionality. This includes the orchestration and management of virtual network functions (VNF) and network services, providing the global resource management, and consistently applying global, cross-VNF, and VNF-specific policies.

HP NFV Director is based on proven OSS and IT management products. It is designed with the experience of early network functions virtualization trials and proof of concepts with major communications service providers and network equipment providers. Providing the required operational support, it enables you to focus on your NFV services and strategy.

HP NFV Director enables you to:

  • Safely transition your network from physical to virtualized mode
  • Fully realize the benefit of the NFV promise by properly operationalizing the deployment
  • Easily integrate virtualized network functions into your OSS and IT environment
  • Grow from simple virtualization use cases to complex use cases
  • Avoid creating new technical or organizational silos of management for network functions virtualization
  • Fully benefit from a standards-based and multivendor approach
  • Enable easier and quicker deployment of network functions for faster innovation and increased revenue
White Paper - Transforming OSS for NFV
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1/22/2015  | 

Network functions virtualization (NFV) is a core structural change in the way telecommunications infrastructure is deployed. This, in turn, will bring significant changes in the way that services are delivered by communications service providers (CSPs)—and hence have an important impact on operations support systems (OSS).

Communications service providers (CSPs) are required to streamline their cost structures and operations while increasing portfolio competitiveness and drastically slashing time to market. Network functions virtualization promises all this and more.

As often indicated by operational teams, however, NFV will have a significant impact on CSP operations support systems (OSS) and business support systems (BSS). This will require at least revisiting, if not a major redesign, to keep pace with the automation, elasticity, capacity optimization, and scalability advantages allegedly brought by network functions virtualization.

As a consequence, NFV adoption means OSS transformation, with all the challenges that such a journey will entail. Whether a radical change or a gradual approach is chosen to address the OSS component of the NFV deployment, service providers will have to look at designing a target management architecture—derived by current approaches, such as TM Forum Business Process Framework (eTOM), but extended to address NFV, based on solid pillars—to guarantee a futureproof journey and a smooth transition from the current situation, systems, platforms, and processes.

The HP OSS vision is for service providers to break the OSS silos and migrate to a dynamic production environment, based on the concept of service operations factory (SOF). This is where the integration between fulfilment and assurance will create a virtuous circle to make service management more agile, effective, and complete.

At the same time, the service operations factory will drastically reduce time to market and improve end-to-end service visibility. Completed by data analytics functionality, such an approach also is designed to align OSS capability with the benefits promised by the NFV implementation in terms of cost-effectiveness and service management agility. It offers service providers a future-proof platform and a smooth transition to the hybrid virtual and non-virtual world independently from the direction the NFV journey will take them.

OPNFV: An Open Platform to Accelerate NFV
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1/22/2015  | 

OPNFV will enable industry collaboration to advance the evolution of NFV and ensure consistency, performance and interoperability among virtualized network infrastructures. OPNFV will work closely with ETSI’s NFV ISG, among other standards bodies, to drive the consistent implementation of an open and standard NFV reference platform.

The initial scope of OPNFV will be to provide NFV Infrastructure (NFVI), Virtualized Infrastructure Management (VIM), and APIs to other NFV elements, which together form the basic infrastructure required for Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) and Management and Network Orchestration (MANO) components. Increasingly, standards are being drafted in conjunction with major open source projects. OPNFV will work with many of these projects to coordinate continuous integration and testing of NFV solutions.

Enterprise Radio Access Network Enables New NFV-Based Services at the Edge – SpiderCloud
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1/22/2015  | 

Before the creation of the enterprise radio access network (E-RAN), there was not a cost effective method to deliver cellular service into medium to large buildings. Equally problematic, if mobile operators needed to host a cloud at the edge, they had to provision a separate server at the site and manage it throughout its lifecycle.

