Open Source for White Box Networks
Upskill U | 8/19/2016 | Post a comment
Service providers and enterprises are moving away from proprietary purpose-built hardware to "white box" solutions, including servers and switches -- some using purpose-built software and others on open source software -- in order to seek greater efficiencies and new business opportunities. This course will cover the importance of open source software to the white box transformation and how virtualization and evolving standards will impact that transformation overall.
Using Open Source for Data Centers and Cloud Services
Upskill U | 8/17/2016 | Post a comment
Telecom embraced open source in its move to the cloud and has been increasingly active in the open source community as participants and contributors, even creating some of its own open source organizations to address telecom-specific issues. This course will cover how the process is working, what issues still need to be resolved and whether standards bodies are perhaps the better way forward for CSPs.
The Role of Open Source in NFV
Upskill U | 8/12/2016 | Post a comment
Momentum behind open source is growing in the telecom industry, with industry initiatives such as OPNFV seeing robust participation from key vendors. They are taking a page from the IT world by leveraging a more agile, open and collaborative development process, in the hope of providing common building blocks that can be packaged and customized by individual companies. Ultimately, the aim is to reduce development cycle times and deliver new solutions, such as those needed to support NFV. This course will discuss the impact open source is having on NFV platforms and what it means for vendors and operators.
Telcos & Open Source 101
Upskill U | 8/10/2016 | Post a comment
Open source plays a crucial role in moving to a virtualized network architecture. By using open source software, service providers can increase efficiency and agility but reduce cost. There is a huge uptick in service provider interest in the open source process to build their own internal open source competencies, and learn how to operate in new ways. This course will look at how to make the shift from the traditional standards processes, how the open source process is tackling a new role of competing at the higher levels of the software stack and provide understanding in open source licensing and managing R&D processes.
The Central Office Re-Architected as a Data Center
Upskill U | 7/29/2016 | Post a comment
As service providers move to virtualized networks, telco center offices are being re-architected to look like data centers. During this course, you will learn more about why the transition needs to happen now, how to make the transition and what the new central office will look like.
The Changing Face of the Data Center World
Upskill U | 7/27/2016 | Post a comment
The demand for always-on content means greater need for high-speed pipes and distributed content/applications well beyond the large markets, and that is creating new opportunity for national, regional and smaller carriers and data center operators. It is also reshaping the very definition of interconnection, as data center, colocation/carrier hotel, content-delivery networks and "meet-me" capabilities are combined in new and different ways. This course will look at the changing face of competition in the interconnection world and who can capitalize on these new opportunities.
The Future of the Metro Data Center Interconnect
Upskill U | 7/22/2016 | Post a comment
Web-scale players and the emergence of cloud networking are changing the communications landscape dramatically and providing tremendous new growth opportunities in optical networking. On the one hand, web 2.0 giants, such as Google, Facebook and Yahoo, are becoming large buyers of DWDM equipment as they connect their massive data centers across cities and countries. On the other hand, traditional telcos are pursuing their own strategy, increasingly outsourcing data centers and creating a connected intelligent-edge strategy that pushes content and data closer to the customers and still requires high-speed optics. This course looks at the future of metro data center interconnect, primarily from the telcos’ perspective. What lessons can be learned from the web-scale service providers? What should telecom operators do differently to put data, content and network smarts where they are needed most?
Telco Data Center 101
Upskill U | 7/20/2016 | Post a comment
Even as telecom operators embrace IT technology and look to virtualized services and operate them on commodity hardware, the service mix they provide requires more than the typical IT data center infrastructure. While many functions will ultimately be virtualized, many will not – leading to a plethora of dedicated appliances, servers and traditional switches and routers being needed for the foreseeable future. Performance and reliability requirements may also play a role in shaping the data center future for telecom, which may ultimately need a more distributed approach to its data center infrastructure. This course will explore how telecom is evolving its data center strategy to support virtualization as quickly as possible while maintaining service standards and supporting future services. This course prepares students for subsequent courses on the telco data center.
