NFV Systems Integration

Virtualization Powers Automation at Upskill U

As service providers move to more virtualized networks, one of the key benefits that emerges is advanced automation capabilities. Automated functionality opens the door to faster and better analytics, tighter security, real-time testing and streamlined service creation in a dynamic environment.

Automation also has the potential to deepen operators' pockets by lowering capex and opex, by speeding up new service delivery, and by creating an environment that nurtures flexible network capacity. In order to take full advantage of these benefits, service providers need a sound strategy for virtualization and automation which is what Upskill U aims to deep dive into this Friday at 1 p.m. ET.

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Leading the final course in Upskill U's flagship learning module on virtualization is Dr. Stefan Vallin, Director of Product Strategy at Tail-f Systems -- a Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) company. Vallin will explain how automation in a virtualized network is the logical next step up from historically manually-run, error-prone process of network configuration.

In his course, Virtualization: Automation, listeners will gain a greater understanding of the details of automation, how service orchestration lends itself to seamless network configuration, and how a sound virtualization strategy improves operators' ability to flex services with customer demands.

Stefan Vallin, Cisco
Stefan Vallin, Cisco

May marks the start of the Internet of Things (IoT) series at Upskill U which begins with a foundational course on May 4. Here's a look at the exciting line-up in the four-part series on IoT:

  • Wednesday, May 4 at 1:00 p.m. ET: IoT 101 with Martin Zander, Vice President, Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) Group Function Strategy. This introductory course taught by Ericsson will cover all the important aspects of IoT, including what it is, why it's important, how it's impacting the industry, the challenges and benefits and more, and lay the groundwork for future courses on IoT.
  • Friday, May 6 at 1:00 p.m. ET: Unknown Document 722333 taught by Jason Porter, Vice President, Security Solutions, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T). This course will look at the various ways to ensure IoT security, including creating partnerships and ecosystems, digital signature and authentication, device management and prevention policies to build security in from the ground up.
  • Wednesday, May 11, 1:00 p.m. ET: IoT: Evolving Networks to Meet the Opportunity by Timothy Winters, University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL). Winters will explain how operators' networks will need to evolve in order to address this diverse IoT opportunity, and will also address key questions as to how accelerating NFV and SDN will enable IoT configuration agility and smart service flexibility for vertical industries, as well as challenges in the transition to virtualization.
  • Friday, May 13, 1:00 p.m. ET: IoT: The Impact of Industrial IoT taught by Jim Kilmer, Verizon Enterprise Solutions . CIOs will become the essential linchpin to ensuring secure connectivity and the management of data to provide the insights necessary for product and service development and delivery. This course covers how service providers can work most effectively as partners in this process to be vital players in this landscape.

To be sure, we're witnessing a big shake-up in the communications industry, the likes of which hasn't been seen in over a decade. In fact, during his Upskill U course last week, Josh Goodell, Vice President of Network on Demand & Service Integration, AT&T, said this could be the "golden age of the industry." Goodell emphasized that the move to NFV isn't so much an "if" anymore, but a "when." (Listen to his lecture here: Virtualization: Webifying the Network.)

As players from disparate industries enter the marketplace and service providers face an increasing demand for greater network capacity, there's a growing need to reskill the industry to turn these industry challenges into opportunities. So let Upskill U be your guiding light in this season of change -- register today and attend three courses to receive an Upskill U headlamp!

Kelsey Kusterer Ziser, editor, Upskill U

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