& cplSiteName &

NFV Drives Telco Cloud Evolution – Nokia

Roz Roseboro
8/29/2014
50%
50%

Virtualization has been making its way through the telco data center for years, with network functions the next in line to be virtualized.

Like everything else in telco, there is no expectation of rip and replace, so the transformation will need to be managed with an eye towards integrating into existing infrastructure and processes.

I recently spoke with Stefan Kindt, head of technology marketing for Nokia Networks , about the vendor's approach to data center transformation. How data centers will migrate to support NFV is one of the topics we will be exploring at the upcoming NFV and the Data Center event in Santa Clara, September 16.

In Nokia's view, NFV is the main driver for the evolution of the telco cloud. The company offers a full life-cycle of professional services targeted at the telco cloud, from consulting, to design and build, to operate and maintain.

Kindt points out that Nokia works with customers that are deploying NFV on their existing cloud data center platform, as well as customers that use the vendor to bring in a new platform, leveraging partners where necessary.

The decision on which partners to work with on any given project is mostly a question of efficiency and scale: These partners may come from the IT domain, although Kindt says Nokia does have its own IT expertise in-house, handling such tasks as developing telco-specific extensions to OpenStack and VMWare.

It will also bring in the product-related services from partners to deliver pre-integrated solutions. Nokia has an internal cloud that it uses to test technology, and bring the lessons learned into customer engagements.

Nokia has two preferred modes of operation:

    Telco Cloud software integration: In this instance, Nokia handles the horizontal and vertical integration of virtualized solutions running in an existing multi-tenant operator's private cloud environment.

    Full Solution integration: This is the same solution as for Telco Cloud software integration, but running on dedicated cloud infrastructure provided by Nokia.

The vendor is also considering a Core-as-a-Service offering, where it would offer selected network functions as a service hosted on a cloud platform. It opted to forgo providing virtualized network functions and horizontal integration only, because it feels this is not the most compelling or differentiated offer.


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.


According to Kindt, Nokia expects multiple separate clouds to be developed initially: network; operator IT/OSS/BSS; and enterprise. During the coming years, though, it expects these separate clouds to become integrated.

The first phase of integration, perhaps by 2016, will see the IT and Enterprise clouds come together. By 2020 (or later), the network and IT/enterprise clouds will be logically connected. Nokia believes it will be a very long time before all functions are running on a common infrastructure, owing in large part to the fact that telcos are, and will remain, quite siloed, despite integration and virtualization efforts.

Nokia, though, reports it has seen (limited) instances where the network and IT organizations have been brought together under the CTO. Telcos are still figuring out such organizational and cultural changes, although the vision of a fully integrated data center solution remains solid.

— Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading

(5)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
DHagar
50%
50%
DHagar,
User Rank: Light Sabre
9/2/2014 | 2:25:29 PM
Re: Silos
@smkinoshita, I agree.  I believe it is as much cultural and how they have learned how to operate.  I am not certain if given the choice, that they would choose to change. 

Note:  Of course silos are more comfortable all around - it is usually what companies know best.
DHagar
50%
50%
DHagar,
User Rank: Light Sabre
9/2/2014 | 2:21:16 PM
Re: NFV Drives Telco Cloud Evolution - Nokia
@Kruz, good point.  It truly is more about partnerships and developing a competitive value chain!
smkinoshita
50%
50%
smkinoshita,
User Rank: Light Sabre
8/31/2014 | 11:34:10 PM
Silos
I wonder if Telcos tend to be siloed more for technological or cultural?  I know in a lot of businesses, the silos tend to exist just because of corporate culture or simply because that's what everyone is used to.  Telco's a little more complicated, but I wonder if even if there were no longer tech costs if the silos would stay?
Kruz
50%
50%
Kruz,
User Rank: Light Sabre
8/31/2014 | 6:26:18 PM
Re: NFV Drives Telco Cloud Evolution - Nokia
Agreed. They quickly learned that in order order to move forward with nfv, you need to make the right partnerships and they have been partnering with solid players in the market (Juniper for ex).
DHagar
50%
50%
DHagar,
User Rank: Light Sabre
8/29/2014 | 4:23:59 PM
Re: NFV Drives Telco Cloud Evolution - Nokia
@Roz, this looks like smart designs for moving NFV forward.  It appears that they have developed effective platforms for moving into the on-demand service space and can gain recognition for their cloud solutions.  At least they are developing a deep understanding of NFV and the opportunities.
More Blogs from Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes
As the march towards virtualization continues, containers will come into their own.
As the industry moves toward virtualized solutions in data centers, developers are creating switches to help with the bandwidth backlog service providers are experiencing. As a result, vendors are putting more switch devices on the market than at any time in the past decade.
The management and orchestration of virtualized networks is one of the toughest challenges facing operators and their technology suppliers, so there are plenty of initiatives and vendors addressing it.
With cable operators facing challenges in the upstream return path, many are turning to Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX) to address the issue. However, FDX likely won't be available until 2019 and will face its own challenges along the way, leaving the industry to make do until relief is available.
As fog computing starts to play a bigger role in networking strategies, the importance of virtualization to the distributed cloud will become increasingly apparent.
From The Founder
Cisco's Conrad Clemson, recently promoted to head up the company's Service Provider Apps & Platforms developments, talks to Light Reading's Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about how he's bringing cloud video, mobile and virtualization together to empower network operators.
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 Interviews
Heavy Reading: The Web-Scale View

