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Getting Up to Speed: Assuring High-Speed Bandwidth in a Gigabit-Plus World
Date: 1/28/2016
Sponsors:
VeEX
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Gigabit broadband is in the midst of making the transition from science experiment to broadly available service. In recent years, it was limited to a few service providers targeting a few lucky houses in a few trial communities but, with increasing frequency, we are hearing from an array of different broadband service providers either already launched gigabit access, are getting ready to launch in new markets or are planning expansion strategies for existing markets.

Join Dan O'Shea, Heavy Reading Analyst, and Ricardo Torres, VeEX Director of Product Marketing, as they discuss how the move to 1 Gbit/s and beyond, represents a major leap for customers and resets the broadband market stage for a new era of competition between service providers. Discover how broadband service providers use a variety of tests and test tools based on different standards and technologies that provide proof of performance, and verify their customers' broadband speeds for service turn-up and SLA purposes.

Service Provider Transformation Survival Guide: In the Age of Content, Apps and Information
Date: 1/28/2016
Sponsors:
Juniper Networks
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The communication service provider (CSP) environment is facing disruption in its traditional role, influenced by the introduction of cloud business models and virtualization. This disruption is forcing rapid and dynamic transformation in not only how CSPs operate and deploy their networks, but how they offer and sell services. This transformation will not only impact network architectures, but the organization as a whole, necessitating the need for new partner ecosystems and business models.

During the course of the webinar, the speakers will analyze how organizations are approaching the SP transformation and the different steps to make it happen.

Bring Life to Your Network Operations With Real-Time Orchestrated Service Assurance
Date: 1/27/2016
Sponsors:
CENX
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Service providers are embracing NFV, moving from limited trials to full operationalization, but are being hampered by their existing OSS. Often, new systems are deployed solely to manage the VNF components, which brings increased complexity in a hybrid physical and virtual network, and risk of data inconsistencies among siloed systems. Furthermore, given VNF elasticity, network events are all the more dynamic, making service assurance more problematic and time consuming. This grinds operations to a halt.

What is needed is a comprehensive Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) solution that provides a unified view into the real-time state of the services and the network, across the myriad of systems, PNFs and VNFs. Such an LSO solution comes complete with real-time contextual search and detailed KPI analytics so that operators can quickly navigate their network, isolate faults and trigger automated workflows for proactive service management and assurance. That brings your network operations to life.

This webinar will describe:

  • What is service assurance? How is it different from service orchestration or network monitoring?
  • Why is service assurance critical for service providers?
  • Clarification of NFV solution components: LSO, NFVO, VNFM, VNFs, VIM and their role in enabling end-to-end service assurance in a heterogeneous network with NSOs and PNFs
  • How real-time big data analytics is the key to assuring quality of connectivity and cloud services
  • Value of LSO in unlocking the potential opex/capex benefits of NFV

Applying NERC CIP v5 to Your Cybersecurity Strategy
Date: 1/26/2016
Sponsors:
RAD
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While NERC CIP v5 covers many aspects of power utility operations including physical safety, standardization and proper documentation, the aspect with which many people are most concerned is the cybersecurity requirements.

This webinar will examine the cybersecurity requirements of NERC CIP and how the requirements will impact communications equipment deployed in operational networks. To help clarify the regulation's sometimes-ambiguous language, we will identify the types of threat(s) each measure is designed to defend, and explain the logic behind the requirements.

We will also consider implementations of the relevant OT communications building blocks such as source authentication, access control, confidentiality, integrity and application-aware (including SCADA) security gateways. We will look at how each of these are best implemented throughout the different layers of the protocol stack and in software vs hardware deployments.

Don’t Let Your Network Be a Security Leak
Date: 1/26/2016
Sponsors:
Ciena
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Data breaches seem to be everywhere, with threats and consequences escalating. With data blasting across fiber optic networks all over the world, a breach can impact your organization’s reputation, compromise customer data and result in lost revenue. The stakes have never been higher and with new security regulations on the rise, non-compliance can result in heavy fines.

Hear from Sterling Perrin, Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading, about the current environment and how IoT, OTT, big data and evolution to the cloud are affecting your ability to secure the network. Sterling will be joined by experts from Ciena, Patrick Scully, Director, Product Line Management and Paulina Gomez, Product and Technology Marketing, who will share their knowledge of deployments and new optical encryption technology.

Learn how you can:

  • Respond with a holistic security strategy
  • Protect data with in-flight data security
  • Evolve from cumbersome to commonplace encryption deployments
  • Leverage use cases for deploying in-flight data encryption across your optical infrastructure

Protect your network data, whether it’s traveling across town or across borders.
Attend this webinar for tips on how to keep your network from being the weak link.

Ready, Set, Grow your “As a Service” business!
Date: 1/21/2016
Sponsors:
Nutanix
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A recent Gartner survey on private and public cloud usage amongst enterprises revealed that around 60% of organizations have already adopted infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions, and by 2017 the percentage of current and planned users of the services shot up over 85%. Join this webinar to hear how a leading financial SaaS service provider, Newtek "The Small Business Authority," leveraged Nutanix hyperconverged infrastructure to deliver high-performance services to thousands of small business clients.

Benefit highlights:

  • Achieved 5-7 nines availability implementing hyper-converged systems
  • Increased operational efficiency with Prism management
  • Streamlined operations through one-click upgrades
  • Reduced upfront, operational costs for SaaS/cloud offerings
Webinar Highlights/Learning Objectives:
  • How to modernize your IT datacenter to save time, money, resources
  • Benefits of Hyperconverged infrastructure for Service Providers
  • Best practices for launching, growing an “As a Service” business

Achieving Instantaneous Fault Tolerance for Any Application on Commodity Hardware
Date: 1/19/2016
Sponsors:
Stratus Technologies
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Most communications applications need some level of resiliency and high availability. However, as applications and network functions are virtualized, the need for resiliency becomes even more critical if applications are deployed on less physically reliable white box servers.

While some applications have already implemented redundancy at the application level, there are many others that still lack resiliency and high availability. Still, implementing resiliency at the application level can be costly and risky, and in some cases not even possible, until now.

Attend this webinar and learn how new, innovative software approaches can provide seamless fault tolerance for any application, without any network impairment.

Specifically, the webinar will address:

  • Why High Availability (HA) is necessary for certain applications such as software-based firewall, router, network access control, network management and network analytics
  • Pros and cons of providing resiliency in hardware, applications and software infrastructure
  • How a software infrastructure-based approach can help any application achieve:
    • Resiliency and state protection without code changes, on commodity hardware
    • Selectable levels of availability to accommodate control and forwarding elements, which have different latency requirements
  • Two use cases by Telaverge Communications, a provider of Converged Communications Solutions for Telcos and Enterprises, on how they are using everRun for the communications industry

Multi-Domain Service Orchestration & Microservices Architecture: Solving the Transformation Challenge
Date: 1/14/2016
Sponsors:
Ciena
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For many network operators, the transformation to NFV, SDN and virtualized services has proven to be more challenging than expected, due in part to the static nature of traditional OSSs and management systems. Rather than simplifying service delivery, these monolithic systems can lead to additional silos, increased complexity and further operational inefficiencies. This webinar describes how network operators can overcome the limitations of traditional operational systems using multi-domain service orchestration, a microservices-based software system architecture and BPMN 2.0 methodologies to improve modularity, extensibility and programmability.

High-Speed Technology: 100G & Beyond
Date: 1/12/2016
Sponsors:
Viavi Solutions
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This seminar focuses on high-speed technology as it relates to 100 G client ports, or standardized interconnectivity points, rather than line/WDM-type ports. We will review 100 GE interfaces, including transport types, shorter reach requirements for data centers and form factor evolution, as well as high-speed pluggable optics based on multi-lane technology, which drives the need for more advanced troubleshooting procedures. As a result, best practices must cover Ethernet service activation as well as optics performance troubleshooting. Ideally, the optical transport network (OTN) is suited to higher line-rate transport technology; therefore, we will propose techniques to cover the rising need for OTN service activation based on increased OTN interface deployment as a handoff at customer premises or across operators.

Personalized Subscriber Services for Mobile Operators
Date: 1/12/2016
Sponsors:
Juniper Networks
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Today, provisioning network services is a largely manual, complex and time-consuming task, which constrains service innovation and operator profitability.

Overcoming the limitations associated with traditional service provisioning is of paramount importance to mobile operators that want to offer highly personalized services that can be dynamically created and modified in response to market opportunities and consumer demand.

Join Juniper Networks’ Jacopo Pianigiani, Product Management Director for Subscriber Services Solutions & Management, to learn about architectural options that enable mobile operators to quickly introduce subscriber-specific services using NFV and SDN technologies, focusing on the Layer 3-7 “cloud edge” services typically deployed behind the P-GW or IP edge router.

5G: Creating the digital fabric for the future
Date: 1/7/2016
Sponsors:
Alcatel-Lucent
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We are at the nexus of a human technological revolution that will be different than any prior era. The digitization and connection of everything and everyone will maximize the efficiency of everything we do and augment our intelligence with knowledge that expedites and optimizes decision-making and everyday routines and processes. 5G is at the core of this network evolution, and more than any previous mobile standard, it will require interconnectedness and interdependence of participating systems and technologies to transform the economy and eventually society.

Marcus Weldon, CTO of Alcatel-Lucent and President of Bell Labs, will provide valuable insight into:

  • The evolution of networks
  • Evolving digital needs
  • The enterprise revolution
  • The new value paradigms
  • 5G key technology transformations

Get on the Fast Track to NFV
Date: 12/17/2015
Sponsors:
Advantech
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Communication service providers know that evaluating, purchasing, developing and deploying an NFV solution can turn into more than just a lengthy process; it may also prove to be a very costly endeavor. All the more so if a solution which runs perfectly on data center servers now needs to be spun up and executed on x86-based equipment in a remote location at the network edge. At the same time, VNF developers must find ways to enable rapid prototyping across a broad range of NFV infrastructure (NFVI).

  • How can you get your solutions validated on the edge computing device or NFVI which provides the right mix of compute, I/O, storage and remote management for your workloads?
  • How can you deploy on that NFVI faster and with less risk, knowing that it will meet the service levels your customers expect?

Join Simon Stanley, Heavy Reading Analyst at Large, and Advantech Networks & Communications Group on this Light Reading webinar. We will discuss these challenges and explain how you can tap into a remote evaluation service that helps you meet both your development and deployment needs. Discover an NFVI community where people with similar philosophies about telecom cloud architecture recognize a need for greater NFV elasticity and openly collaborate together. Get on the fast track to NFV and learn how you can start to test different NFV infrastructures on platforms destined for deployment closer to the subscriber; in the access network, at the mobile edge and inside customer premises as well as in the network core or telecom data center.

Virtualization: A CSP Progress Report
Date: 12/15/2015
Sponsors:
Cisco, Ericsson, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel
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For the last six months, Heavy Reading has been working with Cisco, Ericsson, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Intel to develop a unique series of virtualization indexes, aggregating input from CSPs around the world to get a detailed, up-to-the-minute picture of the status of virtualization initiatives. The indexes provide all CSPs with a compelling reality check for measuring their own progress in three critical areas: planning, deployment and spending. In this webinar, Teresa Mastrangelo, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, shares the results from the inaugural set of indexes and leads a panel discussion on what the results mean for CSPs and the entire telecom ecosystem.

