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Migrating Signaling Into the Cloud – Ensuring Success By Separating Myth From Reality
Date / Time: Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 12:00 p.m. EST
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Jim Hodges, Principal Analyst – Cloud and Security, Heavy Reading

Bill Welch, Senior Signaling Product Manager, Sonus

SS7 Signaling Transfer Points (STPs) and Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) are at the core of service provider networks, protecting and managing signaling that is required for all real-time services, such as voice, messaging and roaming. Traditionally, these network functions have been deployed on proprietary hardware. However, over the past several years, service providers have been actively planning, investing and now executing the migration of real-time services and their core networks to virtual, cloud deployment models.

So what does this migration mean for signaling?

This webinar will provide insights into the current state of the signaling market, where the market is headed and why STPs and DSCs should be expected to be deployed in a virtual, cloud environment. As this transition to the cloud takes place, it is important to understand some common myths associated with this migration and to learn what the reality will be when deploying cloud-optimized signaling solutions.



 

Jim Hodges, Principal Analyst – Cloud and Security, 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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Bill Welch, Senior Signaling Product Manager, Sonus
Bill is a Senior Product Manager at Sonus focused on Diameter and SS7 Signaling. He has held Sales, Marketing and Professional services positions at Bay Networks, Nortel Networks, Unisphere Networks, Juniper Networks, Tekelec and Oracle. Bill holds MBA from Boston College and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston Massachusetts. With 20 years of industry experience, he actively participates and contributes in standards activity. Bill has held a Board of Directors position at the Broadband Forum and participated at Cablelabs.

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Andrew Dugan, Chief Technology Officer, Level 3 Communications
Andrew Dugan is responsible for global network technology, architecture, engineering, systems and security at Level 3. He joined Level 3 in 1998. He has 30 years of experience in building telecommunications networks, switching platforms and services platforms. Prior to joining Level 3, Andrew held leadership positions at MCIWorldcom and AT&T Bell Laboratories where he designed and built transport network support systems, enhanced voice services platforms and architected next-generation voice switching networks.

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