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Model driven Network and Device Management (NDM) for Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) and IoT services
Date: 4/28/2016
Sponsors:
Enea
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As today’s telecom functions and IoT services shift to a cloud infrastructure, carriers and service providers have set new requirements for these services and network functions to be delivered as VNFs. These VNFs must be fully managed and capable of providing an integration with third-party MANO (Management and Network Orchestration) architectures. Functionality that has traditionally been delivered as physical boxes must now be able to scale out horizontally. VNF providers must take into account the following major challenges when deploying a VNF within the data center: costly O&M (operation and management), scaling and deployment lifecycle.

In order for providers to address these challenges, a new set of NDM standards including YANG and NETCONF have emerged and are fast becoming a requirement. YANG is a data modeling language used to model configuration and state data manipulated by the Network Configuration Protocol (NETCONF), NETCONF remote procedure calls, and NETCONF notifications.

In this webinar, you will learn about:

  • NETCONF – including data modeling, transactions, security, RPC and notifications
  • YANG industry trends:
    • Data modeling with an overview of the many use cases when used with NETCONF/RESTCONF and RESTful northbound interfaces.
    • YANG as the data modeling language for IotDM (IoT data management)
  • A complete NDM VNF management framework including:
    • Orchestrator integration, infrastructure management integration with OpenStack
    • Auto rendered northbound CLI/Web and RESTful interfaces
    • YANG, NETCONF, SNMP,CLI support
    • FCAPS – fault, configuration, accounting, performance and security
    • High availability

Are You Ready for the Digital Customer Journey?
Date: 4/28/2016
Sponsors:
Redknee
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Today’s digital economy has spurred an ever-growing portfolio of products and services for communications customers. As customers become more demanding and digital services become more complex, service providers can no longer rely on traditional approaches to serve their customers.

Monetizing digital services requires greater agility and a platform that supports the launch of new services and the end-to-end customer journey. For service providers to succeed, an agile product catalog and order management system is necessary, as well as a single customer view on pricing, assurance and service delivery across channels. Real-time contextual insight ensures a customer receives the right offer at the right time, at every touch point.

Join Redknee’s Chief Marketing Officer Chris Newton-Smith and Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Sandra O’Boyle to discuss the end-to-end digital customer journey and how catalog-driven BSS helps to build and deliver innovative services and partnerships, as well as improve customer engagement and digital marketing.

The Rise of the Mobile Enterprise for Cable Operators
Date: 4/27/2016
Sponsors:
Mitel
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Managed voice communications-as-a-service can help cable operators of any size slash total cost of ownership (TCO), bring new services to market faster and reduce the risk of owning and managing quickly evolving mobile communication services. The days of the "one-size-fits-all" static offices are gone. Today's workers have a range of work styles and schedules and need to be more mobile and away from the office, while still being connected to their customers and partners. Managed cloud communications-as-a-service enables the rise of mobile enterprise solutions in mobilizing the workforce to perform anywhere and remain connected and collaborative on the go.

Join us on this webinar as Jim Hudmon, CTO for the MSO Market at Mitel Mobility, delves into the rise of the mobile enterprise and explains how cable operators can succeed in delivering new, innovative voice services to the enterprise and SMB markets.

Secure Pipes: The Importance & Value of the Network as a Security Layer
Date: 4/19/2016
Sponsors:
Sandvine
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Cyber security addresses a wide range of issues and solutions related to protecting networks, businesses and subscribers from malicious Internet activity and harmful content. Experts agree that a layered approach is best, and perhaps no layer is as important as the network itself.

Traditional approaches rely on many different solutions installed at the boundary between a "trusted" private business or residential network and the "untrusted" public Internet. Today, residential subscribers and overwhelmed business IT security professionals are demanding a network-based solution that complements these boundary techniques and is specifically engineered for the untrusted environment and threats of the public Internet.

Join Sandvine and Symantec to learn:

  • Why the network is often overlooked as a security layer, and why protecting it imposes specific requirements
  • Why boundary solutions are a necessary but insufficient part of a layered, end-to-end approach
  • How communications service providers can protect the network, subscribers and businesses, and can even grow revenue with value-added "secure pipes" services.

