& cplSiteName &

Verizon's Elby to Head Infinera's Cloud Team

Carol Wilson
8/5/2014
50%
50%

Long-time Verizon executive Stuart Elby has left the carrier to join Infinera, where he will head up the transport equipment vendor's new cloud network strategy and technology team. (See Infinera Appoints Elby As Cloud Guru.)

Elby, who was most recently vice-president and chief technologist of Verizon Labs, was often the public face of Verizon's exploratory efforts into new technologies and network architectures, including most recently its work in cloud platforms and virtualization.

He is also the second top Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) technologist to leave the carrier in recent months for the vendor world, following the move of Prodip Sen, Verizon's NFV guru, who now leads HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ)'s NFV efforts. (See HP Looks to Conquer Carriers With NFV.)

At Infinera Corp. (Nasdaq: INFN), Elby will head up a new group focused on the transport infrastructure requirements of data center operators, the network operators that connect them and the growing ecosystem of companies developing systems that enable cloud services. This segment has become a major focus for telecom service providers and prompted other moves within the vendor community, including a significant effort by Cisco. (See Cisco Aims for '#1' in Hybrid Cloud.)


Need to know more about network functions virtualization and the cloud? Then check out the agenda for NFV and the Data Center, September 16 at the Santa Clara Marriott, Calif.


The congenial Elby is very familiar with the packet-optical transport technology sector as he was known for his work on Verizon's metro and long-haul network architectures, particularly as they evolved to support cloud services. He was also a key figure in developing the Verizon Digital Media Services approach to distributing content.

Elby is also likely to be quite familiar with Infinera and its products. Before deciding on Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) for a major 100G transport deal, Verizon reportedly had Infinera on its shortlist. The newly minted Infinera exec also has spoken at Infinera events in the past. (See Analyst: Infinera Loses VZ Deal to AlcaLu and Finisar Intros 1x20 WSS.)

— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading

(7)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
wanlord
50%
50%
wanlord,
User Rank: Light Sabre
8/6/2014 | 12:03:08 PM
Re: exec failure
nothing to share that isn't out there already, just putting 2 and 2 together when looking at the articles and announcements.  The main guy who was leading it left after three years and there was never much after the big splash announcements, now you see other execs leaving, Linked In indicates people who were former VDMS, then you see all these recent purchases and partners of companies when strung together appear to do the same thing they tried to do. Never saw any announcements of a real product or customers. Also read about Redbox Streaming not being profitable. 

This article talks about them spending 370M in 2012, so I am sure it's double that by now. The exec also left.

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/165690/verizon-sets-unicast-rollout-streams-vod-to-web.html

 

http://www.heavyreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=206612&page_number=2

 

http://www.fierceonlinevideo.com/story/theplatform-teams-verizon-digital-media-services-online-video-delivery/2014-07-31

 
Carol Wilson
50%
50%
Carol Wilson,
User Rank: Blogger
8/6/2014 | 10:42:03 AM
Re: exec failure
I was aware of a brain drain a few years ago at Verizon - many of their long-time network gurus left, mostly due to a change in the law regarding retirement and pensions, but this is an interesting statement regarding VDMS, and if you want to share any info, please email me: wilson@lightreading.com.
wanlord
50%
50%
wanlord,
User Rank: Light Sabre
8/6/2014 | 10:31:42 AM
exec failure
There has been a huge brain drain and even more at the lower levels you don't see. All because of some really bad exec decisions with the whole VDMS and CDN initiatives. I have seen many articles about this. Spent billions and years and failed so they are trying to save it by buying all these smaller companies (oncue, uplynk, edgecast) and the end result was losing hundreds of really good execs, engineers, technologist, product and project managers. Meanwhile the ones who make the bad decisions get promoted. All because they keep hiring execs from outside of the business who have no clue how to build and integrate networks and systems so they hire consultants and pour money into the pit with no value return. 
Carol Wilson
50%
50%
Carol Wilson,
User Rank: Blogger
8/5/2014 | 2:56:52 PM
Re: Smart marketing move
Sam,

Interesting thought - I can't see any wild swings or changes. Even with things in flux, companies like Verizon make very measured decisions. But it will be interesting to see where the virtualization strategy goes now with Prodip Sen no longer there and where the networking strategy goes post-Elby.

It's also worth noting that Stu Elby was doing more work on the digital media side, of late. 
sam masud
100%
0%
sam masud,
User Rank: Light Sabre
8/5/2014 | 2:48:54 PM
Re: Smart marketing move
A definite win for Infinera but I wonder how much it will damage VZ since his successor might have a very different vision when it comes to new technologies. Of course, s/he might stay the course, but that would be a surprise given that new technologies themselves are in a flux.
Carol Wilson
100%
0%
Carol Wilson,
User Rank: Blogger
8/5/2014 | 11:52:42 AM
Re: Smart marketing move
I agree, Ray. Particularly given his most recent activity, Elby is probably very well-suited to talk to other service providers about how their networks need to evolve to better handle data center traffic. 

