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The market opportunity for new service creation, cost savings and greater agility is rapidly evolving. Increasingly, virtualization capabilities are a major part of this evolution. Service providers have a tremendous opportunity to transform their business, their architecture, and their customers’ experiences by utilizing advanced Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) capabilities across domains and specifically in data center environments.

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Cisco Service Provider is Bringing Cloud Scale Networking to Cisco Live Berlin

Cisco Live Berlin 2016 is almost here and we would like to highlight a few key points that this event can bring your way. As you know networks are an essential part of business, education, government, and home communications. Every company in every vertical industry is facing unprecedented competitive pressure from new players making innovative usage of software and data analytics. It forces companies to embark on a digitization journey, which ends up having profound consequences on network infrastructure. You may also already know that the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) forecast predicts significant traffic growth in such networks and Global Cloud Index (GCI) forecasts data center and cloud growth showing that total DC traffic will be 3X going from 2014 to 2019. So we worked out a Cisco service provider strategy to help you to stay ahead of the curve and we are delivering SP solutions to help you transform your business. Such strategy will not only increase the speeds and feeds, but will also provide comprehensive ways of growing your business through the virtualization and programmability of services based on Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) innovations. We want Cisco SP technologies and solutions to help increase your profitability and reduce your operational costs while reducing time to market. Cisco’s Open Network Strategy is our vision that fosters new solutions positioned to help you transform the way you handle your day-to-day operations and let you become an empowered provider.

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Come visit the Service Provider booth to see how Cisco’s Service Provider Cloud Scale Networking Solutions for the Software Defined Operator are driving transformation through innovation at Cisco Live Berlin, February 15-19, 2016. We will feature demonstrations, product strategy overviews, and much more!

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Come Join Us for an NFV Event and Panel Discussion on “PoC to Proven” on Feb 2 in Palo Alto, CA -Sponsored by the Telecom Council

By Mina Paik , Product & Solutions Marketing Manager  Cloud and Virtualization – Service Provider 

Mina Paik (mpaik)

Over the past couple of years, a significant number of NFV PoCs have achieved positive outcomes that have led to a number of initial deployments by Service Providers, in areas such as cloud VPN, virtual CPE, and mobility services around the evolved packet core.

The good news is that the open, multivendor NFV ecosystem promises great potential and new market opportunities for both new and established vendors alike.

On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, JL Valente, VP of Product Management of Cisco’s Cloud and Virtualization Group will be participating in a deep dive panel discussion, sponsored by Telecom Council, specifically related to this very topic. Some of the questions that the panel will be answering include:
• How do startups in the telecom sector compete with established vendors?
• How do big vendors take advantage of the disruption to sell a new generation of equipment and solutions?
• Who wins?

We expect this to be a very informative and interesting session, for both Service Providers and vendors.
Details about this event and how to register can be found by going to Telecom Council’s events page.
We look forward to seeing you there.

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Communications and IT Services – It’s Personal This Time

Cisco MOI Forecasts the Opportunity

Comm and IT Image 1_11JAN2016I think most of us take for granted how mobile data services have evolved over the past decade. From simply being able to access email to now watching live video streaming on our personal devices, the pace has been dramatic. Our service providers have also evolved. Now we can log into our accounts and see near real-time information on our calls, texts, and data usage. I can adjust my plan online by myself – add or remove services, alter my data quota, etc.

Our expectation for easy access to and control of our personal services is creeping into our professional lives, as well. For example, I want to customize the metrics I see for activity on web pages to show what matters most to me or my organization. Also, I want to have those results tallied, visualized, and delivered automatically. This is not a one size fits all world anymore. Orchestration, automation, and virtualization, using NFV and SDN technologies, open the door to new possibilities for service providers to bring similar flexibility to their business customers’ experiences.

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The Digital Transformation Comes With A New Approach to Service Assurance

The Digital Transformation_Image 1NFV and SDN are past their hype cycle and way into gaining significant traction since their initial introductions into the market. Many of our customers who have deployed or plan to deploy our solutions based on these technologies understand that an important factor for realizing the full benefits of NFV and SDN is service assurance. Service assurance is crucial in the era of digital transformation and in effectively operationalizing NFV and SDN enabled networks, towards offering your customers an outstanding, end-to-end digital experience. However, in today’s virtualizing network, service assurance requires a whole new approach and one that greatly differs from what traditional systems can provide.

First, let’s take a look at some of the important characteristics of the changing cloud infrastructure on which services are offered and what this means for assurance systems.

  • Complexity and scale: Cloud infrastructures are extremely complex due to the large number of distributed network elements across multiple technologies and service domains. The multiple layers of the infrastructure stack which include the underlying physical elements, the virtual overlays, and service components creates critical inter relationships and dependencies. In order to rapidly isolate problems and proactively resolve them, first, the assurance system must holistically understand these links and dependencies and second, it must be scalable given the significant number of services it must support
  • On-demand services and elasticity: NFV and SDN help deliver services agility and enable more flexible service consumption models such as the “pay as you go” option which is increasingly adopted by customers whose service requirements change over time. In this model however, the time between service turn-up and turn-down is much shorter compared to that of traditional services. This means the assurance system must be aware of the dynamic changes to service topologies, in real-time, in order to proactively assure services. Additionally, in NFV based infrastructures, service placement can also dynamically change, such as in failure scenarios. In such instances, the assurance system must again, quickly recognize and adapt to the associated changes.
  • Multi-tenant environment: More and more businesses are turning to the cloud to experience new applications, collaborate on mission critical projects and utilize IT resources more efficiently. Here the service elements (compute, network, storage) that support these functions are virtualized on a per customer and per tenant basis. Therefore, it is essential for the assurance system to have an accurate and contextualized knowledge base on a per customer/tenant perspective in order to understand the potential impact a network issue may have. This is especially important for supporting those customers who rely on your services to run their most critical business functions

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