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Making OTT Video Pay Off Now
Date: 12/1/2016
Sponsors:
NCTC, Cisco
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As more and more consumers sign up for subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon and more and more TV programmers launch their own direct-to-consumer offerings, small and independent service providers are grappling with ways to leverage OTT video services by integrating them into their traditional pay-TV offerings. In this provocative session, cable operators, vendors and other experts will discuss ways that smaller cable providers can turn OTT video to their advantage immediately with some new options that are now available. Speakers will spell out the innovative approaches that pioneering operators are taking, the challenges that they’ve had to overcome and the results that they’ve enjoyed so far.

Unlocking the Value of NFV with Data Analytics
Date: 12/1/2016
Sponsors:
Affirmed Networks, EMC
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The commercialization of network functions virtualization (NFV) is enhancing the relationship between the cloud and big data and analytics (BDA) systems. Accordingly, this webinar will focus on the drivers and use cases that are fusing these technologies. Specific topics to be addressed include:

  • The value proposition of applying analytics to network workloads to provide real-time insight into overall network performance and efficiency
  • The business opportunity to leverage analytics to break down data silos to optimize cost and efficiency, as well as unlocking data to enhance organizational and marketing efficiency
  • Documenting NFV network probing capabilities requirements that enable linear scale to ensure the right amount of data is delivered with minimal performance impacts

The webinar will also examine how Dell EMC and Affirmed Networks have partnered to deliver an innovative new solution designed to address these criteria and provide network operators with a competitive edge.

Virtualization – A Critical Capability for Service Provider Success in IoT, 5G & Beyond
Date: 11/30/2016
Sponsors:
Wind River
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The Internet of Things (IoT) is a huge opportunity for communications service providers, simply because of the sheer scale of investment it will attract and the business impact it will have globally. This webinar will explore the critical factors and obstacles that communications service providers need to be aware of as they consider the development of their network architecture to address the market and meet the expectations of customers. Steve Bell, Heavy Reading's senior IoT analyst, will talk about the landscape and some of the strategies that mobile operators have adopted to address the market. He will also talk about how embracing software-centric and cloud-hosted core networks will better position operators to match infrastructure to increasingly diverse services at a relatively low incremental cost. This approach also enables early-stage implementation of LTE network slicing, which will be a key enabler of IoT and is a core component of the 5G vision since it enables "the many services on one network" concept.

Wind River is the leading supplier of carrier-grade NFV infrastructure platforms. Charlie Ashton will talk about the need to underpin these IoT systems and services with a high reliability and secure backbone network to ensure the critical applications have the primary connection they require when they need it. Charlie will also identify how the Titanium Server virtualization platform and Titanium Cloud ecosystem can help overcome the many identified challenges and maximize the IoT opportunity.

Securing & Managing Real-Time Communications With vCPE
Date: 11/29/2016
Sponsors:
Sonus
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Virtual Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE) has become an attractive solution because it promises to deliver profound positive change to service delivery and operations models. Service providers and enterprises can take advantage of shorter and more flexible deployment cycles for new services, as well as cost savings from virtualization. Orchestration and automation eliminates costly and manual turn-up/turn-down processes, and seamlessly and dynamically scales resources.

In this webinar, participants will learn about various vCPE deployment models that include a cloud-based service provider offering SBC-as-a-service, service provider-owned virtualized SBC deployed as managed CPE or an enterprise-owned virtualized SBC deployed on customer premise. Accordingly, this webinar will consider the impact of vCPE, capturing the changes the technology will drive, including the role that Session Border Controllers (SBCs) will play in supporting and securing the virtualized network perimeter for real-time communications.

The Multicore Challenge to Embedded Systems Programming: How to scale with Maintained Performance and Determinism
Date: 11/29/2016
Sponsors:
Enea
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Multicore technology causes a significant disruption to the embedded software domain and introduces a great challenge to the entire software industry. Much of the existing software needs to be modified to achieve deterministic performance scalability on a multicore processor.

4G wireless network base band processing is a typical example of where scalable multicore solutions are needed. Moving towards 5G, the performance demand will grow even more, requiring cost-efficient usage of multicore devices. Multicore solutions are quickly gaining ground and, in the not too distant future, will become the standard norm for most embedded devices. Now is the time for the industry to embrace this shift in order to secure future-proof systems.

During this session, we will discuss the challenges imposed on operating systems and embedded application software by the shift to multicore solutions. Tradeoffs in performance, latency and functionality will be discussed together with the complexities introduced by scalability. Finally a solution strategy is proposed.

Planning for Your Real-time OSS/BSS Needs
Date: 11/18/2016
Sponsors:
VoltDB
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Telecom vendors need to make large-scale changes in how they serve the needs of CSPs -- driven by the increasing demand for scalability and lower latencies in the OSS/BSS layers.

In addition, the convergence of various factors influencing the industry is leading to innovations, including SDN and NFV, to avoid vendor lock-in with Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture-based systems. This migration towards a virtualized environment brings new challenges when the systems still need to maintain the latency SLAs that existing OSS/BSS systems have in place.

In this webinar, Dheeraj Remella, director of solutions architecture at VoltDB, and Roz Roseboro, senior analyst of Heavy Reading, will discuss the architectural considerations telcos must address to meet their NFV objectives while preparing for elevated data handling requirements from evolving user equipment and the industrial IoT's applications of telecom technologies.

Betting on Full Duplex DOCSIS
Date: 11/18/2016
Sponsors:
Cisco and ARRIS
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For the first time ever, cable technologists are pursuing their dream of delivering symmetrical, multi-gigabit speeds over HFC lines. Known as Full Duplex DOCSIS, the proposed extension to the new DOCSIS 3.1 spec calls for using echo-cancellation technology to deliver speeds as high as 10 Gbps downstream and upstream over the exact same spectrum. CableLabs officials aim to craft the spec by the end of next year, enabling MSO deployments to start as early as 2018 or 2019. But Full Duplex, with its requirement for deep fiber builds, raises major technical, operational and financial issues for cable operators that must be resolved before its benefits can be reaped.

Delve into the Full Duplex DOCSIS details in this exclusive, interactive webinar with four top cable technologists, and come loaded with questions for our speakers.

What Innovations Can 5G NR Bring to Shared & Unlicensed Spectrum?
Date: 11/17/2016
Sponsors:
Qualcomm
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Access to shared and unlicensed spectrum will extend 5G into a wider range of deployments and create opportunity for innovation. It will enhance mobile broadband deployments anchored in licensed spectrum by aggregating spectrum for extreme bandwidths (similar to Licensed-Assisted Access), but also expand to new types of deployments such as enhanced local broadband and Internet of Things verticals (similar to MulteFire). 5G New Radio (NR) is designed to natively support all spectrum types and, through forward compatibility, has the flexibility to take advantage of new spectrum sharing paradigms. We are pioneering spectrum sharing technologies such as LTE-U, LAA, LTE Wi-Fi Link Aggregation (LWA), Citizen Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), Licensed Shared Access LSA and MulteFire already today. Join this webinar to learn how 5G NR can expand on these LTE technologies and innovate around new spectrum sharing paradigms.

D-NFV: Virtualizing the Network Edge
Date: 11/17/2016
Sponsors:
Ciena
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Most network functions today currently reside in multiple hardware-based appliances that are deployed at remote locations and connected to the WAN. Virtualizing these network functions will significantly transform the telecom industry to enable real and tangible benefits to both service provider and end user.

This webinar will provide insights into where Distributed NFV (D-NFV) makes sense, and why.

Topics to be discussed in this webinar include:

  • NFV market update, challenges and opportunities
  • Business and application drivers for Distributed NFV
  • Ciena's new D-NFV solution

Join this webinar and hear how you can accelerate your D-NFV strategy with efficient service deployments to open new revenue streams.

