Taming the IT Infrastructure Monster in 5G Networks
Date / Time: Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
sponsored by
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading

Claus Pedersen, Vice President, Telco Segment Solution, Hybrid IT Group, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

As communications service providers (CSPs) begin deploying 5G, they will leverage Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) where software is disaggregated from hardware. However, NFV implies a shift in end-to-end validation responsibility from equipment vendors to system integrators or CSPs themselves. CSPs will therefore incur new risks for the end-to-end solution as elements are acquired and integrated independently. The extensive use of IT infrastructure and the 5G network architecture also makes the networks more vulnerable from a security standpoint.

In this webinar, we’ll first look at 5G network adoption, use cases, requirements and deployment challenges:

  • 5G adoption, major use cases, network slicing
  • 5G network cloud characteristics, technical requirements, business requirements
  • Risk in-sourcing, management and operation complexity, security, evolving standards, IT lifecycles

We’ll then focus on the ways in which these challenges can be addressed:

  • Secure infrastructure
  • Cloud consumption models to reduce CAPEX
  • Investment protection to avoid vendor lock-in
  • Risk mitigation using pre-validated software and hardware stacks
  • Standards-based infrastructure
  • Faster introduction of IT innovations to reduce OPEX

By attending this webinar, participants will walk away with a greater understanding of how they can manage their 5G infrastructure costs while keeping their networks secure.


James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – Service Provider IT and Automation, Heavy Reading
James leads Heavy Reading's OSS/BSS research service. He examines the breadth of software used by communications service providers in customer, business, service and infrastructure management. James's areas of focus include BSS, OSS, SDP, policy management, revenue assurance, service assurance, analytics and business intelligence. He is particularly interested in the impact of SDN and NFV on operator's IT systems.

Prior to joining Heavy Reading, James worked for more than 15 years as an analyst covering technology and telecom companies for various investment banks and industry research firms. He previously worked as a management consultant in industry.

James holds a BSc and MEng in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester, England.

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Claus Pedersen, Vice President, Telco Segment Solution, Hybrid IT Group, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Claus is the business leader for HPE’s Telco Segment and Network Function Virtualization Solutions in HPE’s Hybrid IT Business group. In this role, Claus is responsible for segment specific go-to market activities, product development and strategic partnerships enabling HPE’s infrastructure business in the telecommunication segment.

Claus holds a Master of Computer Science degree from Aarhus Univer-sity, Denmark. He lives with his family in Grenoble, France.

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