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Tackling Tomorrow's Biggest Opportunities with Cloud Native NFV

Ian Maclean | Aug 9, 2017 8:30:00 AM

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Two of the biggest opportunities in communications today – providing next generation wireless networks and consumer video entertainment – demand flexible, scalable networks that can create new services in unprecedented ways.

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3 reasons why an IMS core should be virtualized

Iwan Price-Evans | Aug 7, 2017 8:30:00 AM

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The IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) revolutionized the way network infrastructures were architected. It defined the granular decomposition of network functions, completely standardized open interfaces, and separated the control and media planes. It has been nearly two decades since its inception but IMS take up is still in its infancy.

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What Does “Cloud Native” Mean?

Metaswitch | Jun 29, 2017 9:21:28 AM

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The term “cloud native” is all the rage in Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) circles these days. But what does it really mean and why does it matter to communications service providers (CSPs)? In a recent video feature, TelecomTV posed these questions to a group of industry luminaries, including our own Martin Taylor. Their answers are quite instructive and provide a unique view of current industry thinking about the advantages and practical challenges of embracing cloud native principles.

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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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