Real-Time Communications in the Cloud – Dismantling Cloud Myths with Innovation
Date: 11/16/2016
Sponsors:
Sonus Networks
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Having laid the foundation for what cloud reality looks like for Real-time Communication (RTC) services in our earlier webinar, Real-Time Communications in the Cloud – Avoid Cloud Myths With Proven Solutions, this webinar will dig into some of the more technical requirements – those often promised, seldom seen "unicorns" for RTC to be delivered in the cloud.

While RTC vendors often state their products are "free from hardware constraints," it does not always mean their products are "cloud-optimized." True cloud optimization involves new architectural approaches such as microservices and leveraging emerging technologies like Graphical Processing Units (GPUs) for media services.

This second part of our webinar series will give you a deeper understanding of the RTC requirements in the cloud and how a "cloud-optimized" SBC will meet the scale, performance and flexibility required to deploy RTC in the cloud. This webinar will give you more insight by specifically covering:

  • Essential SBC capabilities in the cloud
  • SBCs' adoption of a microservices architecture to increase scale, performance and flexibility
  • Leveraging optimized GPUs for media transcoding
  • Complete solutions by service chaining policy control and session management

Register to hear insights from Light Reading and Sonus, which has a cloud-optimized portfolio that is a key enabler for RTC in the cloud.

Evolving VoLTE & IPX Networks for Full-HD Voice Transcoding With NFV
Date: 11/15/2016
Sponsors:
GENBAND
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VoLTE and network functions virtualization (NFV) are both gaining traction with many global launches and many more forecasted in the coming years. At the same time, mobile and interconnect service providers are also busy enhancing their networks and software-defined infrastructures for enhanced consumer services and for better user experiences. One of those key enhancements to the core and edge of the networks is the enablement of full high-definition voice communications services with support for the Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) codec.

Introduction of full HD voice with the EVS codec requires updates in the core and the edge of the service provider and interconnect networks to address audio transcoding between EVS and other codecs. NFV-based approaches offer the ability to do this transcoding in a distributed and secure manner, at efficient scale and with elasticity from the telco cloud. At the same time, NFV-based transcoding solutions with virtual network functions like session border controllers (SBCs) at the edge of the networks mitigate challenges such as security threats, signaling and media interoperability, and support new VoLTE roaming architectures.

Join us to learn more about the best practices to address EVS transcoding in the core and edge of your networks at scale using NFV-based approaches to provide a significantly enhanced user experience for your subscribers.

The Future of QoE Monitoring in Virtualized Networks
Date: 11/15/2016
Sponsors:
Accedian
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Operators are challenged to deliver network performance, network coverage and a better user experience, as well as launch new digital services more quickly at competitive prices.

At the technology level, operators are transforming networks and IT systems to be virtualized, software-based, cloud native and more agile in terms of launching new services. How customers actually experience quality of service (QoS) needs to be monitored, as well as performance at a network or QoS level – across physical and virtual networks. This becomes even more critical in virtualized networks where services will be activated in real-time and need to be tested, fulfilled and assured in an automated fashion.

In September 2016, Heavy Reading surveyed more than 90 mobile operators globally to understand their future plans for QoS and QoE performance monitoring during the transition to virtualized networks. This unique research uncovers critical insight into how operators are addressing their needs.

Join Scott Sumner, director of business analytics at Accedian, and Sandra O'Boyle, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, as they share operator insights across key regions and discuss cost-effective strategies for monitoring the performance of virtual infrastructure and critical services.

Real-Time Communications in the Cloud – Avoid Cloud Myths with Proven Solutions
Date: 11/2/2016
Sponsors:
Sonus Networks
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Cloud service delivery models are rapidly changing real-time communications (RTC) with new dynamic services and anticipated cost efficiencies… and anything less should be considered a failure. Trying to figure out how the cloud will optimize your RTC service delivery models from today’s proprietary, complex and disjointed solution can be confusing. Join our two-part webinar series and learn how to avoid the myths and achieve the realities in delivering RTC services faster, more cost-effectively and at the scale you need with Sonus’s solutions.

There are numerous challenges in deploying real-time communication (RTC) cloud services, and many claims being made on their behalf. To clarify what cloud reality looks like, this first in a two-part webinar series will answer these questions:

  • What is meant by "RTC in the cloud?"
  • What are the success criteria for deploying RTC in the cloud?
  • What are the challenges to overcome?
  • How can a Session Border Controller (SBC) solve these challenges?
  • What innovation is required to optimize a “cloud SBC”?

Register to hear insights from Light Reading, Bt Global Services, and Sonus, whose cloud-optimized portfolio is a key enabler for RTC in the Cloud.

Test in the Era of Virtualization
Date: 11/1/2016
Sponsors:
Ixia, Netrounds, VeEX, Viavi
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Communications networks are being virtualized because virtualization provides remarkable benefits. Virtualization complicates operations, however. The responsibility for dealing with many of those complications falls on test & measurement companies.

Even some of the network operators who are virtualizing as quickly as technology allows have not anticipated some of these issues. In this one-hour discussion, four leading T&M companies will not only identify the hidden pitfalls of virtualization, but talk about some of the best ways to side-step them. Industry collaboration is key to developing NFV testing and validation techniques that provide carriers with the assurance needed to move virtualization technologies from the lab to production. The importance of active, software-based test and service assurance becomes even greater as operators must ensure that their services are delivered right the first time and any issues can be detected in real-time in an end-to-end manner. Automation will be a key enabler of service agility. And at the end of the day -- or more accurately, at the edge of a virtualized network -- signal integrity will remain critical.

How a Service Provider Can Scale DDOS Protection to Stop Uber-Size Network Attacks
Date: 10/27/2016
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What used to be a corner case in DDOS attacks is now becoming daily news – namely, the massive amount of bandwidth slammed down on a network from malicious actors seeking to completely paralyze communication services. These attacks are reaching levels of several hundred gigabytes at a time, and approaching 1 Terabyte. Now, in addition to worrying about multi-vector attacks, service providers need to be concerned with having a security solution that can pragmatically scale from stopping low and slow debilitating application attacks all the way to ultra-high volume, botnet-orchestrated attack bombardment. This webinar will show how service providers can realistically leverage physical and virtual NFV elements in concert with SDN-based network wide policy in building out the most robust, scalable DDoS detection and automated mitigation defenses.

Packet Core: A Key Component to IoT/MTC Profitability
Date: 10/27/2016
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With the Internet of Things (IoT) including massive Machine Type Communications (MTC), the continued growth of mobile broadband and 5G on the horizon, packet core will be required to connect to a greater variety of devices and deliver a broader range of services over wireless and fixed access.

These market and competitive factors place communication service providers (CSPs) at an inflection point from their overall business with regards to their mobile networks and operations. This in particular will drive an evolution in the packet core and next-generation mobile core product, solutions, operations and architectures.

In this webinar, we will discuss packet core/next-generation mobile core considerations in support of IoT/massive MTC and mobile broadband, and we'll show a path to 5G. It will highlight areas that CSPs need to consider, along with the cloud native concepts that need to be employed if CSPs are to profit from these opportunities.

Overcoming the Service Assurance Challenge of Hybrid NFV
Date: 10/26/2016
Sponsors:
TEOCO
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With use of SDN and NFV in the telecom domain moving from proof of concept to actual deployments, the OSS world faces new challenges. SDN promises to alter the behavior of the network and its ability to automate and simplify service deployment. At the same time, NFV enables the relocation of network functions to generic, commoditized hardware. These technologies bring a major transformation to the way networks are used and managed, and they extend the domain of traditional service assurance.

Where services are delivered over a dynamic combination of new and legacy networks, service assurance solutions need to intelligently and automatically identify and resolve problems, proactively prevent bottlenecks and predict and forecast anticipated capacity.