Overcoming these challenges, the E-RAN small cell system from SpiderCloud Wireless* provides cellular service to indoor areas spanning upwards of 50,000 square feet to 1.5 million square feet of space, and supports over 10,000 voice and data subscribers. The E-RAN’s unique architecture features a Services Module with a quad-core Intel® Xeon® processor, whose costs can be amortized across up to 100 small cell radios, thus providing an economical edge cloud hosting location that also supports network functions virtualization (NFV). Since the E-RAN enables access to the Internet, mobile core, enterprise DMZ, and 3G/LTE radio access networks, this edge cloud hosting location enables independent software vendors (ISVs) to build unique innovative applications: enterprise-facing, standalone, enterprise cloud helper, and telecom analytics/operations.

This Intel® Network Builders solution brief describes this E-RAN system, which has been in commercial service for several years on three continents in the world’s largest mobile operators. The system meets their stringent service quality per 3G/LTE performance indicators (KPIs) that are critical to mobile operators and enterprises. Due to its unique architectural location, the SpiderCloud Services Module gives rise to new opportunities in edge cloud enterprise services and telecom operations applications.

Performance Solution for NFV Reduces Cost-per-bit and Simplifies Service Deployment – Radisys
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1/22/2015  | 

The 100G-capable Radisys T-100 family increases traffic throughput over the prior generation, thereby greatly increasing network capacity and efficiency, and is supported by a rich set of middleware and security applications, thus reducing the effort to develop new services. Moreover, operators can protect their software investments because their code will run on next-generation Intel® processors.

With the Radisys T-100, network equipment developers can build solutions using a single architecture to consolidate all their workloads, thus simplifying development and lowering hardware cost. The scalability and virtualization capabilities of Intel processor-based platforms enable system engineers to develop a cost-competitive family of products based on a common code base. Radisys systems, supported by a broad ecosystem of independent software vendors (ISVs), reduce the effort and time needed to bring NFV-based solutions to market.

Delivering Dynamic End-to-End Orchestration for Cloud, WAN, NFV, and SDN – Amartus
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1/22/2015  | 

The new architectural approaches, like network functions virtualization (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN), and cloud computing, provide the flexible infrastructure, but the existing operation support systems (OSSs) are too slow and cumbersome to support it.

This Intel® Network Builders solution brief discusses the Amartus Chameleon SDS and how it offers a solution.

Amartus Chameleon SDS, built on an Intel® Xeon® processor-based platform, is a new breed of run-time programmable, meta-model driven, multi-vendor, and multi-technology service management and orchestration software that supports the full service life-cycle on a single unified platform and takes advantage of the massive scaling offered by cloud computing. Its future-proof design abstracts the resource and service layers to isolate their orchestration from the complexities of the network. As a result, it significantly reduces the rollout time and streamlines operations, which are the key elements of service providers’ commercial success.

Intel and Brocade NFV Solutions Helps to Reduce Operational Expenses and Support Revenue Growth
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1/22/2015  | 

To support a fully virtualized infrastructure, the network needs to learn from the compute and cloud computing forces that have changed everything; it needs to adapt to support multi-core processing, centralized management and shared infrastructures that will enable the simple portability of compute resources and services.

The Brocade Vyatta vRouter and vADX running on Intel® processor-based servers offer performance to support the varied needs of service providers and their customers. With Intel and Brocade, Service Providers can transform their network to match the agility, efficiency and scale of their virtual compute and storage infrastructures. As a result, they can create a fully virtualized environment that reduces operational expenses to deliver existing and new services at utility prices and support their revenue growth.

Achieving Carrier-Grade OpenStack for NFV - by Heavy Reading
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1/20/2015  | 

Network functions virtualization (NFV) offers communications service providers the promise of more rapid service creation, easier management and lower delivery cost. With sustained competitive pressures, including from newer Web-scale players, service providers are responding to this message and moving with urgency to trans- form their networks and operations.

Many of the components of the platform to deliver NFV have come from community-led developments such as OpenStack and Apache. These have been driven mostly from the enterprise world. Service providers, however, have significantly more stringent requirements than enterprises, meaning work needs to be done in order to make these components truly carrier-grade.

Companies such as HP and Wind River have enhanced and innovated on top of open source solutions, including OpenStack and Linux. They have addressed the key areas of performance, scalability, resiliency, reliability, security and manageability to provide an NFV platform that is carrier-grade.

