Part 2: New Answers for Bringing Scale to the Carrier Ethernet Metro Edge

Sep 10, 2013 by Brian Van Voorhis

How do you define an optimized architecture vision that enables service providers to scale up their service capacity and speed of delivery and migrate from a non-MEF edge/aggregation network to a MEF-compliant network? 

In Part 1 of this series, Problem?  What Problems? we looked at the challenges facing service providers at the network’s metro edge.  In this article we consider options for a potential solution, focusing on the merits of extending MPLS from the core to the edge versus building CE 2.0 on-ramps from the edge to the core.  In the third segment series we will explore an optimized solution that addresses the problems.

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.

Reporting in from Ethernet Expo Americas 2012

Nov 13, 2012 by Jeff Reedy

[this article originally appeared in Carrier Ethernet News] 

I always look forward to the Light Reading Ethernet Expo in New York.  The city and the staff of Light Reading deserve a lot of credit for pulling off this event a week after super storm Sandy.  And people were excited to be at the event because there was a lot to discuss and debate.  There has been a lot of change since last November, with the introduction of Carrier Ethernet 2.0 and the rise of Software Defined Networking (SDN), and the most interesting ideas centered on their relevance to the cloud. 

Ethernet over Copper - 10 U.S. incumbent operators profiled by FierceTelecom last week

Feb 23, 2012 by Mark Durrett

Mark DurrettIn the flurry of news last week, it would be easy to miss a very meaty report by Sean Buckley of FierceTelecom.  In the series of stories, Sean profiled ten US incumbant operators and their Ethernet over Copper (EoC).  As most of the operators profiled are customers of Overture, we read it with eager anticipation. 

Report from Ethernet Expo, New York City

Nov 10, 2011 by Mark Durrett

It has been a whirlwind week in New York for Light Reading’s Ethernet Expo event.  My company, Overture Networks, was there in force to meet with dozens of customers and partners at what has easily become the largest Carrier Ethernet focused event in North America.

Carrier Ethernet for the Cloud

Oct 4, 2011 by Mark Durrett

Industry Consensus: Carrier Ethernet Best for Delivering Cloud-based Services.

Here at Carrier Ethernet News, we strive to solicit the most reputable and knowledgeable industry experts as contributors to our feature series. As we close out our four-part series on Carrier Ethernet delivering Cloud-based services, we’re pleased to have gotten fantastic input from some individuals recognized as being influential in their respective fields and we are thankful for their time and contribution. So, as we move forward, it’s worthwhile to recap some of the highlights from the Cloud features written by our regular contributor Joan Engebretson over the past month.

Cable Operators: Pursuing Opportunity with Carrier Ethernet

Aug 9, 2011 by Mark Durrett

“A place for everything, everything in its place.” Benjamin Franklin had the unique ability to break things down in a simple and easy way. With his example in mind, we work to focus our CEN editorial on providing useful and timely information about issues impacting the global Carrier Ethernet industry. One way we’re striving to do that is by creating features that highlight a particular industry segment and seeking insight from industry experts.

Carrier Ethernet ready for a fight - SONET/SDH may be losing ground

Jun 14, 2011 by Mark Durrett

In the first installment in this series, we reported that service provider CapEx spending on Carrier Ethernet equipment seems to be overtaking spending on SONET/SDH in transport applications and that the respondents overwhelmingly (nearly 100 percent agreement) indicated support for Carrier Ethernet in the access portion of the network, while closer to 80 percent support its use in the core.

Survey Says! - Results of Carrier Ethernet SONET/SDH Displacement Survey are In

May 24, 2011 by Mark Durrett

We wrapped up the Carrier Ethernet SONET/SDH Displacement survey a few days ago, just in time to share the preliminary results with the audience at TIA 2011 last week. Mark McDonald and Don MacNeil of Overture and XO Communications, respectively, led a highly interactive session. We are still analyzing the results and working on a detailed report, but we’ll share a sneak peak at the results in this column today.