Security Considerations for Virtualizing Cable Services
Date: 12/15/2015
Sponsors:
Juniper Networks
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Software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) are gaining traction due to their ability to provide game-changing ways for service providers to ease the ever-growing bandwidth demands of greater functionality, improve service delivery and consistency, cut operational costs and slash time to market for new services and applications. As cable operators look both to secure their own networks and provide greater security to their end users, virtual security solutions are gaining traction in the industry. This webinar will explore next-generation virtual security architectures and examine how cable operators can leverage their virtual security infrastructure to deploy new managed security services in their networks.

Re-broadcast: WAN Performance Draining Your Budget? 3 Steps to Turn Your Network Into a Strategic Asset With Software-Defined WAN
Date: 12/14/2015
Sponsors:
Sonus
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Wide Area Networking (WAN) is becoming the bottleneck for many businesses migrating their corporate application data to off-premises private or hybrid cloud solutions. Cumbersome IP policy and configuration management have made it difficult for enterprises to efficiently utilize available WAN resources, and existing IP network architectures are unable to provide enhanced quality of service (QoS) for mission-critical data. WANs need to be able to dynamically adjust to meet the traffic demands of real-time cloud-based applications, and enterprises need visibility and control of application performance over the WAN.

Join Sonus expert Dan Teichman, Senior Product Marketing Manager, for valuable insight into how a software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) provides a high-performance, highly reliable WAN that allocates network resources in real-time. Attendees will learn the benefits of optimizing network functionality with a secure SD-WAN solution that dynamically supplies just-in-time WAN connectivity while delivering end-to-end monitoring and analytics.

Distributed Access Architecture Evolved
Date: 12/7/2015
Sponsors:
Casa Systems
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It's an exciting time for the cable industry. MSOs are in high growth mode introducing new and enhanced services to meet the insatiable demands of consumers and enterprises hungry for bandwidth. These data-rich services are placing a burden on current networks that are unable to scale fast enough to meet demands. Without the right infrastructure in place, this rapidly growing need for network capacity can become a huge headache for service providers.

The evolution of cable networks to Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) enables more capacity, better service flexibility and economies of scale giving service providers additional options for meeting subscriber demand with the least possible change to current operations.

Join Casa Systems as we explore DAA and discuss key factors cable service providers should consider when making decisions about the evolution of their networks.

DOCSIS 3.1: Cable’s Gigabit Gambit
Date: 12/3/2015
Sponsors:
Casa Systems, Intel & VeEX
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With CableLabs preparing to approve the first DOCSIS 3.1 equipment and cable operators preparing to start deploying the new broadband spec, the cable industry is poised to storm into the Gigabit Era. DOCSIS 3.1 offers the tantalizing promise of data downstream speeds as fast as 10 Gbit/s and upstream speeds of 1 Gbit/s or more, along with higher bandwidth capacity for other new IP services, greater operational efficiencies, improved quality control and lower costs. But cable operators also face some daunting challenges in rolling out D3.1, including the adoption of new technologies, new equipment, new procedures, and new testing and monitoring tools, as well as the need for extensive staff training. In this special SCTE-backed webinar, we will evaluate both the opportunities and challenges that cable operators face in bringing the industry’s new spec to market.

Dynamic Network Services: How to Cut Costs and Grow Revenue
Date: 12/2/2015
Sponsors:
Alcatel-Lucent
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Offline network engineering processes cannot keep up with the rapidly changing demands and traffic patterns of the on-demand cloud world. Operators are forced to allocate increasing amounts of bandwidth to ensure their services do not run out of capacity or suffer serious quality degradation. The gap between service delivery and network engineering processes is no longer a benign limitation as operators strive to make optimal use of network assets as they instantiate services.

Part 2 of our webinar series outlines how real-time network visibility, control and optimization enabled through carrier SDN allows network operators to address the challenges of the cloud era and transform their existing networks to deliver profitable on-demand services. Industry analyst and technical leaders share their views and experience on building profitable on-demand networks, including how to utilize policy-based and KPI-driven path computation to optimize network resources and service revenues. A Bell Labs study on how to increase revenue-generating traffic in your existing network by over 24% will also be presented.

Knowing Which Customers You Don't Want to Keep: 5 Practical Big Data Benefits
Date: 12/2/2015
Sponsors:
WeDo Technologies
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Mobile operators need an accurate 360-degree view of their customers in order to offer them the most relevant services and products. This webinar looks at how mobile operators can deploy analytics capabilities to make use of the information within their networks and systems to develop profitable marketing strategies that effectively target customer segments, reduce churn and increase customer satisfaction.

New Metro Transport Network Architectures for the Cloud Era
Date: 12/1/2015
Sponsors:
Infinera
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Metro networks are entering a period of profound change and disruption driven by the continued growth in metro traffic, the rapid rise of metro data center capacity and the virtualization of applications and network functions. These trends are providing unprecedented opportunities to re-architect the metro network and make it more scalable, efficient, flexible and programmable. The gap between the flexible and on-demand requirements of cloud applications and the static nature of today's metro networks is a significant challenge, and is leading network operators globally to radically re-think how their metro networks are built and operated.

This webinar takes an in-depth look at requirements for next-gen metro transport networks for the cloud era and how applications are driving new architectures in mobile, cable, telco and Internet content provider networks. We will discuss:

  • Leveraging virtualization to create new approaches to metro access, aggregation and core architectures
  • The changing role of central offices and cable headends and the rise of data centers in the metro area
  • Understanding the emergence of a Cloud services Layer (Layer C) and Intelligent Transport Layer (Layer T) model
  • Defining the key building blocks of Layer T including scalable optics, granular switching and programmability
  • The role of SDN and NFV in these new metro architectures
Charting the Telco Cloud Transformation
Date: 11/30/2015
Sponsors:
Intel
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Cloud technology and associated business models promise to fundamentally change how telcos operate.

But what exactly is Telco Cloud anyway?

This exclusive Webinar provides the first authoritiative definition of Telco cloud and explains how telcos can make sure that they build on this opportunity to both exploit their unique assets and reverse their existing revenue slump.

The event will drill into the profitable new services enabled by Telco Cloud, and provide detailed advice on the cultural and operational changes that service providers must make in order to take advantage and implement this ground-breaking new service model.

Service Orchestration and Network Virtualization: A Lifecycle View
Date: 11/24/2015
Sponsors:
Tail- F Systems, a Cisco company
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This webinar will focus on the need for a service lifecycle orchestration system that can support both service configuration and assurance in an NFV-enabled network. It will explain why the service lifecycle orchestration system should be model-driven, with service models supporting both configuration and assurance aspects of the service lifecycle, regardless of whether services are instantiated using physical or virtual network functions. The webinar will explore how this approach can be implemented in the context of different NFV use cases.

Where's the Revenue from Virtualized Services?
Date: 11/19/2015
Sponsors:
ECI
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For many years the industry has been talking about virtualized services as a driver of increased agility, shorter time to market and therefore increased revenues. Yet, to date service providers still struggle to realize new revenue streams and implement "virtualized services" as a platform.

In this webinar we will discuss the drivers behind and obstacles to new revenue creation via virtual network platforms. Specifically we will discuss:

  • Why have service providers struggled to position themselves in a market so far dominated by OTT players?
  • Which services will enable service providers to deliver added value and therefore compete more successfully against the OTTs?
  • What are the steps required on the path to new service creation?
  • How will virtualized platforms (NFV) deliver on their promise of a 'bright new future'?
  • Integration versus disaggregation
  • Centralized versus decentralized
  • Mix and Match
  • Killer Apps?
  • Cyber security
  • Multilayer optimization
  • vBNG (Virtual Broadband Network Gateway)

Video Innovation: Leveraging an Open Platform for the Virtualized Headend
Date: 11/18/2015
Sponsors:
Cisco
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Our industry is on the path to shaping the future of video. The first stage of that journey is for service providers to deliver more dynamic services to consumers and reduce costs by leveraging cloud platforms such as Openstack. The next stage is to increase the speed of innovation by implementing new functionality, redefining business processes and supporting new business models.

There are three key ingredients to successfully harnessing the innovation in our video industry:

  • A programmable cloud infrastructure for hosting NFVs in the video headend
  • A strategy that simplifies integration and mitigates risk
  • An open platform supporting an ecosystem of applications

In this session, we will discuss Cisco’s approach to an open platform for the virtualized video headend, the role of ecosystem partners and how we are helping our customers transform their business and operations by seamlessly orchestrating virtualized applications from a broad ecosystem of partners.

Reap the Benefits of a Distributed Cloud
Date: 11/18/2015
Sponsors:
Juniper Networks
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Delivery of services from the cloud has never been more foundational to meet customer requirements. With globalization, regulations and complexity of service SLAs, the need to think outside the box, extending the boundaries of the cloud is a necessity for success. Couple the technological benefits brought on with virtualization and NFV technologies, there is a unique opportunity to magnify the cloud. This webinar will explore the definition, benefits, technologies and designs of a distributed cloud to improve service delivery from a distributed cloud.

DOCSIS 3.1: The Rollout Race Is On
Date: 11/17/2015
Sponsors:
Huawei
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This webinar will focus on the much-anticipated rollout of the cable industry’s brand new DOCSIS 3.1 spec, which is slated to start by the end of the year. It will explain such promising technologies as OFDM and higher-order QAM modulation that DOCSIS 3.1 incorporates, spell out the six rounds of equipment interops that CableLabs has staged for the spec over the past year, and update viewers on the “dry runs” and certification testing of D3.1 cable modems, CMTSs, CCAPs and other gear that CableLabs is conducting now. It will also cover the D3.1 field tests, pilot deployments and initial rollout plans of such leading MSOs as Comcast, Liberty Global, Cox, Rogers and others.

Transforming Your OSS for Network and Services Orchestration
Date: 11/17/2015
Sponsors:
Alcatel-Lucent
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  • Management and Control Continuum for NFV
  • Dynamic operations for a dynamic business
  • Managing physical and virtualized service functions

The journey to NFV must result in delivering dynamic highly dependable services efficiently and anything less should be considered a failure. Dynamic services require an operational support infrastructure which sits across the existing physical and the new cloud infrastructure. It needs to provide a continuum across the management and control planes to ensure rapid and efficient service fulfilment and assurance.

In this session Alcatel-Lucent will outline the challenges and a framework for providing model-based fulfilment and assurance across both the physical and the virtual infrastructure. It will focus on abstraction and automation to ensure scale and resiliency without compromising services delivery and as a means to rapidly introduce new service to further enhance customer experience.

Effective Network Policy Management in a VoLTE Environment
Date: 11/16/2015
Sponsors:
Oracle Communications
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Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) services have been a topic of discussion for several years. Now, VoLTE services are available in select networks worldwide, and the majority of communications service providers (CSPs) are now active in the planning, trial and/or deployment stages. Once viewed as a technology several years away, VoLTE has now moved into the realm of reality.

Use of LTE networks for the delivery of high-bandwidth data services has been available for some time, and effective network policy management has been a key component in the management and monetization of these data services. In the context of voice-over-LTE, effective network policy management becomes even more important, and in fact, is an absolutely critical component in the network architecture.

VoLTE services are implemented via the same packet data core that delivers best-effort and other non-real-time services, and are another data stream competing for bandwidth with all the other services being delivered by the CSP. However, voice is a real-time service and must be delivered without delay, buffering, or dropped packets. Subscribers’ expectations for voice services are much higher than for data services, and there is little tolerance for imperfections, which might be acceptable for non-voice data sessions. The VoLTE-enabled network must be able to properly reserve and prioritize the appropriate network resources to meet these demands. A flexible, highly scalable, and highly reliable network policy management solution is critical to the success of these networks.

