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 »
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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 »
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By Leonard Luna, Senior Marketing Manager, Cisco Service Provider Solutions
The Fall ’14 Cisco Packet Optical Networking Conference (PONC) is quickly approaching – October 28-30 in Baveno & Vimercate, Italy. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in this highly compelling and informative event (To learn more visit the Cisco PONC Series webpage).
If you are a PONC veteran, then you appreciate the value of this event – an opportunity to network with industry peers, hear directly from carriers leading the convergence evolution, see the latest technology innovations, and to have your voice heard.
If this will be your first PONC, then let me prepare you for this compelling event.
Cisco conducts this three day event twice a year –in the spring in San Jose California, and in the fall near its facilities in Vimercate, Italy. Read More »
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By Gina Nienaber, Marketing Manager, SP Product and Solutions Marketing
Cisco estimates over 50 billion new devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020. To support the Internet of Everything, service providers must undergo an infrastructure transformation. The network needs to become more open, programmable, automated, adaptive, and agile. To guide this transformation, the Cisco open network strategy for service providers is depicted as three interwoven layers: the Evolved Programmable Network (physical and virtual network Infrastructure), the Evolved Services Platform (for orchestration of resources) and Applications and Services layer to enable virtualized services such as Cloud VPN and Security. With these three layers working together, providers can begin to realize the benefits of an open network that is readily open to new devices, open for quickly enabling new services, and open to endless possibilities.
Last week, Cisco announced two Read More »
Tags: Cisco Evolved Programmable Network, control, epn, esp, evolved services platform, IPv6, NFV, open network architecture, open network strategy, programmability, SDN, Service Provider, SP, virtualization