Join us in this webinar to learn how to manage hybrid networks efficiently using smart service assurance analytics and advanced automation. The webinar will discuss real-life operational and functional challenges and provide firsthand tips on how to empower engineering and operations staff.

NFV Migration: Pure Pragmatism or Pragmatic Purity?
Date: 10/25/2016
Sponsors:
One Access Networks
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The underlying drivers for NFV have changed from just appliance consolidation and capex savings to a more broad-based delivery model for enterprise services where service agility and time-to-revenue take center stage. At the same time, operators have decided to focus initially on CPE delivery models while they wait for key technical and scalability issues to be solved before launching services using a more centralized model. This has led to a focus on an eclectic range of options to deliver CPE-based services using virtualization technology, but conditioned by the pragmatic need to support legacy connections and achieve ROI. While pragmatism is unavoidable, certainly if you want to be an early leader, the purer ideals of virtualization still remain very much at the forefront of operators' ambitions.

  • Learn why centralized virtualized services have yet to fully take off
  • Explore the broad range of different CPE options for delivering next-generation services
  • Understand the challenges involved in delivering state-of-the-art NFV deployments
  • Get a better understanding of the full range of NFV options available for operators today

The Connected Car – Invisible Wireless Threads Linked to an Autonomous Future
Date: 10/18/2016
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The connected car is a perfect showcase for the transformational shift that IoT will represent. The impact of IoT connectivity will occur not only within the auto industry but also within society and cities. We are at the very outset of the journey, and yet the time frame for shifting from humans driving connected vehicle to vehicles driving themselves is shrinking from multiple decades to a single decade.

The struggle that the auto industry is going through, in terms of radical competition threats from Tesla, Google and potentially Apple, has spurred Ford to announce that it will have a fully autonomous vehicle by 2021. Additionally, it is driving companies to create ecosystem partnerships that bridge the technology divide, from Silicon Valley software to hardware design in Detroit, Munich, Stuttgart and Turin.

As the auto industry staggers forward, there is a large amount of R&D work happening in the communications space, with some significant developments in LTE Pro and 5G around device-to- device (D2D), vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I). These are the technologies that will allow cars to communicate with each other, and intelligent transport systems on highways and within cities. In order to be able to do this, the latency in the cellular networks has be less than 1 ms which means that the architecture has to be radically different to support this very specialist IoT application. The implications of this type of capability, in terms of human interactions, and the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence, are just some of the fascinating areas that will be explored in this webinar. Additionally, more pragmatic aspects of spectrum, standards and alternative technologies will also be discussed.

Managing & Monetizing Multiscreen Video
Date: 10/13/2016
Sponsors:
NCTC, Elemental Technologies, Adara Technologies
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Now that cable operators have started striking carriage deals with Netflix, Hulu and other OTT video players, the Berlin Wall between traditional pay-TV service and online video has finally begun to tumble. Cable providers are increasingly crafting broadband video packages and integrating Internet video content into their broader multiscreen video offerings. But providers are still seeking ways to make the most of their traditional TV programming by distributing across the ever-growing number of video devices. In this webinar, video experts will discuss how small and independent cable operators can manage and monetize their TV Everywhere offerings more efficiently and effectively with the help of NCTC and its partners.

Extending MPLS and Ethernet networks Into New, Hard-to-Reach Markets Is Now Possible… and Profitable
Date: 10/13/2016
Sponsors:
Intelstat
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Service providers looking for growth opportunities may be overlooking a critical opportunity in emerging markets where they don't currently have infrastructure. In the past, expanding into these markets seemed cost-prohibitive, impractical and time-consuming due to the limitations of existing terrestrial technologies and fiber networks. Recent advances in satellite technology have dramatically changed the game – and heightened the opportunity. With the launch of new high-throughput satellites (HTS), it’s not only possible, but profitable for service providers to expand into new markets and deliver new services, quickly and cost-effectively.

In this webinar, we’ll explore the opportunities for service providers in new and emerging markets, the benefits of new HTS technology and key considerations for incorporating HTS into terrestrial networks to support global network expansion plans.

Getting Applications Ready for the Cloud
Date: 10/6/2016
Sponsors:
Ericsson
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The business benefits of moving to the cloud are well documented. In addition to the direct financial benefits including reduced capex, opex and headcount, there are other business advantages such as agility and efficiency. Because of these key benefits, IT leaders no longer see deploying cloud technology as a choice. In fact, in a recent study by Ericsson ConsumerLab called “Work in the Cloud”, they expressed fear of being left behind by not adopting it. In that study 52 percent of IT decision makers say they plan to accelerate cloud implementation during the next 3 years.

So the key question about migrating to the cloud is not “if”, but “when” and “how”. The first step in that process is to determine which applications should remain in your data center, which ones should move to the private cloud, and which ones should move to the public cloud. The second step in that process is determining whether your data and applications are cloud ready. Companies need to modernize their data and applications so they are written in contemporary and compatible code that is usable in a cloud environment. Next, they need to perform the actual movement of those applications from legacy systems over to the cloud in an organized and efficient process. And finally, they need to be able to make sure their applications and data are safe in the cloud. More than traditional security, companies need to be certain that they have the best policies and governance tools to ensure the integrity of their cloud data and applications even down to the micro-services and container level.

Join us to learn about the best ways to ensure the migration of your applications and data to the cloud goes as smoothly as possible. We’ll be discussing tips, tools and best practices that have been proven to make certain your data and applications are modernized, migrated smoothly and are secure.

HDR’s Challenges & Opportunities for NSPs
Date: 10/5/2016
Sponsors:
Technicolor
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Digital entertainment is about to become more dynamic, more vibrant and more lifelike than ever before. When it comes to delivering exciting and compelling entertainment experiences, rich visual content is critical: this is the promise of High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology.

Delivering the best and most consistent content experience regardless of device or format is imperative for any network service provider (NSP). In this webinar, we will discuss how NSPs can enable quick, smooth consumer adoption of new immersive content by providing a timely, consistent HDR experience for viewers who have made the transition, while continuing to serve their SDR customers. We will also cover the challenges and opportunities of the emerging HDR market, along with a look at how to boost distribution efficiency and eliminate the need for costly infrastructure upgrades.

Holistic Security: Key to Success for Video Service Providers
Date: 10/5/2016
Sponsors:
Cisco
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OTT and multiscreen experiences are top of mind for video service providers today, with monetization and scale as key priorities. Transformation of infrastructure and adoption of cloud support this goal. In the rush to expand such services, security is too often ignored or delayed. Partly this is because of fear of complexity, and partly because often goals and responsibilities are unclear. Ignoring security is a critical mistake, as hackers and pirates increasingly focus on vulnerable targets in the video industry. Successful attacks on content and infrastructure are continuously growing in number and impact. In this webinar we discuss the business imperative of unified end-to-end security. We also provide the viable best practices for you to expand multiscreen video services while leveraging the benefits of IP and cloud, all safely.

NFV Infrastructure Implementation Strategies: Balancing the Trade-offs
Date: 10/4/2016
Sponsors:
Napatech
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Network functions virtualization (NFV) is gradually moving into the commercialization phase as vendor solutions come to market and CSPs firm up business cases. However, a number of infrastructure-based challenges still remain.

One of these challenges is achieving acceptable performance with NFV infrastructures while assuring the flexibility and cost efficiency associated with leveraging a common shared hardware platform. Options to date have either focused on performance or flexibility, but both are required to assure the NFV business case. This is driving a new wave of solutions that are designed to address these specific challenges and trade-offs of NFV.

Accordingly, this webinar will review all these options, as well as consider the advantages and challenges that each present.

