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GlobalData's Westfall: 5G & Cloud 'Joined at the Hip'
The Digerati  
12/15/2017   Post a comment
While the cloud will thrive on its own, it's imperative for the success of 5G applications and services, according to GlobalData's Ron Westfall.
Survey: What IT Professionals Want (Security, QoS, Reliability)
Mike Robuck  
12/14/2017   2 comments
CenturyLink's survey also asked IT professionals about SD-WAN, Ethernet and MPLS.
Colt's Voltolini on Big Data & 5G Connectivity
The Digerati  
12/13/2017   4 comments
Colt's Mirko Voltolini talks about the importance of 5G to enterprise 'cloud shift' – but why 5G still has a long way to go.
Digital Transformation Is Built Upon 3 Pillars
The Digerati  
12/7/2017   43 comments
Establishing priorities is key for digital transformations, according to Huawei's Vishal Augustine.
CenturyLink's McReynolds: Digital Transformation Is a Living Creature
The Digerati  
12/6/2017   18 comments
CenturyLink's Chris McReynolds talks about digital transformation unity – both when it comes to industry standards and when it comes to the unity within CenturyLink itself in the wake of its recent acquisition of Level 3 Communications.
Sprint's Marquardt on What Moving to 5G Means for CIOs
The Digerati  
12/5/2017   47 comments
CIOs need to think about how they will use 5G to deliver new services and applications to their customers, according to Sprint's Ron Marquardt.
CL's McReynolds: Enterprises Need to First Define Digital Transformation Goals
The Digerati  
12/4/2017   9 comments
In part one of this Q&A, CenturyLink's Chris McReynolds talks about the various types of digital-transformation enterprise customers – and how to strategize each kind.
TM Forum's Walker on Making Digital Strategies Successful
The Digerati  
11/30/2017   17 comments
TM Forum's Robert Walker says strategy, customer experiences and culture are the key to achieving success in digital transformations.
TM Forum's Graham Discusses Blueprints for Digital Telcos
The Digerati  
11/29/2017   5 comments
Telcos can rapidly generate new services by automatically drawing on resources from multiple platforms that are interconnected with the TM Forum's open APIs.
Digital Transformation Defined
Carl Weinschenk  
11/29/2017   10 comments
Industry experts weigh in on what they think 'digital transformation' really means.
Digital Transformation: Fractures
Infographics  
11/28/2017   10 comments
While enterprises believe in the value of digital transformations, they face major disruptions over the next three years as they implement their digital strategies, according to a study.
CenturyLink's Bozich Discusses Level 3 Integration, MEF 3.0
Telco Transformation Video  
11/23/2017   1 comment
Eric Bozich, vice president of products and marketing at CenturyLink, talks about the challenges and opportunities of integrating Level 3 into CenturyLink.
Appetite for Risk Key to IoT Monetization Strategy – IHS Markit's Watson
The Digerati  
11/22/2017   39 comments
Smart cities represent risks and rewards for mobile network operators, according to IHS Markit's Julian Watson.
Digital Transformation: A Wholesale Service Provider's View
Telco Transformation Video  
11/21/2017   9 comments
Epsilon's Mark Daley, director of digital strategy and business development, talks about digital transformation from a wholesale service provider perspective.
IHS Markit's Watson: Follow the Money in IoT Past Connectivity to Services
The Digerati  
11/21/2017   10 comments
IHS Markit's Julian Watson says mobile network operators need to take a multi-pronged approach to monetizing the Internet of Things.
ONAP Unchained With Amsterdam Software Release
Mike Robuck  
11/20/2017   4 comments
ONAP's first software release takes on industry-wide automation for telcos and vendors.
How Carriers Build an NFVi to Support Network Transformation
Conversations with Huawei  
11/20/2017   Post a comment
NFV is the technical basis for carrier network transformation, according to Huawei's Zhang.
Windstream's Pham: Cybersecurity Is About Trade-Offs
The Digerati  
11/17/2017   42 comments
Early detection of security risks at the entry point minimizes loss and speeds up detection.
SD-WAN: Not a Panacea
Mike Robuck  
11/16/2017   7 comments
SD-WAN has room to grow, according to a panel at the MEF17 conference.
