"With SDN controls, we have automated thousands of tasks, significantly increasing operational scale, shortening lead times, standardizing configurations and improving customer experience," McReynolds said. "Level 3’s SDN orchestration and control system includes more than 75,000 network elements."
As part of its SDN/NFV transformation, Level 3 is leveraging white box servers to implement services faster and with more scalability. In October, it had more than 20,000 white boxes running on its global network.
"Progress in NFV, functions like routers, firewalls or WAN acceleration, are expected to gain momentum in 2017 as a single piece of equipment, a virtualized server, can manage multiple services such as routing, firewalls and WAN Acceleration," he said. "In the past, the diversity of vendors made the task of inventorying and distributed deployment daunting. For a global network like ours, we need partners who take charge for specific geographies."
During this radio show, Adam Dunstan, CenturyLink's vice president of SDN and NFV engineering, will talk about CenturyLink's approach to making its network less complex while adding flexibility and automation.
The promise of 5G connectivity is a truly Networked Society. 5G is not just about making the throughput larger, it is also about offering use case optimized user experiences and inclusion of new vertical sectors. Use cases predicted for 2020 will need new types of connectivity services that are highly scalable and programmable in terms of speed, capacity, security, reliability, availability, latency and impact on battery type. 5G will need to be an agile, dynamically programmable network that can meet diverse needs with new, as-a-service models on a single infrastructure. In this Webinar, you will learn how the Open Networking Foundation is combining open source and software defined standards through its Open innovation Pipeline to advance innovative architectures such as mobile CORD (M-CORD). M-CORD is being developed by the CORD Project community under ONF's leadership and hosted by The Linux Foundation. Built on the pillars of SDN, NFV and cloud technologies, the end-to-end M-CORD open reference solution is arming operators with the capabilities needed to start planning for the upcoming 5G transition.