Mark Durrett

Tales from the Field: SDN and NFV

Jul 7, 2014 by Mark Durrett

Overture Mark Durrett

“SDN” and “NFV” are on the tips of everyone’s tongues these days. With so much buzz  and confusion, we wanted to get the straight scoop from those who are closest to the action – our team of in-house experts who help Overture’s customers to successfully navigate these evolving technology developments on a daily basis.

So I spoke with Danny Fuston, Vice President of Sales, US East; Erik Kempen, director of sales engineering; Fernando Nunez Orantes, sales director; and Marc Suarez, senior sales engineer to get a sense of what’s happening in the field.

65vSE: Successful Unveiling at BTE

Jun 25, 2014 by Mark Durrett

Overture Mark DurrettLast week Overture participated in Light Reading’s Big Telecom Event, or “BTE,” in Chicago, IL. The event drew 1500 people for its inaugural edition, billed as North America’s premier telecom event. Any first time effort will have its challenges but overall, this was a great event for Overture and, I believe, for the industry.

Overture is now on SlideShare

Jun 9, 2014 by Mark Durrett

Overture Mark DurrettOverture has added another arrow to its social media quiver – SlideShare, a social media outlet about business and visibility and educating industry. We invite you to follow us on SlideShare where Overture will continue its mandate to help educate, progress, and grow the telecommunications industry.

Tags: Social Media
Category: Overture Update

SDN: Breaking it Down

Jun 2, 2014 by Mark Durrett

Although the breakthroughs in virtualization and automation originated in the cloud datacenter environment, service providers and network operators will clearly benefit from the programmability offered by Software-Defined Networking (SDN). This is the crux of the white paper SDN Enables Virtualization and Automation authored by Overture Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, R&D Prayson Pate.

Tags: TIA, events, SDN
Category: Overture Update

Network Functions Virtualization is Poised to Drive Innovation and Change in the Metro Service Edge

Apr 21, 2014 by Mark Durrett

Overture Mark DurrettCommunications service providers (CSPs) have begun actively evaluating network functions virtualization, or NFV, as a way to reduce costs and accelerate service innovation.  NFV represents a bold step towards software-defined services and programmable networks, and one that will impact all aspects of the communications industry for years to come.

NOTE: This article originally appeared under the title of "Network Functions Virtualization - it's Here" in OSP Magazine.

Heartbleed - Overture Impact

Apr 14, 2014 by Mark Durrett

Due to the recently discovered Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL, Overture has performed an audit of its externally facing portals and released product offerings.  Overture has determined that none of these systems uses the affected version of OpenSSL.  Therefore, interaction with Overture and its products should pose no exposure to this vulnerability.

Accelerating Wholesale Carrier Ethernet: 4 Success Factors

Mar 24, 2014 by Mark Durrett

Note: this article originally appeared in the Comptel Plus Show Daily, March 18, 2014.

As Ethernet services have grown in popularity, communications service providers (CSPs) are coming to terms with the fact that, in order to deliver this popular offering to multi-site enterprise customers, they must partner with other operators to expand their service footprint and reach.  This has resulted in a red-hot wholesale market for Carrier Ethernet which has surpassed Frost & Sullivan’s predicted growth rates with rising demand for Ethernet both for mobile backhaul (tower/cell site access) and aggregation. Heavy Reading expects this trend to continue into the foreseeable future.

Sometimes focusing on a few overlooked little things makes all the difference

Feb 25, 2014 by Mark Durrett

In business, we are always looking for the proverbial "silver bullet" - a unique capability that no one else has - that gives us a competitive advantage in the market place. Often this comes from a deep understanding of a customer's challenge and a will to think differently. To innovate. And, sometimes it's just dumb luck. Our CTO, Prayson Pate, can really wax poetic on innovation. In fact, you can read his latest thoughts on innovation in a recent Overtones blog post here.

This morning, we announced that Global Capacity – a US-based communications service provider – selected the Overture 6500 for their growing Ethernet service offering. You can read the press release on our website here.

Overture and CloudNFV joined by Telefonica and Sprint in first ETSI NFV Proof of Concept

Dec 16, 2013 by Mark Durrett

Great news on the Network Functions Virtualization front.

You may have read this morning that CloudNFV – the group of vendors Overture joined forces with on NFV – received notification that our proof of concept submission to ETSI was accepted.  There are a couple of public articles that have been published today. We expect to see more later today.

5 Reasons why the Central Office will House the New Telco Cloud

Nov 6, 2013 by Mark Durrett

Overture's D. Mark DurrettI've looked at clouds from both sides now. From up and down, and still somehow it's cloud illusions I recall. I really don't know clouds at all. – Joni Mitchell

That classic 1960s Joni Mitchell song – “Both Sides Now” – often played in my home when I was growing up.  And it frequently pops in my head when I reflect on the complex relationship that telecom operators (a.k.a. Communications Service Providers, or CSPs) have with “the cloud.”  Truth be told, there are many more than two sides to this cloud relationship, but the two I’d like you to consider are the following: a) the cloud as a threat to the traditional telco business model and b) cloud technology as an opportunity.