Mark Durrett

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 poses 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. 

Fail Fast – a new Telco Mindset?

Aug 6, 2013 by Mark Durrett

My first encounter with the term “fail fast” came in 1999 as I was raising venture capital money for the company that would eventually become Hatteras Networks.  Venture capitalists, of course, invest millions of dollars in a number of deals in the hope that one or more will reach an exit (liquidity event) that nets the investors at least a 10x return.  Now, if a company is not going to become wildly successful, the investors want to know very quickly so they don’t continue to invest round after round of cash only to see it all vanish when the company eventually fails.  In this context, the “fail fast” would save the investor lots of money and heartburn.

Ethernet Looks at 40

Jun 3, 2013 by Mark Durrett

Last week I attended the 40th anniversary celebration of Ethernet at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.  In this article, I offer a few highlights and several photos from this memorable event. 


Observations from Comptel PLUS Spring 2013 in Las Vegas this Week

Mar 14, 2013 by Mark Durrett

Note: this article was adapted from one originally published in Carrier Ethernet News

COMPTEL PLUS, the annual gathering of competitive carriers and their ecosystem, took place this week in Las Vegas at the Aria Resort and Casino.  As is usually the case at this well-orchestrated event, there were ample opportunities for networking and education on topics ranging from regulatory issues facing the carriers to Carrier Ethernet and Software Defined Networking.

Observations from Metro Connect 2013 in Miami this Week

Feb 21, 2013 by Mark Durrett

For 13 years, Capacity Media has hosted the wholesale carrier conference Metro Connect in Miami.  This event brings together the most senior executives from leading US service providers, and every year proves to be a fabulous forum for the big ideas in telecom. The following is a loose compilation of my observations:

Ethernet over Copper: Five Benefits for Business Services

Sep 10, 2012 by Mark Durrett

[This article originally appeared in a FierceTelecom eBook]

Today’s business applications depend on IP and Ethernet protocols, and Carrier Ethernet has emerged as the wide area network (WAN) technology of choice for enterprise access. Whether used for dedicated Internet access, connections to private cloud applications or virtual private networks, Carrier Ethernet promises an efficient, simple, scalable and cost-effective solution.  Vertical Systems Group projects worldwide Ethernet for business applications will grow at a compound annual growth rate of over 18% through 2015.