Charting a Winning Course in the Disrupted Video Market
Date: 4/14/2016
Sponsors:
Ericsson
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Even more than before, the video market is undergoing unprecedented levels of disruption from all sides, leaving the traditional pay-TV value chain forever changed. The key question for all players now is how to leverage their strengths and assets to win customer loyalty in the face of shifting viewer expectations and rapid technological innovation.

Please join Solomon Israel, VP Business Development in Ericsson’s North American TV & Media Practice, and Light Reading Cable/Video Practice Leader Alan Breznick as they continue the conversation from our previous webinar, “Winning Customer Loyalty in a Disrupted Video Market” last fall. This not-to-be-missed event will delve even deeper into the disruptive market forces and provide answers to key questions such as: What do today’s customers want and value from their media services? What are the key drivers of satisfaction and what can be done to close the existing viewer ‘satisfaction gap’ between legacy pay-TV services and the newer OTT video offerings? What media delivery options and business models can you employ to increase engagement and delight your customers every day? The discussion will greatly benefit everyone in the TV & Video distribution ecosystem.

DCI and Beyond: Advanced Optics in the Metro
Date: 4/13/2016
Sponsors:
Coriant & Level 3
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Data center interconnect (DCI) represents the latest step in the architectural evolution in 100G metro optical networks, and metro aggregation schemes now appear ready for takeoff as well. These trends reflect tremendous traffic and application growth, issues that will continue to influence network planning in both metro and long-haul segments for the foreseeable future. Join Heavy Reading Analyst Dan O'Shea, Level 3 Communications VP and Principal Network Architect Dave Cooper and Coriant VP of Product Management and Data Center's JC Fahmy as they discuss how optical networks have evolved to meet current demand for DCI, and the factors shaping future architectural visions.

The Evolution of Ultra High Definition
Date: 4/12/2016
Sponsors:
Technicolor
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Ultra-high definition (UHD) video is defined not only by higher resolution but also by a range of characteristics that include higher dynamic range and a wider color gamut. Anyone involved with content delivery -- MVPDs, OTT providers, CDNs, etc. — has new challenges ahead of them to accommodate this new content and support a new set of specifications and standards. This webinar will explain these characteristics and associated standards, challenges in distribution efficiency and how it affects content distributors.

Accelerating the Next Generation of Media Cloud Services
Date: 4/12/2016
Sponsors:
Hewlett Packard Enterprises & Imagine Communications
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Communications service providers (CSPs) have made substantial investments in video distribution networks based upon solid business models, but nobody could have predicted how radically these models would change in the last few years. These changes, driven mainly by evolving video consumption habits, require CSPs to build media cloud-based service capabilities that can easily adapt to the new multiscreen industry dynamics, thus allowing CSPs to deploy more flexible distribution networks and media offerings while streamlining operations. In this webinar, join the IT industry's iconic media cloud expert – Hewlett Packard Enterprise – and media and entertainment industry leader Imagine Communications for a lively, informative review of how CSPs can launch and monetize new content management and distribution services and create innovative user experiences to attract and retain pay-TV subscribers and accelerate monetization opportunities. This webinar will be hosted by Light Reading's global media expert, Alan Breznick.

Leveraging NFV for Profitable Managed Services: SD-WAN, Security & vCPE
Date: 4/11/2016
Sponsors:
Versa Networks & Verizon
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As service providers embrace NFV and what it can enable for new managed services, they look for a strong business case in the near-term and a clear path to the future. Key to both of those is a way for virtualization to enable value-added services. This webinar will focus on what service providers have done to-date with NFV for WAN and branch managed services; what the spectrum of services will be for the full range of branch options, thin to fat; and how solutions such as vCPE and managed SD-WANs can be leveraged to create more agile and value-added managed services. It will feature a major service provider executive and Kumar Mehta, founder of Versa Networks and formerly of Juniper Networks, and will be moderated by Carol Wilson, editor-at-large for Light Reading.

