Save Money Here and Now
When was the last time you won the lottery? If you are like me, it’s a pretty rare occasion indeed. The same probability can be applied to increasing the budget allocation for any business and especially for service providers. What can service providers do to save money now, enabling them to invest in new services and boost revenues? Network functions virtualization (NFV) comes to the rescue, with help of course, from software defined networking (SDN), and open source innovations.
SDN and NFV represent a significant change in networking as we currently know it. Together and separately, both target cost savings, operational complexity, and network optimization – and both hold much promise for the operator. As with all things offering great potential rewards, one must balance these benefits and address the associated risks accordingly when deploying them.
For service providers, the data center is leading target for SDN and NFV deployments. Given all the activity focused on cloud computing, content delivery, and anything-as-a-service (XaaS) offerings, the service provider data centers must advance across many fronts (security, automation, mobility, reliability analytics, and provisioning) to be successful.
Interestingly, all operators Read More »
Tags: business transformation, Cisco, data center, epn, esp, evolved programmable network, evolved services platform, network function virtualization, NFV, open source, SDN, Service Provider, software defined network
Service provider customers expect more. The pace of change around us is not just constant but continuing to accelerate. To stay competitive with the nimble new players in the market, service providers need to change how they engage all of their end customers. Not exactly an easy challenge to overcome, but rapid and successful business transformation will put operators right in the middle of a world of new opportunities to capture customer mindshare. Exciting times are ahead!
So, what will it take for service providers to save money on their current service offerings, enabling them to invest and expand their businesses? Positive outcomes are made possible by an open, agile, and application centric approach, combining emerging Software-Defined Network (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and Open API technologies … not just to the network… but to all of their business processes.
Faster creation of personalized services that are easy to consume is enabled by the Cisco Evolved Services Platform (ESP), automating and provisioning new services in real-time at web speed. End customers can Read More »
Tags: business transformation, Cisco, data center, epn, esp, evolved programmable network, evolved services platform, network function virtualization, network functions virtualization, NFV, open source, SDN, Service Provider, software defined network
Recently I shared with you an ACG Research report which shows Cisco leading in Mobile IP Infrastructure and gaining market share.
Now step with me into the future for a moment and picture this.
2018 -- nearly 21 billion globally networked devices and connections are live, 7.3 billion M2M are online, four billion global Internet users are connected, and IP video represents 79 percent of all Internet traffic. According to a recent Cisco Visual Networking Index study, this is a mere glimpse of the future. And who is at the heart of enabling all of this? You’re right, mobile service providers.
The next thing you will want to know is what puts them in this sweet spot. Capturing the opportunities afforded by everything going mobile is not easy. Yet service providers alerted at this high-stakes business promise of the future are racing to set themselves up with the means to leverage it. They are employing an architectural approach to their networks that will allow them a couple of things; apply Read More »
Tags: asr, ASR5000 Series, ASR9000, CRS, EPC, esp, evolved services platform, Kelly Ahuja, LTE, mobile backhaul, Mobile IP Core, Mobile IP Infrastructure MPC, packet core, Quantum vPC, Service Provider
By Greg Nehib, Senior Marketing Manager, Cisco
Part 2 – Virtualized Services in an EPN World?
In part one of this series Gina covered the basic definition of an Evolved Programmable Network or EPN and its linkage to the Cisco Evolved Services Platform (ESP). Figure 1 offers a quick visual recap.
Figure 1: Cisco’s Open Network Strategy
And here’s a link to part one of this blog series if you need to play catch up.
In this segment we Read More »
Tags: Cisco EPN, Cisco Evolved Programmable Network, control, epn, esp, evolved services platform, IP and Optical Convergence, IPv6, NFV, ONE, programmability, SDN, Service Provider, SP open network environment, virtualization
Written by Sultan Dawood, Marketing Manager
As SDN and NFV continue to be top of mind technologies for service providers, Light Reading is launching its first Big Telecom Event focused on bridging the gap in the telecom industry between technology know how and business acumen. In partnership with the Open Networking Forum (ONF), this event will comprises a conference with show floor demonstrations of networking technologies and applications that deliver real insight and tangible value to attendees. The BIG Telecom Event (BTE) will be a single big-tent event that aggregates all the hottest areas across our industry – including SDN/NFV and the carrier cloud, Ethernet, telco data centers, service orchestration, packet-optical transport, mobile backhaul, mobile network security, 4G/small cells, service provider IT, content management, and business services.
The event will be held in Chicago next week, June 17-18, 2014. Cisco will be Read More »
Tags: Cisco, epn, esp, Evolved Programmable Networks, evolved services platform, mobility, NFV, open network forum, packet optical, SDN, Service Orchestration, Service Provider, transport