Specific topics to be addressed in the webinar include:

  • The current status of NFV and the challenges being faced today
  • NFV infrastructure implementation options and their associated advantages and challenges
  • The importance of addressing performance, flexibility and cost-efficiency simultaneously to assure the NFV business case
  • Best practices in balancing the trade-offs between performance and flexibility as well as software and hardware acceleration

Empowering your OSS test capability
Date: 10/4/2016
Sponsors:
Viavi
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In today’s networks, the challenges faced by network operations teams are increasing, especially when trying to view collected data in a meaningful way, and then using that information to better enable operations teams' day-to-day activities. While ensuring that SLAs are being met is important, placing focus on the end user to make certain they are receiving the best QoS possible is even more critical. With the introduction of SDN, performance monitoring systems will become even more crucial to assure network efficiency and QoS. A heavy emphasis is now being placed on participants in this ecosystem to collaborate on what each element should provide in order to maximize not only development efficiency, but customer experience.

In this webinar you will:

  • learn how an assurance solution can be integrated into a real time network OSS view
  • take a deep dive into the emerging technology and how it will improve that capability set for emerging SDN and 5G networks

Boundaryless Software Defined WAN
Date: 9/29/2016
Sponsors:
Nuage Networks
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Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) has redefined the process, technology and operational issues for enterprise WAN connectivity, offering policy-driven automation (using Software Defined Networking principles) for next-generation enterprises and new revenue opportunities for service providers. Current generation SD-WAN solutions, however, limit themselves to providing connectivity between branches without enabling policy-driven access for users to applications or network functions in the cloud.

This siloed approach to SDN in the WAN creates additional friction for enterprise networks and complicates IT operations. In this webinar, we explore the trends leading to the rise of a next-generation, boundaryless SD-WAN solution that allows seamless branch connectivity to the cloud. The focus will be on discussing problems and solutions based on real-world customer use cases.

The Intelligent Transformation: How Operators can build a 5G ready network today!
Date: 9/29/2016
Sponsors:
Affirmed Networks & Juniper Networks
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Today, operators are making investments in software-based (SDN/NFV) mobile core solutions and the underlying data center IP infrastructure required to support this virtualized approach. As this is occurring, operators are also being challenged to understand the requirements of 5G services so that they can embrace this new generation of networks as seamless and cost-effectively as possible.

What only a few forward-thinking operators understand now, however, is that these two efforts can be done simultaneously with the right strategy, technology and guidance.

This webinar -- hosted by Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown, and joined by representatives from Affirmed Networks and Juniper Networks -- will explore some of the best-in-class software-based mobile core solutions, and distributed data center infrastructure that are being used by operators globally. It will also provide a look at the pending arrival of 5G to understand some of its key service requirements. The examination of all three components will provide a holistic view into how operators can simultaneously invest in flexible, “5G ready” applications and the required infrastructure to support them over 4G today and 5G tomorrow.

Attendees of this webinar will gain insights into:

  • The architecture required for making the move to a software-based mobile packet core
  • The cornerstones of a next-gen (distributed) data center infrastructure strategy
  • The service requirements of 5G networks as the technology becomes commercially available
  • How operators can move to an NFV-based mobile core while simultaneously preparing for 5G

Enterprise - Don’t teeter on the “virtual” edge!
Date: 9/28/2016
Sponsors:
Anritsu
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There's a challenge where the edge of the enterprise meets the edge of the network. Principally, this challenge is associated with legacy capillary networks that link M2M silos to new IT systems. The existence of diverse communication protocols together with multiple short-range radio systems (ZigBee, Wireless LAN, Z-Wave) means that the gateway is becoming a communications linchpin in industrial IoT architectures. This is because on the other side of the gateway are the wide-area networks that link plants and operating facilities to corporate data centers and the extended supply chain. The challenge of managing this complex interface poses a huge problem for enterprises and services providers, particularly if the enterprise operations are global.

Mobile operators are seeing competition from realistic, alternative low-power wide-area (LPWA) wireless networks, designed for IoT and M2M use cases. Consequently, operators are rapidly trying to get back in the game to compete against LPWA players, which is why LTE-based narrow band IoT is now being developed and deployed.

In addition, we are starting to see a lot of activity around virtual CPEs and gateways in combination with SD-WAN. Service providers are looking at how to utilize network virtualization in the networks to simplify provisioning, improve device control, lower cost, improve security and enable real-time traffic management.

In this virtual edge world, there are multiple different scenarios that could play out. This webinar will help CSPs and mobile operators understand the vendor perspective, and the industry use case requirements causing this teetering on the virtual edge.

Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting a Customer Analytics Solution for Telcos
Date: 9/27/2016
Sponsors:
IBM
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We're in an era of fierce competition and the telcos’ quest to gain the upper hand in a crowded market never ceases to be a top priority. More than ever, they need to improve the experience delivered to current customers, acquire new customers, and enhance new revenue streams based on existing services. Telcos are looking for data-driven solutions that provide actionable insights on customers’ behavior and activities, especially in real-time, to deliver on these ambitions.

Join Ovum and IBM on September 27 at 11 a.m. ET as they review results from the Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting a Customer Analytics Solution for Telcos. This Ovum report helps you identify how the leading customer analytics vendors stack up against each other in terms of their technology, execution of strategy and market impact.

The State of SDN Deployment and How Converged IP/Optical Control Can Shake It Up
Date: 9/27/2016
Sponsors:
Sedona Systems
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While many service providers show excitement about SDN, only a few have actually started deploying it. This webinar will explain why this is the case, and present a technology that can speed up the process.

In the first part Sterling Perrin, a senior analyst at Heavy Reading, will present an updated overview of SDN deployments and will analyze the drivers and inhibitors of service providers wishing to deploy the technology.

In the second part, Ori Gerstel, co-founder and CTO of Sedona Systems, will explain how converged IP/Optical control can shake things up. By turning the road to SDN into an evolutionary path, converged control allows SPs to deploy SDN gradually and reap benefits every step of the way without diving too deep, too soon.

How Cable Can Virtualize Real Energy Savings
Date: 9/21/2016
Sponsors:
SCTE: Cisco & Nokia
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Seeking to reduce custom hardware costs, increase network flexibility and boost operational efficiencies, cable operators are now exploring ways to virtualize many parts of the cable HFC infrastructure, including data centers, edge facilities and – soon – even the access network itself. While all of this has been explained before, what's far less well known is that virtualization technologies like SDN and NFV can produce other important benefits for cable – namely, significantly less energy consumption and lower energy costs.

In this session, we will examine the various factors that cable operators should consider when deploying virtualized hardware, with a strong focus on the energy-savings opportunities of such moves. Part of our special "Energy 2020 Innovations initiative with SCTE/ISBE," this webinar will offer a broad analysis of the various concepts surrounding virtualization, with a deep dive into the specific areas that will have the greatest impact on energy consumption. In particular, the webinar will delve into such key areas as video transcoding and processing, distributed access architecture (DAA), new energy control protocols and the role of DOCSIS MAC and upper layer processing in the hardware vs. software debate, among other things.

What technology innovations are required to make 5G NR a reality?
Date: 9/21/2016
Sponsors:
Qualcomm
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By now, you have likely heard about the big aspirations for 5G – a unifying connectivity fabric that will empower connected services across an array of world-changing use cases. But what are the technology innovations needed to meet these expanding connectivity requirements? And how close are we, as an industry, making this 5G world a reality?

Join us for this webinar to see how we are building a unified, more capable 5G New Radio (NR) to address the wide variation of 5G services, deployment models and spectrum bands/types. Hear about the 5G NR technology innovations being pioneered today that will bring unparalleled levels of performance and efficiency. And see firsthand the tremendous progress we are making towards making 5G NR a reality. Anyone can talk about 5G. Few are creating it.