Validating Cisco's Threat-Centric Security Solutions
Date: 4/6/2016
Sponsors:
Cisco
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Security functions have long been identified as prime candidates for virtualization, but are there any security virtual network functions (VNFs) that meet the commercial deployment needs of communications service providers and large enterprises? And what are the architectural implications for security in a virtualized environment?

With those key questions in mind, Light Reading commissioned independent test lab EANTC to evaluate a range of security tools and functions, including virtual elements, on offer from Cisco. The evaluations were numerous and varied and simulated real-world scenarios, including threat detection, attack visibility and mitigation and security platform performance. EANTC also introduced a test case dedicated to the verification of the provisioning process for security-as-a-service VNFs, an important development for CSPs wanting to develop new business opportunities around next-generation security functionality.

This webinar details the tests carried out by the EANTC team and delves into the results and key takeaways identified by the team that performed the evaluation.

Latest Advances Towards D3.1 Deployment
Date: 4/4/2016
Sponsors:
Technicolor & Comcast
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In today's rapidly evolving broadband market, customer bandwidth demands are swiftly escalating as the services dimension undergoes fundamental change. Broadband providers are rolling out and planning more services, as well as more advanced services to boost transmission speeds, improve the user experience and keep subscribers content and in place. At the same time, cable operators are seeking better ways to manage their HFC networks, deliver their products and administer the myriad consumer devices inside the home.

This webinar will address this ongoing transformation, covering such key topics as:

  • Evolution of the DOCSIS 3.1 spec and its implications for the broadband market
  • DOCSIS 3.1 rollout efforts by cable operators and equipment suppliers
  • Services enabled by DOCSIS 3.1's much greater bandwidth capacity, including:
    • Managed IP video
    • Home security
    • Other services requiring increased upstream bandwidth
  • Challenges – strategic, technical, operational and financial -- created by the rising bandwidth demands
  • How Technicolor is working with cable operators to meet these challenges
  • Early lessons learned by Comcast and other DOCSIS 3.1 pioneers

Enabling New Business Models with Gigamon Subscriber Aware Visibility
Date: 3/31/2016
Sponsors:
Gigamon
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It is critical that Carriers provide excellent service with an ability to drive revenue growth. Focusing on the best customers on a subscriber-by-subscriber basis is now a critical competitive advantage. This can be achieved by deploying Gigamon's Subscriber Aware Visibility offering. In this webinar you will learn:

  • How Subscriber Aware Visibility enables new revenue business models
  • How Subscriber Aware Visibility can raise ARPU and decrease support costs
  • How Subscriber Aware Security drastically reduces data center security costs
  • How traffic scaling with whitelisting is more effective than scaling your tools
  • How Subscriber Aware Security use cases transform the business of a carrier

Making the case for NFV: it’s all about the Service Model
Date: 3/30/2016
Sponsors:
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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This webinar will discuss the need for an intent-based service orchestration layer, in addition to NFV, to achieve CSPs' service agility goals. It will explain that service modeling is critical to this layer but not all information modeling approaches are equal. It will describe a powerful new service descriptor approach which will enable operators to change the equation when it comes to defining and instantiating services, reducing cost, complexity and time-to-market for service delivery across both physical and virtualized networks.

Multi-layer Security for Real-time Communications
Date: 3/24/2016
Sponsors:
Sonus Networks
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Securing real-time communications (RTC) requires a Session Border Controller (SBC) at the network edge. SBCs are critical because they prevent attacks, manage traffic and capture critical information at the edge of your RTC network.

However, as technology models mature, a single-point SBC needs to be augmented and be part of wider security perimeter strategy. What is needed now is a multi-layered approach where RTC security and policy start at the application layer which programmatically defines RTC flows for the network fabric. In this webinar, Sonus will discuss the requirements for before, during and after a security breach and will show how applications such as SBCs and policy engines address the evolving multi-layered security protection required in new cloud-based services for real-time communications.

