As service providers move traditional telecom functions to the cloud, the ability to dynamically scale resources will be critical in supporting emerging technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart grid.
During Wednesday's Upskill U course on Cloud Platforms and Services: 101, Jim Hodges, Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading, said, "Moving telecom functions to the cloud really gives us that truly elastic scale we could never achieve by actually scaling hardware on a box level." (Listen to: Cloud Platforms & Services: 101.)
The interconnection of various clouds in an on-demand and secure, reliable fashion is key in achieving that scale, and is also critical for enterprises that want to connect to multiple clouds. On Friday at 1:00 p.m. ET, Upskill U will examine the latest developments in the interconnection of cloud networks in the course "Cloudifying the Network," presented by Mary Stanhope, Vice President, Marketing, Global Capacity. This course looks at how interconnection is evolving to meet the on-demand enterprise requirements, including the evolution of exchanges and the expansion of traditional colocation. (Register for Cloudifying the Network.)
Secure your seat for these exciting upcoming courses in the cloud platforms and services series:
- Ethernet & the Cloud (Friday, June 10, 1:00 p.m. ET): Chris McReynolds, Vice President, Cloud & Data Services, Level 3 Communications, will discuss how the rise of virtualization is creating new demand for network-as-a-service options that combine physical and virtual network elements flexibly, while also delivering on the quality promises for which Carrier Ethernet has become known.
- Assuring Security in a Cloud-Based NFVi (Monday, June 13 1:00 p.m. ET): In this lecture, Patrick Donegan, Chief Analyst, Heavy Reading, covers ways of ensuring that security is preserved in the NFV environment and the security orchestration and other technologies needed for virtual networks.
Tune in next week to the Upskill U Live @ BCE classes on 5G and mobile video. Join Upskill U in Austin, Texas at the BIG Communications Event (BCE) for two complimentary hot breakfasts and lectures on May 24 and May 25 at 7:00 a.m. CT. Register for BCE with the discount code "UPSKILL" and receive $250 off your registration fee; we'll even throw in a free Upskill U headlamp for those who attend the Upskill U breakfast. (Register here.)
If you can't make it to BCE, join us online by tuning in to the live stream:
- LIVE AT BCE - 5G: Are We There Yet? (Tuesday, May 24, 8:30 a.m. ET) taught by Gerry Flynn, Director, Corporate Technology, Verizon Communications; and Gabriel Brown, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading.
- LIVE AT BCE - Mobile Video: Finding a Solution (Wednesday, May 25, 8:30 a.m. ET) taught by Upinder Saini, Vice President, Wireless Product Management, Rogers Communications; and Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading.
With rampant industry changes afoot, it's more critical than ever for network engineers and enterprise leaders to both maintain knowledge of traditional functions while expanding their skillset to grasp SDN, NFV, IoT and more.
Let Upskill U be your guiding light in these changing times. Attend at least six Upskill U courses to earn a certificate signed by the Dean of Upskill U, recognition in our Honor Roll on Upskill U and bragging rights in the breakroom. See you on the chat boards!
— Kelsey Kusterer Ziser, Editor, Upskill U