The New Competitive Edge: Why Service Providers Need Cloud Billing
Date: 9/13/2016
Sponsors:
Oracle
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The capabilities of many legacy billing and charging systems are strained in today's world. Due to explosive subscriber and transaction growth, the rapid introduction of new digital services, and consumer demand for anytime, anywhere services, organizations without flexible and super-responsive billing solutions will soon fall behind. A cloud-based billing model based on an billing and revenue management convergent billing platform provides optimum flexibility to meet these challenges. This webinar addresses:

  • Why and how operators and services-based businesses should deploy cloud-based billing
  • The challenges and concerns surrounding cloud billing models
  • How cloud billing enables businesses to more quickly capitalize on new opportunities, while addressing scaling challenges and keeping capital costs under control
  • The realities of implementing a cloud billing solution and how the typical process works

NFV Proof Point: Evaluating Juniper’s Cloud CPE Solution
Date: 9/8/2016
Sponsors:
Juniper Networks
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With network operators desperate for independent evaluations of virtualization solutions, Light Reading commissioned the test team at EANTC to put Juniper's Cloud CPE Solution to the test. This webinar will delve into the details of the various tests and examine the results, with a particular emphasis on what they mean for the NFV deployment and business case strategies of communications service providers and their end user customers.

Challenge Accepted: Connecting Data Centers in the Cloud Era
Date: 9/7/2016
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Traditional data center interconnection worked well in the old days, when users on desktop devices accessed siloed enterprise apps. But those days are gone. In today's cloud era, users expect information on-demand on mobile devices, anywhere and everywhere, accessed through public, private and hybrid clouds. New demand brings challenges to technology and operations that must be met by shrinking IT budgets and reduced resources. In this session, you'll learn more about the challenges for data center interconnection -- connections between data centers -- in the cloud era and how to overcome them with technology innovation that spans every aspect of data center networking. You'll learn how to satisfy today's requirements for scalability to meet unpredictable demand, programmability, flexibility and simplicity as well as bridging the culture gap between IT and networking within the business to get everybody working as a team.

The Path to Open Transport Networking
Date: 9/7/2016
Sponsors:
Fujitsu
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Cloud agility, virtualization and software-defined networking are fueling rapid change in today's transport networks. New open groups, standards and concepts are introducing software-driven networking paradigms to achieve innovation, flexibility and interoperability. Network operators are being driven to replace converged, proprietary systems with modular platforms that have open programmability. But, as a service provider, why must you change operating models or risk being left behind? What derived benefits will enable you to maintain a competitive advantage? And, how do you find the right partner to collaborate on this network evolution?

This webinar will cover:

  • Top network challenges facing the present mode of operation
  • Different degrees of "openness" in transport networks
  • Key benefits of an open source software and hardware development model
  • Operator's checklist for selecting an open networking partner

Uncover Network Blind Spots With Device-Based QoS Analytics
Date: 9/1/2016
Sponsors:
Smith Micro Software Inc.
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In an increasingly crowded and dynamic wireless market, it is no longer enough for communications service providers (CSPs) to merely make wireless service available to their subscribers. Quality of Service (QoS) is critical to attracting and retaining customers, which means CSPs can't afford "blind spots" when managing network QoS. Blind spots occur on unowned or partner networks where traditional network tools can’t capture performance data or events that negatively impact user experience, such as failed credential authentication, dropped calls, captive portal hanging and cellular "dead zones." Unfortunately, customers often don't know or care which network they're accessing, so any poor experience is attributed to their wireless service provider.

To gain a complete understanding of subscriber experience across all networks, a device-based approach to QoS monitoring is critical. Device analytics capture key performance metrics, such as dropped connections, latency and signal strength. With this information, CSPs can compare performance of their network with other networks being used by subscribers, facilitating partner Service Level Agreements, network planning and competitive marketing strategies.

In this webinar, Heavy Reading analyst Dan O'Shea and experts from Smith Micro Software will discuss these issues.

Bridging On-Premise & Cloud-Native Infrastructure With Secure Application Delivery Strategies
Date: 8/31/2016
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Today, it is all about applications. Users expect fast and secure application access, while IT teams are required to implement agile, scalable and secure application delivery solutions that are less complex and easier to manage. The bottom line is that organizations need to reduce TCO, minimize risk and provide the agility for growth.

To satisfy these demands, application delivery and application delivery controllers (ADCs) are evolving from an on-premise, monolithic, multi-tier data center architecture to cloud-native service delivery models. Join A10 Networks for an engaging webinar that will:

  • Document strategies for migrating and bridging on-premise architectures to public, private and hybrid environments
  • Discuss application delivery blueprints to deliver anytime, anywhere access to all users
  • Outline how to leverage centralized management to reduce operational complexity
  • Explore open-source components and standards to accelerate application deployments
  • Explain the importance of cloud-native solutions that offer application performance visibility, availability and security

Managing & Orchestrating Multi-Service SDNs
Date: 8/30/2016
Sponsors:
Packet Design
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Today's service provider networks have to carry diverse services and applications with diverse latency demands. For example, enterprise customers with time-sensitive financial trading applications need short-delay paths that may need to be segregated for security purposes. Residential customers consuming Netflix and YouTube have video quality requirements that if not met may lead to dissatisfaction and churn. To accommodate different service types, as well as variable traffic demands and failure conditions, the ability to provision software-defined network (SDN) resources dynamically enables operators to minimize over-provisioning of network resources and better control capex outlays. This webinar will explore the critical elements for SDN management and orchestration in multi-service networks, as well as new protocols and open source developments that enable end-to-end service overlays in the WAN.

Understanding MulteFire’s Radio Link
Date: 8/25/2016
Sponsors:
MulteFire
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By bringing the benefits of LTE technologies to unlicensed spectrum and taking advantage of the radio link, MulteFire provides enhanced coverage, capacity and mobility as well as improving the quality of experience and security in private network deployments. The technology will support both downlink and uplink in unlicensed spectrum.

In this webinar, Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown and MulteFire Alliance Radio Work Group members will take an in-depth look at the MulteFire Radio.

Using Proximity Technologies to Help Enterprises Better Engage With Their Customers
Date: 8/25/2016
Sponsors:
July Systems
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Enterprises have a wealth of information about their customers on their online digital journey – except their physical business locations. Collecting customer behavioral data at their physical locations is critical to help enterprises to fill the current gap in their knowledge of their customers and to create a truly unified view of them. However, this requires using the right proximity technologies and an approach that allows enterprises to connect easily with customers at their physical locations, learn about them and then engage with them in the right way and at the right time.

Retail outlets, restaurants and crowded public venues have been offering free WiFi for years in order to lure patrons onto their premises. Some have gone ahead with installation of iBeacons to increase their engagements. However, enterprises are often failing to fully exploit the marketing potential of these proximity technologies. This webinar will explain how enterprises, and their service provider partners, can better use the location-based services to bridge the gap between them and their customers at their physical business locations.

Improving Application Performance Through Datapath Offload
Date: 8/24/2016
Sponsors:
Netronome
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Telco and data center operators are deploying new architectures to support SDN and NFV. As a result, networking tasks are increasingly supported by servers instead of switches.

While this can improve datapath flexibility, it also puts tremendous strain on CPU. SmartNICs designed for COTS servers, such as Netronome’s Agilio intelligent server adapters, effectively serve the new era of networking datapath flexibility. They bring the best of both worlds to address mainstream data center SDN and NFV applications: The speed of software innovation is united with the performance and efficiency of hardware.

The result is increased agility of new feature rollouts and significantly improved server efficiency by enabling more applications, VMs or containers per server while increasing throughput.

Securing The Signaling Interconnect: Oracle’s Perspective On Recent Security Events
Date: 8/5/2016
Sponsors:
Oracle
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Today's telecommunications landscape is changing rapidly, and the "institution" of trust between networks that has been assumed over the decades is no longer relevant. We are now hearing of vulnerabilities in CSP interconnection points that have been known for a long time, but have become much more worrisome not because they exist, but because the hacker community is actively promoting this research, selling toolkits for other hackers and even providing training. The obstacle for hackers has always been getting a network connection at the control plane. In previous decades access required a special circuit, such as a TDM DS0, but with the implementation of SIGTRAN, IP now becomes an enabler, allowing anyone to connect easily.

