Posts about Carrier Ethernet 2.0

For communication service providers (CSPs) and cloud operators, being able to access a huge range of support software is one of the key benefits of network functions virtualization (NFV). Software packages, such as Open vSwitch, OpenStack, KVM and Linux, give cloud operators and CSPs a foundation on which to create new services based on virtual network functions (VNFs) ...
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Network functions virtualization (NFV) brings the benefits of the cloud to telco operators. One of those benefits is the wide array of support software, including Linux, KVM, OpenStack and Open vSwitch (OVS). These software packages provide a base of well-known functionality upon which operators can build innovative new virtualized services. There are two limitations of this environment: OVS’ packet forwarding performance and its networking capabilities ...
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Packet-based mobile backhaul is one of the hottest topics discussed in our industry – since quite a few years in fact. And it will keep us busy for a couple of more years. Initially driven by the requirement for increased network capacity and the business challenge to reduce backhaul costs dramatically, the drivers and requirements now have changed with the roll-out of LTE in many mobile operator networks and the migration to the Evolved Packet Core (EPC).
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There are some interesting things happening at MEF these days. MEF is the industry forum where carriers and vendors come together to define common ground in how best to offer Carrier Ethernet services. Over the past few years MEF have been working on standards to make Carrier Ethernet services more interconnected, manageable and differentiated for specific application. This all comes together under “Carrier Ethernet 2.0”.
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In the first installment in this series, we reported that service provider CapEx spending on Carrier Ethernet equipment seems to be overtaking spending on SONET/SDH in transport applications and that the respondents overwhelmingly (nearly 100 percent agreement) indicated support for Carrier Ethernet in the access portion of the network, while closer to 80 percent support its use in the core...

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