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Telcos voice concerns about taking core networks to the cloud #telcocloud

Telcos voice concerns about taking core networks to the cloud | Business Cloud News

Under threat from companies not traditionally viewed as competitors, telcos are racing to both offer cloud services to end-user customers and tap into the cloud to run core network functions in a bid to make their value propositions more competitive and infrastructure more dynamic. But cloud experts from Orange, Swisscom and AT&T have each voiced concerns around just how capable the sector may be at managing such a bold transformation with existing tools.

Speaking at the OpenStack Summit in Paris on Tuesday, experts from major European and US telecoms firms, all of which are experimenting with using OpenStack to stand up core network services or cloud services for end-users (or both), agreed that existing telecoms industry regulation can pose challenges when introducing NFV and cloud architectures to underpin them.

Toby Ford, AVP cloud technology, strategy and planning at AT&T, which has made some progress in recent months with its NFV experiments and in rolling out its cloud stack, said that the extent to which telcos in the US can virtualise networks is limited in some part by stringent regulations.

“The actual facilities we use have a lot of legal rules we have to apply, so we’re doing a lot of work to work around those as we go forward [with NFV],” he said.

This issue, particularly with respect to security, isn’t altogether dissimilar from what other highly regulated verticals are facing. The key question is how do you as a company demonstrate a virtual appliance is as reliable as physical hardware in terms of resilience, uptime, security, and so forth?

Markus Brunner, head of standardisation in the strategy and innovation department of Swisscom said guaranteeing quality of service, which in some contexts is legislated, is also a key challenge.

“It’s really about guarantees. We have a set of services which require guarantees – legally require certain guarantees,” he said.

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Less than 3 weeks to go until the Telco Cloud World Forum North America #telcocloud

With only 3 weeks to go until the Telco Cloud World Forum North America  there is still time for you to secure your place!

This event is free for carriers and enterprises. If you do fall into this criteria and still would like the opportunity to meet with senior decision makers from leading carriers, we would be delighted to welcome you to the event; you can register your place online here.

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Ready to scroll through the speaker line-up? – let’s go!

Andy, McInturff, Business Development Director – BT Compute, BT Global Services
David Strom, Analyst, Gigaom
Dennis Bennett, Global Enterprise Account Executive, AT&T
Jack Weixel, Head of Service Provider Markets, Google
James Davis, Senior Analyst – Networks & Media, 451 Research
Jared Alfson, Health IT Engineer, Rural Health Telecom
Jon Summers, SVP of Growth Platforms, AT&T
Kent Landry, Senior Solutions Consultant for Managed Services and Cloud, Windstream
Kevin Burke, General Manager, International, BCSG
Mike, Tighe, Executive Director Data Services, Comcast Business
Mike, Sapien, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Services, Ovum
Paul Congdon, Chair of the Wireless and Mobile Working Group, ONF
Raul Mangalindan, Senior Audit Manager, Bell Canada
Richard Dufty, VP of Worldwide Sales and Strategic Partnerships, AppDirect
Steve Augustino, Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Steve Scarlett, Head of Technology, NFV and SDN, NSN
Toby Ford, Assistant Vice President, Information Technology Operations, Strategic Realization, AT&T & Board of Directors, OpenStack Foundation, AT&T
Tom Platt, Commercial Director, BCSG
Adi Mendel, VP Product Management & Marketing, Allot Communications
Arun Rajagopal, Technology Strategy & Architecture Manager, Sprint
Brett Brock, Voice Systems Engineer, Cox Communications
Brian Joe, Manager – Content Planning & Strategy, Verizon
Chris King, Senior Director Product Marketing – Networks & Analytics, Oracle
Chris Liou, Vice President of Network Strategy, Infinera
Donald Keeler, SVP Business Devlopment, Hitachi CTA
Geng Lin, CTO – Corporate Networks, Google
Julius Francis, Director of Product Management – Cloud Applications, BTI Systems
Marian Croak, SVP Domain 2.0 & Advanced Services Deployment, AT&T
Maurizio De Paola, Senior Project Manager – Control Layer Innovation, Telecom Italia
Mike Capuano, Vice President Marketing, Infinera
Mitch Auster, Senior Director Market Development, Ciena
Monica Paolini, Founder and President, Senza Fili Consulting
Ning So, Head of Network Architecture & Mobile Broadband Services, Tata Communications
Omar Baldonado, Manager – Infrastructure Software Engineering, Facebook
Patrick Lopez, Founder & CEO, Core Analysis
Paul Parker-Johnson, Practise Lead – Cloud & Virtual Systems Infrastructure, ACG Research
Shazia Hasnie, Senior Director Network Architecture & Planning, MegaPath
Sriram Natarajan, Senior Researcher, Deutsche Telekom Labs
Stanley Aiyanyor Ogbeide, Senior Network Engineer, iConnect South Africa
Tony Fallows, CEO, Aria Networks
Vijai Karthigesu, Chief Operating Officer, Cloud Dynamics
Vinay Bannai, SDN Architect, eBay
Chris Towery, Manager, High Data Rate Submarine and Terrestrial Fiber, Corning Optical Communications
David Jameson, Sr Product Manager of EMS/NMS Product Lines, Fujitsu
Dhananjay Sampath, Senior Research Scientist, Deutsche Telekom Labs
Jeff Finkelstein, Executive Director- Network Architecture, Cox Communications
Rick Talbot, Principal Analyst Optical Infrastructure, Current Analysis
Rob Adams, VP of Product Management, Transmode
Anuradha Udunuwara, Engineer, Sri Lanka Telecom
Bert Buescher, Director of Technical Sales, North America, Coriant
David Plant, Professor, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McGill University
Dr. Tiejun Xia, System Architect/DMTS, Verizon
Fady Masoud, VP Product and Technical Marketing, Ciena
Gilles Garcia, Director Wired Communication Business Unit, Xilinx
Glenn Wellbrock, Director of Backbone Network Architecture, Verizon
Jimmy Yu, VP of Optical Transport Market Research, Dell’Oro Group
Jon Baldry, Technical Marketing Director/ WDM PON Forum Board Member, Transmode/WDM PON
Mark Lloyd Jones, VP Product Solutions, Xtera
Masahito Tomizawa, Executive Manager, NTT Network Innovation Labs
Mattias Fridstrom, VP & Head of Technology, Teliasonera International Carrier
Mehmet Toy, Distinguished Engineer, Comcast Cable
Michael Freiberger, Senior Network Planner, Verizon
Michael McGarry, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Eng, University of Texas at El Paso
Michael Sabelhaus, Principal, Optical Planning and Marketing, Fujitsu
Michael Strickland, SVP Engineering and Technology, Spread Networks
Nilson Machado, Transport Network-Planning, TIM Brazil
Philippe Perrier, SVP of Product Line Management, Xtera
Rafael Martins, Optical Engineer, Telefonica VIVO Brazil
Roderick Dottin, Project Manager- Fiber & Collocation, Orange
Saurabh Patil, Long-haul Optical Transport Design Engineer, Cox Communications
Steve Pelosi, Head of Optical Business Unit, Fujitsu
Stuart Benington, Director of Cloud & SDN Business Unit, Coriant
Vinay, Rathore, Sr. Director Solutions Marketing, Infinera
Vladimir, Kozlov, Founder & CEO, LightCounting
Weidong, Zhou, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Nanophotonics Lab (NPLAB), University of Texas Arlington

