Carrier Ethernet

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.

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.

Incident Response – Are we adequately prepared?

Nov 19, 2013 by Keith Donahue

Recently, Heavy Reading made public their findings from a survey of mobile network operators, conducted this past August. (Mobile Network Outages & Service Degradations: A Heavy Reading Survey Analysis. October, 2013).

Though much attention was given to the headline-grabbing estimate of what these operators spend to rectify and restore network outages and degradations, one finding that I did not see in any headline should be of particular interest to Carrier Ethernet service providers, and their suppliers.

Overture Celebrates Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (CECP) Milestone with the MEF

Sep 6, 2013 by Keith Donahue

Following the 2012 introduction by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) of the Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (CECP) individual certification program, Overture Networks embraced the opportunity to train and certify as many of our customer-facing professionals as possible.

In the words of the MEF, the CECP program is “for telecommunication professionals seeking to validate their expertise, skills and knowledge of Carrier Ethernet technologies, standards, services and applications”.  Not all that different from the goals of other certifications in our industry, except this is the first one focused on standard terminology and frameworks unique to Carrier Ethernet networks.

This week, the MEF announces that it has certified the 1,000th Carrier Ethernet professional.

New Answers for Bringing Scale to the Carrier Ethernet Metro Edge – Part 1

Aug 27, 2013 by Brian Van Voorhis

Brian Van Voorhis of OvertureMany service providers are searching for new ways to scale up their service capacity and speed service delivery as they transition their edge and aggregation network from a legacy non-MEF network to one that is Carrier Ethernet CE 2.0 compliant. In this blog series we outline an optimized architecture vision that helps service providers migrate from a non-MEF edge/aggregation network to a MEF-compliant network.   The factors we consider are a) the embedded base of bridging elements in the edge /aggregation network b) the establishment of MPLS in the core and c) how software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) concepts potentially alter the landscape in planning a solution. 

Observations from an SDN Road Trip

Jun 18, 2013 by Brian Irish

Overture Networks Brian IrishI recently attended Layer123’s SDN APAC Congress that was held June 4-6, 2013 in Singapore and Informa’s SDN World event June 11-13, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. Below are some of my general observations after sitting through dozens of vendor and service provider presentations on SDN, NFV, and the future of our ever-dynamic industry.

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. 

Thinking Differently

Apr 22, 2013 by Prayson Pate

I recently started watching the “Downton Abbey” series, which takes place in the second decade of the twentieth century.  The characters are facing massive changes in their lives due to the rapid evolution of technology, including the growing presence of cars, phones and electricity.  Very quickly the characters will go from viewing these inventions as alien intrusions to being necessary parts of the infrastructure of daily life.  They will change how they think.

In previous blog entries I have covered some of the aspects of applying the cloud to the problem of telecom services.  In this segment I close the loop and talk about how we can apply the concepts previously discussed.  As with the characters in Downton Abbey, making this transition will require us to change how we think.

The Value of Open

Apr 15, 2013 by Prayson Pate

In previous blog entries I discussed the value of cloud principles and tools.  A critical aspect of cloud development is the use of applications developed using open interfaces and standard protocols.

Services, Services, Services

Apr 8, 2013 by Prayson Pate

In previous blog entries I have talked about applying cloud and NFV (Network Function Virtualization) principles to the edge of the network.  In this entry I will talk about why these principles are important and how they can benefit the service provider.  These benefits fall into three categories related to services:

  • Service creation – The process of defining, implementing, and marketing new services
  • Service activation – The enabling of a service instance when ordered by a customer
  • Service assurance – The measurement and reporting of compliance with the Service Level Agreement (SLA).