Virtualizing the Cable Infrastructure
Date: 11/13/2015
Sponsors:
Juniper Networks
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New video standards, increased competition, and growth in the business services sector all continue to drive exponential bandwidth growth on cable networks. Complicating this situation, the required investment in network infrastructure to keep pace with the explosive bandwidth demand is pushing capital and operational expense budgets to a point where they could outpace the revenue generated from existing services. SDN- and NFV-enabled solutions show great promise in helping cable operators to increase scale while mitigating cost. However, one of the primary questions still being asked is: Where do we begin? This webinar will explore the state of NFV deployments in the cable industry today, review early adopter use cases, and identify how operators can leverage NFV to deploy new revenue-generating services in their networks.

Implementing Openness: Strategies and Techniques for Testing and Validating Openness
Date: 11/12/2015
Sponsors:
HP
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A foundational precept of NFV is that software VNFs will be seamlessly vendor-interchangeable and interoperable. Of course, to make this possible will require the industry to embrace openness on a level never before considered. To accomplish this goal will require expanding the role of lab certification to validate PoCs, as well as enhancing ecosystem initiatives to eliminate any risk of vendor lock-in. In this webinar we will present strategies and techniques for testing and verifying the openness of third-party VNF applications and functions, as well as documenting in detail the business and technical value propositions of moving to an open software model.

Operationalizing NFV in the Age of 100G
Date: 11/11/2015
Sponsors:
Napatech
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As anticipated, NFV is moving ahead into the commercialization phase. However, it's also clear that a number of NFV operational and connectivity challenges are also now emerging due to the recent acceleration of 100G deployments in core, metro and access.

As a result, network operators must focus on not just developing NFV operational strategies, but also on developing strategies that reflect the reality and requirements of 100G connectivity, all of which adds additional complexity from a troubleshooting, monitoring, scalability and even security perspective.

In this webinar we will examine the impact that NFV and 100G will exert on networks, both from a challenges and opportunities perspective. Specific topics to be addressed include:

  • Survey results reflecting 100G deployment
  • The state of NFV operationalization
  • The role of network and security appliances in NFV virtualized networks
  • Virtualized appliance network priorities
  • Challenges in meeting network operational requirements.

Redefining CEM with Operational Intelligence Analytics
Date: 11/10/2015
Sponsors:
Guavus
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Traditional approaches to customer experience management are no longer sufficient. Methods such as Net Promoter score provide a retrospective, ‘slice of the pie’ look into quality of experience (QoE) that leave the CSPs with more questions than answers. Adding to this pressure, subscriber loyalty is no longer guaranteed with long-term contracts, while consumer expectations continue to soar.

Despite the fact that customer experience is rapidly evolving, how it is operationalized has remained stagnant. Today’s customer experience is a mixture of a huge array of fast data points, including the speed of connection, the efficiency of customer care, the quality of content delivery and the relevance of promotions. It requires that CSPs manage and understand the variation in QoE at every stage of the customer journey in order to enable all stakeholders to take action and remediate in the moment. The first step to achieving superior CEM is to gain operational intelligence by aggregating and analyzing disparate sources of data across business and operations.

In this webinar, attendees will learn:

  • What type of big data architecture is required to support fast data and operational analytics
  • How CEM is expanding to support fast data and all facets of the customer journey
  • Real-world examples of CSPs leveraging operational analytics to optimize network operations, enable proactive customer care and support personalized marketing campaigns.
Secure DNS for Robust Network Performance & Super Customer Experience
Date: 11/10/2015
Sponsors:
Infoblox
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Protecting subscribers and the network is fundamental to service provider success, yet DDoS and other malicious attacks against DNS infrastructure threaten service availability, network performance, subscriber and enterprise data, and operator reputation. Volumetric flood attacks (DDoS) have increased every year, but now service providers are encountering a wider range of more sophisticated attacks from hackers, including NXDOMAIN, DNS tunneling and random subdomain attacks. In this webinar, Infoblox, AT&T and Heavy Reading will discuss how service providers are utilizing DNS and traffic patterns to help understand where threats are coming from and how to help protect their customers. Infoblox will describe the role the DNS plays in service provider networks and how it can be secured against these new threats, providing deeper protection for subscribers and increasing visibility across the network

High-Value Services for Broadband Enabled by NFV and SDN
Date: 11/9/2015
Sponsors:
The Broadband Forum
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The new levels of efficiency and on-demand control promised by NFV and SDN are being cautiously weighed against both business risk and cost of re-engineering an already efficient wide area network. The real question is: “Can technology be used to develop additional services and profitable revenue streams that make a significant business impact?” This webinar introduces the Broadband Forum's newly announced Broadband 20/20 vision of innovative, high-value services for the business and consumer stakeholders and their 700+ million broadband installations. These leverage use of NFV, SDN, Ultra-Fast access, Internet of Things, 5G, etc., in the home, small business and multi-user infrastructure of the broadband network to create new business models and user experiences. The webinar features the views of key services providers and shows how the members of the Broadband Forum are bringing this vision into reality.

Who should attend?
Providers and equipment manufacturers, software application and systems integrators who plan to develop and deploy consumer and business services and applications. This is an event that will focus on the new opportunities that are available to those who are looking to create new viable business models for their organizations in the broadband market. Don’t miss it!

Evaluating Cisco’s NFV Infrastructure
Date: 11/5/2015
Sponsors:
Cisco
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Learn how independent test lab EANTC evaluated key components of Cisco’s NFV infrastructure, including its virtual switch and ‘single pane of glass’ management system. In addition, you'll have the opportunity to put your questions to our EANTC and Cisco speakers.

Deliver Dynamic Network Services: The Business Case for Carrier SDN
Date: 11/4/2015
Sponsors:
Alcatel-Lucent
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Traditional networks are not optimized to deliver the on-demand bandwidth that enterprises need today. Traditional business processes used to plan, build and operate network infrastructure present obstacles to implementing an on-demand model. Additionally, the network infrastructure itself lacks the agility to deliver on-demand services quickly and cost-effectively. Independent research, conducted by ACG, found that costs are driven too high to profitably deliver services at attractive prices. Carrier SDN promises to change all this. It unifies service automation with network optimization so that network operators can deliver new on-demand network services cost-effectively and with great scale. How do you turn today’s costs into business strengths and profitability?

ACG’s independent study quantitatively shows how automated management of Layer 0 to Layer 3 will:

  • Reduce service creation time from 12 weeks to five weeks
  • Generate eight to nine times the revenue of present mode of operations (PMO) based services
  • Lower costs to deploy with payback of four months and five-year ROI of 400%
Transform Your Service Lifecycle With Automation
Date: 10/29/2015
Sponsors:
Juniper Networks
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The operation and management of your service delivery lifecycle has never been more complex and demanding. The evolution with virtualization has accelerated service delivery. With the combination of SDN and NFV technologies with an automated approach, service providers have a unique opportunity to truly transform their service lifecycle, resulting in lower operations costs and simplified processes. Come learn more about exciting new innovations with automation!

VNFs Created & Managed the Right Way for NFV
Date: 10/27/2015
Sponsors:
Alcatel-Lucent
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The journey to NFV must result in delivering new dynamic services with massive cost efficiencies and anything less should be considered a failure. Lean NFV operations with extreme automation will be critical to gain the promised efficiencies. But the starting point is delivering real VNFs that are able to take full advantage of cloud technology to automate the full application lifecycle management. In this session Alcatel-Lucent will outline some examples of these new dynamic services which need NFV to thrive. And in pursuit of Lean NFV operations, they will discuss the attributes of architecting real VNFs to ensure that networks are optimized for highly elastic cloud operations whilst maintaining high performance demands. Alcatel-Lucent will reference the work done to create Rapport communication software to deliver new contextual-based communication services leveraging cloud VoLTE/Vo-WiFi networks.

Network Transformation in the Age of Virtualization
Date: 10/22/2015
Sponsors:
HP
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On some level, communication service providers (CSPs) have been transforming their networks for years to support new technologies and launch new services. However, network functions virtualization (NFV) has the potential to radically alter how CSPs define and implement network transformation in the future. Join us for a technical and business-level discussion addressing both the opportunities and challenges that NFV will have on network transformation. Topics to be covered include the impact of virtualization on service delivery, network design and monitoring, and operations.

Protecting Your SDN and NFV Network From Cyber Security Vulnerabilities With Full Perimeter Defense
Date: 10/22/2015
Sponsors:
Telco Systems
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Intelligent NFV & SDN networks offer telcos the promise of advanced open virtual infrastructures that are remotely programmable, among other significant benefits. However, NFV network infrastructure also exposes the telcos to cyber threats similar to those facing IT networks. Potential threats include device malware, DDoS attacks, advanced persistent threats (APT) and more.

In order to identify and combat these highly sophisticated cyber threats, the entire NFV and SDN network perimeter, from infrastructure to applications, must be rigorously protected. This joint Telco Systems-Celare webinar will explore these security challenges. We will present the new Telco Systems-Celare end-to-end NFV cyber security solution, which provides telcos with full visibility across the entire network and initiates immediate defensive action to protect networks from advanced, targeted attacks.

The Evolution of Transcoding
Date: 10/8/2015
Sponsors:
Radisys
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The accelerating deployment of VoLTE, VoWiFi and WebRTC interactive services are introducing a new generation of HD audio and video codecs into the network. To maintain interoperability between legacy and new generation services will require real-time transcoding in the media path between devices. The challenge for network operators is traditional transcoding architectures are not keeping up with modern service demands, hence new approaches need to be considered.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • How the scale and complexity of real-time transcoding is changing
  • Why traditional approaches for delivering transcoding in SBC and MGW equipment have limitations resulting in increasing network operating costs
  • How an adjunct transcoding architecture using an IMS Media Resource Function (MRF), compatible with existing SBC and MGW infrastructure, can deliver improved economics
  • Insights from the Field: Speeding Small Cell Deployment
    Date: 10/7/2015
    Sponsors:
    Alcatel Lucent
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    Operators know that small cells are the best way to deliver coverage and capacity both indoor and outdoor, but many face deployment barriers. These barriers include regulatory approvals, cost effective leasing agreements, access to sites with power and backhaul facilities, and large-scale trained installation workforces. Join this webinar to gain real-world insights on how specialized, trained partners are able to dramatically speed the deployment time – by 30-40%. Benefit from Alcatel-Lucent’s and our certified partner expertise and knowledge on how to remove these barriers and get small cells deployed on a mass scale.

    Less Really Is More: A CCAP Convergence Case Study
    Date: 10/6/2015
    Sponsors:
    Casa Systems
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    One network for high-speed data, another one for video and maybe a third one for voice – does this make sense anymore? Clearly, purpose-built networks are giving way to converged platforms, enabling service providers to compete more effectively in the Gigabit Era, where every service is expected to be ultra-fast and ubiquitous.

    Casa Systems’ CCAP (Converged Cable Access Platform) offers a new way to approach service delivery. Built to provide voice, video and data, Casa’s C100G CCAP is a workhorse built to bring service providers out of the dark ages of purpose-built networks and into the converged services future.

