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All Abuzz about ONAP

Metaswitch | May 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) open source SDN (Software Defined Networking) Project Clearwater VNF

We’ve seen some big changes this year in the realm of management and orchestration (MANO) for network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN). AT&T announced that it was contributing its own in-house developed Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy (ECOMP) software, to a new open source project within the Linux Foundation, called OpenECOMP. And soon after that, the Linux Foundation decided to merge the new OpenECOMP with another similar project called Open-O to create the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP). Now that the dust has settled, the momentum and excitement is building for the new ONAP initiative.

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Cloud Native is NFV Done Right

Steve Gleave | May 4, 2017 9:04:58 AM

NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) cloud native microservices

There’s a growing sense of impatience and frustration with network functions virtualization (NFV) as service providers are not yet seeing the cost savings or agility benefits they were promised five years ago when the network transformation initiative was first launched. The mood change is certainly understandable, but the underlying causes not entirely understood. The reason for the dissatisfaction is that much of the industry is not yet doing NFV right. To realize the full promise of NFV, service providers and vendors need to embrace the principles of cloud native architectures. Simply porting monolithic software codes from existing network appliances onto virtual machines is doing NFV all wrong.

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Where in the world is Metaswitch? You can find us at these trade shows in May

Andrea Lemos | Apr 26, 2017 8:00:00 AM

NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) Events IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) EMEA APAC North America VNF cloud native trade shows

Metaswitch is off to various industry trade shows in May—11 to be exact—all over the globe.  Will we see you there?

With NFV in San Jose, Interconnect discussions in Chicago, live demonstrations in Nice and IMS talks in Madrid, we hope to see you at one of these wonderful locations to discuss something near and dear to our hearts: cloud native communications software.

Kicking off the month in San Jose is the annual Layer 123 NFV World Congress from May 2 to 5.  Metaswitch is a silver sponsor, and CTO Martin Taylor will be speaking on “Taking the pain out of VNF on-boarding” on Thursday, May 4 at 4:55 p.m.  Can’t make his presentation? Not to worry—schedule a meeting with him on-site through the Metaswitch NFV page:

Next, we take a quick flight over to the Windy City and visit our product marketing experts during ITW, from May 14 to 17, to discuss how cloud native virtualization can be at the core of your network. Schedule a meeting today and be our guest in our branded meeting room, MR-4403, located in the Swissotel. On Tuesday, May 16, you might see familiar branding at the coffee cart along the Skywalk Bridge of the Hyatt Regency as well. Learn more about Perimeta and Clearwater vIMS throughout the week at ITW Chicago.

It’s off to France shortly after as CTO Martin Taylor and VP EMEA Marketing Tomasz Maslewski are participating in the Enabling Digital Marketplaces Catalyst project at TMForumLive!, May 15-17 in Nice.  As part of this Catalyst, Metaswitch is working in a collaborative way with service providers, technology partners and open standard communities to enable automated cloud delivery by addressing operational and business aspects of end-to-end VNF Lifecycle Management. More details on SVP Marketing Steve Gleave's recent post, Looking Forward to our "Moonshot" Catalyst Presentation at TMForumLive!.

Austin, Texas, is the hot-spot for the telecommunications industry mid-May as it’s set to host the Big Communications Event and 5G North America at the Austin Convention Center.  Metaswitch will be at BCE throughout the week with CMO Ian Maclean joining the panel Designing Cloud Native Mobile Networks on Wednesday, May 17, at 3:15 p.m. Don’t miss it! Stop by the Metaswitch booth, B100, for some exclusive time with him or our senior sales executives throughout the week.

Interested in IMS? We will be there too—ending the month in Madrid at the annual IMS World Forum on May 23 and 24. VP Product Management John Tucker will be presenting on IMS Real Time Applications Tuesday, May 23, at 2 p.m., and Director of Product Marketing Mike Dell will be joining the panel “How Is IMS Changing With NFV?” Speak to both experts at our booth during the week as well!

Metaswitch will also be present at the North Dakota TOC Conference, HPE CommsWorld 2017, CommunicAsia, the ANMTA Spring Conference, the GTB Innovation Awards Dinner, and the ATA Annual Meeting—all just throughout the four and a half short weeks in May!  A full listing of these trade shows and more can be found on the Metaswitch event’s page: Make sure you received the latest and greatest news by subscribing to our blog.  We hope to see you at one of these events soon!



