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Microservices Architecture Adoption
Date / Time: Thursday, June 9, 2016, 10:00 a.m. NewYork/ 3:00 p.m. London
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Jim Hodges, Senior Analyst, Core Network Evolution & Analytics, Heavy Reading

Justin Hart, VP System Engineering and Architecture, Sonus

For many years telecommunications networks and services have been built by installing monolithic software applications running on either custom hardware or carefully selected and qualified off-the-shelf servers. But now, our industry is becoming increasingly comfortable with the concept of “moving to the cloud”. Virtualization and cloud orchestration technology are expected to simplify and expedite the introduction and scaling of services.

If we are to really get the most benefit from this new operating environment, we need to look hard at how traditional software has been structured. Simply porting applications “as is” to the cloud, only provides the most rudimentary of advantages. To really capitalize on the full potential of the cloud, we need to ensure applications are structured the right way.

This brings us to the adoption of a microservices architecture which refers to a style of application development where instead of the development of one large monolithic software system, components are created that are each designed to run relatively independently.

This webinar will outline the benefits of moving to a microservices architecture and will, using a Session Border Controller as an ideal use case, show how adoption of microservices enables a way to fully realize the potential scaling and flexibility that a cloud deployment offers.


Jim Hodges, Senior Analyst, Core Network Evolution & Analytics, Heavy Reading
Jim leads Heavy Reading’s research on the impact of NFV on the control plane and application layers at the core and edge. This includes the evolution path of SIP applications, unified communications (UC), IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), session border controllers (SBCs), Diameter signaling controllers (DSCs), policy controllers and WebRTC. Jim is also focused on the network and subscriber impact of Big Data and Analytics. He authors Heavy Reading's NFV and SDN Market Trackers. Other areas of research coverage include Subscriber Data Management (SDM) and fixed-line TDM replacement. Jim joined Heavy Reading from Nortel Networks, where he tracked the VoIP and application server market landscape and was a key contributor to the development of Wireless Intelligent Network (WIN) standards. Additional technical experience was gained with Bell Canada, where he performed IN and SS7 network planning, numbering administration, technical model forecast creation and definition of regulatory-based interconnection models. Jim is based in Ottawa, Canada.

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Justin Hart, VP System Engineering and Architecture, Sonus
Justin started his career writing software for telecommunications protocols 20 years ago. Joining Sonus in 2000, Justin has held a range of R&D based roles in the company. As Vice President of System Engineering and Architecture, Justin leads the team responsible for establishing product strategy and technology direction. Justin has worked on every aspect of VoIP from media gateways, application servers, SBCs to UC systems and WebRTC, but is currently focused on helping to transition the software through virtualization into NFV and the adaption of SDN. Justin has been awarded several VoIP-related patents.

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