On February 18, Cisco announced the evolution of service provider (SP) networks. It is probably a good idea to step back, just a little, and explain how Cisco sees the challenges ahead and how we intend to continue to provide our mobile service provider customers with the strongest portfolio of solutions in the industry. That’s the reason I am writing this blog post. In it, I hope to share with you some of our learnings from the past year and also, explain a little bit about the rationale for our announcement.
We are virtualizing our entire SP portfolio. The year 2013 is one where the concept of “Network Function Virtualization” (NfV) caught the industry by storm. In NfV, virtualized network functions are software appliances executing on virtual machines delivered in a telco cloud environment. In a nutshell, NfV is attractive to our customers because it allows them to clearly delineate the respective values of software, hardware and professional services for total solution integration. Practices based on data center techniques promise to reduce the cost of operating the network and simplify work processes through the agility we are seeing today in the cloud environment. And none of this evolution will compromise the ability of service providers to deploy multi-vendor solutions though it is fair to state, procurement practices will need to re-align to this brave new world. For example, rather than procure integrated network functions to be assembled into a network, service providers may have to separate out layers Read More »
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A year ago we introduced the Cisco Quantum Software suite based on an architectural construct of an automated, closed loop -- linking network, analytics and policy -- to help Mobile Operators better optimize and monetize their network investments. We announced the network abstraction, analytics, policy and self-optimizing network (SON) platforms. At the Mobile World Congress 2014, we are expanding the software suite in several ways:
Cisco Quantum SON for Small Cells
We’re taking the industry’s most deployed and proven SON solution for multi-vendor, multi-technology macro radio and extending that to multi-vendor Small Cells. This is an industry first.
As the industry evolves, Small cells -- 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi -- will far outnumber macro base stations and are quickly becoming a requirement for broad coverage and capacity at the lowest cost per bit. But some of these benefits are wasted if small cells are not seamlessly coordinated with the rest of the radio network.
By supporting small cells, Cisco Quantum SON now enables true heterogeneous access and seamless experience. And being multi-vendor, operators can include their existing small cell investments, unifying the entire radio network into a single intelligent entity.
In fact, Read More »
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Throughout 2013, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with services provider leaders from around the globe. Whether they are large or small, focused on consumer services or business, or engaged in video or mobility, their ambitions are very much in line with our strategy: To help them monetize and optimize their networks, while accelerating their ability to deliver their services.
- Monetize: From innovative new managed security services, to video, cloud and new machine driven (M2M) services to enable the Internet of Everything (IoE), there are a number of new incremental revenue opportunities for service providers which sit at the very center of these trends estimated at over $2.9 Trillion over the next 10 years.
- Optimize: Delivery of these new services has to be less than the cost to deploy and operate them. At the end of the day, the SP is a business, and, as all businesses, they need to be profitable. New ways to deliver these services as economically as possible are key to their success.
- Accelerate: In this dynamic marketplace, service providers need to move quickly to seize these new opportunities. Gone are the days when service rollouts can take months or quarters Instead, they need to operate at “web speed” shortening the time to provision new services from months to minutes and do it in a cost-effective way. Read More »
Tags: Internet of Everything, IoE, network function virtualization, NFV, Pankaj Patel, SDN, software defined networking, virtualization
SDN has become a popular topic – so much so that this year’s MPLS/Carrier Ethernet/IPv6 World Congress in Paris added an SDN Summit component. It’s an area of high interest for Cisco as we develop our Open Network Environment, a portfolio of Cisco technologies and open standards which brings programmatic control and application awareness to the network, combining the benefits of hardware and software across physical and virtual domains. Read More »
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