Industry Commentary

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).

 

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.

Behind the Scenes at NFV#5 in Malaga

Feb 25, 2014 by Prayson Pate

Overture CTO, Prayson PateThe European industry body ETSI Industry Study Group (ISG) has been working on Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) for a year now.  That anniversary was marked by the recent NFV#5 meeting in Malaga, Spain.  Here are a few notes from that meeting.

Meeting Locale

Malaga is in the southwest part of Spain and is not far from Gibraltar.  Several of the attendees took advantage of this fact to participate in pre-meeting day trips down to Gibraltar.  The town of Malaga itself is very pleasant and has a large section of shops and restaurants that make for a pleasant evening stroll and eating adventure. 

SDN and Automation

Feb 3, 2014 by Prayson Pate

One of the most powerful aspects of Software Defined Networking (SDN) is its potential to facilitate automation. Rapid and mechanized updates to network behavior and configuration produces not only faster time to service, but faster creation of new services.

 

 

 

Innovation: 3 Key Elements for Success

Jan 23, 2014 by Prayson Pate

Overture CTO Prayson PateWhen discussing innovation, most people focus on advances in technology.  Technology is important, but it is only one of three key components required for innovation.  In order to maximize the opportunity for successful innovation, one must combine the following:

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

Note: This article originally appeared in CTO Vision -   read this complete article here

5 Predictions for 2014

Jan 13, 2014 by Prayson Pate

Sometimes wrong but never in doubt, here are my predictions for networking in 2014.

 

 

 

NFV Evolution Versus Revolution

Dec 23, 2013 by Prayson Pate

Today's Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) are somewhat limited in number and variety.  Furthermore, many of these VNFs are fairly simple and evolutionary adaptations of todays’ dedicated network appliances.  This is a good start on the road to Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), but it is not enough.  True progress will require a revolutionary approach.

Overture’s Ramesh Nagarajan has recently written in this space about some of the changes that will be required in VNFs, including elasticity, reliability and management. He also touched on how VNFs can be combined to create new services.  This blog will expand on those topics.

Tags: Cloud, SDN, NFV

4 Attributes of Openness in Modern Communications

Nov 25, 2013 by Prayson Pate

Openness is one of the most-cited advantages of cloud-based applications, Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).  In this context, what does open really mean?  I posit that there are four key attributes that define openness in this context: documented, standardized, open sourced and inclusive. Any claims of openness by suppliers should be evaluated against these criteria if for no other reason than to clarify their position.