Simplify and Automate for Enhanced Service Agility
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1/20/2015  | 
Faster, changing market demands. Revenue pressures. New business models and applications. With so much in service provider environments in flux, it's no surprise that operational processes have to change as well. The Internet of Everything demands faster business responsiveness and economies of scale. Services and their features must be made available more quickly and with lower cost to ensure competitiveness and acceptable margins.
Video: Get Up to Speed with the Cloud Xpress
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1/14/2015  | 
Y.1564: SAM Demystified White Paper
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1/14/2015  | 

For more than a decade, RFC2544, the IETF standard for "Benchmarking Methodology for Network Interconnect Devices," had been the de-facto standard for testing Ethernet services, even though it was designed to test networking equipment in a lab environment. The newer ITU-T Y.1564 SAM (Service Activation Methodology) was created to specifically address packet-based services and overcome the RFC2544 shortcomings. The objective of this paper is to provide a clear understanding of the definitions and methodology of ITU-T Y.1564 standard.

Business Ethernet Revisited: The Testing Imperative White Paper
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1/14/2015  | 

The business services opportunity for the cable industry still beckons. Ethernet has emerged as a key enabling technology for its speed, low cost and flexibility. Cable operators have gained a small share of the telco-dominated business services market but are relatively stronger in retail and wholesale Ethernet services. Testing plays a critical role in the installation and maintenance of these services, which typically require adherence to service level agreements (SLAs). In this white paper, we examine how the prerequisite to testing is a workforce trained to use test and measurement (T&M) equipment.

Testing the Next-Gen Network: Make Way for 100GE White Paper
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1/14/2015  | 

Telecommunications networks of the future will continue to carry a mix of technologies. But as legacy infrastructure declines, the evolving Gigabit Ethernet (GE) market is poised to play an increasingly larger role.

Network operators already constrained by 10GE circuits have deployed 40GE, and some are now scaling 100GE across backbone, metro and even access platforms. Standards, favorable costs and growing network traffic help explain Ethernet's appeal. As 40GE and 100GE circuits become more widespread, operators will need to enhance their test and measurement (T&M) equipment accordingly.

A Concise Guide to Mobile Backhaul Synchronization White Paper
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1/14/2015  | 

As the Mobile Backhaul increases bandwidth between radio equipment and core networks to keep up with demand, legacy TDM links are being replaced by more efficient Ethernet links. However, with packet switched networks (PSN) being inherently asynchronous, the question arises as to what could fill the void of providing the tight frequency and phase synchronization required by the mobile base stations and other real-time applications.

Several technologies like IEEE 1588v2 Precision timing protocol, ITU-T G.8261 Synchronous Ethernet and GPS-disciplined clocks are currently available to fill that gap. Since each one has its strengths and weaknesses, and solutions may include a combination of them, Mobile Backhaul Synchronization is currently a hot topic being studied and discussed by standardization bodies and service providers' labs around the world. This white paper provides a concise guide to these new synchronization techniques, with an emphasis on the IEEE 1588v2 Precision Timing Protocol (PTP).

Key Carrier Ethernet Testing and OAM Standards Wall Chart
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1/14/2015  | 

A detailed and informative wall chart including a network overview, IEEE802.1/ITU Y.1731 OAM (Connectivity Fault & Performance Management), ITUY.1564 SAM (Service Activation Methodology (SAM)), and IEEE 802.3ah EFM OAM (Link Fault Management).