More specifically, speakers will discuss:

AT&T will address the challenges on building brand equity with enterprise IT buyers
Opencast will cast lights on if and where there is room for telco’s to become CSPs
Comcast will provide valuable advice on formulating specialised services and coherent sales strategies
BT Global Services will discuss the key role of the CIO in elevating the importance of the IT department and their role in building company strategy
Nokia Networks will identify methods to harness the power of NFV technology
Google will assist carriers to leverage their existing infrastructure and capabilities
Bell Canada will showcase how to drive enterprise mobility and BYOD in the next generation enterprise
Leading analysts from 451 Research and Windstream will elaborate on successful strategies for telcos to strengthen their position in the cloud market
Kelley Drye & Warren will outline the certification requirements of supplying cloud services to government organisations
BCSG will advise on how to better understand and respond to the needs of your small business customers
AppDirect will explain how to enable and monetize the changing ICT landscape with cloud service brokerage

For more information and to view the event agenda click here.

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*We respect the right of any company to class themselves as a carrier/mobile network operator or enterprise end user customer or prospective customer, but free places are awarded at Informa Telecoms & Media’s discretion.

Harnessing the power of NFV technology, Nokia @ Telco Cloud World Forum North America #telcocloud

2651-248x92-NOKIA_LOGO_RGBNokia is the Visionary Sponsor of the Telco Cloud World Forum North America, taking place in Dallas next month! Focusing on the evolution of Telco Cloud technologies SDN and NFV. Confirmed customer keynotes include AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and Cox Communications.

Steve Scarlett, NAM Head of Technology, NFV and SDN, Nokia Networks, will be speaking on “Harnessing the power of NFV technology,” covering the current status and applicability of NFV technology, identifying the major gaps and how to best resolve them, and taking the next steps towards live network deployments.

For more information: www.northamerica.cloudworldseries.com

Nokia Networks will have a featured speaking spot on the “NFV PoC Session” where real-world case studies on trials taking place will be discussed. Nokia, Sprint and Cox Communications are confirmed for this session.

For more information: www.usa.sdnconference.com

Getting to grips with the rapid development of Network Functions Virtualisation and Software Defined Networks for Telcos

“Harnessing the power of NFV technology”

1407415858-150x153-speakerSteve Scarlett
Head of Technology
NFV and SDN

Nokia Networks @ Telco Cloud World Forum, North America 2014

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Visit: www.northamerica.cloudworldseries.com for more information and to claim your free carrier pass!