    In this webinar, Casa Systems and Time Warner Cable will discuss a real-world case study. Time Warner Cable has deployed Casa’s C100G in New York City, becoming the first MSO in North America to commercially offer both high-speed data and video via CCAP. This rollout has led to fewer pieces of equipment, lower energy usage, fewer truck rolls, and less operational complexity, while generating more QAMs, greater channel density and higher speeds for customers.

    Speakers will share key learnings about the preparation required, the challenges faced, and the benefits gained. Less really is more.

    The Right Open Strategy for NFV
    Date: 10/6/2015
    Sponsors:
    Alcatel-Lucent
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    • Making an Open NFVi which is fit for purpose
    • Embracing Opensource, implementing standard interfaces and data models
    • Running NFV in production networks

    The journey to NFV must result in delivering dynamic, highly dependable services efficiently, and anything less should be considered a failure. To get to this point as fast as possible we need to be working as one community but in doing so cannot compromise on quality or security.

    In this session Alcatel-Lucent will outline what it has achieved in embracing Openstack and other open source software for the development of CloudBand the world’s first and most advanced NFV platform. The session will outline the steps taken to ensure high availability, In Services software upgrades, VNF lifecycle management and root cause analysis.

    The session will conclude with an overview of how these steps have helped Alcatel-lucent and its customers achieve lean NFV ops which has helped them operate more efficiently.

    Quality of Experience (QoE) in the Virtualized World: Meet the Adaptive QoE Scorecard
    Date: 10/6/2015
    Sponsors:
    Procera Networks
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    The introduction of virtualized networks fundamentally changes how QoE is measured. The reality today is that mobile and fixed subscribers cannot choose the quality of broadband services they wish to receive. This is because service offerings are presented with a theoretical maximum speed, which very often does not relate to the typical QoE subscriber experience.

    This impairment becomes even more noticeable in virtualized networks since software is deployed based on real-time demand requirements. Therefore, given that NFV is driven by service agility and application delivery, network operators must rethink how they measure and score overall quality metrics for their subscribers.

    One of the first steps in developing QoE metrics for virtualized networks requires creating QoE metrics for individual subscribers that capture service consumption on an application level. This not only provides a more realistic view of subscriber QoE experience, it also provides more granular data which makes QoE reports more actionable.

    In this webinar, you will learn:

    • Why QoE does not equal speed, and how to measure in a consumer-focused way instead
    • How QoE measurement reports can be enhanced to become more actionable
    • How NFV changes the rules and relevancy of current QoE measurement metrics

    Disaggregation: Coming to an optical network near you
    Date: 10/1/2015
    Sponsors:
    Fujitsu
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    The concept of disaggregation has quickly moved from its IT origins into telecom networks. Virtualization, software-based automation and open systems are changing the game. SDN and NFV are opening up the benefits of disaggregation in networking and operators are taking note. Most recently, we are starting to see these concepts applied to carrier transport networks – specifically, in packet-optical transport and in optical access. Operators are seeking the efficient scaling, rapid deployment and flexibility enabled by disaggregation, along with the ability to share functions across different resources. Suppliers must deliver this open and disaggregated architecture of the future or be left behind.

    Join this webinar to learn about the:

    • Drivers, benefits and challenges of disaggregation in transport networks
    • Role of software in disaggregation
    • Early examples of disaggregation in transport networks

    New Backhaul Requirements for LTE, LTE-A and Beyond
    Date: 10/1/2015
    Sponsors:
    Juniper
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    New services like LTE Broadcast, as well as new LTE-A features like Co Ordinated Multi Point (COMP), bring brand new requirements to the backhaul network. Stringent new latency and phase synchronization requirements provide a strong drive to push key functionality out from the core of the network to the edge. And wherever some of that functionality goes, security features may have to go with it too. As operators contemplate the new capabilities they require from their vendors, how their network architectures need to be optimized, and how to best get their vendors to support that evolution, this webinar will examine end-to-end requirements across the aggregation and access layers of the backhaul - and at cell site, hub and core routing locations in the network.

    Managing and Orchestrating Hybrid Networks
    Date: 9/28/2015
    Sponsors:
    Ericsson
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    As Cable and Telco operators migrate network functions to data centers, they need automated business processes & management tools to orchestrate and control the resulting hybrid (physical and virtualized) network. Specifically they require management and analytic tools that allow them to enter new market segments easily, deliver new services quickly, migrate physical network functions seamlessly, and scale network asset dynamically. This webinar will explore the challenges hybrid networks will impose on operator systems, as well as options for operators to orchestrate, automate, control, scale and decommission virtual network functions

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    Network Management and Orchestration Evolution Strategies
    Date: 9/24/2015
    Sponsors:
    Intel & Oracle Communications
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    Even though NFV is moving from the lab into the field, network operators are still continuing to develop and finalize their network management and orchestration strategies. This process is still ongoing in part due to the key challenges operators face in implementing VNF managers and MANO. Accordingly, this webinar documents the factors and strategies that network operators must consider in the planning process to most efficiently leverage and implement the software-centric network infrastructure model that NFV introduces. Topics to be discussed include MANO implementation challenges and the role that standardization and open source communities play in mitigating the impact of these obstacles. In addition, the webinar will consider the value proposition of utilizing a dedicated VNF manager (ETSI VNFM) to simplify network management.

    WAN Performance Draining Your Budget? 3 Steps to Turn Your Network Into a Strategic Asset With Software-Defined WAN
    Date: 9/24/2015
    Sponsors:
    Sonus
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    Wide Area Networking (WAN) is becoming the bottleneck for many businesses migrating their corporate application data to off-premises private or hybrid cloud solutions. Cumbersome IP policy and configuration management have made it difficult for enterprises to efficiently utilize available WAN resources, and existing IP network architectures are unable to provide enhanced quality of service (QoS) for mission-critical data. WANs need to be able to dynamically adjust to meet the traffic demands of real-time cloud-based applications, and enterprises need visibility and control of application performance over the WAN.

    Join Sonus expert Dan Teichman, Senior Product Marketing Manager, for valuable insight into how a software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) provides a high-performance, highly reliable WAN that allocates network resources in real-time. Attendees will learn the benefits of optimizing network functionality with a secure SD-WAN solution that dynamically supplies just-in-time WAN connectivity while delivering end-to-end monitoring and analytics.

    How to Fight What You Can’t See: Real-World Application Attacks & How Stop Them
    Date: 9/23/2015
    Sponsors:
    Radware
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    Generic security research shows time and again that telecom operators are generally better protected against security threats than most other types of businesses. Despite that, Heavy Reading surveys show that telecom operators nevertheless report increasing vulnerability to security threats. This webinar will explore the latest in advanced application attack techniques, discuss their morphology and duration, and examine how networks may be seeing the effects without even knowing. In this webinar, you will learn how hackers are using encryption, CDNs, headless browsers and other techniques in combination to affect carrier networks.

    Future of Virtualization Webinar Series: Benchmarking the State of Virtualization
    Date: 9/22/2015
    Sponsors:
    HP & Intel
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    The Future of Virtualization project is an effort backed by the world's most important communications technology suppliers to create and deliver a single authoritative source for the entire virtualization ecosystem. This webinar will focus on the three indexes developed for the Future of Virtualization initiative – the Virtualized Deployment Index, the Virtualized Planning Index and the Virtualized Spending Index. The indexes represent the industry's first effort to measure leading indicators of virtualization deployment based on progress reports from more than 20 of the largest CSPs worldwide. In this webinar, we’ll explain how the indexes work and how they can be used by CSPs to benchmark their own progress in migrating to virtualized systems.

    Winning Customer Loyalty in a Disrupted Video Market
    Date: 9/22/2015
    Sponsors:
    Ericsson
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    Millennials are driving the requirements of next generation media experiences. Enabling these new services requires highly personalized offerings that provide fresh, dynamic and visually rich experiences that are intuitive and consistent across all screens. The evolution of IP networks simplifies the ability of Cable and Telco operators to provide these diverse media experiences, especially by leveraging cloud and analytics to enable flexible media delivery. Powering these rich experiences will be highly-adaptive media processing capabilities that capture and present this content quickly and intelligently. This webinar will look at the emerging media requirements of millennials, and explore media delivery and processing options that operators will rely on to meet these demands.

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    Wi-Fi for Smaller Cable Operators: Now or Never?
    Date: 9/16/2015
    Sponsors:
    Aptilo, Arris, Cisco, NCTC
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    Many larger cable operators are now having a field day with Wi-Fi, deploying hotspots throughout their regions and generating a steady rise in wireless traffic from their broadband subscribers. Plus, many consumers are now using WiFi services more than cellular services inside their homes.

    But deploying Wi-Fi requires a major investment in equipment, technology and staff. So it’s not clear whether it makes sense for smaller cable operators to make the big wireless plunge. Nor is it clear how operators can optimize their Wi-Fi networks and monetize their investments.

    Has Wi-Fi become a must-have technology for smaller operators as well as larger ones? If so, what’s the best way for smaller operators to enter the market? What benefits can be reaped? What pitfalls must be avoided?

    This special NCTC-backed webinar will explore these issues, focusing on whether and how much smaller operators should invest in Wi-Fi, both inside and outside the home and office.

    Model-Driven Device Management & Control for Cloud, NFV/SDN, IoT, Appliance & Carrier-Grade Deployments With NETCONF & YANG
    Date: 9/15/2015
    Sponsors:
    ENEA
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    With the rapid convergence of technologies such as telecom, cloud, IoT and NFV, the need for more capable and heterogeneous device management solutions has become significant. While early standards such as SNMP, coupled with CLI and web interfaces, still remain relevant, a much richer set of functionality is needed in terms of scalability, security and reliability. To address the needs of these devices and applications, most of which will have some component deployed within a cloud infrastructure or cloud OS, NETCONF is fast becoming the de-facto Device Management standard for both physical and cloud-based deployments. While NETCONF is mostly used for management and configuration today, Enea’s Device Management framework solution can utilize NETCONF to meet the needs of other key areas, including Device Control (model-driven user-defined remote procedure calls [RPC] actions for issuing authenticated control operations) and DevOps (model-driven deployment and application lifecycle management).

    In this webinar, you will learn about:

    • NETCONF -- including data modelling, transactions, security, RPC and notifications
    • YANG data modeling with an overview of the many use cases when used with NETCONF
    • Where does NETCONF fit in SDN/NFV, IoT, telecom, cloud OS and physical devices
    • High-availability requirements for carrier-grade NETCONF, including the NETCONF Server, Database, Protocol and Messaging Service components
    • Device Control – using NETCONF to support user-defined remote procedure calls
    • NETCONF and SNMP – where and why is SNMP still needed
    • Application Lifecycle Management with NETCONF/YANG covering:
      • Software Release/Configuration/Upgrade/Downgrade
    • Removing the impedance mismatch between the system model and the application code with a common distributed Object messaging layer supporting complex data types and XPath

     

    5G — Will It Fit Your Strategy?
    Date: 9/15/2015
    Sponsors:
    Alcatel Lucent
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    It’s no secret that we live in a connected world, and it’s becoming more connected each day. There will be more devices, and an unprecedented mix of growing heterogeneous data traffic. We see a consensus building that 4G and its evolution will only get us so far. Eventually 5G will be needed.

    One of most critical questions that operators need to address today is whether 5G will support their strategy.

    To date, much of the discussion has been around counting, sorting and prioritizing a dizzying array of new 5G-enabled use cases. But if the industry must agree on prioritized use cases to introduce 5G, some operators will be on the winning side and others will not.

