NFV Elements

SlideshowThe New Face(book) of Carrier Class?

prayson.pate 9/19/2015 | 8:21:32 AM
More on resilience of NFV/SDN systems ACG Research posted this blog on the matter of resilience: "Regardless of Technology, SPs' Requirement Fundamentals Don't Change"

Link: http://acgcc.com/regardless-of-technology-sps-requirement-fundamentals-dont-change/

prayson.pate 6/26/2015 | 3:16:17 PM
Re: What does facebook have to do with the CE VictorRBlake - My thinking is not that Facebook et al are carriers per se, and not that they are providing Carrier Ethernet services or infrastructure.

Instead, I am pointing out that these new cloud-based companies deliver services with high availability (as do telcos), and they do it using unreliable equipment (unlike telcos).  They do so using cloud technologies: VMs running on a pool of unreliable servers, with resiliency coming from the system using orchestration and control. 

As telcos move from traditional hardware elements in the network to virtualized solutions using NFV, they need to look at changing how they build systems and deliver reliable services.

The examples that I showed were intended to provide some concrete details on what this transition might mean for typical services delivered today.

Does that answer your questions?
prayson.pate 6/26/2015 | 2:57:42 PM
Re: On Demand
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danielcawrey and mhhf1ve - Your points about on-demand services are very good.  Masergy just made an announcement about how they are using NFV to enable dynamic services for their customers. Here is the LR coverage: http://www.lightreading.com/nfv/nfv-strategies/masergy-to-launch-global-enterprise-nfv-service/d/d-id/716553

Also, here is an excerpt from our press release regarding the support for dynamic services:

"Our primary focus is on service agility and our pure-play NFV deployment sets the stage for immediate response to customer requests," said Tim Naramore, Masergy's chief technology officer. "Masergy has long been an innovator, providing our customers with solutions that give them real-time control and the ability to get the services they need, when they want them. With this launch, we're adding incredibly agile and flexible solutions to our Managed Network f(n)™ family of distributed, fully managed network functions."

The PR is here: http://www.overturenetworks.com/press_release/overture-announces-first-commercial-pure-play-nfv-deployment-with-coalition-of-global-technology-leaders/

VictorRBlake 6/25/2015 | 7:23:42 PM
Re: What does facebook have to do with the CE I should say, as for Amazon, I agree that they are now a carrier. Although I wouldn't see the CE connection, when they provide VPN services from one private cloud to another, that is directly competitive with other VPN (L2 or L3) or dedicated L2 or shared L3 services.
VictorRBlake 6/25/2015 | 7:02:09 PM
What does facebook have to do with the CE I fail to see what Facebook has to do with CE. For one, they do not provide access services, so I don't see what access has to do with Facebook. For a second, even if they did, it would be unlikely that they are delivery MEF service and thus using a CE. it would be more likely that any service they integrated with would use IP based (CPE). CE is usally a reference to the term CE in MEF. If it was intended to be a reference to any CPE (as in CPE == CE) I still don't follow because you don't need a PE at the edge for IP broadband. The purpose of the PE is for MPLS signaling as the PE is the point at which interfaces are attached to LSPs. This is by no means necessary and is not typically used for IP/Internet (aka broadband) services. Instead, the complexities of MPLS are more typically reserved for the transport of other (non-internet transit) services over a single converged IP network. Exemplary transport services would be things like Ethernet (as in Carrier Ethernet described by MEF), VPNs (L2 or L3), or some other private or virtual private service.

All that said, the point about separating out service integration from forwarding is reasonable, but I again don't see what Facebook has to do with VMs. They were around before Facebook and are used by carriers and other operators without respect to Facebook.
mhhf1ve 6/25/2015 | 6:16:02 PM
Re: On Demand I totally agree with you, danielcawrey. ISPs have been offering some "on demand" services to businesses for temporary speedier connectivity -- and I think some households would want that too. When people invite over everyone in the family for Thanksgiving... it'd be nice to not have the WiFi network slow to a crawl..?
danielcawrey 6/25/2015 | 2:55:58 PM
On Demand I really like this idea of on-demand portals. Customers want services when they want them (predictably) and therefore it's key that service providers offer speed to service these days. I think we are seeing with the likes of Facebook that people have an expectation, and carriers need to get on board with providing ASAP. 
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