Equalizer Measurements White Paper
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1/14/2015  | 
The purpose of a test instrument is to make measurements in the network, to note its good health or to discover problems. The instrument has a set of measurements and the interpretation of the results gives hindsight into the source of the problem. In the QAM as well as the 8-VSB modes, there is a large group of measurements that derive their results from a single element in the instrument: the Equalizer. This white paper looks at correcting the problem by understanding the meaning of each measurement.
MSO Catalog
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1/14/2015  | 
Finding the right test equipment to maximize the performance and potential of an MSO’s network does not have to be a daunting task. Cable operators and MSOs worldwide depend on VeEX solutions every day to stay ahead. Download VeEX’s MSO Catalog to view their cable product portfolio.
Cable Basics Wall Chart
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1/14/2015  | 
A detailed and informative wall chart including RF/QAM, DOCSIS 3.0 Ethernet/IP, MPEG, VoIP/MOS, and T1/ISDN PRI technologies.
Expanded Test Capabilities: Suddenlink™ and DOCSIS® 3.0 Case Study
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1/14/2015  | 
This case study looks at Suddenlink’s deployment of DOCSIS 3.0. Suddenlink began launching DOCSIS 3.0-based services in 2008, migrating to DOCSIS 3.0-capable test and measurement (T&M) equipment two years later. In doing so, it seized the opportunity to expand capabilities, opting for a platform that simplified multiple testing requirements, interfaced with workforce management systems, enabled several communication paths and leveraged server-based efficiencies. This work in turn catalyzed similar integrations across the industry.
Best Practices for Service Agility: Embrace Orchestration
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1/12/2015  | 

Service provider networks are encountering major challenges, as they address these opportunities, while simultaneously meeting market demands for more mobile, social, and visual offerings - as well as rich media applications that demand higher performance. Among the most significant challenges is a lack of service agility.

This challenge starts with a cumbersome lifecycle, with slow service creation, modification, and end of life. These processes, in turn, affect business agility, hurting competitiveness and the bottom line. A faster-moving and more nimble service provider can turn this situation around into a crucial competitive advantage.

Three current industry initiatives promise to greatly improve the agility of service providers and deliver many other benefits:

  • The increased programmability between applications and networks, achieved through software defined networking (SDN)
  • The transformation of network architectures and operations through Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), which can achieve dynamic, elastic, and adaptable infrastructures
  • The availability of software development ecosystems for broader participation, using open source and simpler open APIs to achieve faster innovation

When these capabilities are combined, they offer service providers a path to more dynamic, agile networks. But a successful move to greater agility requires best practices for deploying and using these new tools. Without these practices, the complexity and scale of service provider environments will impede progress towards greater agility.

High-Performance Hardware: Enhance Its Use in SDN
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1/12/2015  | 

Commercial off-the-shelf hardware, such as servers with x86 processors that use software-based forwarding capabilities or emergent white-box switches, will find a place in many use cases. But a more important consideration is the evolving role of high-performance hardware in SDN.As service providers optimize their networks to take full advantage of the very best tools in SDN, network functions virtualization (NFV), and other technologies, they need to strategically assess their hardware choices, based on functions and performance requirements and the intended business outcome for individual applications and services.

Low-cost, off-the-shelf hardware can support many standard applications. But high-performance hardware, such as core data-center switches that support more stringent I/O requirements, high throughput, and high reliability, is still crucial. Of course, every provider needs to drive network costs down, and using more mass-produced hardware can be one way to do that. But the SDN and NFV solutions that you deploy must satisfy the top requirements across applications, services, service provider architectures, and topologies, now and in the future.

Software-Defined Networking - Discover How to Save Money and Generate New Revenue
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1/12/2015  | 

Abstraction helps simplify development or modification of new or existing services and applications, and that simplification drives costs down and contributes to faster revenue returns. Many people in the industry advocate the relocation of control functions to centralized general-purpose servers, typically x86 class in data centers. This approach offers lower costs through the use of lower-priced, mass-produced hardware for the forwarding devices.

In addition, the SDN community is discussing how service providers can use SDN to make money. These discussions typically include three main methods:

  • Repurposing existing revenue-generating network services onto a software-defined network that promises greater flexibility and a lower cost structure, resulting in higher margins
  • The ability to modify or spin up services much faster, capturing new opportunities to enhance revenue
  • A lower-cost, more-flexible network, which can promote more application innovation in a dynamic service environment, opening new markets
Do You Have Your LTE Access Networks Covered
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1/8/2015  | 

You’ve made a significant investment in launching your commercial LTE network. Don’t let a little thing like unknown radio access insights undermine all that you’ve been working for. No matter how well the core network is performing, the access network can cause significant problems for your subscribers, erode profits and chip away at your brand. In this white paper, we challenge you to consider three critical questions when evaluating the effectiveness of your current and future access network monitoring approach.