    We think there's a better approach, one that allows operators more flexibility so they can focus on the 5G services that meet their strategic and market objectives.

    Integrating OTT & Pay-TV: A real-world use case about how UPC Hungary rapidly rolled out new OTT video services to 500k+ cable subscribers
    Date: 9/8/2015
    Sponsors:
    Kontron & Intel
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    Within the past year, cable operator UPC Hungary has demonstrated just how well Internet video services can be integrated with traditional pay-TV services, with YouTube naturally proving to be the biggest attraction for subscribers. In fact, UPC Hungary announced last September that its customers were already viewing more than 1 million minutes per day of YouTube content after the first three months of availability on TV, with the average viewing time clocking in at about 45 minutes per session.

    To make YouTube available on existing cable set-top boxes, UPC Hungary deployed the CloudTV Streamcast platform from ActiveVideo to virtualize STB functionality in the cloud. But what was the overall approach that enabled UPC to deploy the service so quickly? What type of cloud infrastructure was implemented to ensure that the network could keep up with the sharp spikes in customer demand for more video? What technology made it possible to deliver these services in a cost-effective manner?

    In this webinar, you will learn:

  • How to resolve challenges in video transcoding and virtualization and maximize channel densities
  • How ActiveVideo leveraged Intel® Iris Pro Graphics and the Media Server Studio to make vSTB a scalable and efficient reality
  • How the complete package uses highly scalable HA converged infrastructure COTS servers
  • When to Test Different Transport Technologies, and Why
    Date: 9/3/2015
    Sponsors:
    Anritsu
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    Networks are quickly evolving to 100G and beyond. Increasing end–user expectations of reliability of data delivery are also fuelling new challenges for network testing for operators and network equipment vendors. Operators are also moving from traditional SDH/SONET to Ethernet and OTN (Optical Transport Network). This requires engineers to keep themselves updated on different transport technologies and industry best testing practises, to effectively test, commission and optimize their networks, to ensure the level of quality their end customers expect.

    Join this webinar to gain greater insight into and understanding of :

  • SDH/SONET, Ethernet and OTN and the reasons they are used
  • How OTN works and its significance in future networks
  • Differences between 10, 100 and 400GbE and why it matters
  • Different transport technologies. Testing, when and why
  • Determining what should be tested over OTN and why
  • Understanding the move from RFC2544 to Y.1564 and RFC6349
  • Why the move to 100G and OTN means testing strategy needs to be refreshed
  • IoT: Building Mobile Networks to Maximize Opportunity
    Date: 8/26/2015
    Sponsors:
    F5
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    The Internet of Things (IoT) adds complexity to mobile networks at a time when operators are scrambling to accommodate the explosion of signaling and data traffic, as well as the ever-growing demand from consumers for video and application services. While the volume of data from IoT will not be as great as that generated by smartphone subscribers, the sheer diversity and variability of applications, provisioning and management will be on a scale not previously conceived of by mobile operators.

    Attend this webinar to hear sage advice from Heavy Reading analyst Steve Bell and F5 Product Manager Peter Margaris on how operators can prepare for the network changes IoT will require. You’ll learn:

  • The emerging business models that address the IoT market
  • Ways operators can successfully evolve networks and accommodate future requirements
  • Learn key components of a successful architecture – virtualization, security, traffic management, DNS and policy enforcement.
  • Future of Virtualization Webinar Series: A Real-World Roadmap for Virtualization
    Date: 8/26/2015
    Sponsors:
    Cisco & Ericsson
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    Network virtualization is moving quickly out of the hype cycle and into real network deployments, but there's still plenty of confusion about what virtualization really is and how it will affect CSPs. This webinar provides an overview of the Future of Virtualization project, an effort backed by the world's most important communications technology suppliers to create and deliver a single authoritative source for the entire virtualization ecosystem. Topics covered include the industry's first comprehensive taxonomy for virtualization, mapping vendor products and strategies to the taxonomy and identifying the standards groups that will play a critical role in defining and implementing virtualized technologies and processes.

    Editor Hour Webinar: Putting NFV to the Test
    Date: 8/25/2015
    Sponsors:
    EXFO & Spirent
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    In order for virtualization to make the move from proof of concept to production networks, service providers must have access to solutions that allow them to test, monitor and debug virtual network functions (VNFs). This webinar looks at how test and measurement tools and strategies are being adapted to a world of hybrid physical/virtual networks.

    Carrier-Grade OpenStack Requirements for Managing the NFV Infrastructure
    Date: 8/20/2015
    Sponsors:
    HP
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    Understanding Why SDN Is Essential to NFV

    NFV is focused on reducing TCO and improving agility using IT concepts of virtualization and cloud. SDN is focused on moving the network control plane into software. What they have in common is the moving of network function from proprietary hardware to software running on industry-standard servers and platforms. Both leverage standardized interfaces and processes to allow functions to be created, managed and orchestrated using automation tools.

    In this webinar you will learn:

  • How to rationalize data center and network operator perspectives
  • How the roles of SDN controllers and orchestrators interact
  • The outstanding issues remaining in bringing SDN and NFV closer together
  • How the industry is responding to these issues
  • How HP's SDN solutions address NFV
  • Unlocking The Potential of Programmable Networks
    Date: 8/12/2015
    Sponsors:
    Ericsson
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    Cable and Telco operators are in the midst of redefining their network routing and transport services to extend programmability to all layers, including the application layer. This begins by lowering OPEX by automating and coordinating resource provisioning, reducing CAPEX using merchant silicon, and speeding time-to-revenue by provisioning, monitoring and optimizating multi-layer services. This webinar will examine the imperative for operators to evolve their transport and routing options, and look at ways to extend programmability to the applications layer.

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    How to Develop a Cloud-Centric Services Infrastructure
    Date: 8/11/2015
    Sponsors:
    Metaswitch
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    Web-scale companies such as Uber, Facebook, and Netflix have mastered the art of building scalable, agile cloud-native software architectures that auto-provision, auto-scale, auto-recover and recombine/mashup their application stack components. In contrast, Tier 1 providers are struggling to do the same thing. This ground-breaking webinar provides detailed advice on how CSPs can create a cloud-native application/NFV environment, including: migrating monolithic applications to microservices; shifting from stateful to stateless transaction processing, utilizing service discovery, and moving from closed to open architectures.

    The State of the State: Preparing for Next-Gen Communications Infrastructure
    Date: 8/6/2015
    Sponsors:
    HP
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    The breaking down of the age-old hardware-driven networking paradigm is driving new requirements for service providers and their vendor partners. This webinar will explore the ramifications of emerging software-centric networking trends like network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) for what service providers now expect from their vendor partners. Openness, modularity, innovation and availability are terms that have dominated the telecom industry as far back as anybody can remember. With the evolution to more software-driven network and service architectures, what these terms mean in regards to what they actually deliver and how they deliver it is undergoing a profound transformation. This promises a vastly more dynamic and exciting market in communications – both for end users and for the service providers that serve them. Tune in to hear the capabilities vendors will need to succeed in delivering what service providers want in this emerging new environment.

    Skype for Business Essentials: Simple, Secure Migration
    Date: 7/30/2015
    Sponsors:
    Sonus
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    Do more with less. Oftentimes that's easier said than done, but it can hold true for enterprises looking to take Unified Communications (UC) to the next level. UC collaboration and communication tools not only empower employees to work together, they can also deliver significant cost savings – up to 50% in most cases. However, UC adoption choices and implementation strategies can be overwhelming and confusing, especially when factoring in regulatory and security requirements.

    Microsoft's Skype for Business brings together the familiarity of Skype with the enterprise-level security and control that businesses need. But what does the transition to Skype for Business mean for your company? Add to that the numerous considerations that must be taken into account: technical aspects such as the network, infrastructure and integration, and other aspects such as adoption and culture.

    If the thought of migrating to Skype for Business seems overwhelming, join Sonus for an informative discussion about how to navigate the Microsoft UC landscape, what the transition to Skype for Business is really all about and key points to consider when planning your deployment.

    Generating Real Revenue From Virtual Services
    Date: 7/22/2015
    Sponsors:
    Ericsson
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    The transformation of Cable and Telco operator networks from being hardware-centric to software-centric is the biggest change the ICT industry has faced since the shift from analog to digital. But unlike that earlier shift, the path to new revenues is not so straight forward—instead, vendors are providing new capabilities for operators to construct dynamic networking solutions and build new revenue streams. To reap the full benefits of virtualization, operators need to take into account not only TCO implications, but also concrete use cases for future revenue opportunities. Called TCO+R, this strategy is evolving as the basis for network transformation decisions. This webinar will explore three types of future revenue generators (Virtual IMS, Virtualized CPE for Residential Customers, and Bandwidth on Demand), and examine the key questions operators should ask to achieve profitable growth in these domains.

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    Why Open Source Solutions are Critical to the Success of NFV
    Date: 7/22/2015
    Sponsors:
    Red Hat
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    Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is expected to transform the telecom industry. It embraces and extends concepts and practices from IT cloud, substituting the current physical network appliances with software running on commercial off-the-shelf IT servers and maximizing automation of service fulfillment and assurance. Open source solutions and their development models are key ingredients to the service agility and cost efficiency of cloud; properties that carrier service providers also hope to achieve with NFV.

    Join Light Reading and Red Hat on Wednesday, July 22 at 11:00 a.m. ET (8:00 a.m. PT) to learn about why open source plays a critical role in making NFV a success, the open source initiatives supporting NFV and how Red Hat -- with its extensive experience in open source and cloud -- helps service providers and network equipment providers leverage open source for NFV.

    Virtualization: The Key to the Innovative Business Models of Your Dreams
    Date: 7/16/2015
    Sponsors:
    Ciena
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    Virtualization not only affects network technologies and processes but also offers managed service providers (MSPs) the opportunity to develop and implement new business models to take full advantage of virtualized systems. In this webinar, Heavy Reading’s Teresa Mastrangelo and Ciena’s Priya Natarajan will identify the key building blocks of network virtualization (SDN, NFV, protocols and APIs) and how those building blocks will provide the foundation for new and profitable MSP business models.

    This webinar will focus on:

  • The benefits of virtualization
  • Examples of how new virtualization business models deliver speed and higher ROI
  • Understanding why SDN is essential to NFV
    Date: 7/9/2015
    Sponsors:
    HP
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    NFV is focused on reducing TCO and improving agility using IT concepts of virtualization and cloud. SDN is focused on moving the network control plane into software. What they have in common is the moving of network function from proprietary hardware into software running on industry standard servers and platforms. Both leverage standardized interfaces and process to allow functions to be created, managed and orchestrated using automation tools.

    In this Webinar you will learn:

  • How to rationalize data center and network operator perspectives
  • How the roles of SDN controllers and orchestrators interact
  • What the outstanding issues remain in bringing SDN and NFV closer together
  • How the industry is responding to these issues
  • How HP’s SDN solutions address NFV
  • Real-time charging – your launch pad to a competitive edge
    Date: 7/8/2015
    Sponsors:
    Amdocs
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    The future for service providers lies in the evolution to convergent charging: acting in real-time and responding to market demands, while tapping into the flexibility of cloud technologies and virtualization. Real-time charging is no longer a luxury. To remain relevant and competitive, service providers need innovative strategies coupled with an effective real-time system that provides an excellent data experience, improves the customer experience and facilitates monetization. Join us to learn more and share some real-time customer experiences.

