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Cloud-Native Network Functions: 'A Little Less Conversation, a Little More Action'

The Linux Foundation is looking to close the gap between conversation and action to make it easier for carriers and vendors to deploy network functions in the cloud.

The Eye-Watering Cost of Multivendor Networks

Operators face tricky decisions as they try to get virtualized networks off the ground.

Podcast: 5G, Edge Computing Give SDN & NFV New Focus

As the editors recap Light Reading's event series on network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN), technologies like 5G and edge computing arrive just in time to hurry the industry along its path to more modern networks and add plenty of drama.

Orange's Isch on Keeping SD-WAN Secure & Simple

In a recent podcast with Light Reading, John Isch discusses how Orange 'co-innovates' with SD-WAN customers, and shares several case studies on what this process looks like by describing collaborations with its SD-WAN customers Siemens and Sony.

GSMA to Bring Standardization to NFVi Wild West

A collaboration between the industry's largest trade group of mobile network operators and the preeminent open source consortium is aiming to simplify and harmonize dozens of NFVi efforts.

'Lean NFV' Aims to Reignite Virtualization

Nicira co-founder Scott Shenker and other networking visionaries issue a manifesto for technology they say can jump-start development for network functions virtualization (NFV).

VMware Sets Sail as a Telco Cloud 'Great Power'

Following deals with AT&T and Vodafone and hardware partnerships, VMware is emerging as a leading telco cloud vendor.

Orange, Vodafone to Unveil Common Approach to NFVi

The two operators have been working to develop a number of NFV infrastructure (NFVi) configurations to meet the needs of different types of virtual network function (VNF) deployments.

CPU Selection for uCPE Is About More Than Architecture

ADVA's Prayson Pate looks at the key considerations when selecting the compute foundations for universal CPE.

Masergy's Ray Watson: Customers Want Security but Pay for Performance

Ray Watson, VP of Global Technology at Masergy, discusses the challenge of securing virtualized telco infrastructure and weighs in on how to handle corporate hacks as well.

ONAP's Casablanca Focuses on Deployability

No romance here, just a software release with practical features to put this automated orchestration platform into use globally.

Nokia Upgrades NFVi for Edge, Containers

Also, for the first time the vendor is directly sourcing OpenStack from its open source community instead of using RedHat's version.

SES CEO Plugs Satellite's Role in Global Ecosystem

Satellite access will play a key role going forward in reaching distant locations more quickly than fiber can, providing access and wireless backhaul, enabling disaster recovery and backup and connecting mobile sites including cruise and shipping vessels, airplanes and more, says SES CEO John-Paul Hemingway.

How Red Hat Could Give IBM's Telco Strategy a New Lease of Life

With telco cloud and open source developments playing a key role in network operator strategies, Red Hat's acquisition could bolster IBM's opportunities with communications service provider customers.

RAD: uCPE Is Gateway to IT Service Revenues

Service providers need to broaden their view of what uCPE can offer to include not just VNFs but virtual functions that support basic IT.

MEF CTO: We're Living Up to Agile Promises

Pascal Menezes tells MEF18 audience the organization is dramatically reshaping how it creates and delivers specifications.

CSPs Still Puzzling Over NFV Business Case

TM Forum Digital Transformation Tracker shows diversity of views on virtualization, with larger operators moving forward much faster, and many smaller companies struggling to make it pay.

Colt Ready for Major NFV Push

After years of developments and incremental advances, Colt is set for a major three-stage telco cloud deployment that will be a big step in its migration from a legacy hardware architecture to virtualized functions.

CenturyLink's Kevin McBride: On-Net Buildings & a Better Cloud

CenturyLink has more than 100,000 on-net, "lit" buildings in its network. That's a massive advantage in a world where new services require the distribution of virtualized network functions as close to customers as possible, according to Kevin McBride, CenturyLink's principal architect of SDN & NVF technologies.

CenturyLink: NFV Meeting (Modest) Expectations

Bill Walker says carrier never expected NFV to cause massive shifts early on, adding that it's replacing legacy at a pace that makes financial sense.

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