Video: The Case for Virtualization
Upskill U | 7/15/2016 | 1 comment
There is a transformation underway in the video industry toward more flexible operating models, faster service provisioning and greater innovation. Key to this transformation is the virtualization and orchestration of video processing and secure delivery of content. This transformation has the potential to improve the bottom line by making it more profitable to support video services and also improve the top line by enabling new revenue opportunities. This course will highlight the benefits and approach to implementing virtualization and orchestration by focusing on a recent customer case study.
Video: Boosting Customer Experience
Upskill U | 7/13/2016 | 4 comments
With no end in sight, the demand for video over mobile devices has left many service providers looking at their content delivery infrastructure strategies to ensure quality of experience and performance and reduce latency. But not all networks are created equal, and strategies vary based on geographic location, customer preferences and existing network architecture. This course looks at how service providers are addressing critical performance enhancements, the impact on the network and what those enhancements might mean for customers.
Video: The Openstack Approach
Upskill U | 7/1/2016 | 8 comments
Building a virtualized infrastructure based on an Openstack foundation is fundamentally different than traditional data center architectures. But it is essential to delivering the agility and cost optimizations required by today's video providers looking to succeed in the multi-screen and on-demand market where consumers expect new and engaging entertainment to be continually and rapidly refreshed. This course will explore some of the specific approaches taken in transforming the development, integration and implementation of video networking infrastructure for powering some of the most innovative services in the pay-TV market.
Video: The Next Generation
Upskill U | 6/29/2016 | 330 comments
From WiFi to 5G, the next generation of wireless networks, including 5G, has the potential to broaden broadband data networking and boost demand for mobile video exponentially. This course will give an overview of those next-generation wireless networking technologies, the impact on customers and what they mean for service providers as they look to rule the airwaves.
Big Data Analytics & IoT
Upskill U | 6/24/2016 | 430 comments
The linking of capillary sensor networks to the cloud creates the opportunity for huge amounts of data to be aggregated and shared, with resulting insight and potential second order impact on innovation. To get to this stage, however, an integrated IoT and data analytics strategy is required. This course will cover the role of the telco, cloud providers and other stakeholders in this shift. Centralized intelligence vs. the edge of the network will also be addressed.
IoT: Tackling the Security Challenge
Upskill U | 6/23/2016 | 402 comments
The new opportunities of IoT extend not just to those capitalizing on connections, but also to those reinventing themselves to provide solutions for the requirements of our hyper-connected world. While IoT opens up channels of communication that were never possible before -- billions of connected devices allow an unprecedented flow of data it also opens up new points of vulnerability that need to be secured, a new opportunity for those in the security business. This course will look at the various ways to ensure IoT security, including creating partnerships and ecosystems, digital signature and authentication, device management and prevention policies to build security in from the ground up.
Big Data Analytics Meets Customer Experience Management
Upskill U | 6/22/2016 | 298 comments
Embedding analytics into operations to measure and improve customer experience helps to track the customer at every single touchpoint, whether it be in stores, through a mobile app, SMS, email, website or otherwise. Service providers are starting to combine data sets and break down the silos that currently hamper their ability to optimize their data assets, but challenges remain. This course will discuss how CSPs can tackle data integration and the lack of skilled staff and implement strategies that can boost the bottom line.
Big Data Analytics & Network Security
Upskill U | 6/17/2016 | 360 comments
Security is no longer that wall you build around your valuables or the lock on the safe. It is now a distributed architecture of network intelligence and analytics that is constantly looking at traffic and its behavior and assessing whether there are bad actors at work. This course will look at how analytics can be used to strengthen network and advanced threat protection capabilities, and automate threat intelligence to detect, analyze and remediate attacks.
Analytics & Virtualization 101
Upskill U | 6/15/2016 | 196 comments
For virtualization to deliver on its promises to both reduce operating costs and accelerate service innovation, network operators need to be simultaneously developing their big data and advanced analytics capabilities. These two critical components in the world of NFV and SDN provide the context for service management, self-optimization and self-healing networks. This course will examine the fundamental questions as to the role of big data and advanced analytics and explain what service providers need to be doing as they prepare for virtualized networks. This course prepares students for subsequent courses on analytics.