Increase Engineering Efficiency by More than 30%
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1/8/2015  | 

With TrueCall® you will:

  • Quickly search actual customer call activity
  • Pinpoint problem areas for analysis using phone number searches to accurately resolve customer issues in minutes
  • Pull large amounts of data for specific times and locations
  • Filter on key fields to speed processing and drill down
  • Use live data immediately from your desktop
RAN Optimization Whitepaper
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1/8/2015  | 

In the Jakarta market—Telkomsel’s largest—customers consistently reported a high rate of call drops, among other general “Quality of Experience” (QoE) issues. Network key performance indicators (KPIs), however, reported the opposite: in general, the performance of the network is good enough. Customer reported call-drop issues are a problem in the pre-paid market because interruptions to calls and sessions are the equivalent to stopping a running meter. For postpaid VIPs, poor quality of experience, especially for smartphones, typically translates into account cancellation and customer churn for the carrier. With a reputation built on delivering quality service, Telkomsel was determined to solve the problem.

The Network Equipment Manufacturer (NEM) made several failed attempts to address the issue before recommending that Telkomsel raise capital expenditure (CAPEX) on the network to increase capacity. Wanting a second opinion, Telkomsel engaged Tektronix Communications Professional Services on the basis of its industry-leading toolset and worldwide expertise. The disparity between customer-reported dropped calls and the system’s status reporting suggested that the problem was related to issues in the RAN. To address the challenge, Professional Services established the following objectives for the study:

  • Validate and correct call-drop issues
  • Improve key QoE metrics by 5%
  • Defer CAPEX network spending, if possible
Reduce Field Drive Testing by 50%
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1/8/2015  | 

With TrueCall® you will:

  • Analyze actual customer data
  • Pinpoint problem areas for analysis
  • Pull statistically significant data for specific times and areas of interest
  • Use live data immediately with no post-processing
  • Access all calls made in the system for up to a year
  • Do it all from your desktop without ever leaving the office
Evolved Programmable Network Solution Overview
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1/8/2015  | 

Service providers already face enormous demands on their network and data center assets from exploding mobility, video, and cloud-based applications. We are now in the era of the Internet of Everything (IoE) that will accelerate new metrics of scale never seen before. How can service providers reduce costs and improve efficiency and resource usage, even as they expand their business for new revenue-generating services?

According to The Cisco Visual Networking Index™ (Cisco VNI™), global network transformations will be accelerated by exponential growth in IP, cloud, mobile, video, and machine-to-machine (M2M) traffic growth. IP traffic alone will grow 300 percent to 1.4 zettabytes annually by 2017. With exponential growth comes opportunity. Cloud service providers have changed the rules of an age-old service-delivery game. Profitability is about rapidly delivering customer-focused, application-based services over lean, agile, automated IPv6 cloud-based networks.

In response to this game-changing shift, traditional telecommunication service providers will evolve their business models by taking advantage of innovations in software-defined networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) technologies. Rewards of evolution will include intelligent flexibility for offering real-time repurposing of physical and virtual infrastructure - allowing providers to monetize and accelerate service delivery and capitalize on their unique link to the consumer and the data center.

Evolved Programmable Network Infographic
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1/8/2015  | 

The EPN Era – The importance of data center scale brought us virtualization. As the data center and the network began to merge another obvious question arose, "Should we employ virtualization in the network?"

Computing and the Internet become synonomous. People no longer play games by themselves or browse independently. Instead of going to a store to buy a game or video things are o¬ffered on-demand.

