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Upskill U on Open Source & White Box Networks With LinkedIn

To boost the bottom line and achieve greater efficiencies, operators and enterprises are shifting from proprietary purpose-built hardware to "white box" solutions, including servers and switches -- some using purpose-built software and others on open source software.

Today at Upskill U, Saikrishna Kotha, global infrastructure architect at LinkedIn Corp. , explains how open source software is shaping the white box transformation and how virtualization and evolving standards will impact that transformation overall. (Register for Open Source for White Box Networks.)

Saikrishna Kotha, LinkedIn
Saikrishna Kotha, LinkedIn

Upskill U tackled the role of open source in the cloud yesterday with a course by Roz Roseboro, senior analyst at Heavy Reading . In the course "Using Open Source for Data Centers and Cloud Services," Roseboro explained where telcos are in the deployment of public clouds and execution of NFV strategies, addressed concerns telcos have about using open source and examined which open source projects are relevant to operators. (Listen to Using Open Source for Data Centers and Cloud Services.)


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"Like everyone else, telcos are interested in open source because they see that it can help them get higher quality code in a shorter amount of time, they presume it will make it more likely that products from different vendors can interoperate, they also expect that it will lower their software license costs," said Roseboro. "Of course they have some major concerns as well… there are a lot of new terms, techniques and tools that come along with the transformation to the cloud. [Telcos] will need new skills, new models, potentially new vendors and most certainly new processes."

Next week is a study week at Upskill U, which is the perfect opportunity to revisit recordings from previous courses and work your way toward earning a certificate for graduation. (See Upskill U Graduation Requirements.)

In September, Upskill U revs back up with live course on Agile/DevOps:

  • What Is Agile? (Wednesday, September 14, 1:00 p.m. ET): Kent McDonald, product owner at Agile Alliance, examines how Agile methods emerged, the Agile Manifesto and 12 Principles, how companies are successfully implementing Agile and more. This course prepares students for subsequent courses on Agile and DevOps.
  • How to Implement Agile (Friday, September 16, 1:00 p.m. ET): This course will explain common mistakes and cover the process of implementing Agile, from identifying company culture barriers, to making the business case, to the process behind building effective teams.
  • What Is DevOps? (Wednesday, September 21, 1:00 p.m. ET): Colin Kincaid, CTO of service provider at Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) examines what DevOps is, the benefits and challenges to implementing DevOps, why and how organizations interpret DevOps differently and explores case studies of successful DevOps teams.
  • How to Implement DevOps (Friday, September 23, 1:00 p.m. ET): This course explains how to secure support for DevOps implementation, avoid common pitfalls that arise in DevOps architecture, streamline processes and more.

Mark your calendars now for our fall courses, and check out the full curriculum to sign up for sessions on Gigabit and Security. I'll see you on the chat boards! (See Upskill U Curriculum Calendar.)

— Kelsey Kusterer Ziser, Editor, Upskill U

Alison_ Diana 8/18/2016 | 5:08:03 PM
Re: Open Arms to Open Source I'm sorry I missed the live event -- but look forward to hearing the archived version. The presentation, which I've already downloaded, is informative and will be useful. Thanks for pointing out the info, Kelsey! I agree with him on where price belongs in consideration. It's an important criteria - but should not be the sole or often even the most improtant concern. There are plenty of other variables - capabilities, features, service, reliability, support, etc. - that may be far more important, depending on the customer and the product/service.
Kelsey Ziser 8/18/2016 | 5:04:41 PM
Re: Open Arms to Open Source Agreed! Roz has a knack for breaking themes down to help listeners understand how technological transformations are impacting the industry at large. In today's course, Sai Kotha discussed the cost-savings allure of white box networks, but stressed that cost should not be the only driver. He also included a helpful checklist of goals to weigh when considering white box networks on slide 2 of his presentation.
Alison_ Diana 8/18/2016 | 9:48:25 AM
Open Arms to Open Source Roz's presentation was terrific and very informative. Having seen the huge impact open source had on enterprise IT departments -- where it often initially met with skepticism and misconceptions -- it's interesting to see half of that response in the telecom world. Open source doesn't need to prove itself anymore; the tech worlds have seen the results. But, as Roz said, open source does not mean free, nor does it mean cost savings. Mitch's blog, "What People Don't Get About Open Source," was a great complement.
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