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NFV the right way: A cloud native foundation for a 5G future

Ian Maclean | Jul 26, 2017 8:07:00 AM

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There is little doubt in the telecoms industry that network functions virtualisation (NFV) will be the foundation for communications networks of the future. But for NFV to deliver the benefits expected and promised, its constituent virtual network functions (VNFs) must first be developed using cloud-native design principles.

This article was first published in VanillaPlus.

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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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All aboard for fast VNF onboarding

Steve Gleave | Jun 26, 2017 3:11:01 PM

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Together with six leading Tier 1 service providers, Metaswitch is part of an ambitious TMForum Catalyst project that is spearheading an industry-wide effort to develop standard best practices for speeding the VNF onboarding process. The project -- dubbed a “bold moonshot” -- was demonstrated at the TMForum Live! event last month and showed how service creation and deployment can be accelerated through automated VNF onboarding facilitated by open, digital marketplaces.

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Cloud Native Imperative Changes the NFV Narrative

Steve Gleave | Jun 12, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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The times are changing for NFV. Even though the industry has been working on NFV for only about four years, the original assumptions about the technology and business case are evolving quickly. Service providers are beginning to realize that virtual network functions (VNFs) based on software ported from physical hardware appliances are not delivering the full benefits promised by NFV. Many are starting to ask, Do we need to start from scratch and write new code for network functions? [Spoiler alert] The answer is yes, according to Metaswitch CMO Ian Maclean.

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Can Telcos Really Rely on Public Clouds?

Metaswitch | Jun 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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From the mindset of traditional network operators, the public cloud is often viewed with some wariness. There are a host of objections to the public cloud that keep many service providers from considering this cloud environment in their network virtualization strategies. But we think that the public cloud does have a role to play future NFV deployments.

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Sixbell selects Metaswitch to accelerate network and service transformation

Metaswitch | Jun 1, 2017 5:00:00 AM

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Top regional telecom systems integrator will deliver the full suite of Metaswitch applications and network software to fixed and mobile operators throughout Latin America

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Cloud Native is More Than Just a Buzzword

Metaswitch | May 30, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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In a recent interview with TelecomTV, CTO Martin Taylor was asked about the industry buzzword, “cloud native,” and why it is so important to the development of NFV. In other words, what’s all the fuss about cloud native? This isn’t just the latest craze in networking that will one day be forgotten when styles change and move on. Cloud native software design principles are essential to the success of NFV, as Taylor explained.

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Cloud Native is NFV Done Right

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

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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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Thailand’s Largest Mobile Carrier Deploys Metaswitch VoLTE Peering Solution

Metaswitch | May 2, 2017 5:00:00 AM

SBC (Session Border Controller) Perimeta Press Releases Interconnect VoLTE cloud native

AIS using Metaswitch Perimeta session border controller to interconnect with other carriers

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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

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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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