Video: Cisco CPAK: Innovative CMOS Photonics - From OFC ’14
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1/8/2015  | 
vCPE-Based Business Services
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1/6/2015  | 
Total Real-Time Visibility of Network Health
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1/6/2015  | 
Performance Assured vCPE Solutions
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1/5/2015  | 

With the promise of lower cost and faster deployment speeds, business services and data center (DC) connectivity providers are seeking to employ Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and, in-turn, reduce and simplify the physical hardware in the network. With the largest proportion of network elements located at the edge, the biggest savings in capital and operational expenditures (CapEx and OpEx) will be at the customer premise (CP). Unlike best-effort Internet connections, performance assured connectivity requires assured performance to meet SLAs, and to differentiate products in a QoS-savvy market. The customer demands the same performance regardless of how connectivity is delivered – the transition to NFV-based services can’t compromise performance or QoS visibility.

As managed services may traditionally employ a number of appliances at the CP – a router, network interface device (NID), firewall, IP VPN appliance, SIP PBX, etc. – Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) can provide a competitive edge by replacing many of these with their virtualized equivalents. Simplifying the CPE saves capital as well as OpEx related to installation, maintenance, troubleshooting and orchestration between appliances.

Service providers often refer to the virtualization of functions performed at the CP as a ‘virtual CPE’ strategy. Although approaches and definitions vary, it’s clear that on-site, provider-owned equipment won’t completely vanish into the cloud. Some form of CPE is required to provide service demarcation, OAM and QoS mapping functions, and to deliver what ‘merchant silicon’ and software can’t deliver: precise packet time stamping for latency and delay variation measurements, scheduling for seamless test-traffic generation, traffic filtering and policing. Although establishing QoS, service bandwidth and filtered flows can be shifted to an aggregation or edge router, pushing ‘traffic reducing’ functions towards the core puts unnecessary load on the network. Extra bandwidth is consumed not only because traffic is transmitted then discarded – any dropped TCP packets require re-transmission, adding to the problem.

Orchestrated Solutions for Performance-Optimized SDN
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1/5/2015  | 

Programmable, interoperable, open and modular, selected solution elements can be tailored to a provider’s needs, then later extended with Accedian and other industry-standard solutions. Because Performance Matters™, Accedian’s Network Performance Elements, Modules, Software Agents and Platforms deliver industry-leading performance assurance accuracy, scale, granularity and standards-based interoperability. Traffic conditioning and hierarchical quality of service (H-QoS) enforcement optimize per-service performance to maximize resource capacity and efficiency, while automatic Network Configuration simplifies the build-out of ultra-low latency networks and performance-optimized services, dramatically accelerating time to revenue.

Network Performance Assurance Solution Components
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1/5/2015  | 

Flexible extensible, and easily integrated into multi-vendor networks, Accedian solution components are right-sized to provide coverage and scale throughout the core, metro and access.

Orchestrated by highly automated, programmable performance platforms, the right mix of components are easily combined into tailored solutions that span performance assurance, optimization and networking functions specific to an operators’ application requirements and network design.

From initial service turn-up to per-second performance visibility, and the tools to establish and enforce QoS throughout the network, Accedian can customize a solution that will scale and evolve with the network and services they assure.

Rise of the High Capacity Data Center: ACG White Paper
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1/1/2015  | 
The growth of cloud-based services in consumer and business applications during the past five years has been spectacular. Projections are that this trajectory will continue during the next five years. By 2019 mobile network traffic is forecasted to increase tenfold. Half of this increase will be in video services, and an additional 10 percent will be in social networking applications. At the same time, business cloud computing services are expected to increase at a 40 percent average annual rate. By 2019 there will be 60 percent more data centers in the world’s metropolitan areas than there are today, and data center interconnect volumes will increase by more than 400 percent.
Evolving Your Data Center into the Cloud: A primer for Data Center Operators
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1/1/2015  | 
TAs communications service providers (CSPs) see slowing in their traditional services businesses, they are naturally looking at adjacent areas, for example IT and cloud services, for growth. As this occurs, data center infrastructure becomes increasingly important to CSPs’ business strategies and revenue expansion. Ovum Telecoms’ recent data center research highlights that an essential part of CSPs’ data center strategy is interconnecting these assets and using these networks to differentiate. As noted at Verizon’s April 17–18 analyst event, packet–optical connectivity is a critical CSP differentiator for a resilient, high-capacity, and flexible network of data centers. This competition will place greater pressure on independent data center operators.
Infographic: Cloud Networks and Data Center Interconnect
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1/1/2015  | 
An infographic detailing the current data center market, data center infrastructure needs, and how Infinera can help data center operators break free with the hyper scalability, simplicity, and efficiency of Cloud Xpress.
Video: Unleashing Cloud Networks
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1/1/2015  | 
New Synchronization Requirements for 4G Backhaul & Fronthaul – by Heavy Reading
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12/18/2014  | 

