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Bill Walker's Transformation Insights
Telco Transformation Video  
10/13/2017   2 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.
AT&T's Anschutz: Next-Gen VNFs Will Curb Opex
Telco Transformation Video  
10/11/2017   9 comments
During the Carrier NFV and SDN event in Denver, AT&T's Tom Anschutz talked about how the second generation of VNFs could reduce opex during this Telco Transformation video.
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.
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.
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.
ETSI's Triay: NFV Success Is Built With Foresight, Understanding, Automation
The Digerati  
9/21/2017   7 comments
ETSI Research Specialist Joan Triay talks about NFV best practices and the close relationship between NFV and automation in part two of this Q&A.
Level 3's Ewert: Why Automation Is a Boon to Employees
The Digerati  
9/20/2017   49 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.
AT&T's Wheelus: Automation Key for Speed, Efficiency
The Digerati  
9/18/2017   42 comments
AT&T's Amy Wheelus talks about the telco's use of SDN and automation in this Q&A.
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.
Level 3's Ewert: Look to Cloud for NFV Models
The Digerati  
9/14/2017   4 comments
Level 3's Travis Ewert draws parallels between effective NFV transformation and enterprise-cloud models while urging a commoditization approach to network operating models.
Comcast Business Dives Into SD-WAN Waters
Mike Robuck  
9/13/2017   39 comments
SD-WAN is the first service that Comcast is offering on its SDN-enabled ActiveCore platform.
CenturyLink's Walker Talks Automation, Orchestration
The Digerati  
9/13/2017   9 comments
CenturyLink's Walker discusses the impact of automation and the cloud on the telco's NFV efforts.
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.
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.
Digital Transformations Dogged by Lack of Leadership
Mike Robuck  
8/28/2017   14 comments
A survey of US senior-level executives found that most weren't executing on their digital transformation strategies.
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 Blending Open Source, SDN & Web-Scale IT
The Digerati  
7/31/2017   5 comments
Web-scale IT, open source and virtualization converge to enable continuous network innovations.
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   58 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.
Singapore Tops UN Cybersecurity Survey
Mike Robuck  
7/17/2017   52 comments
United Nations survey encourages countries to come up with a cybersecurity strategy
Anschutz on AT&T's Use of Web-Scale IT
The Digerati  
7/14/2017   14 comments
AT&T is tapping into web-scale principles to improve operational efficiencies.
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.
Colt's Coppens Talks Industry Automation
The Digerati  
7/12/2017   8 comments
Colt is working with AT&T, Orange, MEF and the TM Forum on orchestrating services across each other's networks.
Is AI Everybody's Job, or Nobody's Job?
Joe Stanganelli  
6/30/2017   37 comments
While the benefits of AI are often touted, there are some concerns, including hiring and training employees.
Orange Business Services' Isch: SD-WAN Complements the Cloud
The Digerati  
6/28/2017   15 comments
Orange Business Services' Isch talks about educating customers on their SD-WAN needs.
Sky Italia's Gandino Talks OTT Challenges, Viewing Trends & AI
The Digerati  
6/27/2017   24 comments
Davide Gandino, OTT and cloud processing & delivery manager of technology at Sky Italia, discusses the role of analytics and AI in its OTT video strategy at the Red Hat Summit.
Level 3's Dugan: Customers Crave SD-WAN Expansion of Hybrid Networks
The Digerati  
6/27/2017   2 comments
Level 3's long-term goal with SD-WAN is to couple it with other network solutions.
SD-WAN: Welcome to the Boomtown
Mike Robuck  
6/20/2017   22 comments
Cloud-based SD-WAN subscriptions from vendors came out on top of a recent Telco Transformation poll.
NFV: Keeping Hope Alive With the OPNFV
Mike Robuck  
6/14/2017   6 comments
Operators haven't lost faith in NFV, according to the OPNFV, which released the results of a Heavy Reading survey at this week's OPNFV Summit in Beijing.
Seen & Heard: Yahoo CEO Exits via Platinum Parachute
Mike Robuck  
6/13/2017   67 comments
Mayer departs Yahoo with a much bigger bank account.
Windstream Sees AI Winds Blowing Toward SD-WAN
Joe Stanganelli  
6/9/2017   20 comments
SD-WAN and the cloud are just a few of the use cases that are driving the rapid adoption of AI.
ONAP Embraces More Members
Mike Robuck  
6/8/2017   20 comments
ONAP forges ahead with new members; plans to merge ECOMP and OPEN-O.
AT&T's Zeto: IoT Evolution Runs on Parallel Paths
The Digerati  
6/7/2017   7 comments
Whether it's street lighting, smart cities or military bases, IoT has the use cases covered.