    Real-Time: Monetizing Big Data & Analytics
    Date: 7/1/2015
    Sponsors:
    Ericsson
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    ERICSSON BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION SERIES

    Without question, the introduction of real-time analytics capabilities is rapidly becoming a strategic imperative to grow new revenue streams and enable highly customizable user experiences. However, introducing analytics into Cable and Telco operator networks is not a trivial exercise, given the required integration of new key functions and processes to successfully monetize this creation of actionable insights. Accordingly, this webinar will explore the benefits of real-time analytics programs, as well as their implementation challenges.

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    Detailed look at Validating Cisco Cloud and Virtualization Portfolio
    Date: 6/25/2015
    Sponsors:
    Cisco
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    Light Reading's independent test of Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Portfolio created a huge stir when we published it earlier this year, with many in the industry surprised to find that anyone had a complete virtualization solution that was ready for such a public test. In this exclusive webinar, we will be drilling into the detailed results of the evaluation, with a focus on critical areas such as orchestration. This is must-have information for any service provider or large enterprise that wants to know the state of the art in virtualization today. The event will be hosted by Light Reading's CEO and Founder, Steve Saunders, with insight and advice coming from both Cisco's engineering team and EANTC, the independent test lab responsible for the entire test program.

    Best Practices for Proactive Network Management in Wireline Access
    Date: 6/25/2015
    Sponsors:
    Ubisense
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    Proactive network management requires the ability to analyze multiple sources of data in near real-time. With this sophisticated level of access to the full scope of network data - both in the office and in the field - cable operators can identify issues before they become customer-facing problems. This data must include the full spectrum of services and their status, as well as identify commonalities among status issues that can provide "how to fix" strategies and decisions before service gets interrupted.

    Cable operators typically possess this data, but it's often locked in siloed, complex systems. The challenge is unlocking this information and then aggregating it in an intelligible way so that rapid decisions can be made and network reliability can be maintained. Equipped with this higher level of situational awareness, cable operators can achieve greater control over their network operations and service reliability. It can make a big difference in building customer loyalty, reducing churn and gaining a competitive market edge.

    During this webinar, Jay Cadman, VP of global industry marketing for utilities and telecoms at Ubisense, and Scott Casey, VP of telecom solutions, will discuss best practices in proactive network management developed in conjunction with two major US cable companies. They will also explain how operators can combine network asset data with GIS, as well as live status and performance data, and conduct correlation analysis to identify and fix issues before they impact customers.

    More specifically, this webinar will delve into:

  • New technologies available for data aggregation and distribution
  • The identification of specific measures and network assets for analysis
  • Correlation algorithms
  • Specific KPIs used to enhance the customer experience
  • Using advanced location intelligence technology and flexible end-user application tools, cable operators will learn how to quickly and effectively shift from waiting passively for customer calls to proactively managing their networks.

    Blending Wi-Fi and Cellular Together - a Unified Wireless Network Delivering Enhanced User Experience
    Date: 6/25/2015
    Sponsors:
    Alcatel Lucent
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    LTE-Unlicensed/Licensed Assisted Access initiatives enable greater capacity while ensuring fair usage of unlicensed spectrum -- yet WiFi and LTE remain siloed technologies. WiFi boost, part of Alcatel-Lucent's Wireless Unified Networks, goes beyond "technology coexistence" by blending WiFi and cellular together. Breaking down the silos yields increased download (up to 2.5x) and upload (up to 55x) rates, greater range (~2x) and a differentiated end-user experience across today's existing mobile devices and today's existing WiFi and cellular access points. Wireless Unified Networks (WUN) provides an enhanced end-user wireless experience by combining LTE, WiFi, unlicensed spectrum and small cells for greater data delivery speed and range.

    Upgrading to DOCSIS 3.1 vs Switching to FTTH—Which next-gen architecture makes more sense for smaller-market cable operators
    Date: 6/23/2015
    Sponsors:
    NCTC
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    With the rollout of the next-gen DOCSIS 3.1 specs, small and midsized cable operators will be able to compete in the emerging Gigabit Era with download speeds as high as 10 Gbit/s and upload speeds of 1 Gbit/s or more. Operators can also gain higher capacity, greater efficiencies, better quality control, and lower operational costs without ripping up their HFC networks. But could operators get even more bang for the buck by upgrading to all-fiber networks now and saving themselves the trouble and expense later on? Which next-gen architecture makes more sense for smaller-market operators? In this special NCTC-backed webinar, we will tackle these intriguing questions and more.

    How to Make Data Centers & Networks Best Friends Forever
    Date: 6/18/2015
    Sponsors:
    Ciena
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    How to Make Data Centers & Networks Best Friends Forever

    The cloud lives in data centers that need the network to connect people to content, content to content and data center to data center. Speed, agility, on-demand: These are the web-scale dynamics of the new connected world. But interconnecting data centers is not as easy as plugging in a toaster. Innovations are on the rise that will aid data center owners and users, helping them achieve their goals.

    In this webinar you will learn:

  • How apps are driving change in the data center interconnect market
  • How the Internet infrastructure is disrupted by the shift to the cloud
  • Why clouds need networks
  • Innovation paths that change the game
  • Leveraging a Flexible SDN/NFV Framework for Real-Time Scaling of Network Security & Intelligent Services
    Date: 5/27/2015
    Sponsors:
    Radware
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    As SDN and NFV move into the commercialization phase, network operators are finalizing strategies to help them move NFV and SDN from the lab into the field. Still, a number of key questions remain, including how to achieve service agility, increase network efficiency, enhance security and lower opex. Therefore, making the correct decisions on which functions to initially virtualize commercially is crucial.

    Accordingly, this webinar will address why ADC and network security virtualization represents a logical first-step approach to meet all these new demands. Specifically, in a services context we will document in detail the implementation benefits that virtualized ADCs and security appliances enable for intelligent service delivery.

    In addition, the webinar will also address the security implications of implementing SDN. This includes examining the immediate benefits that real-time, software defined NetFlow- and OpenFlow-enabled advanced multi-layer detection and mitigation systems deliver compared to the box-level, non-real-time approach of legacy solutions.

    Please join Radware for more on this topic at our booth (and the Intel booth) at Light Reading's Big Telecom Event in Chicago on June 9 and 10.

    Data Hypergrowth: Challenges, Opportunities and Monetization Strategies
    Date: 5/26/2015
    Sponsors:
    Redknee
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    The data explosion consumption curve is not just a 2020 problem, it's happening right now.

    This reality means that CSPs must immediately address a number of outstanding challenges, including rationalizing the business case to build robust, high-capacity data networks (e.g., LTE/5G) as data revenue growth continues to fall behind the data consumption growth. Still, despite the challenges, CSPs need to move ahead given the competitive landscape continues to become more aggressive and complex as well.

    Join us as Heavy Reading's Senior Analyst, Jim Hodges, and Redknee’s VP of Marketing, Chris Newton-Smith, discuss data monetization strategies that will differentiate you from the competition. Learn which pitfalls to avoid early on, and how investing in the right partner now will open the door beyond mobility and help you ride ahead of the IoT wave.

    NCTC Webinar: Making Multiscreen Magic for Independent Cable Operators
    Date: 5/21/2015
    Sponsors:
    ARRIS, Harmonic, & JDSU
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    While most larger cable operators already have a TV Everywhere strategy in place, multiscreen video is more problematic for small to midsized operators. Unlike the big MSOs, independent cable operators often don’t have the content rights deals, distribution reach or financial resources to deliver video to multiple screens effectively and efficiently on their own. In this Webinar, we will explore the strategies that independent cable operators can employ to overcome such obstacles and compete in the emerging multiscreen environment.

    Building a Mobile Internet Services "Vending Machine" -- Bite-Sized Internet Plans in Emerging Pre-Paid Markets
    Date: 5/21/2015
    Sponsors:
    Sandvine
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    While in North America, Western Europe and elsewhere we are accustomed to paying $60 a month for mobile Internet access, that model does not work in many emerging markets. There, innovative operators are providing the web to those who may not otherwise be able to afford it by offering bite-sized Internet that gives users access to just the applications they want most, when they want it, wherever they are. In developed markets, innovative bolt-ons, speed boosts, and sponsored data offerings could prove to be new sources of revenue for operators. Join Network Policy Control vendor Sandvine and innovative mobile operators Econet Wireless from Zimbabwe and SMART Communications from the Philippines to discuss how bite-sized Internet plans are transforming pre-paid markets, and how a simple smartphone app makes purchasing and personalizing mobile data plans as simple as using a vending machine.

    Next-Generation Platforms for Telecom Cloud Services
    Date: 5/20/2015
    Sponsors:
    Advantech & 6WIND
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    Telecom services are shifting to a cloud infrastructure, in which new services can be rapidly provisioned by deploying virtual network functions (VNFs) instead of physical boxes. This dramatically reduces the operating cost of carrier networks and allows carriers to invest in new infrastructure as revenue grows. The challenge in deploying telecom cloud services is to build a common software and hardware infrastructure that delivers the performance and flexibility required at different physical locations in the network. This can be best achieved using scalable solutions developed specifically for NFV and SDN in data centers, central offices and remote locations.

    This webinar explores the benefits of deploying a telecom cloud infrastructure for both carriers and their customers. It examines the changes required in modular platform development and the software acceleration framework needed to meet the demands of a variety of virtualized environments and introduces a new approach that uses a flexible processor module and software environment across multiple systems, including enterprise appliance platforms, carrier-grade servers and top-of-rack switches. This new approach brings together the benefits of standard servers, high-speed switches and ATCA-like carrier-grade availability under a common software platform employing virtual acceleration and high performance software appliances available for bare metal and virtual machine deployments.

    Security Beyond Connectivity: The Safe Way of Connecting to the Cloud
    Date: 5/19/2015
    Sponsors:
    ECI
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    The promise of operational cost reductions alongside increased scalability and flexibility are prompting many enterprises to move much of their data and platforms to the cloud. Service providers are reacting accordingly by offering a full suite of cloud connectivity and services. However, the move to the cloud comes at a price – that of increased security risks. These risks need to be identified, addressed and neutralized. Up until now, many companies have addressed cyber security threats at a symptomatic level: When they need to protect from viruses they search for antivirus, when they need to control incoming and outgoing traffic they search for firewalls.

    In this webinar, Heavy Reading and ECI Telecom will explore the various options for securing data in a cloud connected world. We will explore the numerous building blocks of holistic security solutions:

    • Which parts of cloud services/solutions need to be defended?
    • How can each level of the OSI stack be protected in a distinct manner?
    • What are the advantages of high-quality encryption?
    • What are the latest trends in cyber security?
    • How can all these aspects be tied together in a comprehensive solution that covers your organization, or that of your customers, from all angles and at all layers?

    This webinar is a must-attend event for enterprises, service providers and data center operators looking to improve current security in the era of cloud connectivity.

    How Control Plane Consolidation Enables Service Agility
    Date: 5/12/2015
    Sponsors:
    NetNumber
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    The control plane has emerged as a strategic area of focus for network operators given its crucial role in the delivery of New IP services. While recent talk of 5G has captured attention, the reality remains many network operators are still transitioning to 4G from 3G from 2G. The commercialization of SDN and NFV are also driving profound changes on the control plane. Deciding how and when to consolidate and virtualize functions in the control plane to ease this migration and support the latest IP services is not an easy task.