Unlimited Potential – Exploring LTE Over Unlicensed Spectrum
Date: 3/24/2016
Sponsors:
Radisys
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The data deluge isn’t slowing down anytime soon – subscribers are demanding ever more content and Internet of Things market is about to explode. Mobile operators must figure out how to support this extra traffic on their overloaded networks, and ideally without purchasing expensive new spectrum.

Enter one of the hottest innovations in the industry: LTE over an unlicensed spectrum. By aggregating unlicensed spectrum with an anchor in licensed spectrum, mobile operators can cost-effectively and efficiently add capacity and coverage where it’s needed. Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown and Radisys’ small cell expert Renuka Bhalerao will share insights into the approaches to delivering this technology today, the associated challenges and how to overcome them.

You will learn:

  • The drivers behind LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) technology, driven by the LTE-U Forum, which delivers a pre-standardized approach deployable today
  • How LTE-Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) from 3GPP is delivering a standardized approach to the technology and look at the path to deployment
  • Why small cells are the right choice in unlicensed spectrum, due to a radius that aligns with WiFi, low power requirements, and built-in carrier aggregation techniques
  • How coexistence with Wi-Fi and other technologies in unlicensed spectrum will work, including a detailed look at “Listen Before Talk” techniques
  • What lessons have been learned in field trials to date

vCPE Deployment Options
Date: 3/23/2016
Sponsors:
Accedian
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Enterprise vCPE strategies have clear benefits: reducing cost and complexity, improving scalability, accelerating time to revenue and enabling customer self-care and new services/revenue streams. While the benefits are obvious, the way to realize them often ignites debate, and there are many deployment options available that take different approaches to where virtual network functions should sit, how service quality is attained and guaranteed and how still-developing standards around orchestration and management will impact what can be deployed today. This webinar brings together the expertise gained and hard lessons learned from hundreds of operators at different deployment stages, serving a wide range of business customers.

Communications Services Require Special Taxation – Are You Covered?
Date: 3/22/2016
Sponsors:
Avalara
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Communications service providers are experiencing an era of rapid change. New products and product bundles are constantly entering the market. Further complicating the issue, products that previously didn't include a communications taxation element now do. It is difficult to keep up with the correct calculations if you are a communications industry veteran, much less in an ancillary industry that only uses sales and use tax calculations.

This webinar will tackle the complexities of communications industry taxation by:

  • Illustrating some specific intricate calculations that may often be missed
  • Discussing the background behind these taxes and ramifications of non-compliance
  • Providing steps to ensure you are making the most accurate calculations possible

You don't want to miss this webinar if you are a CSP in wireless, wireline, VoIP, cable, unified communications, pre-paid, managed services, SaaS or if you handle taxes for any of these segments.

Accelerating Digital Industrialization, Ericsson HDS8000 and OCP
Date: 3/16/2016
Sponsors:
Ericsson
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Join us on this webinar as Martin Bäckström (Ericsson Vice President, CTO office) talks about Open Compute Project (OCP), its success in bringing new levels of openness to data center technology and the industry momentum it continues to build around open source collaboration for efficient and scale-out data center hardware.

Ericsson believes that OCP is one of the key foundations to enable the path to Ericsson's vision of networked society to create a robust and industrialized infrastructure underneath. Martin will share how Ericsson plans to achieve the goals of software-defined infrastructure within OCP, how the Ericsson HDS 8000 will be positioned and related to OCP, and the key areas Ericsson will contribute within OCP.

Mobile Backhaul: Successfully Assuring Performance for Increasingly Complex Networks
Date: 3/15/2016
Sponsors:
InfoVista
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Today, mobile operators use a multitude of network technologies, vendors and topologies -- with possible combinations reaching into the hundreds -- to build their mobile backhaul. Managing this complex scenario can already be a headache. Yet looking toward the short and long terms, the adoption of next-generation technologies, such as LTE-Advanced, small cells, HetNet, C-RAN, VoLTE and ultimately 5G, will actually make mobile backhaul networks even larger and more complex. This challenging scenario poses the following questions:

  • What should mobile operators do to properly assure the quality of their data and voice services when adopting the next wave of convergent network technologies?
  • Are the current performance tools and practices enough, or do providers need to evolve their arsenal accordingly?

