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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.
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  | 

Your clients and end users want instant access to their chosen applications — anytime, anywhere. To meet this demand, you have undoubtedly investigated cloud services. You know that with cloud services you should be able to turn up applications very quickly. You also expect cloud services will help you simplify operations and control costs. However, for cloud services to meet your expectations, the networks within and across datacenters must evolve to become as virtualized and readily available as the server and storage infrastructure.

Download the Consumable Datacenter Networking Brochure from Nuage to see how Nuage can provide you with a robust and scalable multi-tenant networking infrastructure that delivers secure virtual slices of readily consumable compute, storage and networking instantaneously across thousands of applications and user groups.

Unconstrained Datacenter Networks for the Cloud Era
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4/26/2016  | 
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.
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.
From Today to Tomorrow: Huawei Microwave & MM-Wave Whitepaper
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4/11/2016  | 
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.
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.


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