SDN for multi-layer IP and Optical Networks
University | 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?
University | 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
University | 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
University | 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
University | 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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