Aug 05, 2015

The Turing Test for NFV

Computer science giant Alan Turing was featured in the recent movie “The Imitation Game.” Turing was especially interested in the topic of artificial intelligence, and proposed a test for determining whether a given computer was intelligent. He asked, "Are there Read More

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Aug 03, 2015

NFV’s Unexpected Bonus

I recently experienced major travel disruption while returning from business in Europe. The likelihood of getting home on time looked grim. However, once I got to the airline service desk I was quickly rebooked on a flight with an upgrade(!) Read More

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Jul 27, 2015

Why I Write at LinkedIn

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Daniel Roth, the editor of LinkedIn Pulse, published an interesting piece with tips for writing at LinkedIn. His article focused on the “how” of writing, but what is more interesting to me is the “why.” Why bother to go through Read More

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Jul 13, 2015

Hard Truths about Software Licensing for NFV

Let’s face some hard truths about NFV licensing: Hard Truth #1: Service providers expect that virtualization software will be inexpensive or free. While they won’t achieve that goal in many cases, they will require that the software solutions cost less Read More

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Jul 08, 2015

Real-World NFV, Real Lessons Learned

Masergy and Overture recently announced the first true deployment of pure-play virtualization at the service edge. Getting there took some time and effort, and we learned a lot along the way. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing Read More

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Jun 26, 2015

I/O Virtualization for Telecom: Why Flexibility Matters

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) offers the promise of innovative service creation at lower cost, but service providers worry about performance and flexibility. How can they deploy virtualized services that are both cost-effective and meet the service requirements for throughput and Read More

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Jun 25, 2015

Virtualized Testing: The Unsung NFV Use Case

There is a fair amount of buzz around network functions virtualization (NFV) and which use cases provide the most benefit. The ETSI ISG NGV has documented a specific set of use cases that are of special interest to the operator Read More

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Jun 25, 2015

The New Face(book) of Carrier Class?

As traditional communications service providers (CSPs) seek to gain the promised benefits of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), it is also prudent to look at potential downsides.Replacing today's carrier-class network equipment with unproven software running on commercial servers scares the daylights Read More

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Jun 19, 2015

Leave Manual Orchestration to Symphony Orchestrators

Orchestration for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is essential to achieving the goals of agility and service innovation. However, some operators take the view that they can omit orchestration software and use manual orchestration instead, especially for experimentation and/or low-volume deployments. Read More

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Jun 13, 2015

Virtual CPU Cores: Apples vs. Oranges

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In the world of custom-built, dedicated telecom hardware appliances, it is easy to specify the capacity of each network function physical box in terms of number of transactions per second, number of simultaneous sessions or other unit as appropriate to Read More

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Jun 09, 2015

Five Important Questions on SDN and NFV

1. Where is the best place to host virtual network functions for NFV?Operators and suppliers both want to know if they should focus on hosting virtual functions at the edge of the network, at a central office or at a Read More

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Jun 04, 2015

Making Virtual Reality Real

After a decade of watching the cloud transform the data center world, the telecom and mobile industries are ready to go virtual as well. The mad crush of “on-demand demand” and new paradigms such as Internet of Things (IoT) are Read More

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May 28, 2015

NFV Orchestration and Service Innovation

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is often touted as a means to cut costs. Both capital (CAPEX) and operational (OPEX) reductions are possible with the deployment of centrally controlled virtual functions running on standard server platforms. While reducing spending is always Read More

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May 20, 2015

A Tale of Two VNF Managers

It is the best of times; it is the worst of times in the world of NFV as the telecom industry tussles with the major transformations under way.  One of the big issues du jour is how to manage the Read More

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May 14, 2015

Laying the NFV Roads: How Much SDN Do Service Providers Truly Need?

Before answering this question, I’d like to start with an analogy that features another road…Let’s say I am going on a road trip from Boston to New York. Think of the highway network as a Wide Area Network (WAN) infrastructure Read More

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May 14, 2015

Topology Options for NFV

There is some debate about the best way to implement network functions virtualization (NFV) and where to host the constituent virtualized network functions (VNFs). The options are described in the original ETSI NFV white paper:NFV aims to transform the way Read More

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May 08, 2015

The Case For Pure Play Virtualization

Service providers are embracing NFV to drive profitability by lowering costs and creating innovative new services. In doing so there are many good reasons to push the resources for NFV-based Layer 3 service to edge of the network. There is Read More

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May 07, 2015
Deb Lovig
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The Five NFV Orchestration Features You Need

On the path to making NFV real in 2015 we've created this handy tool to help you evaluate NFV orchestration solutions. Download this checklist to ensure that you get the key capabilities needed to optimize your carrier-class NFV network environment. Read More

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May 04, 2015

Performance and Low Cost Enable NFV and SDN

We at Overture have been helping lead the transition of telecom networks to cloud technology in the form of network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN). One of the main questions about this transition is feasibility. Can services built Read More

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May 04, 2015

Why Telecos Care About SDN and NFV, and Some Issues

Service providers have been driving the transition of telecom networks to cloud technology in the form of network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN). Why do they want to do this, and what are the issues?The simple answer to Read More

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