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NFV done right. How to apply cloud native design principles to network functions virtualization
Date: 4/4/2017 12:00 p.m. New York/5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Metaswitch
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NFV is now a ubiquitous term across the industry and its promise is well understood.

Many operators are seeking to realize the recognized benefits of this software-centric approach, including opex and capex savings, service agility and rapid time to revenue. But there is a catch: most of today's NFV implementations cannot actually deliver these benefits. Virtualized network functions that are based on legacy monolithic software, merely ported to run inside a virtual machine on a hypervisor are not the answer. They do little more than migrate an existing paradigm and associated problems from dedicated hardware to a “virtual chassis” in the cloud. This, is NFV “done wrong.”

In contrast, truly cloud native communications software is built around microservices and designed to run in containers on commodity hardware in private, public and hybrid clouds. This approach enables service providers to fully and finally realize the breakthrough economic, speed, simplicity and scale benefits that have been promised by NFV. But how would you recognize cloud native VNFs in a software identity parade? And what does it take to deploy them? In this webinar, recognized industry thought leader, Martin Taylor, CTO of Metaswitch, will explain the key architectural design principles on which cloud native virtual network functions are built and why this approach is not just the quickest way to NFV “done right,” but is also one of the most important deployment decisions an operator can make.

Onboarding and Orchestrating VNFs
Date: 4/11/2017 12:00 p.m. New York/5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Oracle
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Service deployment through NFV may take just as long as service deployment into a physical network. Unless there are clear procedures, standards, and methods defined, NFV may not live up to the promise of rapid and innovative service deployment, let alone cost savings. However, given the right set of tools and procedures, a VNF may be streamlined into a catalog, rapidly integrated, and deployed in a network in a matter of minutes. This webinar explores the definition of a well enabled VNF, the onboarding process into a catalog, the complete integration into a network of services, the deployment, and finally the service itself running in the network.

The key elements of the webinar include:

  • Defining the well enabled VNF
  • Onboarding and Cataloging the service
  • Model-driven, cross-layer orchestration

Eliminating Three Challenges in Automating Service Provider NFV Deployments
Date: 4/19/2017 12:00 p.m New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Infoblox
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Description: Network functions virtualization (NFV) can increase agility, simplify operations, speed rollout, yield scalability and reduce costs. Or it can consume your key people, bloat your budget and fall short of the promise of agility and lower cost.

While there are great benefits tied to virtualization for carriers, there are often overlooked areas and challenges to limit ISPs from seizing the full benefits of NFV, including increased manual processes between teams, inadequate security for the underlying DNS infrastructure and limited control across multiple point solution platforms. Too often, IT and network professionals focus on the strategic components of NFV deployments and don't pay enough attention to the impact on day-to-day processes and the underlying infrastructure.

During this webinar, Heavy Reading and Infoblox service provider experts will discuss critical issues such as:

  • How gaps in current implementations create detrimental manual processes
  • The rapidly growing security threat to DNS, what it has to do with NFV and how you can combat it
  • How advances in automation for DNS and IP address management can help your NFV initiative succeed
  • Best practices for ensuring positive first-connection experiences

Implementing SD-WAN as a Service: Key Considerations and Strategies
Date: 4/26/2017 11:00 a.m. New York/4:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Juniper
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SD-WAN provides enterprises with a programmable, evolvable and lower-cost alternative to Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS); while for communications service providers (CSPs), SD-WAN brings the opportunity to target new market segments and differentiate their service offering.

SD-WAN is still very much an emerging technology, and multiple implementation and monetization questions remain outstanding.

In this webinar the speakers will detail the technical factors that must be addressed to achieve a successful SD-WAN implementation. Areas relevant to the discussion include security, orchestration, MPLS integration, network management and their linkage to customer requirements.

To fully capture the impact of these factors, this webinar presents key findings from a major survey created by Heavy Reading in collaboration with Juniper Networks.

CloudRAN & the Future-Oriented Mobile Network Architecture
Date: 4/25/2017 10:00 a.m. New York / 3:00 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Huawei
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The radio access network (RAN) is the critical asset that underpins the world’s largest technology platform – mobile communications. As service providers seek greater performance and leaner operating models, CloudRAN is emerging as critical to the new wireless network architecture.

This webinar investigates state-of-the-art commercial CloudRAN technology and looks ahead to the new architectures, and new deployment models, that will drive ongoing performance improvement in 4G LTE and 5G NR. It will discuss key challenges operators face (coordination, transmission, synchronization, etc.) and illustrate potential solutions.

Transforming the Central Office: Implementing CORD
Date: 5/3/2017 11:30 a.m. New York / 4:30 p.m. London
Sponsors:
Radisys
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Communications service providers (CSPs) have spent more than four decades building out and evolving their networks to meet the changing service and access demands of their customers. While the process has been dynamic, there has been one constant network element – the central office (CO).

Given the amount of investment a central office represents, as well as the strategic location and proximity to both mobile and fixed end users, the CO is going through another major transformation to enable it to support virtualized network functions aligned with a distributed cloud model.

Accordingly, this webinar will dive deep into this process, documenting the progress of the innovative Central Office Re-architected as Datacenter (CORD) initiative that defines the vital design considerations to enable this migration.

Specific topics addressed include:

  • CORD business and technical drivers
  • CORD reference architecture configurations for mobile, fixed and enterprise evolution
  • CORD high-value use cases and service innovation models
  • The relationship between open-source software and CORD
  • CORD leaders and visionaries

Cognitive Service Operations
Date: 5/4/2017 10:00 a.m New York / 3.00 p.m London
Sponsors:
Accanto
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This presentation will cover the following points:

  • Transforming from network to cognitive service operations
  • Enabling transformation for physical, virtual and hybrid environments
  • Laying the foundation for service performance – essential for closed-loop continuous orchestration for NFV
  • A use-case focus

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