Tighter Planning Cycles for Greater Efficiency with the Evolved Services Platform
In the global geography of telecom, wide-area networks (WAN) are oceans of uncertainty. Resource-constrained and multivendor, WANs produce delays and outages in far-flung and sometimes remote areas, posing a special set of issues that are distinct from those we see in data centers and access networks.
WAN bandwidth is the most expensive bandwidth in the network and failure impacts are large. WANs bear the brunt of traffic growth with a very tricky calculus: underbuild your WAN and jeopardize your brand, but overbuild it and spend your way into oblivion.
Greater Predictability through Ever-Shortening Planning Cycles
To keep pace with these conundrums, you need sophisticated modeling and planning tools, which naturally evolved—in the case of the WAN Automation Engine (WAE)—into an ever-tightening loop of planning, building, and measuring, eventually encompassing SDN.
Longer planning cycles inevitably means over-engineering, over-building and over-hiring. With the Evolved Services Platform’s (ESP) Orchestration Engine, Cisco is shrinking these cycles, and thus reducing the uncertainties that lead to inefficiencies.
Last week I discussed the Orchestration Engine of the ESP in terms of how different components fit in individual domains. Let’s see how to use this framework to plan, engineer, and ultimately automate the WAN to make it cloud-ready.
As the Process Becomes More Automated, a Shrinking Planning Cycle Brings Huge Efficiencies.
The cycle progressively shortens, from years to months, and eventually (with automated, programmable networking) to continuous changes. As this process moves from manual to automated, the network becomes more predictable.
But Why is this Happening Now? Read More »
Tags: esp, evolved services platform, SDN, Service Provider, software defined network, WAN, wide-area networks
So during last week’s IoT World Forum in Chicago more than the 1,500 Internet of Things (IoT) industry experts came together for the second annual conference. The IoT is opening up a world of real opportunities for service provider growth while rapidly transforming our communities, our cities, and our daily lives. Still as discussed during many of the sessions at the IoT World Forum, there are a number of questions that need to be answered to accelerate IoT globally.
- #1 Concern is Security -- New way of thinking “don’t trust, verify”
- #2 Faster Time-To-Market (TTM)
- #3 Lower TCO
- Another top reason was the need for improved asset utilization and risk management.
So during the break-out session the “The Value Delivered by the Service Provider in IoT“ many attendees listened to service providers discuss how they are addressing these areas, and make money while doing it.
- AT&T SVP, Kevin Petersen – AT&T Digital Life
- Sprint Director, Mohammed Nasser – Connected City
- Orange Deputy Director, François Duquesnoy — Orange Smart Cities & Territories
The Topics Covered:
Smart Home Security, Home Health Care, Home Automation, Energy, Connected Car, Telematics, Connected Agriculture, Connected Transportation, Asset Tracking, Cloud Delivery.
Figure 1 From L to R; Doug Webster VP of Cisco SP Marketing -- moderator, Francois Duquesnoy Director Orange Smart Cities, Kevin Petersen President AT&T Digital Life Inc., Mohamad Nasser Sprint -- Director of M2M Product and Marketing
Below are some key quotes overheard at the panel: Read More »
Tags: AT&T Digital Life, AT&T Kevin Petersen, Cisco Quantum™ Virtualized Packet Core, Doug Webster, EPC, Evolved Packet Core, Home Security, IoT, IOT Cloud Connect, iot world forum, Jim O’Leary, M2M, mobility, Orange, Orange François Duquesnoy, packet core, PMB, Premium Mobile Broadband, Service Provider, Sprint, Sprint Mohamad Nasser
By Leonard Luna, Senior Marketing Manager, Cisco Service Provider Solutions
Tuesday, October 28 at 8:00 am PT/11:00 am ET, Cisco joins Infonetics’ Andrew Schmitt (Principal Analyst, Optical) on a three vendor panel to discuss how equipment vendors and their customers are taking advantage of new multi-layer packet-optical systems leveraging advanced software to build more capable and efficient networks.
Use this Infonetics link to register.
Representing Cisco will be Walid Wakim, Principal Engineer – Architecture Team, High End Routing and Optical Business Unit.
Walid heads a Cisco architecture team that focuses on future system and network architectures. He actively collaborates with network operators all around the world to create next generation networking solutions. A regular speaker at industry conferences, Walid holds a number of patents and has authored many papers in the International Engineering Consortium, IEEE, OFC and other major journals.
Key topics for this Infonetics webinar include: Read More »
Tags: mobile backhaul, Optical, optical transport network, packet optical, Service Provider
Cisco VNI Forecast Projects 1.6 Zettabytes of Global IP Traffic by 2018
Last June, Cisco released an update to its annual Visual Networking Index (VNI), 2013 – 2018. The forecast projects a global annual run rate of 1.6 zettabytes IP traffic by 2018 (up from 614 exabytes of global IP traffic in 2013). A zettabyte certainly sounds like a big number (equivalent to 1 billion terabytes, external storage drives generally come in a terabyte denomination). But how can this forecast methodology be applied to an individual cable or a telecommunications provider’s footprint? Our updated Cable/Telco Service Provider Abstract Network (CT-SPAN) tool can help answer this question. CT-SPAN is developed using the latest VNI assumptions for fixed networks and enable you to quickly develop customized service provider scenarios to estimate the annual traffic forecasts and revenue. It’s as easy as 1-2-3.
1. Select your region and service provider type as well as some basic subscriber and network info.
2. Provide some high-level application info.
3. Start reviewing/analyzing your customized subscriber and network projections.
2014 CT-SPAN Enhancements
This year, Read More »
Tags: cable, cable / telco service provider abstract network tool, ct-span tool, Service Provider, telco, telecommunications, visual networking index, vni
By Igor Dayen, Manager, SP Product and Solutions Marketing
The excitement starts on November 3rd in Cancun, Mexico where Cisco is holding our next Cisco Live event. A great opportunity for the service provider community to study with industry experts, get inspired, and understand how Cisco’s Open Network strategy can fast track their growth. In the World of Solutions the SP booth is hosting numerous demos and live equipment which tell the story of how Cisco is helping carriers address their business requirements.
Cisco Live is known for the extensive number of breakout technical sessions, and Cancun will be no different. Hot topics such as NFV and SDN will be extensively covered. Read More »
Tags: cancun, Cisco, cisco live, Cisco Live LA, cloud, epn, esp, NCS 2000, NCS 4000, NFV, SDN, Service Provider, SP