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Amzallag, Vodafone's SDN & NFV Man, Leaving in June

Carol Wilson
3/29/2017

David Amzallag, the man who has led Vodafone's ambitious global transformation, confirmed today that he is leaving that company in June, citing family reasons.

Amzallag, who is group head of Network Virtualization, SDN and NFV at Vodafone, has been commuting to London from Israel for the last two years. He said in an interview that he is considering other options now.

The former Alcatel and Amdocs executive came into Vodafone just under two years ago but in that time has helped lead the diverse company -- it has 26 different operators, thanks to many acquisitions -- in a sweeping transformation known as Project Ocean, which sought not only to implement NFV and SDN but also to adopt a common cloud-based architecture across the company and enable automation as well. (See Vodafone Hires NFV Specialist to Develop Group Virtualization Strategy.)


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That effort is going live in 2017, Amzallag says, with new services such as VPN+, a new flexible offering for businesses that includes SD-WAN capabilities along with security, policy and more.

Amzallag also has been willing to speak out about what operators need from their vendors and from themselves, including multiple appearances at Light Reading events. He has been a passionate advocate for new pricing models in the software-defined world and for industry efforts to agree on key things such as VNF onboarding. (See Vodafone Demands More From NFV Vendors, BCE 2016: A Sea Change at Vodafone, Vodafone: Desperately Seeking Cloud-Centric Tech and Vodafone Calls for End to Five Nines.)

In a wide-ranging discussion, Amzallag also shared what's immediately ahead for Ocean as it goes live and frankly discusses the challenges Vodafone has faced in creating an end-to-end architecture with the flexibility to address the differing needs of its many operating units. Stay tuned for those comments in the coming days.

— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading


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microcaptechinvestor
microcaptechinvestor
3/30/2017 | 9:37:24 PM
Re: David's Excellent Contribution to NFV
Interesting development. Perhaps he thinks there is even more he can do to progress the NFV front on the vendor side of the house. Of course, Israel is where lots of the Telecom 2.0 innovation is happening from a software perspective. Looking forward to the comments about current state of Project Ocean. Are they or are they not going to use ONAP or OSM??!
clarkede
clarkede
3/30/2017 | 4:36:14 PM
Re: David's Excellent Contribution to NFV
I hope so for similar reasons, we need more people on the operator side with rare experience of both the vendor and operator environments for virtualisation speaking candidly on what the priorities are. I have no doubt David will have a lot of options and I wish him well.
Carol Wilson
Carol Wilson
3/30/2017 | 4:26:14 PM
Re: David's Excellent Contribution to NFV
I can't imagine he won't have a line of companies at the door with offers. I personally hope he stays on the network operator side of the business, but that's just selfishness on my part. I want to continue to invite him to speak at our events. 
clarkede
clarkede
3/30/2017 | 4:24:15 PM
David's Excellent Contribution to NFV
David has made a huge contribution to the industry effort on NFV, from his time at Alcatel-Lucent when his passion and drive to engage the operators who brought NFV to industry attention in 2012 was pivotal in helping them understand the vendor impacts, through to the present with practical implementation of project Ocean. The Vodafone team has made an outstanding contribution to industry progress on NFV and David's willingness to speak out on challenges that need to be addressed has been refreshing and highly influential. I very much hope we will see David continue helping the industry move forward in a new role.
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