News Category: Networking

How to Plan for SDN & NFV Success

2016 will be an inflection point for SDN and NFV. Momentum is shifting from early adopters to an early majority of communication service providers. But as telecommunications organizations begin to move from intent to action, what is the best way for them to map out an aggressive but viable long-...
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Wholesale Voice Carriers Examine NFV

Having largely accomplished its original mission of moving carriers to voice-over-IP (VoIP), the i3Forum is now expanding its scope to help wholesale carriers adopt network functions virtualization (NFV). The i3Forum is a nonprofit group for wholesale voice carriers. Its members include AT&T,...
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Scaling Collaboration in DevOps

Most DevOps platforms and tools are designed with scalability in mind. DevOps environments often run in the cloud and tend to be volatile. It’s important for the software that supports DevOps to be able to scale in real time to address spikes and lulls in demand. The same thing is true for the...
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Enterprises Bullish On 100 GbE, Cloud, And SDN

Study provides a view into how enterprise networks are changing.  Companies are tackling surging bandwidth requirements by adding bigger network pipes and adopting newer technologies such as cloud and software-defined networking, according to a new study released today. The ninth annual State of...
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ONUG Hopes to Nudge Networks Toward Real Interoperability

For all the complexity underlying software-defined networking (SDN) — the shift to a DevOps culture, the ending of siloed organizational habits — one recurring gripe is that all these “open” and “standards-based” networking products don’t operate cleanly with one another. It’s an old complaint in...
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Know Your Virtual Workloads: Block Size & Workload Shift

To properly design and optimize your data center, it's important to understand various workload characteristics, how they change over time, and how they impact application performance. I've identified the top six things you should know about your virtualized workloads. In my last post, I looked at...
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OPNFV’s Inaugural Plugfest Hosted by CableLabs

OPNFVs first Plugfest was held at CableLabs facility in Louisville, CO. This event, which focused on deployment and integration of OPNFV as well as Virtual Network Function (VNF) applications, was open to both OPNFV members and non-members. A key goal of the Plugfest was to fortify OPNFV's...
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Evolution or Revolution? The Impact of Open Source on Communication Providers

The march toward open source is rapidly turning into an all-out race, with research projects and applications extending to new industry sectors, including communication providers. What started out in the software realm has moved into the hardware space, bringing with it significant changes for...
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What’s the Difference Between Open-O & OSM?

It’s ridiculously early in the existences of Open-O and Open Source MANO (OSM), two open source NFV management and network orchestration (MANO) efforts that emerged at almost the same time this year. But it’s not too early to spot differences between the two. Specifically, each group hopes to solve...
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Container Services: Hello from the Outside!

Gary Olliffe, a research director at Gartner, published an insightful post titled "Microservices : Building Services with the Guts on the Outside"  that nails how the microservices architectural pattern deals with system complexity. In his post, Gary describes how in a microservices-style...
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