Level 3's Saenger: Virtualized Cloud Binds AI, Big Data
The Digerati  
6/1/2017   34 comments
Virtualized cloud eases the complexity of big data, AI and automation.
Level 3's Saenger: Enterprise Cloud Means Business
The Digerati  
6/1/2017   5 comments
Level 3's Adam Saenger examines enterprise cloud trends and the skillsets employees need to understand not only the technology, but also the business case for cloud platforms.
Level 3 on Multi-Operator Automation
Elizabeth Miller Coyne  
5/31/2017   1 comment
Level 3's VP of Global Development and Management Adam Saenger talks about the importance of multi-operator automation, and how it impacts partners, customers and employees.
BCE Keeps Austin Awesome
Slideshows  
5/19/2017   19 comments
BCE 2017 featured a disco-themed awards party, Tex Mex and powerful insights from the communication industry's thought-leaders.
Facebook's Schmidtke on TIP & the New Connectivity Paradigm
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser  
5/17/2017   11 comments
Facebook's Hans-Juergen Schmidtke explained new developments in TIP and driving a global, connected ecosystem.
Level 3's Richter: Simplicity Strengthens Security in the Enterprise Cloud
The Digerati  
5/12/2017   21 comments
Level 3's Chris Richter explains how migration to the enterprise cloud increases security by reducing complexity for many organizations.
Huawei's Chiosi Shares Views on ONAP, MANO & More
Mike Robuck  
5/3/2017   7 comments
Chiosi, vice president of Open Ecosystems in the US with Huawei, is focused on making sure standards and open source are working well together.
A Deep Dive Into Intent-Based Network Management With Level 3's CTO
The Digerati  
5/2/2017   3 comments
Level 3 CTO Andrew Dugan examines how AI and machine learning can be utilized in the network to improve automation, security, network performance and more.
Equinix Expects 'Massive' Scaling of Interconnection Model
The Digerati  
4/24/2017   12 comments
Equinix is preparing for the future by looking to massively scale its interconnection capabilities, and participating in open source processes and testing solutions such TIP.
Laplane: Orange Has Cloud Covered
The Digerati  
4/20/2017   12 comments
Orange Business Services recently teamed up with Huawei on a managed cloud offering.
AT&T's Volinsky Talks About the Power of AI
The Digerati  
4/14/2017   26 comments
AI is the real deal now for service providers such as AT&T.
Big Data Throwdown: Top 10 Trends
Infographics  
4/13/2017   31 comments
Big data is more than just collecting data. Carriers and their customers look to analytics for making real-time decisions.
Red Hat's Jordan-Smith: Many Eyeballs on the Cloud
The Digerati  
4/12/2017   9 comments
Enterprise cloud will reach its full potential with open source solutions.
A1 Digital Dials in Digital Transformations
The Digerati  
4/11/2017   7 comments
As a newly formed subsidiary of Telekom Austria Group, A1 is looking to bring its digital products, cloud and IoT services to businesses across central and eastern Europe.
OPNFV Crosses Into MANO With Danube
Mike Robuck  
4/7/2017   4 comments
Danube pushes OPNFV closer to its goal of having an end-to-end NFV platform for service providers.
China Mobile Ramps Up With ONAP
Mike Robuck  
4/7/2017   4 comments
China Mobile was drawn to OPEN-O for some of the same reasons that AT&T created ECOMP.
Vendor Lock-In: The Bogeyman in the Cloud
Joe Stanganelli  
4/6/2017   17 comments
Vendor lock-in may not be what you think it is.
AT&T Boldly Goes Into White Box Switching
Mike Robuck  
4/4/2017   7 comments
AT&T teamed up with several vendors for a coast-to-coast trial of white-box switching.
ONS: State of the Union for Open Source
Mike Robuck  
4/3/2017   7 comments
While open source projects and software-defined networks have enjoyed big growth spurts there are still hurdles to overcome en route to large-scale production deployments.
Linux Foundation's Joshipura: 5G Demands Cloud Automation & Big Data
The Digerati  
4/3/2017   3 comments
The time is now to start automating for 5G, Joshipura says.
Level 3's Richter Talks About Enterprise Cloud 'Gotchas'
The Digerati  
3/31/2017   8 comments
Level 3's Richter discusses dumb things end users do and other perceived problems with enterprise cloud.
BT's Schrock: Aggregation, Integration Next Steps for Enterprise Cloud
The Digerati  
3/31/2017   6 comments
BT is helping customers understand that the move to the enterprise cloud shouldn't be fraught with worry.
Linux Foundation's Joshipura on Building Open Enterprise Cloud
The Digerati  
3/30/2017   8 comments
Enterprise cloud is a blend of proprietary solutions and open source components, Joshipura says.