Verizon's Cevis: Application-Aware Networks on Deck
Mike Robuck  
11/15/2017   12 comments
During his keynote address at MEF17, Verizon's Eric Cevis said the industry needs to continue to develop standards.
MEF Spans the Globe With New 3.0 Specs
Mike Robuck  
11/14/2017   1 comment
MEF 3.0 specifications will enable agile, orchestrated services at a much faster rate by creating a new ecosystem.
Regulations Driving IoT Adoption — Verizon's Bartolomeo
The Digerati  
11/13/2017   13 comments
In part two of this Telco Transformation Q&A, Verizon's Mark Bartolomeo talks about how IoT has evolved over the past year.
Verizon's Bartolomeo: IoT Is Picking Up the Pace
The Digerati  
11/10/2017   21 comments
In this Q&A, Verizon's Mark Bartolomeo talks about how IoT has evolved over the past year.
CenturyLink's Hussain on Cultural Challenges of Merger With Level 3
The Digerati  
11/8/2017   29 comments
CenturyLink's CTO talks about the cultural and integration challenges of merging Level 3 Communications with CenturyLink.
ONF CTO: Service Developers Need to Embrace CORD
The Digerati  
11/8/2017   10 comments
Service providers should be open to the changes that are enabled by CORD, according to ONF CTO Larry Peterson.
Telco Cloud: The Growth Engine in the 5G Era
Conversations with Huawei  
11/6/2017   29 comments
A unified cloud infrastructure will help carriers transition to 5G while also enabling faster virtualization in networks.
CenturyLink's CTO Discusses Integration With Level 3
The Digerati  
11/3/2017   6 comments
In part one of this Telco Transformation Q&A, CenturyLink CTO Aamir Hussain talks about how CenturyLink and Level 3 are integrating their networks while also laying the foundation for more virtualization down the road.
MEF to Debut New Certification Program at Conference
Mike Robuck  
11/1/2017   6 comments
MEF will unveil its MEF 3.0 certification program at its conference in Orlando, Fla., later this month.
DT's Breitbach Discusses Changing Cyber Strategies
The Digerati  
10/31/2017   8 comments
Cybersecurity needs an overhaul as intelligent adversaries attack with novel means in virtualized networks and across mobile devices.
ETSI's Leadbeater: Automation Fuels NFV's True Power
The Digerati  
10/31/2017   11 comments
In part two of this Q&A, ETSI security leader Alex Leadbeater beats the drum for greater compute power and greater isolation to achieve better NFV security.
ETSI's Leadbeater on Securing NFV With Fundamentals
The Digerati  
10/30/2017   2 comments
In part one of this Q&A, ETSI NFV Security Group Vice Chairman Alex Leadbeater argues that virtualization in and of itself is no security measure without good fundamentals.
How Far Can AT&T Go With Automation?
The Digerati  
10/27/2017   22 comments
AT&T's Gilbert says the telco is adding safeguards into its compute infrastructure and embracing real-time automation to identify security vulnerabilities.
Zero-Day Malware: A Threat SDN Can Miss
Kishore Jethanandani  
10/26/2017   11 comments
Zero-day is a polymorphic malware that avoids detection by not leaving a trail.
NFV/SDN: Summit Ascent
Infographics  
10/25/2017   1 comment
NFV gears up for a final ascent that will lead to widespread commercialization.
Verizon's Ritter on Virtualization as a Security Tool: 'Cautious Optimism'
The Digerati  
10/25/2017   1 comment
In part one of this Q&A, Phil Ritter of Verizon notes that security on virtualized systems is no bed of roses, but at least the age of digital transformation has woken people up to the level of care that is required in securing them.
ETSI Sets Sights on Cybersecurity Risks in New Report
Mike Robuck  
10/24/2017   3 comments
A new ETSI report provides guidelines for implementing and meeting NIS Directive requirements across the European Union.
Masergy’s Watson: Security Needs Human Touch
The Digerati  
10/24/2017   13 comments
Security needs to take on different forms to keep up with attacks across SDN, NFV and IoT, according to Masergy's Ray Watson.
Masergy’s Watson on Security: New Networks, Similar Challenges
The Digerati  
10/23/2017   12 comments
Some of the usual suspects are in play when it comes to security for SDN, NFV and IoT, according to Masergy's Ray Watson.
