Sep 30, 2015

The Real CTOs of NFV: The Series

There’s a lot of talk and plenty of noise related to NFV in the telecom industry. It’s a time of market transformation with many executives and marketeers making claims for how their companies are doing NFV better than others, or Read More

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Sep 13, 2015

How NFV Got Real

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) has created a lot of buzz, but it has also created a lot of questions about real deployments and real benefits. I have some good news: NFV is now real, and is starting to roll out. Read More

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Sep 09, 2015
Deb Lovig
Deb Lovig

NFV for Rural Broadband: New Business Now, Innovation for the Future

(Author’s Note: I’m a farmer’s daughter from Iowa who is thrilled to put a focus on innovation for RURAL broadband. Writing this post brings up memories of our party line (that cousin who listened in) and immense relief when we Read More

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Sep 06, 2015

A Big Anniversary for Overture

Today is the 15th anniversary of when Jeff Reedy and I founded Overture Networks, in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina at the First Flight Venture Center (FFVC). We have moved a few times, but our current office on Read More

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Aug 30, 2015

Pure-Play Virtualization Versus SFPs

  I believe that the full value of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is best realized using Pure-Play Virtualization. We define pure-play virtualization as software Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) running in a standard virtualization environment (e.g. KVM and OpenStack) hosted on Read More

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Aug 22, 2015

End User Benefits of NFV

The discussion of the benefits of NFV has centered on the service providers, who would use it to drive new services that lead to new revenue and lower costs. But what about the end users who buy these new services? Read More

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Aug 13, 2015

Optimizing Profitability with Pure-Play NFV

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is envisioned as a way to allow communications service providers (CSPs) to replace network appliances with software modules running on standard servers, which can save money in terms of CapEx and OpEx. However, the focus of Read More

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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


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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