BT’s Schrock: Enterprise Cloud Spans Globe
The Digerati  
3/30/2017   5 comments
There's a wide range of providers, services and customers for enterprise cloud services.
Containers Are Key for Open Networking
Kishore Jethanandani  
3/29/2017   8 comments
Containers provide service providers with more portability and flexibility than virtual machines.
Sandberg: Telenor Leans Into Software
The Digerati  
3/29/2017   3 comments
Bjørn-Taale Sandberg, head of Telenor Research, talks about how his company is learning to be more software-centric.
Telenor’s Sandberg Discusses Virtualization
The Digerati  
3/27/2017   4 comments
Telenor is working across three primary fronts for its digitization initiative.
Enterprise Cloud Uses Mature, CenturyLink's Matherson Says
The Digerati  
3/24/2017   10 comments
Enterprise cloud is still evolving, but it's already starting to mirror legacy on premise infrastructure.
CL's Matherson: Future Is Now for Enterprise Cloud
The Digerati  
3/23/2017   32 comments
Matherson breaks down the opportunities and the obstacles that businesses face when moving to enterprise cloud.
CenturyLink Goes Its Own Way With CORD
Mike Robuck  
3/22/2017   21 comments
CenturyLink eschews ONOS' CORD by developing its own version for its residential and business DSL customers.
Report: SD-WAN to Top $2.9B by 2021
Mike Robuck  
3/22/2017   14 comments
SD-WAN is booming, according to an IHS Markit report.
Pacewicz: Indigo the Next Innovation Wave for AT&T
The Digerati  
3/20/2017   10 comments
Pacewicz talks about Indigo, which AT&T sees as its third generation of modern networking, and SD-WAN services.
AT&T's Pacewicz Talks About Inter-Carrier APIs
The Digerati  
3/16/2017   5 comments
Pacewicz provides more details about how AT&T, Colt and Orange are defining new standards for interoperability across each other's SDN-based networks.
Telenor Seeks to Lead With New AI Lab
Mike Robuck  
3/15/2017   24 comments
In addition to the lab, Telenor has made AI one of the core elements of its digital transformation.
AT&T's Katibeh Discusses Easing Cloud Concerns for Enterprises
The Digerati  
3/14/2017   30 comments
AT&T's NetBond not only offers enterprises flexibility and security, but also a way to collect IoT data.
Breaking Through the NFV Fog in 2017
Mallik Tatipamula  
3/13/2017   2 comments
Service providers need to run through a checklist in regards to which projects or applications need to be virtualized.
Digital Transformation: Charting a Course
Infographics  
3/10/2017   5 comments
The TM Forum defines digital transformation for service providers.
Viginier: Orange Transforms With DevOps
The Digerati  
3/10/2017   5 comments
Orange is going all in with a DevOps approach across its operation areas.
Linux Foundation's Joshipura Brings Order to Open Source
The Digerati  
3/9/2017   2 comments
The Linux Foundation hired Joshipura to move the open source ball forward by reducing fragmentation and increasing cooperation.
Open Source & Containers: How Supply Meets Demand
Kishore Jethanandani  
3/7/2017   4 comments
Open source networking, CORD, microservices and containers are some of the tools that service providers are using to manage their networks at the edge.
Barcelona Shines During MWC
Slideshows  
3/6/2017   13 comments
Barcelona was warm, sunny and chock-full of technology during Mobile World Congress 2017.
AT&T's Anschutz: CORD Ties in Open Source, Containers
The Digerati  
3/2/2017   10 comments
AT&T exec explains how CORD is designed to use containers and open networking to provision services and applications at the edge.
AT&T's Nassaur Talks Container Strategy
The Digerati  
3/1/2017   18 comments
AT&T is looking at the ways that containers and microservices will impact networks.
Colt, AT&T, Orange Partner on Orchestrated Services
Mike Robuck  
3/1/2017   6 comments
Orange, AT&T Colt are breaking new ground on interoperability across SDN-enabled networks.
AT&T's Anschutz Talks CORD & Containers
The Digerati  
2/28/2017   2 comments
Distributed controls for distributed networks are key for optimizing sprawling networks.
AT&T's Nassaur: Keep an Open Mind on Containers
The Digerati  
2/27/2017   5 comments
Nassaur speaks about the importance of containers and open source collaboration across the telecom industry.
AT&T: IoT Cyber Attacks Increase 400% in 2016
Mike Robuck  
2/27/2017   44 comments
AT&T's latest security report says businesses need to stay on top of security to ward off cyber attacks.
OpenDayLight's Caywood Discusses SDN
The Digerati  
2/24/2017   9 comments
In the third part of this Q&A, ODL's Caywood talked about the evolution of software-defined networking and northbound APIs.