Cyber Security Strategies For Small ISPs
Date: 7/28/2016
Sponsors:
Infoblox, Palo Alto, Sonus, Wedge Networks
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The cyber security threats faced by small ISPs are typically not of the same order as those of their larger, more illustrious, peers in the ISP community. In part that explains why small ISPs typically spend a lower share of revenue on network security and invest proportionately less in in-house security expertise. That doesn’t mean small ISPs aren’t vulnerable to cyber-attacks, however. In fact lack of investment in cyber security is often leaving small ISPs more, rather than less, vulnerable to attacks than their larger peers. This webinar will discuss the unique threat environment faced by small ISPs. It will also explore new, more affordable, approaches to investing in the protection that they need as well as explore how selling security as a service can drive revenue as well as better security for the ISP’s own network.

Threat Detection & Security Policy in Mobile Networks
Date: 7/27/2016
Sponsors:
Juniper Networks
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The introduction of software-programmable networks with high levels of automation creates new opportunities to enhance the security posture of mobile network operators. The model of dedicated security products operating in isolation, in their own own silo, is breaking down. Leveraging SDN and NFV, threat detection and security policy enforcement can now be implemented throughout the mobile network infrastructure to help reduce the threat of attacks getting into the network as well as reduce an attack's impact when it does get through. This webinar will show how mobile operators can leverage new security and broader networking capabilities to drive higher levels of competitiveness in an environment of increasing cybersecurity threats.

Unleashing Real-time Communication Services in the Cloud
Date: 7/26/2016
Sponsors:
Sonus
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What is preventing communication service providers (CSPs) from migrating their real-time communication services to the cloud? Is it concerns about how to deploy and manage these services in the cloud? Or simply fear of the unknown?

Sonus understands how to successfully make real-time communication transitions; it's in our DNA. Leveraging virtual, cloud-optimized SBCs, service providers can move forward with confidence to "unleash real-time communications in the cloud."

This webinar will provide a detailed review of the following six key attributes of a cloud-optimized SBC:

  • Automated scale on-demand
  • Automated configuration
  • Load balancing
  • High availability
  • Integrated analytics
  • Flexible licensing

Each attribute will be discussed and we will highlight its inherent customer value. Webinar participants will understand how these fundamental attributes are interconnected, and how as a whole they enable a service provider to unleash real-time communications services in the cloud.

Transform Your Datacenter Into Your Competitive Edge
Date: 7/21/2016
Sponsors:
Ericsson
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Today’s organizations operate in a business climate of breakneck speed and continuous change, forcing organizational leaders to confront a myriad of new questions, including how to: Connect the next billion devices? Spin up and take down services and applications on demand? Compete with the speed, scale, and value of the hyperscale providers and their public clouds? Pop the rising TCO bubble?

The answer requires businesses to transform their IT infrastructure so they can respond to these changing market forces faster and deliver customer value more effectively, all while containing costs to be more competitive. At the heart of this transformation is the datacenter. However, today's datacenters are often inflexible and inefficient due to overprovisioning and the complexity of the technologies and architectures involved.

In short: The infrastructure is dictating the business, instead of the other way around.

This transformation of IT infrastructure is beginning right now, and it will reshape IT as we know it. IT infrastructure will no longer be just a support function. It will be an engine that can be designed to drive top-line revenue growth and strategic advantage. The explosion of data, advanced analytics, the Internet of Things, 5G and cloud provide the opportunity to change your competitive game with the new datacenter at its core.

Join us to learn about some of the key technologies you can use to transform your datacenter into your competitive edge. We'll be discussing how the world of datacenters is changing, common pain points in digital transformation and lessons we've learned in building one of the world's largest integrated clouds on OpenStack.

MulteFire's End-to-End Architecture
Date: 7/21/2016
Sponsors:
MulteFire
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By bringing the benefits of LTE technologies to unlicensed spectrum and taking advantage of the radio link, MulteFire provides enhanced coverage, capacity and mobility as well as improving the quality of experience and security in private network deployments. The technology will support both downlink and uplink in unlicensed spectrum.

In this webinar, Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown and MulteFire Alliance Radio Work Group members will take an in-depth look at the MulteFire Radio.

Attendees will learn:

  • Specification relation with 3GPP
  • Overview of the MulteFire specification to deliver LTE-like performance
  • Signaling that helps to meet the co-existence with other unlicensed technologies like Wi-Fi
  • Architecture considerations in frame configurations for HetNet/homogenous deployments

Real-World Deployment of Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) in 4G Networks
Date: 7/20/2016
Sponsors:
Juniper Networks
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Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) places compute and storage resources in the 4G radio access network (RAN) to improve the delivery of content and applications to end users. The technology enables operators to better adapt traffic to the prevailing radio conditions, optimize service quality and improve network efficiency.

This webinar will discuss the benefits of edge computing in mobile networks and investigate the use cases that are commercially attractive in the short term. It will provide an overview of the MEC architecture and deployment options, and will address the strategic role of MEC in evolved 4G and 5G networks over the longer term.

Has SDN Lived Up to the Hype?
Date: 7/12/2016
Sponsors:
ECI
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Software defined networking has been a major influencer on data center/network planners and management teams for the past four years, but what sort of impact has it had on operations, efficiencies, strategies and business cases? Has it lived up to the hype, particularly for communications network operators? This webinar looks at the promise and reality of SDN, the technologies and business cases that are still in play in 2016 and what the future of the ‘programmable network’ holds.

Automation and Optimization: A Business Objective-Driven Approach
Date: 6/29/2016
Sponsors:
Aria Networks
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In the face of rapidly changing demand, service providers recognize the need for a high degree of automation in how they deliver services. But at the same time, it’s imperative to ensure resources are being used in the most effective way. Virtualized functions will increase the speed and variety of options available, making the job of determining “what’s good for business?” quickly enough that much more challenging. This webinar explores the evolving context for automation and optimization, introducing the concept of a ‘business objective-driven’ approach leveraging AI techniques to meet the needs of a transformed market.

Better Living Through the ARM NFV Ecosystem
Date: 6/28/2016
Sponsors:
ARM, Enea
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The ARM ecosystem is bringing the NFV community unique and compelling solutions based on lower TCO, lower power, greater scalability and density in the face of challenging industry goals for virtualization and 5G metrics. ARM and Enea Software invite you to this information-packed comprehensive insight into the approach taken by the ARM ecosystem to deliver efficient, heterogeneous, scale-out architecture for NFV infrastructure. Attendees will walk away with an appreciation for the fundamental ARM value proposition and the software platform needed to address the multicore scalability aspects of the underlying infrastructure, including distribution and management aspects, which leverage the full innovation of workload-optimized SoCs while maintaining application portability.

Virtualization at Scale: How to Operationalize & Commercialize
Date: 6/28/2016
Sponsors:
Netcracker Technology
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Service providers are looking to virtualization as a means to enable innovation and competitive differentiation by introducing new services faster and more aggressively. Yet the challenges of commercializing and launching full-scale software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) initiatives still persist. Service providers often encounter a number of roadblocks on their virtualization journeys, including long cycles for bringing services to market due to manual processes and inflexible BSS/OSS, high maintenance costs, the lack of a centralized point for responsibility and expertise and an overall misunderstanding of crucial information or standards in the industry.

To address these complications, service providers require lifecycle automation, plug-and-play business enablement tools and centralized governance for their SDN/NFV operationalization programs. But in order to unlock these capabilities, service providers need a strategy that encompasses a complete virtualized infrastructure stack, a full suite of professional services, end-to-end lifecycle service orchestration and management as well as an agile platform for developing future products and services.