Security Spending Forecast to Hit $119B by 2021
Mike Robuck  
10/20/2017   35 comments
Services and software are driving the bulk of security products and services spending this year.
Windstream's Brown Discusses Virtualization Game Plan
The Digerati  
10/20/2017   2 comments
Windstream is broadening its SDN and NFV reach while also taking an active role in an open source community.
TT Poll: Faster Provisioning of NFV Services & Applications Carry the Day
Mike Robuck  
10/17/2017   9 comments
Survey results of a recent Telco Transformation poll rated faster provisioning and automation as the biggest NFV factors in 2017.
Heavy Reading's Brown on Deployment Arc of 5G
The Digerati  
10/17/2017   9 comments
Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown lays out the roadmap and challenges for 5G deployments.
Bill Walker's Transformation Insights
Telco Transformation Video  
10/13/2017   3 comments
Bill Walker, CenturyLink's director of network architecture, shares his insights on why training isn't enough for IT employees and traditional telco employees, the importance of "fast pivot" versus "fast failure," and why service providers need to re-think how they sell their products and services to their end customers.
HR's Brown: Longtime Coexistence for LTE & 5G Core Networks
The Digerati  
10/12/2017   3 comments
Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown maps out how LTE and 5G core networks will lead a life of coexistence for some time to come.
Huawei Tops 560 SDN/NFV Projects
Conversations with Huawei  
10/12/2017   2 comments
Huawei released its NFV/SDN commercial deployment numbers at this week's 2017 SDN NFV World Congress.
MEF & ONAP Strike Up Collaboration Effort
Mike Robuck  
10/11/2017   6 comments
ONAP and MEF have agreed to collaborate on open source implementations and standards.
OSM Stays in Its MANO Lane
Mike Robuck  
10/10/2017   4 comments
Open Source MANO, which is on its third release, is staying focused on NFV orchestration.
Level 3's Richter on Cloud Security Evolution
The Digerati  
10/9/2017   27 comments
Level 3's Chris Richter talks about bringing the IT department of the 'Jurassic' era up to speed with new cloud-based security.
BT's Sabey: NFV Is Changing the Conversation With Vendors
Telco Transformation Video  
10/6/2017   7 comments
DENVER, 10/6/2017 – Jim Sabey, head of connect and compute sales specialists at BT Americas, talks about how virtualization has changed the telco's relationships with its vendors.
AT&T's Anschutz: How Open Source Attacks Opex
Mike Robuck  
10/4/2017   15 comments
Open specification hardware and open source software are two key elements for service providers lowering opex.
Level 3's Ewert on Customer-Defined Networking
Mike Robuck  
10/3/2017   5 comments
By tapping into SDN, orchestration, automation and analytics, Level 3 is offering its customers programmability for a more-defined user experience.
Level 3's Adaptive Network Security Expanding to APAC, Africa
Joe Stanganelli  
10/2/2017   3 comments
Level 3 announces additional gateways in new regions for its virtualized cloud security platform, Adaptive Network Security.
The Future of Virtualization: Spending
Infographics  
9/29/2017   10 comments
With renewed confidence in NFV, service providers are willing to spend more on virtualization projects.
The 3 'A's of NFV's Open Source Success
Joe Stanganelli  
9/28/2017   11 comments
Industry experts weigh in with Telco Transformation on the keys to NFV success with open source technologies.
Verizon's Oliveira: Orchestration Drives NFV, VNF Automation
The Digerati  
9/27/2017   12 comments
In the conclusion of this two-part Q&A, Verizon Fellow Fred Oliveira links the orchestration challenges of NFV innovation and deployment to the realm of NFV-driven VNF automation.
Verizon's Oliveira: NFV Needs Orchestration, Openness
The Digerati  
9/26/2017   20 comments
Verizon's Fred Oliveira discusses the state of NFV innovation, both internally at the telco and within open source groups.
Key to NFV Is Organizational Buy-In – BT's Sabey
The Digerati  
9/25/2017   41 comments
Educating both customers and employees is crucial for NFV adoption, according to BT's Jim Sabey.
BT's Sabey: NFV Drives Automation & Service Agility
The Digerati  
9/22/2017   23 comments
BT's programmable network is quickly provisioning services at the customer premise using SDN, NFV and cloud.
