"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."
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.