In this webinar, we discuss the underlying business and technical challenges that network operations and engineering teams face today when assuring the performance of their mobile backhaul networks.

Most importantly, we’ll provide answers for network operations and network engineering teams to avoid the headache becoming unbearable.

Secure & Scalable Application Delivery With Brocade vADC & Google Cloud Platform
Date: 3/10/2016
Sponsors:
Brocade
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Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is built on the same world-class infrastructure that powers Google's own services, such as Search, Gmail and Youtube. Brocade vADC Product Family, available on GCP via Google Cloud Launcher, provides fast, reliable application delivery at scale. It complements Google Cloud Load Balancing products and delivers added features so you can build and deploy secure and responsive applications in the Google Cloud.

Join this webinar to:

  • Learn about the top use cases for Brocade vADC on GCP, including customer prioritization and the use of TrafficScript to provide granular control of all traffic
  • Learn how to secure your applications with custom security policies
  • Learn about real-world vADC success stories for securing and scaling cloud apps
  • Learn how to get started with vADC on GCP for free

Whether you are building a cloud-native web app or deploying an enterprise app, vADC and GCP together provide you the right environment to deliver your services securely at scale. Give vADC on GCP a spin for free and provide us with feedback on your experience.

High Performance Server-based IPsec for Cloud and Telecom Providers
Date: 3/9/2016
Sponsors:
6WIND & Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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IPsec is an important security technology for virtually all communication service providers (CSPs). CSP requirements for IPsec are shifting away from proprietary gateways due to cost and other factors like vendor lock-in. CSPs now require high performance IPsec on general propose x86 servers as this move opens up their business to more vendors, and gives them greater control of their network, at a lower cost basis. CSPs are looking for IPsec vendor solutions where they can deliver server configuration options, which achieve their requirements for deployment in the central office as well as data center environments.

This webinar will discuss IPsec performance on x86 COTS servers, covering:

  • Use cases for IPsec including high-throughput data center interconnect, enterprise VPN, and mobile backhaul
  • How high volume enterprise IT economics can support a new cost model for high-performance IPsec
  • Brand new performance test results showing IPsec on COTS can offer over 120 Gbit/s of bidirectional throughput on industry standard servers
  • The importance of selecting the right server to ensure high performance and manageability of CSP networks whether in the CO or the DC

Dealing With Mobile Security Threats at the Application Layer
Date: 3/8/2016
Sponsors:
Palo Alto Networks
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Mobile Operators are investing heavily to deliver application based services in order to move beyond simple voice and data, and move up the customer value chain. The traditional layer 3 and layer 4 approaches to security in place today do not provide the visibility, control and protection Mobile Operators need to secure their infrastructure, services, applications and customers. In this webinar Patrick Donegan, lead analyst at Heavy Reading and Leonid Burakovsky, director of product management at Palo Alto Networks discuss the challenges and approaches needed to elevate security in the application and services layer.

Securing & Monetizing the On-Demand Network
Date: 2/18/2016
Sponsors:
Sonus
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There is no longer any doubt that the future of application delivery is cloud and real-time based. However, forging a strategy to meet these new requirements represents a formable challenge. Ultimately, network operator strategies to meet on-demand challenges will require a shift to a software programmable SDN routing model that currently does not exist.

Accordingly, this webinar will address the new realities of the cloud, documenting the additional requirements and software intelligence that must be supported and not currently available on traditional routed networks. This will include examining how new products such as Sonus’s VellOS can simplify the introduction of SDN by delivering the ability to support user-programmable prioritization of application traffic and secure the network perimeter.

In addition, the webinar will address how the implementation of a truly programmable on-demand transport network opens the door to support additional highly monetizable use cases such as network-as-a-service.

