Posts about Virtualization

The benefits of moving towards a virtualized environment have been well publicized – eliminating vendor dependence and product obsolescence, faster introduction of new products and services, and the creation of a flexible, user-driven, on-demand service delivery environment that enables network functions to be dynamically defined, deployed and reassigned to match and organizations scale, performance and capabilities requirement ...

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Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) offers enterprise users a way to implement virtual private networks (VPNs) at a much lower cost than today’s operator-managed Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) VPNs. However, today’s SD-WAN solutions put the enterprise in charge of all aspects of the network, including local access and backbone transport. That may be too much of a management burden to take on for already-overloaded IT departments ...

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With the potential for exponentially more capacity, lower latency, increased reliability and availability, 5G holds the promise of ubiquitous connectivity, converging both fixed and wireless access technologies as well as licensed and unlicensed spectrum.  With these lofty goals, the vision of a fully mobile and connected society offering services and capabilities far beyond today’s mobile networks may become a reality ...
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Travis told me that innovation efforts at Level 3 are aimed to increase operational scale and customer control by expanding the use of automation, as opposed to focusing specifically on SDN and/or NFV. “Whether the resource is physical or virtual, for us the heavy investment is on what orchestrates and controls all those elements,” he noted. “We didn’t have a focus on architecture, engineering or operations by themselves. Instead we worked across the groups. We found folks who came out of those backgrounds to be our innovation leaders ...


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I recently had a chat with Carol WilsonEditor at Large at Light Reading. Carol talks to a wide range of service providers, and she pointed out some interesting trends. First is the idea of retraining existing staff to support innovative new technologies. AT&T has made a lot of noise with its Domain 2.0 initiative, and has been working behind the scenes to staff it as well.“AT&T is probably the best example of mass retraining. They’re working to re-train thousands of people,” she observes. “What they’re trying to do is look at their folks in a different way. Rather than saying, ‘Are you trained to do this specific program or get that specific certification,’ they are asking, ‘What’s your skill set and how can we take that skill set and fit in to what we need in a different way?"...

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