NEC's and Netcracker's Agile Virtualization Platform and Practice (AVP) is a powerful combination of tools, processes, best practices and professional services that enables service providers to increase operational efficiency and reduce time-to-market. It also helps service providers minimize integration costs; leverage open source-based technologies; and optimize service planning, deployment and usage.

Join Netcracker and Heavy Reading for a thought-provoking webinar on agile virtualization during which Netcracker will chart the course for operationalizing NFV. From theory to deployment, Netcracker executives will examine the next steps required for service providers to not only bring NFV to life, but also best practices to monetize it.

Strategies for Retaining and Monetizing Your Customers
Date: 6/23/2016
Sponsors:
IBM
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An intimate understanding of customers is increasingly critical to gaining their loyalty: it is also key to being able to drive further value from the customer relationship. This webinar explores operator drivers and strategies for customer profiling and the monetization use cases it can support. It looks at operator plans for collecting customer data from across their organizations, the challenges involved and successes achieved by creating customer intimacy, for example, around churn prevention, proactive care and location-based and other offers.

A Revenue-Aware Approach to Self Organizing Networks (SON)
Date: 6/23/2016
Sponsors:
Viavi Solution
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Massive non-uniformity in cellular networks, the constant change in subscriber behaviors, surging demand for bandwidth-intensive services and customer QoE remaining poor despite significant investment in network performance. These are just some of the challenges that mobile operators are faced with every day. As the complexity of networks increases and the demand for mobile broadband becomes ever more insatiable, the need for Self-Organizing Networks (SON) has never been greater. Yet SON needs a new level of sophistication - deployed correctly, operators can get significant improvements in performance, better service quality and increased revenues - all with fewer resources and minimum user touch. By targeting SON it can be truly revenue-aware.

  • The SON challenge
  • Extreme non-uniformity in mobile networks
  • Revenue-aware, location-aware, subscriber-aware
  • A self-learning approach
  • SON customer use cases

The Promise of 5G mmWave – But How Do We Make It Mobile?
Date: 6/22/2016
Sponsors:
Qualcomm
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As we progress towards making 5G a reality, utilizing large bandwidths available at frequencies above 20GHz – loosely defined as millimeter-Wave (mmWave) – has emerged as a key technology enabler to meet the growing demands for end-user performance and network capacity. But doing this does not come easy since high propagation loss and susceptibility to blockage has traditionally made these higher spectrum bands unsuitable for mobile networks.

Join us for this webinar to learn how advanced antenna techniques coming with 5G, as well as tight integration with lower frequency bands providing ubiquitous coverage, will overcome these challenges. See demonstrations of these techniques utilizing adaptive beamforming and beam tracking to deliver robust and sustained mobile broadband communications even in non-line-of-sight (NLOS) environments. And learn how mmWave is just one aspect of a unified 5G design across all spectrum bands and types, creating a platform that will connect new industries, enable new services and empower new user experiences.

NFV Enabling Cloud Communications
Date: 6/21/2016
Sponsors:
Oracle
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As cloud technologies revolutionize the business model of enterprise computing, the telecommunications industry is leveraging the potential of network function virtualization (NFV) as a telco flavor of network cloud computing. However, the move to a cloud business model is complex for communications. In addition to the capital expenditures for data centers to provide infrastructure, platforms, data or software-as-a-service, communications service providers (CSPs) must make fundamental shifts in the way they address development, deployments and operations. Cloud computing in communications opens the market to CSPs and enterprises to take advantage of communications services without owning the equipment or the network similar to cloud computing in enterprises where the actual computing is done in a data center not owned by the customer.

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

This webinar will cover:

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

IoT Security & Indicators of Compromise (IOC): An Evolving Approach to Network-Based Security
Date: 6/21/2016
Sponsors:
Fortinet
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As more devices are connected to enterprise networks, the average security profile and baseline of the endpoint is rapidly decreasing. In a recent AT&T report, a majority of IoT deployments will be over 1,000 devices, providing a substantial new attack surface and risk profile. Many IoT devices have minimal security functions built in, if at all, and are supplied by a huge and growing range of vendors with unknowable supply chains. Risks will come in the form of hardware and software vulnerabilities and defects, cloud-service vulnerabilities and new forms of threat agents. With that, additional security capabilities and compensating controls are going to be needed.

This webinar will discuss some of the evolving network security controls that can mitigate some of these IoT device security threats. As well as considering the role of smart gateways, SDN and NFV, this talk will focus on evolving approaches to improve network analytics, segmentation, micro-segmentation and pico-segmentation. We will focus closely on the key role that network-based indicators of compromise (IOCs) can play in building an advanced analytics solution. Are network IOCs really all they're cracked up to be? Join us for a balanced, thought-provoking discussion on threat and risk management using network controls, including IOCs, to mitigate an increasingly unreliable endpoint security profile.

Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability at Cloud Scale
Date: 6/15/2016
Sponsors:
Red Hat
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All of a sudden, as many operators are faced with fierce market competitors attracting their customers with personalized alternatives, technologies like SDN, NFV, and 5G hold the key to adapting to the networks of the future. While all of these have the potential to transform their businesses with innovative new services, operators are also looking to ensure that they can continue to offer the service-level guarantees their customers expect. As we drive forward to new levels of scale, service providers and their customers are proactively changing their development and operational strategies. This session will provide insights on how service providers and vendors alike are applying and balancing the use of open source innovations, resilient service and application software, automation, DevOps, service assurance and analytics to add value for their customers and business partners.

Virtualizing Managed Security Services
Date: 6/14/2016
Sponsors:
Juniper Networks
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Network security has rapidly become an issue for all business and residential Internet users. It is no longer simply a problem for large corporations. At the same time, cable operators are looking for new residential and commercial service opportunities to expand their revenue base while moving upmarket in the commercial space. A managed security service offers the perfect way to meet both requirements. However, the Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) market is already well established, with competitive services being offered today by OTT players along with the traditional CLEC/ILEC providers. Therefore, cable operators need to take an innovative and unique approach. By delivering a virtualized managed security service, cable providers can quickly enter the market with a comprehensive solution without having to make major investments in infrastructure. Join our webinar and learn how the Juniper virtual managed security service solution can help cable operators quickly launch an automated solution that allows customers to order and manage services themselves from customized web interface portals.

An Update on CSP Virtualization Progress
Date: 6/9/2016
Sponsors:
Cisco, Ericsson, Intel and Oracle
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Heavy Reading, working with Cisco, Ericsson, Intel and Oracle, has developed 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, Roz Roseboro, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, shares the results from the recently updated set of indexes and leads a panel discussion on what the results mean for CSPs and the entire telecom ecosystem.

Microservices Architecture Adoption
Date: 6/9/2016
Sponsors:
Sonus
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For many years telecommunications networks and services have been built by installing monolithic software applications running on either custom hardware or carefully selected and qualified off-the-shelf servers. But now, our industry is becoming increasingly comfortable with the concept of “moving to the cloud”. Virtualization and cloud orchestration technology are expected to simplify and expedite the introduction and scaling of services.

If we are to really get the most benefit from this new operating environment, we need to look hard at how traditional software has been structured. Simply porting applications “as is” to the cloud, only provides the most rudimentary of advantages. To really capitalize on the full potential of the cloud, we need to ensure applications are structured the right way.

This brings us to the adoption of a microservices architecture which refers to a style of application development where instead of the development of one large monolithic software system, components are created that are each designed to run relatively independently.

This webinar will outline the benefits of moving to a microservices architecture and will, using a Session Border Controller as an ideal use case, show how adoption of microservices enables a way to fully realize the potential scaling and flexibility that a cloud deployment offers.

Virtualizing DDoS Protection In A Service Provider Environment
Date: 6/7/2016
Sponsors:
Radware
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Due to the potential monetization upside, network security applications are among those that service providers are most keen to spin up as virtual network functions (VNFs) rather than as integrated physical hardware instances. This webinar will discuss the range of options available to service providers as they consider virtualizing DDoS protection, both for their own networks and in support of enterprise customer networks as well. It will consider the different merits of virtualizing detection and mitigation, and show how service providers can strike the optimal balance between physical and virtual elements in building out the most robust DDoS detection and automated mitigation defenses.

