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Upskill U on CORD With the Open Networking Lab

As service providers move to virtualized networks, telco central offices are being re-architected to look like data centers in an effort to operate in a more agile, efficient manner.

To talk about this tranformation, Wednesday on Upskill U, Guru Parulkar, executive director of the Open Networking Research Center at the Open Networking Lab, explains why the change is occurring, how to make the transition, and what the new central office will look like in the course "The Central Office Re-Architected as a Data Center" (CORD) at 1 p.m. ET. This course wraps up our module on data centers so don't miss out. (Register for The Central Office Re-Architected as a Data Center.)

Guru Parulkar, Open Networking Lab
Guru Parulkar, Open Networking Lab

Last Wednesday, Rodney M. Elder, senior solutions architect, Equinix Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), delivered the Upskill U course "The Changing Face of the Data Center World." During the course, Elder addressed the evolution of competition in the interconnection world as national, regional and smaller carriers and data center operators expand into new territory. (Listen to The Changing Face of the Data Center World.)


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"The new factors of competition from a data center perspective are that customers are demanding access to ecosystem, they're demanding expanded reach, and more importantly they must have the ability to consume services extremely rapidly," said Elder. "So ecosystem, global reach and service excellence are three pillars I'm seeing in this competition."

Next week, a new series on open source launches at Upskill U on August 10 at 1 p.m. ET. During the course, "Telcos & Open Source 101," lecturer Phil Robb, senior technical director of OpenDaylight, explains the fundamentals of open source and how service providers can make the shift from the traditional standards processes. Upcoming courses in the Open Source series will cover the role of open source in network functions virtualization (NFV), white box networks, and data centers and cloud services with speakers from Telstra, Heavy Reading and LinkedIn, respectively. (Register for Telcos & Open Source 101.)

Boost your open source skills by tuning in to these upcoming Upskill U courses:

  • Telcos & Open Source 101 (Wednesday, Aug. 10, 1:00 p.m. ET): Phil Robb, Senior Technical Director, OpenDaylight examines how service providers can make the shift from the traditional standards processes, how the open source process is tackling a new role of competing at the higher levels of the software stack and provides understanding in open source licensing and managing R&D processes.
  • The Role of Open Source in NFV (Friday, Aug. 12, 1:00 p.m. ET): Jim Fagan, Director, Cloud Practice, Telstra Global , addresses the impact open source is having on NFV platforms and what it means for vendors and operators.
  • Using Open Source for Data Centers and Cloud Services (Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1:00 p.m. ET): Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading , examines the use of open source for cloud services in the telecom space, what issues still need to be resolved and whether standards bodies are perhaps the better way forward for CSPs.
  • Open Source for White Box Networks (Thursday, Aug. 18, 1:00 p.m. ET): Saikrishna Kotha, Global Infrastructure Architect, LinkedIn Corp. , explains the importance of open source software to the white box transformation and how virtualization and evolving standards will impact that transformation overall.

Don't miss these opportunities to reskill on the telco data center and open source -- I'll see you on the chat boards!

— Kelsey Kusterer Ziser, editor, Upskill U

Kerong 8/6/2016 | 3:14:28 AM
Knowledge about networking I have a little knowledge about networking bur you're lovely presenting!
Mitch Wagner 8/3/2016 | 1:22:15 PM
Re: New ways of thinking I'm on it now. Very informative presentation!
Kelsey Ziser 8/3/2016 | 8:45:56 AM
Re: New ways of thinking We're excited to have co-presenters today - both Guru Parulkar and Larry Peterson from ON.Lab will be delivering this course! Definitely a timely session and I'm also looking forward to the discussion on the chat.
Mitch Wagner 8/2/2016 | 8:37:45 PM
Re: New ways of thinking I'm looking forward to it! I need to be sure to make it to more of these. They're valuable education. 
TeleWRTRLiz 8/2/2016 | 5:27:20 PM
Re: New ways of thinking I'm sitting her watching the registration for our class tomorrow go through the roof. This is clearly a topic that everyone wants to know more about -- and on the heels of their event last week too. I think this is a transformation that can't happen fast enough for CSPs.
Mitch Wagner 8/2/2016 | 5:15:28 PM
New ways of thinking Open source requires a new way of thinking for network operators, and this course should help them learn to implement the new technologies. 
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