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Key developments related to the use and evolution of the OpenFlow protocol.
By Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 5/22/2015
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.
By Dan O'Shea, Managing Editor, 5/21/2015
The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) has taken its latest step in assisting the commercialization of SDN in carrier networks, approving a transport SDN framework ...
By Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 5/21/2015
Will deploying software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities and implementing a network functions virtualization (NFV) strategy pay off for fixed-line, cable and ...
By Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 5/21/2015
Heavy Reading Analyst Sterling Perrin talks about how uncertainty about SDN standards and approaches may be slowing deployment.
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By Caroline Chappell, Principal Analyst, NFV & Cloud, Heavy Reading, 5/15/2015
The long-term vision for NFV is to have a ubiquitous, virtualized infrastructure and orchestration stack capable of supporting any virtual network function (VNF) ...
By Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 5/15/2015
Having already deployed NFV in almost 70 of its central offices, AT&T is now testing an approach to virtualizing its optical access, with the intent of reducing costs ...
By Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 5/12/2015
DENVER -- Light Reading Carrier SDN Networks -- Creating a standard version of SDN to which the entire industry can build is the telecom industry's next great ...
By Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 5/12/2015
The OpenDaylight Project picked up a big-name service provider member this week, with Comcast joining the SDN organization. Comcast also shared how it's using ...
By Caroline Chappell, Principal Analyst, NFV & Cloud, Heavy Reading, 5/11/2015
There are compelling reasons why OpenStack is rapidly becoming the clear favorite of all possible candidates for the Virtualized Infrastructure Manager (VIM) in the ...
By Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 5/8/2015
Reliability remains a key concern as the telecom industry implements SDN, as the drive to make networks more flexible and reconfiguration more automated can threaten ...
By Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 5/7/2015
The judging process for the Leading Lights 2015 awards program is over -- we had hundreds of entries -- and the shortlists for all 24 categories have been published. ...
By Sterling Perrin, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading, 5/7/2015
As we gear up for Light Reading's inaugural Carrier SDN Networks event in Denver on May 12, there's plenty to talk about. In just a few short years, software-defined ...
By Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 5/6/2015
Having already pioneered the kind of automated customer control that many carriers are looking to develop with SDN, Level 3 Communications is now exploring what else ...
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Leading Lights 2015: The Finalists
Ray Le Maistre , Editor-in-chief , 5/7/2015
Light Reading is proud to announce the finalists for this year's Leading Lights ...
Taking NFV to the People
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When you talk to Telekom Austria CTO Günther Ottendorfer about NFV, the ...
Who Does What: SDN Controllers
Mitch Wagner , West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading , 12/5/2014
SDN is one of the technologies that all the vendors are talking about, but which ...
Brocade Weaves Software-Based Networking Strategy
Mitch Wagner , West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading , 6/17/2014
Brocade is making a transition from hardware provider serving primarily ...
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Last week I dropped in on "Hotlanta," Georgia to moderate Light Reading's inaugural DroneComm conference – a unique colloquium investigating the potential for drone communications to disrupt the world's telecom ecosystem. As you will see, it was a day of exploration and epiphany...
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
With 200 customers in 60 countries, Stockholm-based Net Insight has carved out a solid leadership position in one of the hottest vertical markets going in comms right now: helping service providers and broadcasters deliver video and other multimedia traffic over IP networks. How has Net Insight managed to achieve this success in the face of immense competition from the industry giants?
My ongoing interview tour of the leading minds of the telecom industry recently took me to Richardson, Texas, where I met with Rod Naphan, CTO and SVP, Solutions, ...
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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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