Linux Foundation Welds OPEN-O, ECOMP Into ONAP
Carl Weinschenk  
2/23/2017   10 comments
Combing OPEN-O and ECOMP into ONAP should bring more harmony to the MANO sector.
NFV: A Catalyst for OSS Transformation
Mike Robuck  
2/22/2017   7 comments
NFV presents an opportunity to breathe new life into OSS.
Verizon Shaves $350M Off of Yahoo Deal
Mike Robuck  
2/21/2017   46 comments
Verizon and Yahoo agree to cut the price of their deal, and to split some of the liabilities.
Verizon's Shafiq: Analytics Key to ThingSpace IoT Platform
The Digerati  
2/21/2017   13 comments
Verizon is bringing order to the Internet of Things space through the use of advanced analytics on its ThingSpace platform.
Seen & Heard: Orange Debuts Public Cloud Offering
Mike Robuck  
2/21/2017   15 comments
Orange Business Services is reaching out to multinational corporations with a new public cloud offering.
Operation Analytics Plays Key Role in Virtualization & Orchestration
Chris Menier  
2/16/2017   16 comments
While the benefits to virtualization are many, it does add an additional layer of complexity that needs to be managed by more sophisticated assurance and monitoring capabilities.
Digital Disruption: Early Days for Carriers
Infographics  
2/15/2017   57 comments
Tier 1 operators' progress towards becoming digital service providers is marked by more of an evolution rather than a disruptive transformation, according to a recent report.
ONF Opens Up Innovation Pipeline Progam
Mike Robuck  
2/14/2017   9 comments
ONF is attempting to drive innovation, agility and cohesion across SDN and NFV efforts with its new program.
OPNFV's Second Plugfest Tackles OCP & Open-O Integration
Kelsey Kusterer Ziser  
2/13/2017   6 comments
OPNFV's second Plugfest highlighted integration of OPNFV's platform with multiple commercial hardware solutions and open source platforms.
ODL's Caywood: Why China Matters
The Digerati  
2/13/2017   19 comments
In the second part of this Q&A, ODL's Caywood speaks about what Western telcos can learn from their Chinese counterparts and how open source groups can refine their collaboration efforts.
CenturyLink Banks on Virtualization Rewards
Mike Robuck  
2/9/2017   26 comments
CenturyLink outlined its progress on the virtualization front during its fourth-quarter earnings call.
Seen & Heard: Less Is More for CenturyLink
Mike Robuck  
2/8/2017   17 comments
CenturyLink is leveraging an internal software approach for its next-generation NFV/SDN implementation.
Four Predictions That Will Redefine Networking
Carl Grivner  
2/7/2017   24 comments
The next 12 months will bring about a seachange for enterprise and small business networking.




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Special Huawei Video
10/16/2017
Huawei Network Transformation Seminar
The adoption of virtualization technology and cloud architectures by telecom network operators is now well underway but there is still a long way to go before the transition to an era of Network Functions Cloudification (NFC) is complete.
On-the-Air Thursdays Digital Audio
In this Telco Transformation radio show, IHS Markit's Michael Howard will talk about the network domains that carriers are targeting for SDN, the top SDN services that are driving revenues and the deployment barriers this year. Howard will also address whether carriers are embracing open source or using vendor-specific implementations.
MEF is working to define, deliver, and certify dynamic communications services that are orchestrated across a global ecosystem of automated, virtualized and interconnected networks. In this radio show, MEF CTO Pascal Menezes talks about the challenges and the solutions that his organization is working on and provides a preview of the MEF17 conference in November.
Webinars
ARCHIVED
Thursday, September 21, 2017
12pm EST

Software-defined networking (SDN) is a key component of services providers' virtualization game plans and AT&T and Level 3 Communications have been at the forefront of its adoption.

In this webinar, Andrew Dugan, CTO of Level 3 Communications, and Amy Wheelus, Vice President of Cloud and D2 Platform Integration at AT&T, will discuss how their companies have leveraged SDN within their networks, services and applications. Some of the key areas that will be covered include:

  • Automation, APIs and lifecycle service orchestration
  • The continued evolution of SDN-based solutions and SDN in networks, including SD-WAN, dynamic cloud connections and scalable Ethernet and security solutions.

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Bill Walker, CenturyLink's director of network architecture, shares his insights on why training isn't enough for IT employees and traditional ...
During the Carrier NFV and SDN event in Denver, AT&T's Tom Anschutz talked about how the second generation of VNFs could reduce opex during this ...
DENVER, 10/6/2017 - Jim Sabey, head of connect and compute sales specialists at BT Americas, talks about how virtualization has changed the ...
Level 3's VP of Global Development and Management Adam Saenger talks about the importance of multi-operator automation, and how it impacts ...
CenturyLink's Steve Sklar examines business models and opportunities for service providers navigating the OTT market.
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