Every service provider I talk to is working in this direction - connecting data centers, that is -- and trying to determine where to best store content, apps and data and how to provide the most flexibility in bandwidth to those sites. 
Ray@LR
100%
0%
Ray@LR,
User Rank: Blogger
8/5/2014 | 11:27:39 AM
Smart marketing move
THis looks like a very smart move on Infinera's part.... that's a high profile name who can provide unique insight into the needs of Tier 1 players and take a message to market that everyone will listen to.
Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
From The Founder
The independent evaluation of Nokia's key virtual network functions (VNFs) was a defining moment for the Finnish giant.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
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.
LRTV Custom TV
Cisco's Innovations in Cable

5|26|16   |   03:18   |   (0) comments


Marc Aldrich from Cisco discusses the latest in security, the evolution and momentum for CCAP and what the industry will be seeing next from Cisco.
LRTV Documentaries
Leading Lights 2016 Highlights

5|25|16   |   02:26   |   (1) comment


Some of the high points from this year's Leading Lights awards dinner at the Hotel Ella in Austin, Texas.
LRTV Documentaries
Light Reading Hall of Fame 2016

5|23|16   |   05:43   |   (0) comments


Find out who has been welcomed into Light Reading's Hall of Fame this year.
LRTV Custom TV
ZTE TM Forum Highlights

5|23|16   |     |   (0) comments


ZTE showcased its new ICT solutions at TM Forum in Nice.
LRTV Interviews
Gamma's MD on the Emergence of UC2

5|20|16   |     |   (0) comments


Gamma Communications Managing Director David Macfarlane believes the unified communications (UC) market has reached a tipping point.
LRTV Custom TV
The Ultimate 5-Minute Guide to Digital Customer Engagement

5|20|16   |     |   (0) comments


In this short video, you will hear all about how Digital Customer Engagement is the key to meeting customer expectations, keeping them happy, and maximizing revenue. VP Product & Marketing at Pontis, Ofer Razon, breaks down for us the five essential capabilities for successful Digital Customer Engagement. Don’t miss!
LRTV Custom TV
NFV in 2016: Part 1 – NFV Use Cases Get Real

5|19|16   |   05:57   |   (0) comments


Consensus is building around the key use cases for NFV, including managed IP services at the network edge and on customer premises, which can generate new revenues from enterprises/SMBs and consumers; Evolved Packet Core to support LTE migration; and adjacent technologies, such as TAS and IMS, to support VoLTE and next-generation charging and policy control ...
LRTV Custom TV
Nokia's Steve Vogelsang on NFV – Part 3

5|19|16   |     |   (0) comments


Steve Vogelsang discusses the challenges of operational transformation and how Nokia helps its customers. Join Steve at the Big Communications Event in Austin the morning of May 24, on his keynote and optical networking panel.
LRTV Interviews
Level 3: Why UC Is In Demand

5|17|16   |   04:12   |   (1) comment


Andrew Edison, Level 3's senior VP of sales, EMEA region, talks about the drivers of growth in the unified communications services market.
LRTV Custom TV
ARM's OPNFV Action

5|17|16   |     |   (0) comments


At the ARM booth at MWC 2016, Joe Kidder and Bob Monkman speak to Light Reading about OPNFV and their upcoming action.
LRTV Custom TV
Nokia's Steve Vogelsang on NFV – Part 2

5|16|16   |     |   (0) comments


Steve Vogelsang gives advice to service providers on how to move to NFV. Join Steve at the Big Communications Event in Austin the morning of May 24, on his keynote and optical networking panel.
LRTV Interviews
Interoute CTO on NFV's Maturity

5|13|16   |   06:46   |   (1) comment


Matt Finnie, CTO at international operator Interoute, explains how NFV has made life easier in terms of logistics and how Interoute can now enable a 'software-defined moment' for its customers.
Upcoming Live Events
September 13-14, 2016, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
December 6-8, 2016,
June 16-18, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
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.
Hot Topics
DT: Telcos Must Escape Vendor Prison
Iain Morris, News Editor, 5/24/2016
AT&T to Start 5G 'Friendly' Trial by 2016 End
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 5/24/2016
WiCipedia: Short Skirts & Back-Up Plans
Eryn Leavens, Special Features & Copy Editor, 5/20/2016
Eurobites: Be More European, EU Tells Streaming Services
Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 5/20/2016
Cable Is Eyeing Its Retail Options
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 5/25/2016
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
In this latest installment of the CEO Chat series, Craig Labovitz, co-founder and CEO of Deepfield, sits down with Light Reading's Steve Saunders in Light Reading's New York City office to discuss how Deepfield fits in with the big data trend and more.
Grant van Rooyen, president and CEO of Cologix, sits down with Steve Saunders, founder and CEO of Light Reading, in the vendor's New Jersey facility to offer an inside look at the company's success story and discuss the importance of security in the telecom industry.
Animals with Phones
Live Digital Audio

Our world has evolved through innovation from the Industrial Revolution of the 1740s to the information age, and it is now entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution, driven by technology. Technology is driving a paradigm shift in the way digital solutions deliver a connected world, changing the way we live, communicate and provide solutions. It can have a powerful impact on how we tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. In this radio show, Caroline Dowling, President of Communications Infrastructure & Enterprise Computing at Flex, will join Women in Comms Director Sarah Thomas to discuss the impact technology has on society and how it can be a game-changer across the globe; improving lives and creating a smarter world. Dowling, a Cork, Ireland, native and graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program, will also discuss her experience managing an international team focused on innovation in an age of high-speed change.