& cplSiteName &

Telco Journey to Cloud-Native: We Want What They've Got

Roz Roseboro
4/24/2018
50%
50%

There's little argument that the ultimate architecture for telecom operators to deliver virtual network functions (VNFs) will be the cloud. But the road to Valhalla is littered with monolithic software, manual processes and purpose-built hardware.

The cloud titans have shown the way, with containerized, open source software stacks that are dynamically orchestrated using automation that allows them to run their vast, white box-based, disaggregated hardware estates with a fraction of the staff the telecom operators use. There's nothing that precludes telecom operators from doing the same, and yet "cloud native" remains a hazy vision on the horizon. Why is that?

I'm glad you asked.

During Light Reading's Big Communications Event in Austin next month, I’ll be leading a panel discussion called "Going Cloud Native." Here, we'll talk about what cloud native means -- and trust me, it does mean different things to different people.

More importantly, we'll talk about what the industry still needs to work on in order to realize the benefits of going cloud native.

Certainly the vendors who own the VNFs play a role, as they're the ones responsible for ensuring their software can be distributed onto standard servers and automatically orchestrated to deliver services.

The open source and standards communities are also important in developing the software, including important interfaces, that are needed to make everything work together harmoniously, while maintaining flexibility and choice.

And then there are the telecom operators. We'll hear about their successes and challenges, their concerns and aspirations.

The goal is to honestly and rationally assess where we are today, and what needs to be done to get us to the magical nirvana that going cloud-native promises.

To find out more, join us in Austin May 14-16 to boost your knowledge about cloud-native software and innovation driving data center transformation, for the fifth-annual Big Communications Event May 14-16. The event is free for communications service providers -- secure your seat today!

Related posts:

— Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading

(4)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
kq4ym
50%
50%
kq4ym,
User Rank: Light Sabre
5/3/2018 | 8:15:05 AM
Re: Destinations
And those journeys whether metaphorical or real have long been with us as has probably been the technological journeys of many decades "littered with monolithic software, manual processes and purpose-built hardware."
mendyk
50%
50%
mendyk,
User Rank: Light Sabre
4/25/2018 | 8:47:27 AM
Re: Destinations
There's a Tir Na Nog near the bus station in NYC. Also one near the train station. They are both magical after six or eight pints, so I've heard.
James_B_Crawshaw
50%
50%
James_B_Crawshaw,
User Rank: Blogger
4/24/2018 | 3:18:10 PM
Re: Destinations
I'm planning a trip to Tir Na Nog, although I hear the weather is better in Tlalocan this time of year. 

 

mendyk
50%
50%
mendyk,
User Rank: Light Sabre
4/24/2018 | 10:55:26 AM
Destinations
I've been to Valhalla. It's OK. But I'm hoping Nirvana is better.
More Blogs from Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes
IPV6, security, DNS evolution and automation were all on the agenda at the UK Network Operators' Forum gathering in London.
Developing an open architecture for domain-specific accelerators could empower service providers to accelerate edge computing and related applications.
Auctions of 5G-suitable spectrum are now generating billions. Meanwhile, vendors are waiting on a different bounty — the further billions operators will need to spend to finally realize their 5G ambitions.
US cable providers are gearing up to play a crucial role by supporting transport of 5G communications, but their aspirations are clouded by the complexity of 5G itself.
Many operators are expected to initially deploy 5G RANs in non-standalone mode on an LTE network, migrating later to standalone mode. But that migration is less than straightforward, and there are multiple options to consider.
Featured Video
Flash Poll
Upcoming Live Events
March 12-14, 2019, Denver, Colorado
April 2, 2019, New York, New York
April 8, 2019, Las Vegas, Nevada
May 6, 2019, Denver, Colorado
May 6-8, 2019, Denver, Colorado
May 21, 2019, Nice, France
September 17-19, 2019, Dallas, Texas
October 1, 2019, New Orleans, Louisiana
October 10, 2019, New York, New York
November 5, 2019, London, England
December 3, 2019, New York, New York
December 5-3, 2019, Viena, Austria
All Upcoming Live Events