Posts tagged ‘NFV’

Telco Cloud: IT News, Trends and Predictions for 2015 #telcocloud

Telco Cloud. 
28-29 April 2015
Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Ovum reveals telcos must invest in the flexibility and agility of their IT estates in 2015

The telecoms industry is showing signs of recovery due to the positive economic scenario, and telecoms will be one of the top industries for IT spending in the next 12–18 months, according to global analyst firm Ovum.

Based on Ovum’s latest Telco IT Trends to Watch report*, telco IT budgets are on the rise, with a lot of investment directed at either optimizing network assets and infrastructure or improving service quality and the customer experience.

Trends to watch for telco IT in 2015:

A brighter economic outlook and voracious demand for high-quality content and services on smart devices has renewed telco interest in the value they provide from a customer perspective and the quality of the customer experience.
Omni-channel engagements will inform investment in CRM strategies for sales, marketing, and operations. Relevance and content of services, packages, and customer care will be a differentiator.
Outsourcing engagements between telcos and IT service providers will intensify.

Read more

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Telco Cloud 2015 Outlook

Analyst Opinion By DIMITRIS MAVRAKIS

WHAT ARE THE KEY DRIVERS/OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS THAT ARE CONSIDERING NFV? CONVERSELY, WHAT ARE THE KEY CHALLENGES?

The biggest opportunity driving CSPs to adopt NFV or SDN is the ability to operate a more efficient and cost-effective network. Also, NFV and SDN make it much easier and faster to create and deliver services. The biggest argument for NFV is that it enables network components to make the transition from hardware to software. In other words, components now run on commoditized hardware platforms that might even be in the data center (standard computing platforms or COTS equipment).

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL Q+A

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

CompTIAs 5th Annual Trends in Cloud Computing

In the five years that CompTIA has been studying cloud computing, the topic has shifted from a potential game-changer to an essential ingredient of modern IT. IDC estimates the public cloud market to have reached $45.7 billion in 2013, and they expect it to grow at 23% CAGR through 2018. On the private cloud side, IDC estimates that worldwide spending on hosted private cloud services will surpass $24 billion by 2016…

READ MORE .
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Cisco throws its hat back into the enterprise collaboration ring

CISCO, Telco Cloud Forum’s Principal Sponsor is working on a new offering for the enterprise collaboration market: Project Squared – a mobile-first, virtual meeting room for teams. Project Squared is still an early work in progress, but the vendor is hoping that customers will like what they see and not defect to the likes of Microsoft, Google, or Citrix, all of whom have competing offerings in the realtime communication and collaboration market. The offering is delivered by the Cisco Collaboration Cloud.

READ MORE.

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Industry News

Verizon has promised rolling upgrades to its cloud platform that don’t impose downtime or require customer intervention following the latest update period, which lasted nearly two days.

(more…)

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.

(more…)

Ericsson buys Sentilla to bolster cloud management, analytics capabilities #telco cloud

Source: Business Cloud News

Swedish networking incumbent Ericsson has acquired Sentilla, a California-based provider of datacentre infrastructure management and visibility software, for an undisclosed sum. Ericsson said the move will create new revenue opportunities in the enterprise segment.

Following the acquisition Sentilla, which was founded in 2003 and provides real-time infrastructure monitoring capabilities and analytics for multi-vendor datacentre environments, will be folded into the company’s business unit support solutions division.

Ericsson said it intends to combine Sentilla’s monitoring and analytics technology with its cloud management and automation platform, which will expand its managed IT service capabilities and its appeal outside the telco vertical.

“As more businesses leverage mobility and cloud-based applications, the unique combination of automation and just-in-time intelligence that we can provide enables necessary agility and responsiveness. As a result, Ericsson helps drive increased operational and financial efficiency,” said Elisabetta Romano, vice president and head of OSS and service enablement, business unit support solutions at Ericsson.

“By combining our capabilities with key Ericsson offerings, we can support dynamic optimization of workloads across physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures, including constantly changing data centre environments,” said Mike Kaul, chief executive officer of Sentilla.

“This functionality is imperative for service providers that want to continue to deliver a compelling enterprise offering,” Kaul added.

The acquisition is likely to give Ericsson a leg up on one of its key competitors in the enterprise segment, Cisco, which in August began offering a monitoring tool for UCS (Performance Manager) – though it only really works for the Cisco stack.

Ericsson has for the past year aggressively targeted cloud initiatives, including strong increases in cloud-related research and development spending, and a greater focus on rolling out both cloud-enablement technologies and cloud-based services.