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Looking Forward to our "Moonshot" Catalyst Presentation at TM Forum Live!

Steve Gleave | Apr 18, 2017 12:00:00 AM

NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) Events EMEA VNF cloud native

The 2017 TM Forum Live! exposition - that’s their exclamation mark, not mine! Although that last one is - is fast approaching and at which our CTO Martin Taylor will be presenting a Metaswitch proposal for one of the forum’s Catalyst proof-of-concept projects.

Metaswitch is actively participating in the “Enabling Digital Marketplaces” Catalyst, which the TM Forum acknowledges is “a bold moonshot” in recognition of its ambitious goal: dramatically accelerating the creation and rollout of services via open, digital marketplaces. These marketplaces will allow service providers to easily find the specific virtual network functions and ecosystems they need from a large, diverse and growing set of offerings from multiple vendors. The TM Forum envisions such digital marketplaces revolutionizing telecommunications in much the same way that Amazon, AirBnB and other online marketers have fundamentally changed how businesses and consumers purchase goods and services.

This Catalyst project is a natural for Metaswitch because we have always been focused on telco transformation. Our history is one of innovation that helps service providers offer new services and adapt to changing market needs. Our ongoing commitment to, and leadership in, the development of cloud native virtual network functions not only highlights and accelerates these efforts, but fits perfectly with the concept of selecting and chaining reusable microservices into service provider “products.”

Catalyst presentations are recorded and we hope to make Martin’s presentation available on this blog, after TM Forum’s Live! has gone, well, Live! (15-18 May, Nice, France).


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Carrier-Grade Engineering is Table Stakes for NFV

Steve Gleave | Apr 11, 2017 5:39:44 PM

NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) cloud native

There is ongoing debate, even some angst, about whether NFV can deliver the carrier-grade reliability that communication service providers (CSPs) require. It’s a fair question. After all, one of the fundamental premises of network virtualization is that it is built upon standard, commodity off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware. And we all know that IT-grade servers don’t have the same reliability demands as carrier-grade equipment. Carrier-grade means “five nines” availability (that is, 99.999% uptime), whereas IT-grade cloud infrastructure and operating environments typically achieve around “three nines” reliability.

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What's your 20?

Metaswitch | Mar 9, 2017 12:00:00 PM

NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) Mobile World Congress cloud native 5G

By 2020, a new era of dynamic and responsive mobile networks will emerge, and Metaswitch is leading the drive. At Mobile World Congress 2017, Martin Lund, CEO of Metaswitch, talked to Light Reading about NFV done wrong, NFV done right and the path to 5G.

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How cloud native is your virtual network function?

Steve Gleave | Feb 9, 2017 3:00:47 AM

NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) VNF cloud native

At Metaswitch, we believe that virtual network functions must be truly "cloud native" if they are to deliver the benefits promised by network functions virtualization (NFV).  Cloud native is NFV done right.  In contrast, monolithic code ported into virtual machines is, frankly, NFV done wrong.  But would you recognize a cloud native VNF if it jumped you in a dark alley?  Can't a monolithic code port make a good first impression at superficial software cocktail parties?  And is the impact on your business of not knowing enough to make the right choice really that significant? [Spoiler alert: "Yes!"]

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Metaswitch Speeds NFV Time to Market

Steve Gleave | Nov 21, 2016 8:01:57 AM

NFV (Network Functions Virtualization)

Through partnerships, ecosystem participation and pre-packaged NFV solutions, Metaswitch is helping service providers accelerate the delivery of services based on network functions virtualization (NFV).

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Cloud-Native VNFs Ease On-boarding Process

Martin Taylor | Nov 16, 2016 12:16:21 PM

NFV (Network Functions Virtualization)

One of the biggest frustrations that service providers currently have with implementing network functions virtualization (NFV) is on-boarding virtual network functions (VNFs). It’s a common refrain that on-boarding VNFs is very difficult. The reason why this process is proving harder than anyone expected is largely due to the origins of the VNF software – that is, was the VNF originally designed for an appliance or for the cloud?

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Summary lessons from deploying NFV

Steve Gleave | Nov 2, 2016 12:29:07 PM

Fixed-Line Transformation NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) Mobile Infrastructure Industry Trends

Metaswitch has gained a wealth of NFV experience by helping customers take our virtual network functions (VNFs) from proof of concept to lab trials to production networks. Along the way we have learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t and how to overcome unexpected issues as they arise.  

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