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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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Last Week’s SDN and OpenFlow APAC Congress

SDN has come a long way in a very short time. We are seeing amazing innovation and beginning to see real deployments. Pacnet, KVH and Tencent are great proof points of companies using SDN deliver services and build networks that would otherwise be impossible.

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APIs, Awards, and Collaborations

Blue Planet was recognized as the “SDN Technology of the Year” at the Informa Network Virtualization and SDN World Conference in London.

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KVH's New SDN-enabled Ethernet Service: etherXEN

If you listen to the pundits and incumbent hardware vendors, they will tell you that SDN and it’s use in the network is years away, because “the network is too complex to virtualize or orchestrate.” KVH has proven otherwise.

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An Orchestration Primer for Network Operators

Orchestration is about leveraging a dynamic and distributed network and resource fabric to deliver services, connectivity, and applications to users, on-demand, and tailored to the scale specified. Orchestration brings together service-provider, cloud infrastructure and end-users together – in concert.

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Is Carrier Ethernet Enough When Flying Through Clouds?

We know that Carrier Ethernet delivers both high-performance connectivity across the WAN and scalable, standardized, highly-reliable services with QoS and service management. As a result, Carrier Ethernet is the service of choice for many applications including enterprise business connectivity, content distribution, video, wireless backhaul, financial services, and more. But, as the network transforms to meet the world of mega data centers and cloud services, a question comes to mind. Is Carrier Ethernet enough?

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The First Great Use Case for Carrier SDN

Despite the industry focus over the past year being predominantly around the transformation of networks through virtualization (SDN and NFV), one of the primary challenges facing network operators today that can be solved with software-control has nothing to do with virtualization but rather something far less exciting; service automation and orchestration.

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NFV#5: Birthday Parties, High-speed Trains, and Small Plates of Virtualization

The ETSI NFV ISG celebrated its first birthday yesterday here in Malaga. The NFV working groups have gathered here in beautiful southern Spain for NFV#5 to continue moving the specifications forward, aligning the work across the various working groups and to begin discussions on the evolution of the ETSI NFV ISG.

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The MWC NFV Orchestration Demo: How It Works

Network Function Virtualization (NFV) helps operators run network functions on standard volume COTS hardware instead of purpose built hardware and leverages standard IT virtualization and cloud technologies to reduce total cost of operation and increase the service innovation and scale.

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Embracing Innovation

I’m writing this on the long trip home to California from Singapore, where Cyan had participated in the 6th annual Carrier Ethernet APAC Conference – the largest Ethernet event in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. This year the show was also co-located with “SDN & NFV Asia”, a new event highlighting the exciting opportunities that software-defined networking and network functions virtualization present to regional network operators. As most of us have noticed over the past year, it’s a growing trend for telecom-related conferences to add an emphasis on SDN/NFV in order to capitalize on the intense interest surrounding these disruptive, rapidly emerging technologies.

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