Year after year, customers expect mobile operators to somehow keep at least one step ahead of the acceleration in mobile data consumption. Operators must some- how deliver on a long-term capacity roadmap that will allow customers to consume whatever high-bandwidth services they want, wherever and whenever they want them. And investors expect them to do all this without increasing the total cost of ownership of the network, taking account of both capex and opex.

This white paper examines the available options for operators with Long Term Evolution (LTE), LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) and the various small cell and centralized radio access network (C-RAN) architecture options for implementing them. The paper provides examples of early deployments of these techniques and architectures and discusses the associated requirements for network synchronization and synchronization testing as these capacity enhancements are rolled out.

The Rise of Chinese Standards
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12/16/2014  | 

At the beginning of WCDMA development, Chinese operators tried to obtain a greater say in WCDMA. European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) announced that it would develop 3G standards through international cooperation and especially welcomed China, Japan, and Korea to participate in standard development.

TD-SCDMA was a sudden development, hastily developed from TD-CDMA of Siemens.

In May, 2000, under the strong support of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), China Mobile, and China Unicom, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) officially declared the Chinese TD-SCDMA, together with European-led WCDMA and American CDMA2000, as 3G international standards. For the formulation of TD-SCDMA standards, manufacturers outside China gave a cold response. Some manufacturers even said that they had ability to implement TD-SCDMA but they would not do that.

According to the telecom authority, although the Chinese government gave the support necessary for the development of TD-SCDMA, it did not gamble with entire telecom industry of China.

However, this level of governmental support was not enough to convince operators to adopt TD-SCDMA, which was already lagging behind other technologies in commercialization. The last move that elevated TD-SCDMA to the level of national strategy is a letter in 2005. According to insiders, Zhou Huan visited several heavyweight scientists to seek their help, including then Presidents of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and the Chinese Associate for Science and Technology. As a result, these scientists drew up a joint petition to the central government asking for deploying TD-SCDMA as a key to China's "self-innovation".

The petition had a profound impact on the developments of TD-SCDMA. The letter by the presidents of China's top-3 scientific institutions drew great attention from the top decision-makers of the Chinese government, who commented that TD-SCDMA was crucial to the development of mobile communications in China. This comment gave many people the impression that China was going all in with all resources to develop TD-SCDMA.

Mobile World Congress – making the most of the show
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12/2/2014  | 

This document is intended to provide practical advice to companies attending the show. It will cover a number of the key platforms Mobile World Congress offers including: how best to pitch for a speaking opportunity, how to get shortlisted for a Global Mobile Award, how to attract the attention of attending media and analysts and how to navigate the show in general.

All of our tips are based on our extensive experience of maximising the show for our broad client portfolio. Our clients in the mobile space currently include network infrastructure providers, network software vendors, messaging companies, customer experience experts and industry consultants.

Every year, our telecoms team relocates to Barcelona for the week, providing our clients with a bespoke service designed to successfully coordinate a significant amount of activity planned in advance. The work we deliver is not restricted purely to exhibitors. Over the past few years, we have seen an increasing number of delegates attend the show without exhibiting. The show has plenty to offer all companies, regardless of whether or not they take an exhibition stand.

Mobile World Congress is a fiercely competitive event – for media and analyst attention; for successfully being added to the conference programme as a speaker; and being shortlisted for and ultimately winning a Global Mobile Award. We hope you find our advice useful.

Internet Security Threat Report 2014: Volume 19
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12/2/2014  | 

This network monitors threat activity in over 157 countries and territories through a combination of Symantec products and services such as Symantec DeepSight™ Threat Management System, Symantec™ Managed Security Services, Norton™ consumer products, and other third-party data sources.

