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How to Deliver Telco-Grade Services from the Cloud

Chelsea Thompson | Jun 27, 2016 9:02:02 AM

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CTO Martin Taylor has written a new white paper that aims to answer one of the biggest questions about network functions virtualization (NFV): how can telco-grade availability be achieved if virtual network functions (VNFs) are moved to IT-grade cloud environments? Operators require “five nines” -- that is, 99.999 percent -- availability to deliver telco-grade services. That’s equivalent to about six minutes of downtime in a year. While the best industry-standard servers come very close to five-nines availability, cloud computing environments can’t meet telco-grade requirements. At best, a cloud computing environment delivers 99.95 percent availability. That equates to roughly 260 minutes of downtime per year.

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Are You Ready for NFV?

Carol Daniels | Jun 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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When it comes to network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN), it is no longer a question of “if,” but rather “how” and “when.” Yet, surprisingly, much of the conversation around NFV and SDN is focused on technology, and very little is ever said about operational processes. A new white paper by Ray Mota, CEO and principal analyst at ACG Research, aims to put that right with an insightful analysis of how network operators need to prepare their operations for NFV and SDN.

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Can IT-Grade Clouds Deliver Telco-Grade Availability?

Chelsea Thompson | Jun 2, 2016 7:00:00 AM

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One of the chief concerns about network functions virtualization (NFV) for some network operators is the inability of IT-grade clouds to provide carrier-grade, five-nines availability. This is one of the reasons why some operators are reluctant to fully embrace NFV today. But in a recent interview with TelecomTV, CTO Martin Taylor explained how network operators can overcome the common misapprehension that NFV cannot provide the level of reliability that they need.

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Earthquakes, Clouds and Virtualization

Chris Carabello | Apr 7, 2016 7:00:00 AM

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What do you do if you’re a business communications service provider and you’re located in a region prone to earthquakes? Easy. You build a fully virtualized, cloud-based, geo-redundant network that can ensure resiliency and reliability even when disaster strikes.

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The Future of Collaboration is in the Cloud

Chris Carabello | Mar 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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These are exciting times for business communications. Cloud technologies and changes in the workplace are creating new ways for businesses and employees to communicate, collaborate and be more productive.

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5 Things You Should Know About Project Calico

Ed Harrison | Jan 12, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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In 2015, the Project Calico team was terribly busy, promoting the open source project's latest release and traveling the world to meet with developers and customers. This year promises to be even busier with new releases and participation in many events across the globe. If you haven't been able to keep up, here are a few things we wanted to pass along to remind you about some of the things that make Project Calico so special: 

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Accelerating the NFV Data Plane: SR-IOV and DPDK… in my own words

Simon Dredge | Dec 31, 2015 11:58:35 AM

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It is true -- much has been said about both SR-IOV and DPDK in the past, even right here on our very own blog. I see this as a challenge: An opportunity to tell the story of data plane acceleration in a slightly different way. Our copy editor also sees this as a challenge, of course, as she wades through the mass of potential source material searching for blatant examples of plagiarism in my work. Apparently the “sincerest form of flattery” argument doesn’t hold much weight in the writing community.

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The Dangerous Demo: Do Try This at Home, Kids

Metaswitch | Dec 21, 2015 10:00:00 AM

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The "Dangerous Demo" is a highlight of the Telecom Application Developer Summit (TADS) and TAD hackathon events. It’s the point at which many different telecom software and app developers put virtual network functions into a public cloud, spin them all up in a live demo and see if they work together as hoped. It’s “dangerous” because they don’t know if it’s actually going to work and also because it shows the most leading-edge way to build and launch new communication services.  

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The Myth of the Carrier-Grade Cloud

Martin Taylor | Dec 9, 2015 1:00:00 AM

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Many of the network operators that we are talking to about virtualized network functions (VNFs) are investing heavily in building specially engineered clouds for network functions virtualization (NFV). Others, however, are  looking closely at some of the commercial “carrier-grade” cloud solutions that are on the market. This cautious shopping for the perfect telco-like cloud seems to be one of the key reasons that NFV is taking so long to get into production.

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Behold, for I Have Seen the Future of Telecommunications - And it Looks Like Minecraft

Simon Dredge | Oct 23, 2015 7:30:00 AM

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If having kids has taught me anything, it’s that you need to lay Redstone Torches next to powered rail tracks to automatically propel a Minecart. Come to think of it, that’s pretty much all my kids have taught me, which is a little disappointing, given that the parenting books I read promised I’d learn a lot more. In all fairness, in reading this post, you might also expect to learn something about the future of telecommunications but instead you are just going to get my opinion -- which, according to our legal team, constitutes a disclaimer so I’m going to plow on, regardless.

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