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SDN for multi-layer IP and Optical Networks
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12/10/2013  |  27 comments
Transport networks seem primed for the promise of SDN to drive out costs – both capex and opex – and increase flexibility. There are significant challenges to introducing SDN at the photonic layer, however, and a need for further definition of what SDN will do at the higher layers of the transport architecture. What needs to be done, how quickly is that likely to happen, and what are the first steps?
NFV: What Exactly Can Be Virtualized?
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12/4/2013  |  54 comments
Carrier networks are crammed with function-specific appliances – session border controllers, gateways, network address translators, firewalls, deep packet inspection probes—that in theory could be run as software on commodity hardware, as defined by ETSI’s Network Functions Virtualization group. Where is virtualization most logically deployed first, and are there things in the network that either can’t or shouldn’t be virtualized?
The Role of Virtual Routers in Carrier Networks
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11/19/2013  |  42 comments
One of the key promises of SDN is the ability to move away from purpose-built routers for large telecom networks and instead use commodity hardware with specialized software. Is it realistic to expect this transition to commercial hardware in the network’s core and what must be done to enable this important step? Are virtual routers more likely to show up at the edge of the network first?
NFV in Mobile Core Networks
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11/14/2013  |  54 comments
This session will discuss NFV in the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and identify which applications are most suited to virtualization in the near- and medium-terms. Topics to be covered include virtualization of the 4G control-plane, service chaining in the Gi-LAN, and data-plane virtualization. The broadcast will also map the evolution of the 4G core to the development of the underlying NFV and SDN platforms.
SDN, NFV and Policy Control: Fitting it All Together
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11/12/2013  |  113 comments
Virtualizing different parts of the network promises greater flexibility and efficiency in using network resources, but all that flexibility requires new levels of control. Service providers are already looking to new use of analytics and expanded use of policy management to give them more real-time control over their networks. How do these piece parts all fit together to make a more flexible and efficient network infrastructure that can deliver new services more quickly?


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Verizon's Emmons: SDN Key to Cost-Effective Scaling

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For Verizon and other network operators to ramp up available bandwidth cost effectively, they need to move to SDN and agree on how to do that.
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Lack of Universal SDN a Challenge

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Heavy Reading Analyst Sterling Perrin talks about how uncertainty about SDN standards and approaches may be slowing deployment.
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Steve Vogelsang Interview: Carrier SDN

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Sterling Perrin speaks to Steve Vogelsang, Alcatel-Lucent CTO for IP Routing & Transport business, about the new Carrier SDN-enabling Network Services Platform and the operator challenges it solves.
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Carrier SDN: On-Demand Networks for an On-Demand World

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Steve Vogelsang, Alcatel-Lucent CTO for IP Routing & Transport business, talks about requirements and benefits of Carrier SDN during the keynote address at the Light Reading Carrier SDN event May 2015.
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The Security Challenge of SDN

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CenturyLink VP James Feger discusses concerns that virtualization could create new vulnerabilities unless network operators build in safeguards.
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NFV Elasticity – Highly Available VNF Scale-Out Architectures for the Mobile Edge

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Peter Marek and Paul Stevens from Advantech Networks and Communications Group talk about their NFV Elasticity initiative and the company's latest platforms for deploying virtual network functions at the edge of the network. Packetarium XL and the new Versatile Server Module: 'designed to reach parts of the network that other servers cannot reach.'
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Bay Area Spark Meetup 2015

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Developed in 2009, Apache Spark is a powerful open source processing engine built around speed, ease of use and sophisticated analytics. This spring, Huawei hosted a meetup for Spark developers and data scientists in Santa Clara, California. Light Reading spoke with organizers and attendees about Huawei's code contributions and long-term commitment to Spark.
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The Transport SDN Buzz

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Sterling Perrin, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, speaks with Peter Ashwood-Smith of Huawei and Guru Parulkar of ON.Lab about the evolution of transport SDN and the integration of technologies.
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Next-Generation CCAP: Cisco cBR-8 Evolved CCAP

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John Chapman, Cisco's CTO of Cable Access Business Unit and Cisco Fellow, explained the innovation design of Cisco's cBR-8, the industry's first Evolved CCAP, including DOCSIS 3.1 design from ground-up, distributed CCAP with Remote PHY and path to virtualization. Cisco's cBR-8 Evolved CCAP is the platform that will last through the transitions.
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Meeting the Demands of Bandwidth & Service Group Growth

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Jorge Salinger, Comcast's Vice President of Access Architecture, explains how DOCSIS 3.1 and multi-service CCAP can meet the demands of the bandwidth and service group growth.
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DOCSIS 3.1: Transforming Cable From Hardware-Defined Network to Software-Defined Network

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John Chapman, Cisco's CTO of Cable Access Business Unit and Cisco Fellow, explains how DOCSIS 3.1 can transform cable HFC network to a more agile software-defined network.
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Predicting Traffic Patterns for Quality Mobile Broadband

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Accessing information ubiquitously creates complexity and creates heavy traffic onto the network, especially at large-scale events like sporting events or festivals. In this video, Huawei's Mohammad Hussain speaks to experts about how to predict traffic and improve user experience during periods of heavy traffic.
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Network functions virtualization (NFV) is not the easiest of topics to take on board, so here's a Light Reading infographic, developed following conversations with the folks at HP, that helps make sense of where NFV is taking the industry.
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