As the editors recap Light Reading's event series on network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN), technologies like 5G and edge computing arrive just in time to hurry the industry along its path to more modern networks and add plenty of drama.
Light Reading editors Mitch Wagner, Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey gathered to empty their notebooks and recap the NV & SDN event at the Dallas Marriott Las Colinas.
Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser discusses the world of SD-WAN, why there are so many vendors and whether enterprise 'white glove' services are handled by butlers.
A collaboration between the industry's largest trade group of mobile network operators and the preeminent open source consortium is aiming to simplify and harmonize dozens of NFVi efforts.
Security firm reveals an ongoing global attack against telecommunications providers that has been active since at least 2017 and involves a group believed to be working on behalf of the Chinese government.
Despite analyst skepticism, Dish executives continue to argue that the company will be able to make a splash with a new, nationwide 5G network. And Japan's Rakuten appears to offer some evidence to support those claims.
CEO Ray Pasquale isn't in the VoIP business to lower the price of phone calls. He wants to give small businesses everything they need to know – from network analytics to pizza topping preferences – on one screen.
AT&T's new mobile 5G network 'is our first deployment where we can really say that 5G was born in the cloud,' explained AT&T's Alicia Abella.
How MEF's work impacts telco businesses, SD-WAN and digital transformation, from the perspectives of AT&T, PCCW and Verizon.
New project jointly funded by NSF and industry consortium brings the power of profiles and fast instantiation to testing of massive software projects.
Real-world experience using live networks in MEF proofs-of-concept is allowing operator members to shape technical specs faster.
Pascal Menezes says defining key APIs between carriers and setting SD-WAN standards is MEF's way of helping drive automation and digital transformation process.
Zero-touch provisioning and plug-and-play are still buzzwords where SD-WAN is concerned, but not reality, says VSG's Erin Dunne.
Orange Business Services is working with several vendors to develop multivendor SD-WAN expertise and counting on MEF application programming interfaces and definitions for SD-WAN to enable a single portal for its SD-WAN offering, says Franck Morales, vice president of marketing of connectivity services for Orange Business Services. In addition, its SD-WAN service will be built on four other pillars: native cloud connectivity, best-of-breed security, global services and future-proof solution.
Also, for the first time the vendor is directly sourcing OpenStack from its open source community instead of using RedHat's version.
SD-WAN is changing the way customers think about networking, from just routing packets appropriately to looking at application flows, and determining the best approach for each application, says Roman Pacewicz, chief product officer for AT&T.
Enterprises are shifting to a carrier-managed version of SD-WAN, with only about a quarter of companies preferring a DIY approach, says Roopa Honnachari, industry director, business services and cloud computing for Frost & Sullivan's ICT practice.
Almost four years into building its pan-European cloud, DT is 'very close' to finishing the infrastructure and is rolling out cloud-based multivendor apps.
Satya Parimi of Spectrum Enterprise, says managed SD-WAN services are coming shortly following trials that revealed the complexity of deploying this new service.
Service providers need to broaden their view of what uCPE can offer to include not just VNFs but virtual functions that support basic IT.