Prayson Pate

Continued Growth Requires Consistent Service at all Customer Locations

Jan 8, 2015 by Prayson Pate

Overture CTO, Prayson Pate

TelePacific has achieved 51 consecutive quarters of growth.  How were they able to do this, and how will they continue going forward?  To find out, I had a discussion with Dave Zahn, who is SVP of Marketing at TelePacific.  Dave recently shared some insights with me on the TelePacific strategy and infrastructure that lets them deliver consistent services to all locations. I found these to be interesting, so I am sharing them with you.


NFV Plus SDN Equals Dynamism

Nov 11, 2014 by Prayson Pate

Overture CTO, Prayson Pate

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) combine to create dynamic virtualized services.  There are obvious cost and time benefits, but there are also complexities.  One such complexity is gaining insight into service performance when the service and its supporting network can both change independently.


Network Functions Virtualization: Don’t Fence Me In

Oct 22, 2014 by Prayson Pate

Overture CTO, Prayson Pate

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) offers the promise of reducing cost and increasing innovation by bringing the power of the cloud to the network.  One aspect of NFV is the decoupling and separation of hardware and software, and separation of functions from appliances.  Why discard the power of separation by keeping the virtualized functions fenced inside a data center?


Tags: NFV, 65vSE, vCPE

NFV Performance and Security

Sep 3, 2014 by Prayson Pate

Overture CTO, Prayson Pate

There are a number of obvious cost and efficiency benefits of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), but there are also open questions on potential pitfalls.  Can an NFV system meet Communication Service Provider (CSP) requirements for performance and security?  As it turns out, the answer can be yes.  Furthermore, the design requirements for assuring performance and security are closely related.  What are those design requirements?

This blog includes contributions from Ian Miller.

Masergy puts Dynamic Service Management in the Palm of Customers' Hands

Jul 14, 2014 by Prayson Pate

Overture CTO, Prayson Pate

Masergy is a global service provider that is taking some really interesting steps to empower their customers – including not only a web portal but also a smartphone app that provides real-time control of services!

Bridging the Fiber Gap

Jun 30, 2014 by Prayson Pate

Overture CTO, Prayson Pate

Fiber is the clear choice for delivering innovative high-speed services at the edge of the network, and the amount of deployed fiber continues to grow.  However, the availability of business access to fiber remains relatively low and even lower for residential areas.  In both cases, the cost of new fiber construction is high.  How do we close the gap between the need for high speed access and the limitations of deploying fiber?

Cost Cutting is Not Enough

Jun 16, 2014 by Prayson Pate

Overture CTO, Prayson Pate

One of the big drivers for Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is reducing CapEx and OpEx.  While attractive and perhaps necessary, cost cutting is not enough to take Communications Service Providers (CSPs) forward.  They need the ability to rapidly develop new wireline services that will drive revenue growth.


Follow the Money – How Use Cases Drive Innovation

Apr 7, 2014 by Prayson Pate

Overture CTO, Prayson Pate

I have previously written about how successful innovation is driven by three factors:

  • A customer problem or opportunity
  • Domain knowledge
  • Advances in technology

This blog will dig deeper into the first item: a customer problem or opportunity.  Why is that critical to innovation?  Because that’s what people will pay for.  Here we explore the two categories of real world use cases that represent important elements on any company’s balance sheet: saving money and making money.


An Update on Pet Neutrality

Apr 1, 2014 by Prayson Pate

Overture CTO, Prayson Pate

A recent court ruling has generally been seen as a blow to the FCC’s Pet Neutrality rules.  What are the details behind the headlines?  This blog sheds some light (if not hair) on these issues.




Delivering the Transition to the Cloud – Lessons for CSPs

Mar 31, 2014 by Prayson Pate

Overture CTO, Prayson Pate

I recently had a chat with Russell Fleischer, CEO of HighJump Software, which is a provider of supply chain management software.  HighJump started with traditional onsite approach to software solutions, but has since moved to the cloud.  HighJump’s Chuck Fuerst describes some of the “Benefits Of Cloud In Logistics” in the December 2013 issues of CIO Review, including flexibility, pay-as-you-go, TCO, incremental features and security.  I asked Russell Fleischer about how HighJump uses the cloud to deliver these benefits.  This blog will describe his thoughts, and will also suggest that the lessons learned by HighJump also apply to Communications Service Providers (CSPs).