Similar to the same path trod by services providers such as AT&T, CenturyLink and Telefónica, WOW's road to network virtualization is starting with NFV-based business services.
According to a story by Light Reading's Mari Silbey, WideOpenWest Holdings LLC (WOW) , a cable over-builder, has started combining virtualized components with its existing equipment from multiple vendors. The NFV benefits for WOW include automating service provisioning, connection optimization and network security for its business customers while also shedding hardware-based solutions. (See WOW Trials NFV for Business, Eyes Residential .)
The big picture will also include using NFV for services and applications for WOW's residential customers.
"The next 12 months is going to be learning and refining what we're doing and how we're doing it, and then my hope is that at that point we're full speed ahead around more than just business services," said WOW Vice President of Engineering Eric Fligel, in the Light Reading story. "I would expect over the course of the next 24 to 36 months to really see significant change from an infrastructure standpoint."
10/16/2017 Huawei Network Transformation SeminarThe 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.
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.
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.