    In this webinar, industry experts from Heavy Reading and NetNumber will examine the role of the control plane in enabling service agility and the technical and business drives for control plane consolidation and virtualization. Attendees will learn how a centralized signaling and routing control platform can support the seamless consolidation of control plane functions, and ensure the network operator is well prepared to deliver the latest services today and in the future.

    Editor Hour Webinar: A New Hardware Paradigm for the Telco Data Center
    Date: 4/30/2015
    Sponsors:
    Ericsson & Intel
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    Ericsson’s recent announcement of its Hyperscale Datacenter System (HDS) 8000 telco data center product is highly significant for any network architect looking to deploy cloud networks using virtualized server hardware and software.

    The product features Intel's Rack Scale Architecture, which allows servers to be configured to act as a single giant virtual machine, even when spread out over a virtual telco data center comprising racks that are kilometers apart. The connections between the machines are provided using an "optical backplane" made of meshed fiber cables rather than short-range and super-expensive proprietary backplane tech.

    The hardware design of the HDS 8000 is revolutionary, but service providers are likely to be more excited by its economics: It allows them to save 40% to 80% compared with the cost of traditional server farm architectures from day 1; a number that accelerates as the telco data center grows.

    Join Light Reading Founder Steve Saunders and an invited panel of industry experts as we dig into the details of this ground-breaking product.

    Achieving Operational Excellence for Communications Service Providers
    Date: 4/30/2015
    Sponsors:
    Oracle
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    In today’s dynamically competitive markets, CSPs are facing many challenges, including the need for ongoing and effective cost management, innovation and agility enabling new revenues and improved customer services. Many are finding that legacy technology systems simply do not serve new and emerging business needs and that radical change or transformation is required as a business imperative. Such levels of change impact many parts of the business. Systems transformation is not merely about IT systems; it must be tackled as a broad business- and technology-focused program serving the needs of all key stakeholders. Compounding this complexity, many CSPs are wary of large-scale transformation, given industry precedent with many large programs overrunning on budget, scope and schedule.

    In this Webinar, Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Roz Roseboro and Oracle Sr. Practice Director, Strategy Consulting Cameron Moghaddam will discuss an approach and overall framework for carrying out operational excellence projects. They will also discuss the importance and relevance of an independent view of a service provider’s operations and technical capabilities and the key factors to consider in order to execute large scale projects.

    Editor Hour Webinar: Thinking Outside the White Box
    Date: 4/28/2015
    Sponsors:
    Dell & Pica8
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    In a recent interview with Light Reading, John Chambers told us that he expects Cisco's principal competition in the future to come from "white box" solutions -- that is, open source software running on generic server and switch hardware, rather than the proprietary solutions from incumbent equipment providers.

    That's an extraordinary prediction -- one that foretells an open source future where the current communications industry order has been totally overturned, and service providers, enterprises and others slash network costs by sourcing low-cost hardware and software, rather than doubling down on today's much more pricey and proprietary solutions.

    The path to this white box world is complicated. In the past, the white box approach was only considered viable for enterprise networks, data centers and in rare instances, the very edge of service provider networks. The latest iterations reach across vast swathes of wide area networks, right up to the carrier core, and the closer service providers get to an end-to-end white box "white wash," the higher the stakes become.

    To create a successful white box migration strategy, service providers are going to need lots of help -- from software developers who are creating operating systems that allow them to support sophisticated analytics and security, and from expert system integrators who can take over the handholding and advisory role that was formerly provided by incumbent equipment giants.

    In this extraordinary one-off Super Webinar event, Light Reading Founder Steve Saunders drills into the opportunities presented by white box networks with help from an expert panel comprising speakers from every link of the white box supply chain, including a component manufacturer, a switch maker, a software company, a system integrator and a service provider.

    The New Growth Markets for Policy – Vertical Use Cases and Agile Architecture​s
    Date: 4/22/2015
    Sponsors:
    Cisco
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    Today, more than ever, service providers worldwide must find ways to capitalize on the exponential growth of mobile data and devices. According to the Cisco 2015 Visual Networking Index, by 2019, there will be 11.5 billion mobile-ready devices and connections, more than 4 billion more than there were in 2014.

    The most nimble operators will find new revenue opportunities through innovative business models that address newly emerging markets with new services. With an elastic policy architecture, these operators can create new services for the traditional consumer market and open new opportunities in non-traditional verticals, such as Connected Car, Internet of Everything, Voice over LTE/Voice over WiFi and others.

    Attendees to the webinar will learn:

    • What survey results from Heavy Reading tell us about the changing demands of policy in today's mobile market
    • How the new virtualized policy architecture can create new opportunities for service providers
    • How service providers worldwide can grow their revenue by better addressing new vertical markets
    Lessons Learnt from NFV Proof-of-Concepts: The Pathway to Commercial Deployment
    Date: 4/13/2015
    Sponsors:
    HP/ Intel
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    NFV is a radical and ambitious transformation of the telecom network. A critical part of bringing NFV to commercial readiness is the ETSI-led proof-of-concept (PoC) program. These multivendor PoCs provide insight and guidance into the technical and interoperability challenges network operators, and their suppliers, face as they bring NFV to large-scale production networks. In this webinar Heavy Reading will be joined by John Healy, General Manager, Software Defined Networking Division at Intel and Prodip Sen CTO, Network Functions Virtualization at Hewlett-Packard, to provide an update on the status of NFV deployment in carrier networks worldwide.

    Testing LTE Network Performance for New Service Requirements
    Date: 4/2/2015
    Sponsors:
    JDSU
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    Five years after the launch of the world’s first commercial LTE network, mobile operators are having to change the way they test and measure LTE backhaul performance. Today, in order to save opex, operators are carrying a mix of LTE, 3G and 2G traffic on the same network. Performance and availability targets in this backhaul are increasingly vulnerable to falling short due to bursts, including micro-bursts, of data traffic. To complicate matters further, VoLTE and some real-time LTE video services now have very specific latency requirements which, if they’re not met, will result in a poor end-user experience

    As user expectations – as well as the challenge of meeting them – both mount, mobile operators need to review the way that the performance of the LTE network is tested and measured. The traditional way that backhaul links are first activated and then monitored needs to be reviewed in the light of these new challenges. Attend this webinar and learn why conventional backhaul testing standards and techniques are still necessary – but are no longer sufficient on their own.

    The Benefits of HyperScale Clouds for NFV
    Date: 3/31/2015
    Sponsors:
    Citrix
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    Hyperscale clouds have been developed by the Internet giants to support the creation and delivery of software-based services at blistering speeds, and at the lowest possible cost. The original ETSI NFV vision was to adopt hyperscale cloud architecture and practices. This vision has become somewhat obscured along the way, due to misunderstandings about the hyperscale cloud itself and how to migrate to it. This webinar will cover:

    • What a hyperscale cloud is and how OTT players have gained massive success through this architecture
    • How hyperscale cloud is being applied to the network
    • What steps operators need to take to ensure they achieve the benefis they expect from NFV
    Cloud-DVR – Reinventing Video Delivery and Forging New Business Models
    Date: 3/31/2015
    Sponsors:
    Imagine Communications
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    If you could only find a way to consume the video content of your choice and have it delivered to your selected device when you wanted it. It’s 2015 – shouldn’t we be there by now? Cloud-DVR is the next big thing in video – with the ability to energize the monetization of video content and alter the very nature of the value chain – from content creators to distributors. This webinar will focus on the rapidly emerging, lean forward video consumption behaviors we are all adopting, and the advanced innovations and technologies that are propelling the market to deploy “the ultimate viewing solution for the multiscreen world.” It will explain how content creators, broadcasters, aggregators, and distributors can all benefit by deploying this innovative technology, and who may be the biggest winners of all. The webinar will also discuss how advanced advertising innovations such as Dynamic Ad Insertion can vastly improve the monetization of advertisements and value to the end user.

    G.fast: Turning Copper Into Gold
    Date: 3/31/2015
    Sponsors:
    Huawei
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    With the final G.fast standard now approved by the ITU for next generation fixed broadband access networks, network operators can now undertake tests and trials of commercial systems based on the new specifications, which will enable downstream speeds over copper connections far faster than the 100 Mbit/s that vectored VDSL2 can achieve. This webinar looks at the key considerations network operators need to consider as they consider fiber-to-the-distribution point (FTTdp) for their future fixed broadband rollout strategies, including technology testing, network planning, power consumption, and real-world service potential.

    How Cisco's Service Provider Virtualization & Cloud Solution Was Put To the Test
    Date: 3/26/2015
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    We've heard a great deal during the past two years about how SDN and NFV could benefit communications service providers and other network operators by making them more agile, efficient and competitive.

    As a result there have been many network virtualization developments from the technology supplier community and a great many proof-of-concept projects involving communications service providers (CSPs) and their vendor partners.

    To date, though, there have been few commercial deployments of SDN and NFV capabilities by CSPs and few (if any) independent tests of virtualization systems that the industry can trust.

    That's why Light Reading funded a team from independent test lab European Advanced Networking Test Center AG (EANTC) to go to Cisco's facilities in Silicon Valley and put the networking giant's service provider virtualization and cloud solutions to the test.

    What is compelling about EANTC's approach is that it effectively took on the role of a CSP that offers VPN services to business/enterprise customers, acting like a network operations team and seeking the answers that service providers really need if they're to figure out exactly how these new capabilities can help them improve their businesses and offer better services to their customers. EANTC was able to do this as its team includes experienced engineers who have run communications networks: They know what to do and how to do it.

    In this webinar, representatives from EANTC will talk about their time in Cisco's facilities, what they verified and how and why they tested Cisco's solutions, as well as their analysis of how virtualization capabilities can impact CSP strategies. Cisco will also talk about how it has developed its service provider virtualization portfolio and how that is addressing the needs of network operators.

    Multi-Layer Security for Service Providers
    Date: 3/24/2015
    Sponsors:
    F5
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    Attacks against mobile networks are increasing at an alarming rate, and mobile operators are trying to mitigate those attacks in the context of the proliferation of devices, the scaling up of the all-IP LTE network, cloud-bases services and evolving security threats. During the webinar, we will cover:

  • Impact of the massive increase in devices, data traffic and signalling traffic with LTE.
  • How a highly scalable multi-layer security solution secures subscribers, network and applications
  • Use cases for data plane security, signalling security, network and application DDoS mitigation, and per subscriber security devices
  • Driving Customer Loyalty Through Network & Service Quality
    Date: 3/24/2015
    Sponsors:
    IBM
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    With the explosion in digital services, CSPs are becoming more focused on customer loyalty and how they can provide a differentiated customer experience while at the same time drive greater business performance. Many CSPs are turning to metrics like Net Promoter Scores (NPS) to measure how loyal their customers are. Increasingly, they are making significant investments to understand the key factors that influence customer loyalty particularly in the area of network and service quality.

    In this exclusive webinar hosted by Light Reading and IBM, gain first-hand insight into the growing influence network and service quality has on customer loyalty metrics like NPS and learn how CSPs can exploit this growing trend to their advantage. During the webinar, we will share a number of exciting findings on this topic from in-depth recent research we have conducted with a number of leadings CSPs around the world.

    Streamlining Order Delivery of NGN Business Services
    Date: 3/19/2015
    Sponsors:
    Amdocs
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    Business services are growing rapidly and hold a great potential of revenue growth for operators around the world. Technologies like NFV and SDN open the door for innovative services and new exciting business models for their enterprise customers But as the number of customers, services and order complexity grow, the need to streamline and automate the business services delivery becomes critical.

