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NFV Enabling Cloud Communications
Date / Time: Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
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Jim Hodges, Senior Analyst, Core Network Evolution & Analytics, Heavy Reading

Doug Tait, Director, Product Marketing, Oracle Communications

As cloud technologies revolutionize the business model of enterprise computing, the telecommunications industry is leveraging the potential of network function virtualization (NFV) as a telco flavor of network cloud computing. However, the move to a cloud business model is complex for communications. In addition to the capital expenditures for data centers to provide infrastructure, platforms, data or software-as-a-service, communications service providers (CSPs) must make fundamental shifts in the way they address development, deployments and operations. Cloud computing in communications opens the market to CSPs and enterprises to take advantage of communications services without owning the equipment or the network similar to cloud computing in enterprises where the actual computing is done in a data center not owned by the customer.

The full range of NFV benefits can be better realized by adopting a fresh approach to service development, instantiation and configuration that builds on the strengths of this computing model. With the NFV and cloud computing approach, services are built differently and run differently but should be consumed like services based on a legacy, non-NFV platforms. These new differences require a new model of thinking, consideration of the inherent trade-offs when planning solutions or services and an understanding of the design patterns that achieve the best results in the most efficient way.

This webinar will cover:

  • Cloud business model for driving NFV services
  • The timeline on how to get to cloud communications
  • The requirements in orchestration and virtualization of cloud network services



 

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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Doug Tait, Director, Product Marketing, Oracle Communications
Setting the telecommunications marketing strategy for Oracle and the industry, Dough Tait is defining and building out the network functions virtualization (NFV) and service delivery platform (SDP) for Communications. As Global Director of Marketing for Oracle Communications, Doug is driving the strategy for SDP, NFV and WebRTC. Prior to Oracle, Doug was the director for Global Telecom Markets at BEA and founded the JAIN initiative defining Java technology for communications at Sun. He organized international standards, community, and user group meetings for creating standards and driving the communications market toward standards-based interfaces, platforms and protocols.

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