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The Impact of Virtualization on Messaging Services, RAN & the Control Plane
Date / Time: Friday, June 23, 2017, 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
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Jim Hodges, Principal Analyst, Core Network Evolution & Analytics, Heavy Reading

Srini Rengasamy, Product Manager – NFV, Mavenir Systems

Within the next two years operators are taking meaningful steps to virtualize their networks. But where are their focus areas, and which timelines apply? In order to assess the state of operators' network functions virtualization (NFV) activities in relation to evolving legacy messaging services, RAN and the signaling control plane, Mavenir Systems partnered with Heavy Reading to launch a major survey project in Q1 2017. Results of this Heavy Reading survey provide a snapshot of mobile network operators' virtualization activities to allow comparison with options other operators around the world are considering.

The Heavy Reading research project polled communications service providers (CSPs) about their progress and plans as they evolve towards NFV, as well as drivers and challenges affecting the virtualization of legacy messaging services, radio access network (RAN) and the signaling control plane. Based on input from operators around the world, this survey provides insight on;

  • Which services operators are migrating to NFV and when?
  • What NFV infrastructure types and components are operators exploring?
  • What benefits or challenges do operators anticipate migrating to NFV?
  • How NFV is expected to impact their organizations

What attendees will learn:
The webinar shares results of the Heavy Reading NFV survey with insights into mobile network operators' approach to NFV, as well as drivers and challenges affecting these projects. The goal is to provide operators with a better understanding of how various organizations will benefit from NFV as they evolve their network infrastructure.

Who should attend?
Mobile network operator staff involved in evolving legacy solutions or NFV strategies and projects.



 

Jim Hodges, Principal 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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Srini Rengasamy, Product Manager – NFV, Mavenir Systems
Srini Rengasamy is Product Manager for Network Function Virtualization (NFV) at Mavenir. In his role, Srini is responsible for defining NFV product strategy and vision supported by internal and external market research. He is also responsible for defining product requirements for NFV CloudRange solution with special focus on MANO architecture and SDN. Previously, Srini was a Principal Engineer with New Production Introduction group and Operations at Mavenir.

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Christopher Liljenstolpe, Director Solutions Architecture, Metaswitch
Christopher is the original architect of Project Calico and one of the project's evangelists. In his day job, he's the director of solutions architecture at Metaswitch Networks. Prior to Calico/Metaswitch, he's designed and run some bio-informatics OpenStack clusters, done some SDN architecture work at Big Switch Networks, Run architecture at two large carriers (Telstra - AS1221, and Cable & Wireless/iMCI - AS3561) and been the IP CTO for Alcatel in Asia. He's also run networks in Antarctica (hint, bend radius becomes REALLY important at -50C), and been foolish enough to do a stint as a wg co-chair in the IETF. Occasionally you can have the (mis-)fortune of hearing him speak at conferences and the like.

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Truman Boyes, CTO, Head of Networks, Bloomberg
Truman Boyes has been at Bloomberg LP since 2012 where his role is CTO Office Head of Networks. He is tasked with bringing emerging and high performance technology to production.

Truman previously served as Senior Professional Services Manager in APAC for Juniper Networks, where he led architecture teams for large scale Enterprise and Service Providers.

Truman is the author of 'Broadband Network Architectures' and numerous IETF publications.

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