    Amdocs and Heavy Reading will reveal the results from a new survey on service delivery for telecom’s Business customers. Join us to learn the survey results and the different strategies for effective service delivery for business customers’ orders.
    Making NFV C-RAN a Reality in 2015 – The Hardware / Software Architecture of the Virtual Base Station
    Date: 3/18/2015
    Sponsors:
    eASIC
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    NFV promises to revolutionize telecom network architecture and the landscape, from core centers to wireless communication itself, by enabling the centralization and virtualization of the mobile base station. Not only does this new concept enable scalability and agility, it also promises to slash the cost per sector compared to what it is today.

    For this to become a reality two things must happen; a fast, power efficient hardware platform must be available, and an abstracted and flexible software framework must be deployed. .

    In this webinar ’you will hear from key perspectives:

    DuanRan(段然), Green Communication Research Center, China Mobile Research Institute And Pal Gronsund, Research Scientist at Telenor Research

    Two of the leading carriers will share their perspective on how carriers are keen to validate the NFV compatible virtual Base Station solution architecture and the benefits it provides with regard to deployment flexibility, agility, scalability, energy and spectrum efficiency and the reduction on total TCO from both CAPEX and OPEX perspective.

    Eran Bello, ASOCS, Vice President of Product Marketing

    ASOCS describes a software based Base Station system that utilizes a hardware acceleration platform to deliver complete virtual base station solution including all layers and functions.

    Dr. Christian Lanzani, eASIC Corporation, Director of Wireless Marketing

    eASIC describes unique a hardware platform that delivers massively parallel processing in low power, high performance hardware that delivers a superior solution compared to alternatives. Christian will describe the efficient COTS NFV hardware acceleration platform needed to make NFV a reality.

    You will learn:

    Demystifying NFV, the challenges and benefits and why the solution involves hardware and software

    Hardware – Why eASIC Platform delivers the sweet spot between performance, power, cost and time to market

    Software – Enabled by hardware the complete virtual base station can be a reality in 2015

    Metro Data Center Interconnect in 2015 – the “Big Traffic” Opportunity
    Date: 3/17/2015
    Sponsors:
    BTI Systems
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    The Data Center Interconnect (DCI) market is experiencing explosive global growth. Content, service and colocation/hosting providers are seeking to directly connect content to end users at the edge of global networks. Providers need this direct connection in order to deliver faster, anytime, anywhere access to the unprecedented numbers of businesses and consumers straining these networks, driven by the game-changing dynamics of cloud computing, mobility and video. Adopted early by the largest Web/content providers, service providers are now building metro overlays for DCI. And colocation and hosting providers are deploying DCIs as their businesses and data center real estate grows. While early DCI deployments centered around national and international routes, the DCI market is now undergoing massive and accelerating deployments in metro and regional areas.

    In this Super Service Provider Webinar, we take an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities facing content, service and colocation providers of different types as they build their business and their networks around data centers and the cloud – with a particular focus on the metro and regional network. Providers will need to evolve to a new type of network architecture – optimized for the cloud - that will help control costs, guarantee quality and deliver new revenue-generating services to connect users and the cloud. To address this need, providers must move towards a cloud–optimized network, leveraging integrated IP, optical and management solutions together with software-defined networking (SDN). This will allow them to deploy networks that meet the dynamic and rapid growth in customer demand for video and other high-bandwidth cloud services with instantaneous access over the metro network.

    Three Ways to Tame the Wild West of WebRTC
    Date: 3/12/2015
    Sponsors:
    Sonus
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    Web Real-time Communication (WebRTC) is one of the most disruptive communication and collaboration technologies to hit the market in years. It’s a wild, untamed market that is expected to become more complex as the device base continues to move from PCs to mobile phones and tablets… and beyond.

    Although WebRTC is generating high levels of interest and excitement, IT departments need to be aware of important security and interworking related considerations. For instance, service providers and enterprises have embraced Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) in a big way, and WebRTC must integrate into these established environments. In order for WebRTC to succeed it must seamlessly interwork – or be interoperable – with existing SIP-based networks. Furthermore, enterprises and service providers need to be judicious about network security when WebRTC browsers start communicating with their networks because of the potential threat of a malicious web application taking over a user’s browser and directing communication.

    Taming the Wild West of WebRTC may seem daunting, but the answer is as simple as S-B-C. Session Border Controllers (SBCs) deployed at the edge of the network help secure networks from attack by recognizing and neutralizing threats, while ensuring reliable communication by bridging the technology gap between old and new. SBCs are a critical component of a successful WebRTC game plan for any enterprise or service provider.

    Join the discussion to learn how WebRTC can open your business to new frontiers, securely and reliably.

    100G and Beyond: Challenges During Deployment and Service Activation
    Date: 3/10/2015
    Sponsors:
    JSDU
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    With the need to constantly increase bandwidth, many telecommunications operators are moving from 10G to 100G on DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) networks. The shift towards 100G and B100G brings new opportunities—but also challenges during deployment and service activation. This webinar will discuss what sets 100G apart, with a focus on test and measurement for the optical layer. Topics such as fiber characterization, handling new impairments in coherent systems, challenges in mixed 10G/100G systems, and what’s next will also be discussed.

    Deploying Virtual Network Functions: the Complementary Roles of TOSCA and YANG
    Date: 2/26/2015
    Sponsors:
    Cisco
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    Both TOSCA and YANG are needed to deploy VNFs and the network services they support in an agile model. TOSCA is required for its application-centric deployment model which takes care of the desired, long-lived state of an application throughout its lifecycle while YANG contributes its end-user service centric view and ability to carry out short-lived reconfigurations of virtual network functions, dynamically, at service runtime. This webinar will provide an overview of both modelling languages as well as a discussion on how they may fit into the OSS and the ETSI NFV architecture.

    Making the Case for Next-Generation ROADM
    Date: 2/24/2015
    Sponsors:
    Fujistu
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    Carriers continually reevaluate their transport networks in order to lower their costs, improve service velocity and provide higher bandwidth services. New and changing service demands have some carriers signaling a need for more flexible network architecture. To address these needs, equipment providers are responding with next-generation systems that can reduce opex and capex costs, provide rapid bandwidth/capacity provisioning and offer topology flexibility and simplified operations.

    The reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM) has been a key element in long-haul and metro optical networks, as well as one of the driving forces in their development. First deployed in the early 2000s, the ROADM has proven itself by the thousands. Yet existing technologies have not satisfied operators seeking even greater flexibility and reduced cost. The debate has begun on next-generation ROADM functionality, deployment technologies and applications.

    In this webinar, you will learn about:

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    Date: 2/20/2015
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    In this 60-minute webinar, HeavyReading analyst Gabriel Brown first brings you inside the stadium and mall opportunity, taking a look at what’s considered the “Holy grail” for small cell, IOT, Location Based Services, Commerce and Retail. It’s the intersection of consumers, business and big brands.

    Caroline Chan, who leads Intel’s small cell market development efforts, provides insight to market adoption of Edge Cloud services, IOT enabling modules for retail and venues, in support of NFV small cell services.

    Art King, director of enterprise applications and services with SpiderCloud Wireless, formerly head of IT mobility services for a global consumer brand, dives into use venue and mail use cases and actual services examples with a large business partner where they explore location, local caching of content, and consumer/business cloud services with an NFV platform inside a scalable small cell system deployed on an Ethernet LAN.

    Gabriel Brown moderates the session and makes sure you have enough time to ask your questions.

    Today’s DDoS Attack: Threatening ISP Infrastructure and Degrading your Business
    Date: 2/18/2015
    Sponsors:
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    Attack methods have become more diversified and service providers are now battling more advanced attack vectors that threaten the availability and performance of their services. Commonly, service providers are coming up against DDoS attacks which have evolved into a sophisticated, aggressive and damaging attack vector. To maintain service availability and keep their downstream customers up and running, service providers must be able to detect, analyze and defeat DDoS threats in real-time before they develop into costly service availability outages. Join this session to better understand the state of DDoS in the service provider space, and how providers can protect themselves and their customers from DDoS attacks.

    Dynamic Service Chaining In Service Provider Networks
    Date: 2/17/2015
    Sponsors:
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    Service chaining is an emerging set of technologies and processes that abstract service logic from the underlying network and enable operators to configure services dynamically. By routing traffic flows according to a “service graph”, service chaining addresses the requirement for both optimization of the network, through better utilization of resources; and monetization, through the provision of services that are tailored to the customer context.

    This webinar will discuss emerging approaches to services chaining across both physical and virtual environments, with a view to making operator networks more adaptable to change and more able to keep pace with innovation in the application layer. Among the approaches to be discussed are IETF Service Function Chaining, the NFV Forwarding Graph, and SDN-based traffic steering.

    Successfully Operationalizing NFV – Bridging Old and New
    Date: 2/17/2015
    Sponsors:
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    NFV promises more rapid innovation, faster path to revenue, and reduced costs. However, as CSPs evaluate the required transformations in their network, a key challenge will be how to manage NFV, as NFV will have a significant impact on CSPs’ Operations Support Systems (OSSs).

    Virtualization won’t occur at the same pace in the whole network and some parts of the network will stay non-virtualized, hybrid services will be the most common occurrence and CSPs’ OSSs would need to be able to bridge legacy and new resources. This webinar presents the HP vision to help service providers succeed their NFV transformation by breaking the OSS silos and migrate to a dynamic production environment, based on the concept of service operations factory (SOF). This is where the integration between fulfilment and assurance will create a virtuous circle to make service management more agile, effective, and complete – and enable realizing the promises of NFV, including reduced time to market, driving service agility and innovation, and significant cost savings.

    Network Performance Enforcement: A New Approach to Network Congestion Management
    Date: 2/11/2015
    Sponsors:
    Saisei
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    Network Performance Enforcement (NPE) on a per-flow basis didn’t exist a year ago. Yet this radical new approach is transforming not only the entire end-user network experience -- guaranteeing that no subscriber session will ever crash again regardless of network load – but also resets fundamental service provider business model and architectural assumptions that have been in place for decades.

    This webinar will show how NPE uniquely integrates the simultaneous real-time, discrete monitoring and control of millions of concurrent IP flows, successfully guiding and adjusting bandwidth and security policy on each individual flow 20 times per second as it passes through NPE-controlled links.

    The value for service providers includes a large uptick in bandwidth utilization, the monetization of previously withheld “reserve” bandwidth, and the ability to offer new granular levels of guaranteed services based on multiple tiers of enforced “fair usage” on a single network. Fully compatible with legacy, virtual, SDN and NFV networks today, NPE has been architected with the scale required for Cloud, Mobile and IoT network deployments.

    NFV’s Biggest Barrier: Overcoming the Operations Challenge
    Date: 2/10/2015
    Sponsors:
    CENX
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    NFV promises great opex savings; however, migration to virtualized infrastructure will make network operations dramatically more complex for service providers. This barrier needs to be overcome in order to rollout NFV on a broad scale and to deliver quality-assured data services with the speed demanded by end-users.

    This webinar will describe:

    • The operations complexities introduced by NFV architectures
    • The lifecycle service orchestration framework that is required to effectively fulfill and assure services across virtualized and physical hybrid networks
    • Real-world strategies to make evolution to NFV possible and actually improve operations
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