DevOps for Network Engineers: What does it mean for Network Automation?
Date: 6/1/2016
Sponsors:
Tail-f (Cisco)
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This webinar will look at the business drivers for applying DevOps in the network engineering domain as telcos seek to become more agile and automated. What does DevOps mean for the networking industry and how should network organizations adopt DevOps - do the concepts need to be adjusted for the network operations environment? What impact will DevOps have on the way network engineers work and how will their roles change? What tools and technologies are needed to support DevOps? Tune in to a thought-provoking discussion about the differences between DevOps for IT and the network and how DevOps principles can be harnessed to create a programmable, agile network.

Optimizing the Cable Plant for DOCSIS 3.1
Date: 5/31/2016
Sponsors:
Viavi Solutions
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This webinar will delve deeply into how cable operators can prepare their HFC networks for the rollout of DOCSIS 3.1 through the implementation of Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (OFDM) technology. We will focus on the evolution of OFDM on the HFC network, particularly the downstream distribution of OFDM. The session will explain how OFDM compares to QAM when setting up and optimizing the cable network. In addition, the webinar will explore how OFDM affects sweeping the HFC network. Finally, we will examine how cable providers can manipulate OFDM parameters for either maximum resiliency or maximum performance.
ADVA’s Virtual Switch vs OVS: Test Results
Date: 5/19/2016
Sponsors:
ADVA Optical Networking
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How does ADVA’s virtual switch, the Ensemble Connector, compare with Open vSwitch (OVS) in terms of performance, latency and scalability? Independent test lab EANTC performed a detailed evaluation and, in this webinar, will explain and explore the test plan, the results and the key takeaways, while ADVA will be on hand to answer questions about Ensemble Connector and its role in the NFV landscape.

The Promise of MulteFire
Date: 5/19/2016
Sponsors:
MulteFire
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Operating solely in unlicensed spectrum, MulteFire delivers enhanced coverage, improved capacity, full mobility for better user experiences, and security in local area deployments.

During this webinar, MulteFire Alliance Board Chair Stephan Litjens will provide an overview of MulteFire technology and the benefits it brings to mobile operators, enterprise, cable providers, venue owners, end users and more. Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown and MulteFire Alliance member company panelists will then discuss the business opportunities and the creation of a MulteFire ecosystem, including specification development and a compliance program.

Attendees will learn how MulteFire:

  • Delivers LTE-like performance with WiFi-like deployment simplicity
  • Compares to other LTE technologies operating in unlicensed spectrum
  • Coexists harmoniously with other technologies in unlicensed spectrum, including Wi-Fi
  • Broadens the LTE ecosystem to existing and new wireless providers
  • Provides a neutral host to serve any user

Messaging in an NFV Environment: Service Success Strategies
Date: 5/19/2016
Sponsors:
Xura
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Like many other mobile applications, messaging services are going through a period of profound change that will see SMS, MMS, IP messaging (IP-SM and RCS) and Voicemail migrate from standard bare metal solutions to new models including software only virtualised deployments in private clouds, NFV environments or other possible variations

Still, many questions need to be addressed and many decisions left to be made. Accordingly, this session will address a number of open questions and will present the key findings from a Heavy Reading exclusive research project that provides valuable insight into mobile operator service priorities and virtualization strategies. Specific topics to be addressed include:

  • Which messaging services will operators migrate to NFV and when?
  • What are the leading technical and business virtualization drivers?
  • What technical challenges do operators anticipate migrating towards NFV?
  • How will NFV impact their organizations?
  • How they will support, manage and orchestrate the various VNFs within the cloud?
  • How can we understand the key business drivers behind implementing NFV deployments?
  • How can Xura's strategy for assisting mobile operators achieve success in the new world order of virtualized messaging?

Single-Lambda 100G: Enabling 400GE Data Center Networking
Date: 5/17/2016
Sponsors:
AppliedMicro
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Insatiable demand from Internet Content Providers with hyperscale data centers for network bandwidth is pushing 400GE as the next speed. Cost-effective deployment of 400GE in the data center will require single-laser solutions with PAM4 modulation.

By leveraging existing fiber infrastructure, single-lambda 100G solutions enable quadruple face plate densities while providing the flexible deployment model required in today's increasingly flat networks and dramatically reducing total cost of ownership.

Chip development for a FinFET process node is the only way to deliver the power and density capabilities required by single-lambda 100G solutions. Having demonstrated their industry-leading, FinFET-based, True 100G test platform at OFC 2016, AppliedMicro is uniquely positioned to sponsor this webinar.

Featuring experts from AppliedMicro and other industry leaders, this webinar will show the readiness and deployment timeframe of the 400GE silicon, module and switch ecosystem.

Telco Cloud: Translating New Capabilities into New Revenue
Date: 5/17/2016
Sponsors:
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Four years into the virtualization journey, there is little doubt that on a technology level, Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) are now mature enough to support initial small scale commercial implementations. In planning for NFV/SDN/Cloud transformation, operators have tended to focus on cost / capex savings and unquantified “agility” benefits. New revenue opportunities are many and fragmented which is why these are rarely articulated. Accordingly, the key focus of this webinar is to examine revenue growth opportunities from a range of potential new services - some already being launched, some further out and inevitably more speculative. The webinar will also present key findings sourced from a modelling tool that enable network operators to quantify NFV/SDN revenue upsides that may not be explicitly quantified today. In addition, the webinar will share recent research undertaken by Telco2.0/STL Partners with support from HPE on the services and strategies that will empower network operators to realize new revenue streams from the telco cloud. Specific topics to be covered in detail include:

  • Why and how NFV and SDN distributed compute capabilities could generate new revenue growth.
  • The potential new services enabled by these technologies.
  • The revenue growth that a telco might hope to achieve.
  • Timelines associated with the monetization cycle.

Getting VNFs ready for the Cloud
Date: 5/6/2016
Sponsors:
Cisco, Ericsson, Intel and Oracle
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Having laid the foundation through earlier webinars on the Future of Virtualization Project, the Benchmarking Index and initial survey results, this webinar will dig into one of the most urgent requirements – that of getting VNFs prepared to be delivered in the cloud. Often referred to as making them “cloud native,” VNF suppliers are re-architecting their VNFs so they are not only able to operate on standardized x86 platforms, but also to support a cloud delivery model. This will involve new architectural approaches such as microservices, leveraging emerging technologies like containers.

Join Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading, as she guides a discussion with leading industry representatives from Cisco, Ericsson, Intel and Oracle about what their companies and customers are doing to make VNFs cloud-native, and the challenges and opportunities this process presents.

Cloud Interconnect – Seeding the Cloud for Profit With Cloud DCI
Date: 5/4/2016
Sponsors:
Nokia
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Data center interconnect (DCI) is the fastest-growing optical market sector, with most communications service providers and network operators offering a range of managed and unmanaged DCI services to enterprises and public sector customers. But as data centers move to the cloud, a new cloud ecosystem is emerging that requires new approaches to DCI. Learn how to reap financial benefits from the cloud through cloud DCI services. Join Heavy Reading analyst Sterling Perrin, and Nokia’s Gary Holland to learn more about:

  • The emerging cloud ecosystem, the different participants and the role of cloud interconnect
  • The central role of service providers and network operators in the cloud ecosystem
  • Why IP, Ethernet and optical capabilities are critical to a successful cloud interconnect strategy
  • The role of integrated IP/optical, NFV and carrier SDN in cloud interconnect

We'll also show how service providers and network operators can offer cloud interconnect to all participants in the cloud ecosystem and thereby drive additional revenues and profitability.

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.

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

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.

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