Assuring Security in a Cloud-Based NFVi
Upskill U | 6/13/2016 | 103 comments
Separating a software-based network function from its known hardware execution environment and running it in a relatively unknown cloud environment can be a scary proposition, introducing potential new security vulnerabilities and a rapidly changing environment to secure. Assembling and orchestrating all the right security components to provide VNFs and their underlying execution environments with the right level of security is a large challenge. This course will discuss ways of ensuring that security is preserved in the NFV environment and the security orchestration and other technologies needed for virtual networks.
Ethernet & the Cloud
Upskill U | 6/10/2016 | 169 comments
The rapid rise of cloud services pushed Ethernet service providers to make their services available on-demand. Now the rise of virtualization is creating new demand for network-as-a-service options that combine physical and virtual network elements flexibly, while also delivering on the quality promises for which Carrier Ethernet has become known. This course looks at how that will happen and what network operators need to be doing now to prepare.
LIVE AT BCE - Mobile Video: Finding a Solution
Upskill U | 5/25/2016 | 83 comments
Viewers are increasingly seeking alternatives and complements to conventional TV, with an ever-growing number of mobile-first video viewers, especially in the highly targeted 18-to-34 age group. An IAB study reported that more than one third of smartphone users watch long-form videos every day on their mobile devices. Together, Saini and Alan Breznick, Light Reading, will discusses how mobile operators are dealing with the challenges of the increase in video traffic on their networks while exploring new approaches to monetizing it. Course participants will gain an understanding of how mobile operators are delivering a high-quality video viewing experience while making the cost of carrying video commensurate with the revenues from mobile TV services. These approaches are enabling mobile operators to pursue new win-win relationships with content providers, attract and grow new subscribers and gain new revenues from mobile video services.
LIVE AT BCE - 5G: Are We There Yet?
Upskill U | 5/24/2016 | 88 comments
While a majority of mobile operators are still deploying 4G networks and transitioning to LTE mobile data services, the standards community, including NGNM and 5GPPP, has already turned its attention to developing 5G standards, and some service providers, including AT&T, SK Telecom and Verizon, are touting 5G trials. 5G networks will be capable of supporting trillions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and high-definition and ultra-high-definition (4K) video to smartphones and tablets due to exponential improvements in scale, throughput and latency. Along with the obvious evolution of the radio air link, the NFV and SDN technologies will play a critical role in 5G architectures. With 5G services expected to begin launching in 2020, now is the time for service providers to begin preparing. Verizon's Flynn and Gabriel Brown, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading, will discuss the current state of requirements for 5G, and how SDN, NFV and other industry trends, such as mobile edge computing (MEC) and big data analytics, will all play an integral role in the delivery of 5G services.
Cloudifying the Network
Upskill U | 5/20/2016 | 156 comments
The network of networks becomes critical at a time when enterprises want to connect to multiple clouds and do it on-demand and in a secure, reliable fashion. This course looks at how interconnection is evolving to meet the on-demand enterprise requirements, including the evolution of exchanges and the expansion of traditional colocation.
Cloud Platforms & Services: 101
Upskill U | 5/18/2016 | 222 comments
Once an enterprise-only concern, cloud has made its way into the heart of service provider operations and is a key part of the service provider's transformation to virtualized, all-IP networks. However, many service providers are finding themselves ill-equipped to handle the transformation on all fronts -- including skillsets and culture. This introductory course will cover all the important aspects of transforming to cloud-based networks and services, including what it means for service providers, why it's important, how it's impacting the industry, the challenges and benefits and more. This course prepares students for subsequent courses on cloud platforms and services.
IoT: The Impact of Industrial IoT
Upskill U | 5/13/2016 | 222 comments
Despite the hype surrounding connected homes and consumer electronics, the biggest transformations and economic impact will be industrial IoT (IIoT) applications. From lowering the cost of providing effective and efficient healthcare to the provision of safe water and food to a growing global population, IoT will underpin the fabric of modern society. CIOs will become the essential lynchpin to ensuring secure connectivity and the management of data to provide the insights necessary for product and service development and delivery. This course will cover how service providers can work most effectively as partners in this process to be vital players in this landscape.
