DENVER -- NFV & Carrier SDN -- Bill Walker has seen a thing or two during his telco career, and he shared some of his insights during his keynote address on Wednesday at Light Reading's NFV and Carrier SDN event.
Walker, director of network and cloud architecture for CenturyLink, said his team members like to send him pictures to include in his presentations, some of which he used when he went over his "Bill's Big Rules for Transformation Success" near the end of his keynote.
While taking a humorous view of some important transformation topics, Walker stressed that all of the content and verbiage of his rules were his opinions and not CenturyLink's.
So let's dive into Bill's Big Rules by clicking on the image below.
"There are tons of training partners out there that can give you a week of training on some virtualization technology, but if they're not doing it, it's going to be useless," Walker said. "If they're not using it every day, it's useless training. So not only training, but living it and communicating it across the different technology groups is key. Training is never enough."
Ciena CTO Steve Alexander explains why some operators are leery of fully autonomous networks, and how Ciena is collaborating with carriers to prepare for 5G deployments with platforms like the Adaptive Network.
In this webinar, the panel will give an overview of where the industry is right now in regards to bringing early 5G services and technologies to the market, as well as examine what's needed for future services and applications such as IoT, AR/VR and edge computing. Panelists from Huawei, Heavy Reading and Orange will discuss how network slicing virtualizes one network into many platforms in order to serve various verticals. Other areas to be discussed include:
The move to cloud-native architectures
How to use the IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS layers of the cloud platform to build-out 5G service capabilities
The importance of implementing full-process automation of telecom networks and 5G services
Why service operators need to extend their cloud platform capabilities to the edge of their networks.
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