1|18|17   |     |   (0) comments


At Light Reading's 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Rome, Heavy Reading's former chief analyst Patrick Donegan shared insight from the recent web-scale operators report, which featured research on how web-scale operators view the market, the best web-scale companies to ...
LRTV Custom TV
Cisco's Cloud Scale Networking: Automation, Virtualization & Simplification

1|18|17   |     |   (0) comments


Cisco's Sanjeev Mervana outlines the latest innovations in networking technology at CES 2017 in Las Vegas.
LRTV Custom TV
ADVA Talks Innovation & the Future of Networking

1|17|17   |     |   (0) comments


Ray Le Maistre and Christoph Glingener, CTO of ADVA Optical Networking, discuss the current state of the industry, cooperation and collaboration, open innovation and the future of networking.
LRTV Custom TV
Cisco's Infinite Video Platform

1|17|17   |     |   (0) comments


Cisco's Infinite Video Platform allows service providers to deliver broadcast-quality video over IP networks. Infinite video supports many devices, from 4K TVs to tablets to game consoles. Join Cisco's Rajeev Raman for a brief tour and live demo.
LRTV Interviews
Masergy: Ability to Adapt Key for NFV

1|16|17   |   6:40   |   (0) comments


Speaking at Light Reading's 2020 Vision in Rome, Masergy's VP, Global Technology, Ray Watson, said agility is key to providing the mix and match NFV-based services that are driving business for the managed service provider today.
LRTV Interviews
Equinix: The Data Explosion

1|13|17   |   4:16   |   (0) comments


At Light Reading's 2020 Vision in Rome, Eric Schwartz, president of EMEA, Equinix, talked about how Equinix is helping its customers manage the influx of data today, and how it's preparing for a future filled with millions of connected IoT devices.
LRTV Interviews
Heavy Reading: The Changing Data Center Landscape

1|12|17   |   6:05   |   (1) comment


At Light Reading's 2020 Vision event in Rome, Heavy Reading's Senior Analyst Roz Roseboro talks about how virtualization is impacting data center evolution and how that evolution is affecting the relationship between service providers, data center operators and public cloud providers.
LRTV Interviews
Boingo: Prepping for Millions of Devices

1|12|17   |   5:07   |   (1) comment


At Light Reading's 2020 Vision in Rome, Boingo's CTO Derek Peterson discusses how wireless operators will address the needs of low-bandwidth and high-bandwidth apps at the same time, the need for more MHz, the impact of IoT and more.
LRTV Interviews
Comcast Shows Off Gig Gateway at CES

1|11|17   |     |   (1) comment


With its largest presence at CES in years, Comcast took the wraps off its long-awaited gigabit gateway and a new platform for managing the home WiFi network. Light Reading Senior Editor Mari Silbey sat down with EVP Chris Satchell to discuss the latest Comcast advance, and met with VP of Product Strategy and Development Andrea Peiro to walk through a demo of the ...
LRTV Interviews
Colt: End-to-End Key for 2017

1|10|17   |   6:21   |   (0) comments


At Light Reading's 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Rome, Nico Fischbach of Colt said having a multi-carrier, end-to-end service proposition is going to be key for 2017 -- and SD-WAN is instrumental in making it happen.
From the Founder
Cisco's Clemson on Mobile Cloud Video

1|9|17   |     |   (1) comment


Cisco's Conrad Clemson, recently promoted to head up the company's Service Provider Apps & Platforms developments, talks to Light Reading's Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about how he's bringing cloud video, mobile and virtualization together to empower network operators. "If you think about where we're going… whether it's a mobile application, or a video ...
LRTV Custom TV
VMware Telco NFV Solutions – Preparing for 5G & IOT

1|9|17   |     |   (0) comments


Shekar Ayyar, EVP & Corporate Strategy/General Manager of Telco for VMware, discusses VMware's Telco NFV solutions role and foundation for the Imminent Arrival of 5G & IOT.
Upcoming Live Events
May 15-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Hot Topics
A Women in Comms Glossary
Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms, 1/18/2017
Next Plugfest Gets G.fast Closer to Market
Brian Santo, Senior editor, Test & Measurement / Components, Light Reading, 1/13/2017
TV's Paradox: No HDR Without 4K
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 1/17/2017
Nokia CTO: 2017 Is the Year 5G Gets in the Field
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 1/19/2017
Cable Has One Thing Verizon Needs
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 1/17/2017
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders chats with Sportlogiq CEO Craig Buntin about sports data analysis.
Eyal Waldman, CEO of Mellanox Technologies, speaks to Steve Saunders, CEO of Light Reading, for an exclusive interview about the 100 GB cable challenge, cybersecurity and much more.
Animals with Phones
Live Digital Audio

Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.