Light Reading’s NFV and the Data Center- Operator Keynotes, Security & Summary-Part 2

September 25, 2014
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An example of what the NFV Framework looks like from the Orange perspective.

Introduction: This second article on Light Reading’s NFV-Data Center conference summarizes telco keynote speeches from Orange and NTT-America. We then look at security challenges and wrap up with our summary and conclusions. Part 1. on the Heavy Reading NFV survey results and CenturyLink keynote may be read here. Orange Keynote: Christos Kolias, Sr. Research Scientist,…

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Highlights of Light Reading’s NFV and the Data Center Conference-Part 1.

September 23, 2014
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Inside a typical data center.

Introduction: The telco data center¹(DC) is likely to be the first place network operators deploy Network Virtualization/Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).  That was the opening statement at the Light Reading conference on NFV and the Data Center, held Sept 16, 2014 in Santa Clara, CA.  A network virtualized data center was defined by the conference host…

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Viodi View – 09/19/14

September 19, 2014
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A collage of Alex Best, Jim Farmer and the iconic 6350 modulator they designed.

The best part of conferences are the face-to-face meetings. Next week’s NTCA Fall Conference will provide ample opportunities to meet with Viodi View readers and viewers. One operator I am looking  forward to meeting with is Paul Bunyan Communications. PBC’s had a blockbuster announcement yesterday about their all-fiber, GigaZone offering, which provides symmetric Gigabit speeds at…

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Autonomous Vehicle View – 09/19/14

September 19, 2014
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A bumper sticker showing the lighter side of Silicon Valley.

This is a biweekly round-up of some of the articles on autonomous vehicles that elicited commentary from this author. Note, with all the buzz about autonomous vehicles, this list isn’t comprehensive. If the model for autonomous vehicle is a service model, however, where the car is owned by a service provider (e.g. Google), then more…

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AT&T’s “SDN-WAN” as the Network to Access & Deliver Cloud Services

September 18, 2014
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AT&T's vision of a network enabled cloud. Image courtesy of AT&T.

Introduction: For several years, we’ve wondered why there was so many alternative WANs used and proposed to access and deliver cloud computing and storage services (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, etc.) for public, private, and hybrid clouds. The list includes: the public Internet (best effort), IP MPLS VPN, other types of IP VPNs, Carrier Ethernet for Private…

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2014 Hot Interconnects: Hardware for Software Defined Networks & NFV – Part II.

September 5, 2014
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Operator SDN and NFV timeline, according to Infonetics.

Introduction: This closing Hot Interconnects session on  Hardware for Software Defined Networks (SDN) & Network Function Virtualization (NFV) was very informative. It revealed very interesting carrier market research and raised quite a few questions/ open issues related to dedicated network hardware to be used in SDN/NFV networks.  It was not, however, a “Venture Capital Forum” as…

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Viodi View – 09/05/14

September 5, 2014
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A security key pad is just an outward view of the importance of having excellent internal controls.

September typically means the start of the fall trade show season. Fortunately for this author, the trade show season started a week early in Viodi’s Silicon Valley home in the form of NTCA’s Finance and Accounting Conference. A big theme of this conference was building a culture of ethics, accountability and quality. This conference reminded me of an…

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2014 Hot Interconnects Semiconductor Session Highlights & Takeaways- Part I.

September 4, 2014
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Introduction: With Software Defined: Networking (SDN), Storage and Data Center movements firmly entrenched, one might believe there’s not much opportunity for innovation in dedicated hardware implemented in silicon.  Several sessions at the 2014 Hot Interconnects conference, especially one from ARM Ltd, indicated that was not the case at all. With the strong push for open networks,…

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2014 Hot Interconnects Highlight: Achieving Scale & Programmability in Google’s Software Defined Data Center WAN

August 31, 2014
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An image of Google's Andromeda Controller diagram.

Introduction: Amin Vahdat, PhD & Distinguished Engineer and Lead Network Architect at Google, delivered the opening keynote at 2014 Hot Interconnects, held August 26-27 in Mt View, CA. His talk presented an overview of the design and architectural requirements to bring Google’s shared infrastructure services to external customers with the Google Cloud Platform. The wide…

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