Evaluating the performance of Nokia Virtualized Service Router (VSR) and Virtualized Mobile Gateway (VMG)
Date: 2/17/2016
Sponsors:
Nokia
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Many virtualized network functions (VNFs) have been announced, but few have been evaluated and independently tested. That's why the recent evaluation of the Nokia Virtualized Service Router (VSR) and Virtualized Mobile Gateway (VMG), by experienced and respected test lab EANTC, is so important to the industry.

Join this webinar to find out how the extensive functionality, performance and manageability of Nokia's advanced VNFs were validated, and get exclusive insight into the results and EANTC's conclusions.

Accelerating NFV: A Cloud Platform for VNF Development & Deployment
Date: 2/15/2016
Sponsors:
RIFT.io
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Leading operators have aggressive plans to virtualize their networks, but their NFV strategies risk delay due to the difficulties of virtualizing, onboarding and managing network functions. VNF vendors struggle to develop or migrate their products due to fragmented technology choices, versions and approaches in NFV Infrastructures (NFVIs) and different levels of support for VNF deployment and management automation. This webinar discusses the need for a common platform approach to VNF development and deployment, along the lines of an IT Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). Such an open source, cloud-based platform should provide the additional capabilities that VNFs need to execute properly in a hyperscale cloud environment, including support for VNF scaling and service chain simulation and instantiation. The webinar will explain the relationship between such a cloud platform and the NFV MANO. It will describe the benefits of using such a platform to accelerate the availability of VNFs designed for hyperscale cloud and DevOps environments, providing operators with greater VNF choices and enabling faster implementation of NFV.

Enhancing Customer Experience: Why Your CEM Strategy Needs Real-Time Subscriber Insights
Date: 2/11/2016
Sponsors:
NETSCOUT
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What does it take to win the hearts and minds of subscribers and provide them with the best possible network and service experiences? Without question, it requires a customer experience management (CEM) strategy that leverages the power of a real-time telco big data analytics platform capable of combining rich customer structured and unstructured data from both network and non-network sources.

Accordingly, a key focus of the webinar will be to quantify the value of incorporating real-time subscriber analytics into CEM plans enabling CSPs to reduce churn, maximize revenue and better understand customer behavior.

As CSPs strive to be more customer-centric, how can they make sense of and derive the greatest value from customer data? Seshu Dommaraju, Director of Product Innovation at NETSCOUT, joins Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Jim Hodges to discuss the critical elements needed for a powerful CSP analytics program. Topics to be addressed include:

  • The value of real-time visibility and end-to-end view of network and service performance
  • Importance of customer experience indicators (CEIs)
  • Approaches for creating actionable insights from a number of data sources
  • The power of peer group analysis for proactive problem detection
  • And much more...

Layer 7 Visibility for vCPE Services
Date: 2/10/2016
Sponsors:
Qosmos
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Virtual Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE) is a way for network operators to transition enterprise customers to next-generation cloud networking platforms. This can substantially reduce costs associated with specialized hardware deployed on-premises and, with the right tools, enables operators to inject value into wide-area network services using Virtual Network Functions (VNFs). This webinar will discuss how operators can use application-level information to offer new and value-added vCPE services. In particular, it will address Layer 7 IP classification engines and their role in three key use-cases: traffic monitoring/reporting, Layer 7 firewall and QoS capabilities and VNF service chaining.

DOCSIS 3.1 Testing: What Matters Most
Date: 2/9/2016
Sponsors:
Viavi
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Cable service providers will deploy DOCSIS 3.1 very soon. This webinar explains key components of DOCSIS 3.1 and gives practical insight into how to verify performance of these new services to assure the highest-quality customer experience from the start. Learn what to test and why. And, learn how to test quickly and simply to provide optimal performance and customer satisfaction assurance.

Who should attend:
Cable technical operations managers, engineers, technicians, contractors and anyone who wants to understand more about deploying and activating DOCSIS 3.1 services.

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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    ERICSSON BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION SERIES

    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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    ERICSSON BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION SERIES

    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
  • 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.

    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.
  • 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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    ERICSSON BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION SERIES

    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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    ERICSSON BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION SERIES

    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
    View archived webinar

    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:
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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:
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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.

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