Orange's Isch: NFV Needs to Include Moving From Global to Local Networks
The Digerati  
9/22/2017   8 comments
NFV's full potential is realized when global networks inter-operate with local networks aided by APIs.
Level 3's Ewert: Why Automation Is a Boon to Employees
The Digerati  
9/20/2017   51 comments
Level 3's Travis Ewert espouses the benefits of NFV automation to both the organization and the worker – assuming IT gets the culture piece right.
CenturyLink's Walker: Communication Is Key for NFV
The Digerati  
9/19/2017   56 comments
Bill Walker addresses key issues for deploying NFV, including the need for both IT and telco employees to come to terms on common goals.
CenturyLink's Walker on NFV: Just Do IT
The Digerati  
9/15/2017   26 comments
Walker offers advice on how to implement NFV and talks about how SD-WAN is a doorway to SDN.
Despite Security Concerns, CEOs Big on Digital Transformations
Mike Robuck  
9/12/2017   18 comments
Despite CEOs' confidence in digital strategies, barriers such as security remain.
OPNFV's Kirksey: Open Source Network Automation – Virtual, Yet Human
Joe Stanganelli  
9/7/2017   17 comments
In a recent Upskill U course, OPNFV's Heather Kirksey evangelized about the importance of virtualized automation that also includes human input.
Sprint Beefs up Virtualization with NFV
Mike Robuck  
9/5/2017   8 comments
Sprint is using NFV to prep its virtual core for new services and applications.
Telus' Gedeon: Don't Create New Silos With Virtualization
The Digerati  
9/4/2017   7 comments
Telus CTO Gedeon talks about why carriers need to avoid creating new silos as part of using SDN and NFV for their virtualization efforts.
Report: EPC Market Rebounds in Q2
Mike Robuck  
9/1/2017   4 comments
A report by Dell'Oro Group said service providers were ramping up their virtualization efforts, which includes migrating to vEPC, to prepare for 5G.
Telus' Gedeon: SDN Key for Automation of New Functions & Features
The Digerati  
8/31/2017   7 comments
SDN is just one part of the transformation to virtualization; it also includes a human element, according to Telus' Ibrahim Gedeon.
What Can SDN Do for You? – Level 3's Saenger
The Digerati  
8/30/2017   10 comments
Level 3's Adam Saenger shares what he and his company have learned about ensuring that an SDN deployment is successful.
Level 3's Saenger: SDN a Gateway to Automation
The Digerati  
8/29/2017   5 comments
An adaptive networking approach to SDN, taking into account a variety of variables and the roles they can play, is what makes for good network virtualization, says Level 3's Adam Saenger.
Level 3's Saenger: SDN Takes a Village
The Digerati  
8/28/2017   7 comments
Level 3's Adam Saenger talks about the important roles that both employees and customers play in creating SDN success for both enterprise customers and network carriers alike.
Networks Need Telemetry – BT's McRae
The Digerati  
8/24/2017   10 comments
With networks becoming more complex, service providers need to work on their telemetry game plans, according to BT's Neil McRae.
NTT's Okoshi on Enabling Cloud-Based Digital Transformations
Joe Stanganelli  
8/24/2017   13 comments
NTT Communications guides customers through complex network decisions.
AT&T's Gilbert: The Goal of AI Is Automation
The Digerati  
8/22/2017   64 comments
AT&T views artificial intelligence as the means to do data-powered automation.
SDN Controls the Smart City Labyrinth
The Digerati  
8/22/2017   20 comments
Smart cities need software-defined networking to unify networks, data and services.
The Future of Virtualization: Deployment Phase
Infographics  
8/21/2017   15 comments
Heavy Reading provides a look at communications service providers' deployment plans for virtualizing their networks.
Verizon's Hornby: Cloud Benefits from Web-Scale Principles
The Digerati  
8/18/2017   10 comments
Verizon is achieving improved efficiencies in its cloud operations by implementing web-scale operations.
TT SDN Poll a Dead Heat
Mike Robuck  
8/18/2017   10 comments
SDN has evolved from its early days of inception, which is reflected in this Telco Transformation poll.
BT's McRae: Common Service Models Aid Automation
The Digerati  
8/17/2017   28 comments
McRae talks about how BT is tapping into common service models and machine learning.
