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Telefonica, Cyan, and Partners Take an Important Step Forward for NFV at MWC 2015

OpenStack and other CMSs such as VMware and CloudStack fall into the virtualized infrastructure manager (VIM) category of the ETSI Network Function Virtualization (NFV) framework. This framework is one of the methods for providing structure around a multi-component and multi-vendor approach to bringing modern day IT solutions to the carrier world.

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2015: The Year of the NFV Orchestrator

PoCs and trials teach all of us important lessons. Should VNF placement be centralized or distributed? What role does OpenStack play vs. the orchestrator? What is the commercialization model? Why is deterministic placement important for VNF performance? At the end of the day, those of us in the trenches are learning quite a bit from these engagements with operators and other vendors.

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The Internet Will Disappear

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday (January 22, 2015) said, “… the Internet will disappear …” – so much for sound bites. What Schmidt is really saying is that the Internet will be omnipresent. People will no longer need to think about physically connecting devices to or even building out networks. The network will be so prevalent and so much a part of everything we do that we won’t even consciously need to think about the network. Yes, this is a bold statement for sure. But, as we move into an era of an Internet of Things (IoT), at some time in the not too distant future we might just see the Internet “disappear.”

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SDN, NFV and Swivel-Chairs

Coming right on the heels of the SDN revolution, NFV was the catalyst that pushed network transformation past escape velocity. There’s no stopping the movement now. Worldwide, operators are redrawing networks, migrating technologies, overhauling operational procedures and racing to build software-driven networks and service-centric architectures.

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What is "Open"?

The topic of the panel was “Building an ecosystem around open platforms for NFV”. But the discussion covered more than the ecosystem aspect and went further to analyze what it means to be open, why it is important for NFV and SDN, the role of standards and open-source solutions and what the industry should do to promote a multi-vendor and open ecosystem.

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Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk

The Cisco ASR and MX platforms are some of the most widely deployed data center and router hardware platforms in the industry, which is reason enough. But beyond that and more important to us, is the fact that customers have been asking us to integrate these platforms into Blue Planet. That says something important to us about the current state of WAN SDN offerings from legacy vendors, specifically that they aren’t capable of providing Blue Planet-like functionality and customers know it.

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Quantifying The Value of Faster

One of the practical rebuttals against carrier SDN is that most customers will not pay materially more for dynamically provisioned services or dynamically increased service capacity. This is true if there’s no perceived difference in cost or value. But the cloud services market has already proven and established that dynamic, pay-as-you-go infrastructure can be very valuable and lucrative as a business model when it replaces a model that was less efficient and cost effective.

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The Future of Internet 2014: Defining Software Defined Networks

There’s a real-consensus building over what needs to happen to drive service provider network transformation. It’s not a question of what, but when and this is evidenced by the massive number of trials and PoCs going on now to validate and test network virtualization and automation technologies.

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Cyan Launches Planet Orchestrate: One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Network Operators

The concept of common off the shelf (COTS) compute that can be placed anywhere (central Data Center, PoP, CO or customer premise) provides an opportunity for service providers. Software-based control of COTS infrastructure can reduce costs, add value to existing services, and assist service providers with reducing the commoditization of network services. How? Well, by now, we’re all familiar with the concept of Software-defined networking (SDN).

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The Rise of NFV-Enabled Ethernet

In the past, we’ve spent some time explaining what we believe is the first great use case for carrier SDN. Well, let’s continue that discussion with the first great use case for NFV. Driven by global customer interest and the multi-domain orchestration capability of Cyan’s Blue Planet, we’re proud to introduce the concept of NFV-enabled Ethernet. And we believe it’s critical to the future growth of service provider revenue streams on existing network services.

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