I’ve had the opportunity this year to meet with mobile operator leaders from around the globe. Whether they are large or small, focused on consumer services or businesses, or engaged in video or mobility, their ambitions are much in line with our strategy: to help them monetize and optimize their networks, while accelerating their ability to deliver their services.
As mobile operators are deploying new technologies to help achieve their business outcomes, “virtualization” is often touted as the answer, and, in part, that is correct. At Cisco, we believe it is important to frame the discussion properly in order to reap the full benefits of what’s possible in networking.
The network is increasingly becoming virtualized, and virtualization is increasingly becoming networked. Virtualizing applications is an initial step that can provide some advantages. However, Read More »
Tags: Cisco, Cisco Virtualized Packet Core, Cisco VPC, DOCOMO, EPC, Evolved Packet Core, Joseph Cozzolino, Kelly Ahuja, mobility, network functions virtualization, NFV, Seizo Onoe, Service Provider, video, virtualization
At the ITS World Congress last month in Detroit, we saw a wide range of intelligent transportation solutions and concepts. The most popular solutions on display –presented by several Auto Manufacturers, ITS suppliers, and Cisco along with partner Cohda Wireless – were simulated and live Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) demonstrations, which showed how vehicles will communicate to each other and to roadside infrastructure in the not-too-distant future. A key goal of V2V and V2I is safety, for drivers and pedestrians, as vehicles will be able to synchronize their movement with traffic lights, roads, toll plazas, rail crossings and of course other cars.
Cisco also showed how Connected Transportation solutions can leverage the intelligent – and virtualized – mobile core network. We demonstrated a [fictional] after-market connected car application (“CarConcierge”) that enables users to remotely start or unlock their car, do a car “health check,” and extract car-sourced analytics over an LTE mobile network. The demonstration showed how the Connected Transportation market will see an explosion of innovative new applications that mobile operators can monetize by providing secure, intelligent, and cost-effective connectivity and process automation to devices and vehicles.
Watch a video summary of the Cisco demonstration: Read More »
Tags: Brian Walsh, Connected Transportation, EPC, Evolved Packet Core, IoT, ITS World Congress, M2M, mobile operator, Service Provider, virtualization, Virtualized packet core
This is part 3 of the “Your Business Powered By Cisco Customer Solutions Architecture (CSA)” blog series.
Physical Infrastructure Layer
The physical infrastructure layer is where the physical resources reside. This includes equipment typically used in a data center such as network devices (switches, routers, firewalls, and load balancers), computing resources, storage and facilities. Physical infrastructure products and the connectivity to the cloud, customer networks, partners and cloud brokers are secured in this layer.
Virtual Infrastructure Layer
The main purpose of this layer is to abstract the underlying physical resources into pools of logical resources with attributes and service assurance parameters. In addition, it greatly simplifies management processes, accelerates service delivery to market, and reduces operating expenses. Simplicity of provisioning and management along with security can be obtained by creating many logical networks from one physical network. The physical infrastructure layer is virtualized using various methods (hypervisor technology, Application Centric Networks, etc.) into a virtualized infrastructure layer. This is analogous to creating VLANs within a physical LAN. The Resource Abstraction and Control functionality in this layer views the physical layer in a more holistic fashion by allowing the orchestration, network and security controllers to enforce appropriate policies to the traffic and the underlying network infrastructure.
The Services Layer is Read More »
Tags: cisco customer solutions architecture, cloud, csa, Service Provider, virtualization
By Gina Nienaber, Marketing Manager, SP Product and Solutions Marketing
Cisco is a sponsor of a new show this year, the Metro Ethernet Forum Global Ethernet Network 2014 show or “MEF GEN 14” to be held on November 17-20th, at the Gaylord National in Washington, DC. The event promises to bring together leading industry experts to define the future of global networking. Distinguished Cisco specialists will be available to discuss business transformation through industry leading innovations such as Software Defined Network (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Service Orchestration and Carrier Ethernet 2.0.
On Monday, 17 November, at 1:00 PM, Cisco will host a “MUST ATTEND” pre-conference workshop for our customers where we will share new innovations that will change how service providers plan, deploy, and operate programmable Carrier Ethernet networks. Read More »
Tags: Carrier Ethernet 2.0, Cisco at MEF GEN14, epn, esp, evolved programmable network, evolved services platform, GEN14, MEF GEN14, metro ethernet forum, NFV, orchestration, SDN, segment routing, virtualization
Project Illustrates How Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Work in Concert to Enhance How Networks are Designed, Operated, and Monetized
Last week, I blogged about some joint research with Cox Communications related to our Evolved Services Platform (ESP) and NFV efforts. Another collaborative took place at the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) at their Cable-Tec Expo 14 event in Denver.
Loukas Paraschis, a Technology Solutions Architect at Cisco, co-wrote a paper (entitled SDN and NFV in Business Services) with Mazen Khaddam, Principal Lead Network Architect at Cox Atlanta.
The paper provides a comprehensive summary of Cisco’s SDN, NFV, and open source vision with the Cisco Evolved Services Platform (ESP). It specifically validates the service provider’s need for solutions that provide desired business outcomes for applications running across multiple domains (such as WAN and data center), and provides detailed use cases for the WAN Automation Engine (WAE).
The paper Read More »
Tags: cable-tec, cox communications, monetization, network functions virtualization, NFV, optimization, scte, SDN, softweare defined network, wae, WAN Automation Engine