In addition, Symantec maintains one of the world’s most comprehensive vulnerability databases, currently consisting of more than 60,000 recorded vulnerabilities (spanning more than two decades) from over 19,000 vendors representing over 54,000 products.

Spam, phishing, and malware data is captured through a variety of sources including the Symantec Probe Network, a system of more than 5 million decoy accounts, Symantec.cloud, and a number of other Symantec security technologies. Skeptic™, the Symantec.cloud proprietary heuristic technology, is able to detect new and sophisticated targeted threats before they reach customers’ networks. Over 8.4 billion email messages are processed each month and more than 1.7 billion web requests filtered each day across 14 data centers. Symantec also gathers phishing information through an extensive anti-fraud community of enterprises, security vendors, and more than 50 million consumers.

Symantec Trust Services provides 100 percent availability and processes over 6 billion Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) look-ups per day, which are used for obtaining the revocation status of X.509 digital certificates around the world. These resources give Symantec analysts unparalleled sources of data with which to identify, analyze, and provide informed commentary on emerging trends in attacks, malicious code activity, phishing, and spam. The result is the annual Symantec Internet Security Threat Report, which gives enterprises, small businesses, and consumers essential information to secure their systems effectively now and into the future.

What You Can Do to Stay Ahead of the OTT Curve
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12/1/2014  | 

In today’s fragmented world of multiplatform content, staying ahead of the over-the-top (OTT) curve can be challenging. You need to understand your customers: who are they, what are they watching, when are they watching, where are they doing it, why are they choosing particular content, and exactly how are they finding and consuming all of it, anyway.

In this White Paper, Ooyala explores:

  • Key trends shaping OTT audiences
  • How to analyze your market position and optimize your strategy
  • How to monetize the consumer content journey
  • How some companies have reached their goals with digital video
Centralized Operations: Strategies for Today and Tomorrow – Higher Efficiency, Better Quality, Quicker Readiness
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12/1/2014  | 

The Communications Service Provider (CSP) business is undergoing radical change as a result of significant shifts in market dynamics. To remain competitive or grow market share, many CSPs are determined to evolve from traditional telecoms business operations towards new business models. Enabling the evolution of Telecoms and IT convergence, new technologies such as Self Organizing Networks (SON) driven by 4G/LTE network rollouts, Cloud-based RAN, Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) will have a tremendous impact on CSP business models and the way networks are designed, implemented and operated.

Centralization of operations is core to the transformational journey to digital convergence. Centralization is essential if CSPs are to optimize the management of business and network operations, deliver cost savings, improve time to market and deliver improved quality assurance and customer experience, and future-proof their operations. SDN/NFV will play a particularly important role in centralizing and optimizing network management, intelligence and control, although a phased approach is recommended, making use of a close strategic partner to help guide and implement the process.

Global Operations Centers (GOCs) will also be needed to facilitate system, process and organizational changes through a series of controlled and phased transformations and migrations and for maximum effect and success these should be implemented in collaboration with an experienced solutions delivery partner.

This brief white paper looks at the challenges and benefits of the Centralization model as well the phased approach required to deliver a successful centralization transformation.

Virtualization to Transform Service Provider Business and Operational Economics
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11/20/2014  | 

These dynamics have service providers of all types seeking evolutionary technologies to help them transform their business and operations economics, turning traditional edge infrastructures into more agile, efficient, and service-focused networks that are closely aligned with their business goals. One particularly promising technology is Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), which decouples a wide range of network functions from specialized hardware elements and enables their operation as software on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) x86 servers. Compared to current infrastructure, NFV increases revenue and margins by reducing the time, cost, and complexity associated with service innovation. Routers, the foundational service element in the network edge, are an ideal target for virtualization, depending on the need. This paper examines the challenges that virtualized edge routers must overcome and the benefits they can provide in several potential use cases. This document is intended for product managers seeking innovative ways to efficiently deliver edge services to business, residential, and mobile consumers.

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