AT&T, IBM bring cloud-to-cloud connectivity down to minutes #telcocloud

AT&T Labs, IBM Research and consultancy Applied Communication Sciences (ACS) said this week they have seen the culmination of a project that started out as a hypothetical network study in 2007, resulting in a real-world, proof-of-concept this May.

The technology, co-developed under the US Government’s DARPA CORONET program, aims to bring cloud and data centre interconnectivity into a more dynamic, elastic state, taking cloud-to-cloud setup times down to minutes from days or even weeks.

The shift relies heavily on software defined networking (SDN) developments to create a smart network that AT&T imaginatively calls the User-Defined Network Cloud (UDNC). A key area it will impact is cloud-to-cloud connectivity. As AT&T explained, when using a traditional network model, the connection between clouds is static – meaning it can’t expand or contract based on the need for bandwidth. Moreover it has traditionally been labour-intensive, expensive and time-consuming to set up these cloud-to-cloud connections.

The carrier believes that as the cloud’s potential grows, the networking between the datacentres – or clouds themselves – needs to be similarly dynamic. So, the proof-of-concept technology can set-up a cloud-to-cloud connection in under a minute. “This prototype uses just the right amount of bandwidth, and can enable setup times as short as 40 seconds, compared with the previous setup time of several days,” AT&T said.

Why is this important? The developers use the example of an emergency situation. Imagine a hurricane is headed toward a datacenter. Ideally an operator would quickly provision enough bandwidth to transfer all that data to another datacentre. While not possible before, this proof-of-concept technology makes it achievable. But in the future, the use of flexible, on-demand bandwidth for cloud applications – such as load balancing, remote datacentre backup operation, and elastic workload scaling – will provide major service flexibility and efficiencies for businesses.

Researchers at IBM labs revealed a related development back in December, with a technology that allows for the storing and moving of data across multiple cloud platforms in real time. IBM said the method for dynamic data migration and backup uses a “cloud-of-clouds” approach, a multi-cloud distributed storage system that can link data in over 20 different public and private clouds.

Researchers at the company have developed a software toolkit that lets users drag and drop block or file storage across almost any cloud platform, with little data replication. The development avoids service outages because it can tolerate crashes of any number of clients, using the independence of multiple clouds linked by a distributed storage algorithm to increase overall dependability.

The storage services don’t talk to one another directly but instead go through the cloud service for authentication and storage synchronisation; data is encrypted as it leaves one storage platform and decrypted before reaching the next. If one cloud fails, the back-up immediately responds.

Source: Telecoms.com

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Alcatel, Fujitsu join AT&T’s cloud-focused network architecture effort

Alcatel-Lucent and the networking communications arm of Fujitsu have joined AT&T’s ‘User-Defined Network Cloud’ programme, the telco’s bid to rearchitect its core network in a move that will make it more elastic, scalable, and capable of handling massive volumes of IP-based traffic.

Earlier this year AT&T announced a bold move to embrace software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV) in its core network because of the changes it has foreseen in how customers will use its network.

Underpinning this is the company’s ‘Domain 2.0’ effort, an initiative that sees key vendors like Ericsson and Juniper working with AT&T to develop the underlying technology platform allowing network services and infrastructure to be used, provisioned, and orchestrated like a cloud platform.

As part of the announcement both Alcatel-Lucent and Fujitsu will join in the effort to develop the Domain 2.0 platform.

“The architecture and deployment teams are finalizing their planned introduction of this new architecture, which we expect to roll out later this year and early 2015,” said Tim Harden, president, AT&T Supply Chain.

“We look forward to collaborating with Fujitsu and Alcatel-Lucent to achieve our next-generation network.”

The Domain 2.0 platform is a direct response to both actual and forecast growth in cloud services uptake among AT&T’s customers; legacy networks simply aren’t dynamic, flexible or scalable enough to keep up with the growth in IP-based traffic.

“The rapid growth in IP endpoints requires greater scale and efficiency in handling the number and diversity of devices than we are getting from traditional network solutions. Movement of data to the cloud for use on any device and increasing use of virtual machine models redefines the endpoints and timeframes for provisioning network connections. These drivers require the business of networking to significantly improve the capital efficiency and human operations per unit of business,” the operator said.

“It will allow AT&T and our customers to share a common pool of resources (& CAPEX) and to use those resources in order to compose network capabilities and services on-demand, with elasticity, and driven with orchestration techniques similar to those seen managing the workloads in cloud datacentres.”

AT&T said other benefits associated with its network overhaul include better utilisation of physical assets, more flexibility with customers, greater access to a wider range of suppliers and open source technologies

Written by Business Cloud News

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According to research, IT Practitioners don’t seem to understand SDN yet.

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