IoT: Evolving Networks to Meet the Opportunity
Upskill U | 5/11/2016 | 201 comments
IoT is neither a single technology nor a single market; it is a mishmash of networks, systems and technologies, enabling a plethora of market opportunities in multiple industries. This course will examine how operators’ networks will need to evolve in order to address this diverse IoT opportunity, realizing that the solutions that need to be delivered will draw on all parts of the network but will require complex interactions not previously anticipated. It will also address key questions as to how accelerating NFV and SDN will enable IoT configuration agility and smart service flexibility for vertical industries, as well as challenges in the transition to virtualization.
Upskill U | 5/4/2016 | 244 comments
The Internet of Things (IoT) is promising to explode over the next three to five years, and service providers and enterprises are rushing to grab a piece of the trillion-dollar market. But haste may make waste in the IoT space due to serious concerns around security and network readiness. While 5G may offer some respite, 5G is still a long way off and providers need to make changes now to prepare for the 21 billion connected devices expected to hit by 2020. This introductory course taught by Ericsson will cover all the important aspects of IoT, including what it is, why it's important, how it's impacting the industry, the challenges and benefits and more. This course prepares students for subsequent courses on IoT.
Upskill U | 4/29/2016 | 256 comments
One of the key benefits of a virtualized network is automation -- for everything from security to analytics to provisioning services and more. In addition, automation helps control expenses: automating tasks and processes lower cost, automation ensures adherance to standards and policies and automation speeds new service delivery. However, a good virtualization strategy is required to truly beneft. This course will delve into the details of automation, how service providers can benefit from automation and what a good strategy looks like.
Virtualization: Network Design & Infrastructure
Upskill U | 4/25/2016 | 283 comments
Building a virtualized, all-IP network is fundamentally different than a traditional TDM-based network, but in order to achieve capex and opex benefits as well as ensure customer experience, service providers are under pressure to get it right. Industry players are taking different approaches to the critical questions around how to build an NFV infrastructure and where to start. This course will look at various approaches, key goals and challenges and provide insight into which strategy is best for specific network operators.
Virtualization: Webifying the Network
Upskill U | 4/22/2016 | 307 comments
As traditional networks move to all-IP virtualized networks, service providers are moving to new business and operational models similar to those of the web-scale giants of Google and others. While the opportunity is great, the challenge is equally great due to the many facets of transformation, including provisioning and deploying services, cultural changes, DevOps and Agile methodology and new developments like IoT. During this course, students will gain insight into how the web-scale giants operate, and steps they can take to transform their own companies, departments and businesses to reach the same heights.
Upskill U | 4/20/2016 | 466 comments
This introductory course will cover all the important aspects of virtualization, including what it is, why it's important, how it's impacting the industry, the challenges and benefits and more. It will also give a high-level overview of key aspects to consider when moving to a virtualized infrastructure, such as analytics, security, how to take the first steps and where virtualization will have the most impact first. This course prepares students for subsequent courses on virtualization.
From The Founder
The independent evaluation of Nokia's key virtual network functions (VNFs) was a defining moment for the Finnish giant.
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
Upcoming Live Events
September 13-14, 2016, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
September 14, 2016, Denver, CO
November 3, 2016, London, UK
November 3, 2016, The Montcalm Marble Arch, London
November 30, 2016, The Westin Times Square, New York City
All Upcoming Live Events
May 16-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
A new survey conducted by Heavy Reading and TM Forum shows that CSPs around the world see the move to digital operations as a necessary part of their overall virtualization strategies.
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
In Silicon Valley, Steve Saunders sits down with Cisco's Yvette Kanouff for an exclusive in-depth interview.
At the BCE 2016 show in Austin, ECI Telecom CEO Darryl Edwards tells Light Reading founder and CEO about the Elastic Network concept and the company's NFV and cybersecurity developments.