Scott Knox

Open Service Architecture – the solution to ‘Not another EMS…’

Oct 21, 2013 by Scott Knox

Scott Knox - Director of Solutions DevelopmentService providers have a love-hate relationship with traditional vendor-proprietary EMS (Element Management Systems).  The relationship starts off OK – the EMS provides needed tools to manage a growing network of elements for fault management, inventory management, software backups and some aspects of configuration.  But as the network scales and the services evolve, the vendor-proprietary EMS becomes a bottleneck for growth, service agility and evolution.

Notes from Ethernet Europe - Carrier Ethernet 2.0, SDN, NFV, Cloud Convergence

Apr 30, 2013 by Scott Knox

The theme of the recent Ethernet Europe 2013 - held in Frankfurt, Germany - was “SDN, CE2.0 and Cloud Convergence.”  In our busy, multi-tasking world, it seems the trend is to extend that frenzy to industry conferences as well.  This annual Light Reading conference was co-located with the MEF's quarterly face-to-face meeting.  Holding conference sessions on cloud convergence and CE2.0 in one session while right next door, the MEF technologists were hammering out the latest details of the next generation of specifications created an energetic vibe and opportunities to network during the breaks.  Nan Chen from the MEF provided good-natured jabs aimed at the hype surrounding Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) before hinting at a forthcoming announcement from the MEF around cloud services.  In hallway discussions between sessions, the audiences seemed to agree that Chen's foreshadowing was focused on the MEF work on new Carrier Ethernet features designed to make it easier to implement and manage dynamic capacity services. 

Carrier Ethernet Service Providers Happy about a Cloudy Forecast

Mar 15, 2011 by Scott Knox

The virtualized services model of cloud computing has significant implications on today’s network, and how it is evolving into the network of tomorrow. The network impact of cloud computing is in fact so significant that any discussion on cloud computing should also include cloud networking because, without the network, there could be no cloud.

The business case for 10GigE mobile backhaul

Jan 13, 2011 by Scott Knox

In my previous article on this topic, I reviewed the industry projections forecasting mobile backhaul bandwidth requirements of 200Mb-300Mb per cell site for large urban sites by 2015.  And I

Does mobile backhaul require 10GigE?

Dec 9, 2010 by Scott Knox

The industry press is full of headlines about the hundreds of megabits required for 3G and 4G services.

G.8032 is Spot on for Carrier Ethernet

Jul 6, 2010 by Scott Knox

There are a number of things that service providers like about SONET/SDH.  They like the 50ms protection switching, deterministic performance even when the ring is fully loaded and five-9&rsq