The Rise of NFV and the Software Telco
A Light Reading Webinar
Hodges also co-authors Heavy Reading's IP Network Transformation Market Tracker, a special periodic research service. Hodges joined Heavy Reading after nine years at Nortel Networks, where he tracked the VOIP and application server market landscape, most recently as a senior marketing manager. Other activities at Nortel included definition of media gateway network architectures and development of Wireless Intelligent Network standards. Additional industry experience was gained with Bell Canada, where Hodges performed IN and SS7 planning, numbering administration, and definition of regulatory-based interconnection models.
Hodges holds a B.A. in Politics from Queen's University, as well as a BComm from the University of Windsor.
Service providers are facing challenges on both business and technical fronts. They want to be nimble and rapidly launch new services, and enable new capabilities in the network to elevate performance, reduce operational cost and complexity, and increase deployment flexibility. They see the traditional hardware-based deployment lifecycle more as overhead and becoming increasingly operationally time consuming, with little incremental benefit to revenue and potentially even constraining service innovation.
To address these challenges, Service Providers are driving a transformative concept called Network Functions Virtualization - or NFV - that moves network functionality to software and leverages commercially available IT server and virtualization technology.
This webinar will discuss NFV, and cover the criteria that service providers should consider when determining whether a particular network element is a good candidate for network virtualization. We will also cover how it makes sense to virtualize session border controller (SBC) functionality in networks today as an initial step in implementing an NFV strategy, and provide use cases on virtualized SBCs that can, in a rational manner, help realize the benefits of increased flexibility, low TCO and faster service deployment. Finally, we’ll discuss vendor capabilities service providers should consider as they implement their virtualization strategy and move towards their vision of the “software telco.”