The company recently bought a majority stake in Apcera, a US-based startup providing multi-workload deployment and management platform as a service, and is also working with a number of telcos to help rollout software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV).

Telefónica Group CIO: Using cloud to regain ground lost to OTT players #telcocloud

Source: Buisness Cloud News

With operations in 24 countries, over 120,000 employees globally, Telefónica Group, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, is looking to put at IT at the core of everything that it does in order to compete globally in an industry currently in the throes of a digital revolution. Phil Jordan, group chief information officer at Telefónica tells BCN that cloud is at the centre of how the company plans to regain terrain lost to over-the-top (OTT) players, make its core mobile and fixed line operations more flexible and scalable, and enable it to provide next generation digital services.

“IT is a strategic differentiator for the company, but it hasn’t always been perceived that way, even when I became CIO,” says Jordan, who took up his current role at Telefónica in 2011. Context, he says, is essential to understanding why this perception proliferated within the company and throughout the telecoms sector more broadly, and why the operator is currently spearheading so many new digital initiatives.

“We’re a business operating in an industry that failed to innovate fast enough, which has probably created the opportunity for the Vibers and the WhatsApps of the world, and I think we’ve failed to innovate in our own product because, like a lot of businesses, we felt we didn’t need to because we were making lots of money,” he explains. “You get complacent.”

The situation is cause for concern, not just at Telefónica but for most telcos, which could be losing up to $386bn cumulatively by 2018 to OTT players like Skype and WhatsApp according to research and consulting firm Ovum.

It is within this context that Telefónica has sought to become more digital, an effort complicated by its continued growth and a series of acquisitions. As one of the biggest and oldest telcos with lots of fixed line heritage, it has accumulated a very complex IT systems landscape over the years, which Jordan says the company is constantly trying to simplify.

“One of our big challenges as a federation of separate businesses is that we have to remove complexity. We’ve managed to overcomplicate the industry, our business, and our internal systems over the last 20 years,” he says.

But the biggest challenge, he explains, is inextricably linked to what Jordan believes is the biggest opportunity for the operator: data.

“We’ve always had a tremendous amount of data, we’ve always been a big data company, but how do you derive insights from the data? Because of systems fragmentation, we’ve struggled to derive real insight and particularly global insight through the use of data. Getting a 360 degree view of our customers is actually a much bigger challenge for us than working out how to leverage analytics and big data systems.”

Driving core platforms and systems change at Telefónica

Because of the way the industry grew, Jordan explains, the lack of recognition in how important IT was moving forward, “we’ve ended up with such fragmented systems that they don’t really lend themselves well to forming that 360 degree customer view. But that’s a problem because data is the new battleground and the future differentiator for our industry.”

“We’ve gone from having almost 7,000 systems three years ago, down to 4,200 now, so we’re slowly simplifying our estate.”

The company’s SaaS and virtualisation strategies are central to this process. Telefónica is a large user of Office 365, SAP SuccessFactors and Salesforce among other big name cloud services. It deploys these services from a private cloud platform hosted in its massive datacentre in Spain, which at a whopping 65,700 m2 is one of the largest in Europe, dwarfed only by Portugal Telecom’s recently announced Covilha datacentre.

By centralising these services the company is able to leverage its cloud platform and generate operational efficiencies through a shared services approach, while ensuring local standards and businesses processes can be maintained where necessary, and by purchasing commoditised solutions off-the-shelf the company has enjoyed significant cost benefits.

The operator has also virtualised a number of its internal platforms, which allows the company to sweat its existing assets and make its datacentre resources more scalable and flexible.

By the end of this year Jordan’s team will have virtualised about 40 per cent of the group’s IT servers, and the company is now taking this approach to the most mission-critical system of all – the core network, through network function virtualisation (NFV). Along with global CTO Enrique Blanco and his team the company is working on a proof of concept for a virtual radio access network (vRAN). Work on a virtual Evolved Packet Core, vIMS, vDNS and vDHCP is also set to conclude this year as the operator looks to virtualise 30 per cent of all new infrastructure by 2016.

Virtualising these system will allow Telefónica to deploy network assets in a way that allows them to be managed centrally and deployed globally, while making them more flexible, scalable and less expensive to acquire and maintain than legacy networking hardware.

The operator has taken a slightly different approach with its business support and operational support systems. Telefónica recognises the need to transform BSS and OSS in order to have these digital capabilities and a foundation for the future. But it’s not consolidating these systems or putting one BSS or OSS across the group because it’s just not practical or doable across many group companies, Jordan explains.

