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Upskill U on Open Source for NFV MANO

Service providers are increasingly looking to open source software to advance NFV management and orchestration (MANO) efforts and overcome interoperability challenges of NFV architectures. At Upskill U this Friday, James Crawshaw, senior analyst of OSS/BSS Transformation for Heavy Reading, will explain the growing role of open source in the development of NFV MANO, and how operators can successfully implement open source in their NFV strategies. (Register for Open Source for NFV MANO.)

Heavy Reading Senior Analyst James Crawshaw delivers a lecture on 'Open Source for NFV MANO' this Friday at Upskill U.
Heavy Reading Senior Analyst James Crawshaw delivers a lecture on "Open Source for NFV MANO" this Friday at Upskill U.

Upskill U's series on Network Transformation launched on Wednesday with a session on "MANO 101," delivered by Toby Ford, assistant vice president of Cloud Technology, Strategy & Planning for AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T). Ford explained how MANO advances the move toward software-centric, virtualized networks, and ensures faster, more reliable end-to-end service delivery. (Listen to MANO 101.)


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In his lecture, Ford addressed advantages of NFV MANO including improved NFV elasticity, automated network functions, reduced operating and capital costs, integration with legacy OSS/BSS, and more. The fundamental goal behind NFV MANO development is eliminating manual processes in network management and "making it more about development, analytics and analysis of what's happening instead of manually saving the day," said Ford.

A new, four-part series on software-defined networking (SDN) begins next Wednesday and will feature speakers from AT&T, Orange Business Services, Equinix and more. This series will dive into the fundamentals of SDN, examine open source solutions for SDN, address developments in the software-defined data center, and SDN's enablement of IP and optical integration.

Tune in to these live courses on SDN at Upskill U:

  • SDN 101 (Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1:00 p.m. ET): John Isch, Director, Network & Voice Practice, North America, Orange Business Services , addresses core concepts of SDN, networks-as-a-service and network functions enabled by SDN, and explains how telcos can balance the need for increasing network agility with the bottom line.
  • SDN & Open Source (Friday, Nov. 18, 1:00 p.m. ET): Chris Rice, Senior Vice President, Domain 2.0 Architecture & Design, AT&T Labs , examines open source opportunities for advancing SDN strategies, challenges to implementing open source, key open source projects for SDN and how telcos are balancing open and proprietary solutions for SDN.
  • SDN & the Software Defined Data Center (Wednesday, Nov. 30, 1:00 p.m. ET): Paul Mason, Senior Global Solutions Architect, Equinix Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), explains how service providers can boost automation, improve security and lower opex with SDDCs, and addresses the challenges of software-defined data centers for service providers.
  • The SDN Approach to IP & Optical Integration (Friday, Dec. 2, 1:00 p.m. ET): Sterling Perrin, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading , covers past challenges to IP and optical integration, how SDN enables this integration and benefits like increased network efficiency and better bandwidth provisioning.

I'll see you on the chat boards!

— Kelsey Kusterer Ziser, Editor, Upskill U

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