Standardization Key to SDN Growth: Orange's Isch
The Digerati  
8/16/2017   12 comments
Orange is working with Colt, AT&T, TM Forum and MEF to standardize SDN for interoperability across networks.
BT's McRae: SDN Is All About Automation
The Digerati  
8/16/2017   6 comments
BT's chief network architect talks about how SDN is a critical piece of his company's automation plans.
Orange's Isch: SDN Drives Automation
The Digerati  
8/15/2017   7 comments
Orange is using SDN to enable automation on its networks.
IHS Markit's Howard: Automate Everything
Mike Robuck  
8/14/2017   17 comments
Analyst Michael Howard spoke about the benefits of automation during a recent Telco Transformation radio show.
Verizon's Hakl: SDN Creates Virtualized World
The Digerati  
8/11/2017   8 comments
Infusing SDN into cybersecurity, Verizon's SDN strategy aims to bring better security, more intelligent automation and lower costs to the latest in network-infrastructure demands.
OCP's Carter: Open-Source Agility Begets Web-Scale Agility
The Digerati  
8/10/2017   6 comments
OCP CTO Bill Carter talks about the agile environment needed to realize web-scale IT initiatives, what telcos can learn from enterprise IT on web scalability and more on the importance of web-scale IT.
Security Ownership a Concern for IoT – Report
Mike Robuck  
8/9/2017   10 comments
A report by Canonical found that various IoT entities were reluctant to take ownership of IoT security issues.
Business Service Applications Tops TT Poll
Mike Robuck  
8/4/2017   4 comments
Business service applications were the hands-down winner in a poll on web-scale services and applications.
Cognitive AI: Humanizing Network Apps
Kishore Jethanandani  
8/3/2017   40 comments
Cognitive AI will pose new challenges for service providers with its exponentially higher data volumes susceptible to spikes.
Red Hat's Hood on Web-Scale IT's Impact on IoT & 5G
The Digerati  
8/2/2017   17 comments
Web-scale IT offers improved efficiencies for carriers' IoT, 5G and LTE services and applications.
AT&T's Malhotra: The Evolving World of Enterprise Connectivity
Manish Malhotra  
8/1/2017   5 comments
With ever-changing bandwidth needs, enterprises need to have a flexible WAN design in place that includes SDN, NFV and SD-WAN.
Comcast Joins the ONAP Band
Mike Robuck  
7/31/2017   13 comments
In addition to Comcast, the Open Network Automation Platform also added networking vendors to its growing roster.
IDC's Hicks: Digital Transformation a Must
The Digerati  
7/28/2017   18 comments
IDC's Hicks discusses the need for telcos to transform themselves en route to offering support for services such as autonomous vehicles and virtual reality.
IDC's Hicks: Digital Transformations Are About More Than Technology
The Digerati  
7/26/2017   68 comments
Digital transformations aren't just the technologies, they also include the business cases.
Red Hat's Hood on Perpetuating SD-WAN Success
The Digerati  
7/26/2017   8 comments
Red Hat is helping service providers with their SD-WAN deployments.
AT&T's Fuetsch: Edge Computing Is on Deck
Mike Robuck  
7/25/2017   29 comments
AT&T is tuning up edge computing to enable self-driving cars, virtual reality and augmented reality.
Windstream, EarthLink Unite Over SD-WAN
The Digerati  
7/24/2017   10 comments
EarthLink and Windstream's SD-WAN services will be more tightly integrated starting in late July.
Improving Web-Scale Networks With Software-Driven Flexibility
Kishore Jethanandani  
7/21/2017   7 comments
Web-scale networks automate operations while speeding up responses with predictive algorithms.
MEF Takes On SD-WAN Standardization
Mike Robuck  
7/20/2017   9 comments
The MEF is working with vendors and service providers on common SD-WAN use cases and definitions.
AT&T's Anschutz Discusses Web-Scale's Impact on Telcos
The Digerati  
7/18/2017   23 comments
Anshutz also talks about how AT&T is looking at containers and microservices as part of its virtualization efforts.
Verizon's Hakl on SD-WAN Evolution
The Digerati  
7/13/2017   11 comments
As Verizon grows its SD-WAN strategy, the company sees a network evolution in both technological capabilities of network autonomics and business use cases that drive outcomes for enhanced agility.




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