“We are doing greenfield BSS implementations in 14 separate countries at the moment, so we’ve accelerated beyond belief in pace and the urgency, and these are with the same standard processes and architecture, using three different vendors, heavily based on standards and reused on processes. So core BSS and OSS processes reused country to country, in clusters of the same technology.”

The company’s multimillion dollar investment into its global BSS overhaul has as much to do with eliminating data systems fragmentation and simplifying the back-end of the services it offers as much as driving digital engagement with customers and readying itself for the company’s future, which Jordan says increasingly sees digital services at its core.

“We must become more digital in our interactions with our customers. The new generation of Telefónica customers don’t engage with us in the way they used to. Online is an important channel for us but a ‘digital only’ channel experience needs to be created in all the countries we operate in.”

But Jordan says this is part of a broader strategy to drive digital services – particularly platform-based services – within Telefónica, and as a key component of its market offerings.

“I don’t think we’ll ever be able to innovate as fast as the model that now exists around the internet and around the digital world, so adopting an open platform that innovators and entrepreneurs want to base their applications and their services on, and provide capabilities to innovate with, is central to where we want to go, and becoming a platform business, offering platform as a service, is a key element to our future.”

View the full article here!

telco-cloud-na-160x90

Nokia: open standards essential for NFV #Telcocloud

Nokia Networks has claimed the launch of the first commercial Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) solution, due to bring the power of cloud computing to telecoms grade services, such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE).

The Finnish infrastructure vendor has confirmed that the solution has already gained support from a major (unnamed) operator, and is scheduled to launch the live service by the end of 2014. Nokia claims it is the first ETSI NFV architecture specification-compliant solution to be announced.

NFV has gained significant momentum since first being formed in 2012 by a core of the industry’s leading operators. Increased agility and flexibility, reduced Capex and Opex, and reduced network complexity were the early promises.

Michael Clever, Senior Vice President of Core at Nokia Networks, is pleased to see the vision edge nearer to reality. “The prime motivations for operators to move to the telco cloud are business agility and network flexibility. We are making 2014 the year in which these benefits become reality for operators”, he said.

Alongside the announcement, Nokia also unveiled their orchestration offering for the NFV environment, Cloud Network Director. The orchestrator is designed to automatically deploy, configure, optimise and repair virtualised network functions (VNFs) to simplify service roll-out for network operators.

Speaking to Telecoms.com Phil Twist, who is the Head of Portfolio Marketing at Nokia Networks, believes that the openness is an unavoidable trend, which the vendor community must embrace, citing the success of 3G and LTE standards.

“We are pushing to have open standards in place, so that if an operator chooses to have different components from different vendors, they can,” he said. “What we’re avoiding is a closed market where once you’ve bought from one vendor, you have to buy everything from that vendor because other interfaces don’t match. One of the reasons that 3G and LTE have been so successful is because there are the 3GPP standards which everyone conforms to. You can do different things on top of those standards, but you know that underneath it you will have the right interfaces.”

Twist feels that the industry is now at a stage of technological development to support the movement towards an open-ecosystem and NFV approach. “It’s a progressive migration, and it’s happening now because data centre platforms have reached the performance and cost level where you don’t need to customise platforms to be able to deliver the applications you used to,” he said. “The next Moore’s law separation has yielded platforms which have the performance and scalability to make this logical.”

Cloud Network Director, and the orchestration layer over VNFs in the telco network, is a forward thinking initiative. “The orchestration layer is the part which specifies the capacity or configuration of the software and hardware building blocks in a virtualised solution,” said Twist. “That is not yet standardised or in commercial use in a telco environment because it’s not necessary yet. In 2015 or 2016 when Cloud becomes the norm, then it probably will be.”

In a busy week for announcements, Nokia also introduced an advanced content delivery solution, intended to extend content delivery network capabilities to the base station. The Liquid Applications solution will reduce pressure on network infrastructure by locally hosting frequently accessed content, thus shortening the journey of data through the network.

Source: Buissness Cloud News

BZ_VrogCIAEpVoz

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

Download the agenda today!

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

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

SE-468x60

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

However, all evidence highlights that enterprises must take the opportunity to manage the speed of change made possible by the virtualisation of other data centre resources and provide the perfect complement to cloud computing.

Recognising the unity between network virtualisation, cloud and enterprises, the Cloud World Series is pleased to bring the timely Software Defined Enterprise Forum.

Confronting the difficulties Enterprise IT experts and vendors face when grasping the SDN momentum, the two day conference agenda brings key case studies and best practice from those already ahead of the Software Defined Networking, Storage and Datacenter game!

Download the latest agenda here.

Tag Cloud

%d bloggers like this: