Virtualized Network Function (VNF), Virtualized Managed Services (VMS) and the transition to a software based infrastructure are poised to dramatically alter the way Service Providers build and maintain their networks . End users want value, innovative functionality, and reliability, and Service Providers seek to meet these needs at the lowest cost possible. The benefits of moving to a software-based infrastructure are incredibly compelling in meeting these demands, delivering lower OPEX, reduced reliance on proprietary & expensive hardware, and faster time to market with new services.
Today’s managed services landscape has become increasingly complex from a technology perspective. This complexity has placed stress on Service Providers whose business model is more and more reliant on managed services as a means of Read More »
Tags: Cisco, Cisco cloud, Cisco Managed CPE, Customer Premise Equipment (CPE), managed services, orchestration, service providers, Virtualized Managed Services (VMS), Virtualized Network Function
By Leonard Luna, Senior Marketing Manager, Cisco Service Provider Solutions
Cisco’s Packet Optical Networking Conference (PONC) triumphantly returned to Dallas this past May after two consecutive years in San Jose. Over 270 members of the network operator community attended the ninth iteration of this annual event. The conference followed the traditional 3-day agenda:
- Day-1: General Session presentations featuring Cisco leadership/experts, industry analyst and VIP customer presentations, with the Keynote delivered by Kelly Ahuja, Cisco SVP Service Provider Segment.
- Day-2: Workshops – Attendees selected from 12 sessions covering a variety of solutions including packet, optical, SDN, EMS/NMS, orchestration, cloud, PON, transceiver technology, and segment routing.
- Day-3: Exposition & Bonus Technical Sessions. A variety of over 10 live demonstrations were on display including 4 bonus technical sessions covering TDM migration, Optical Network Design, High Speed Optics, and Virtual Routers.
A diverse representation of providers attended the PONC including local, national and global providers, cable, educational, financial and government operators, system integrators and industry analysts. Many attendees have made Read More »
Tags: Cisco, Cisco’s Packet Optical Networking Conference, Dallas, network operator, Optical, PONC, service providers, spring, Spring PONC, workshops
One key take out for me from the latest Cisco VNI report is that wireless traffic is about to exceed fixed for the first time. Today wireless (Wi-Fi & Mobile) is 46% of total IP traffic, in 5-years it will be 67%. In fact at the projected rate of traffic migration this significant milestone will be reached next year. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, Cisco VNI, global ip traffic, MNO, Mobile network operators, service providers, VoWifi
Guest Blog written by Scott Morrison, Vice President SCTG – Small Cell Eng
Enterprises have long recognised the benefits of wireless – to enable faster, more productive working processes and a more empowered, more flexible workforce. After all, it is the enterprise sector that pioneered Wi-Fi deployments, often working with service providers, and it represents a significant business for Cisco worldwide. But the feedback from our enterprise partners is that businesses are hungry to build on this wireless foundation. Specifically, they want to extend the reach and power of their applications by combining the power of their Wi-Fi networks with the universal service of cellular networks.
Businesses want a simpler approach to mobile and they want it everywhere. For example, many workforce and process automation systems are isolated in individual locations today. Blending indoor Wi-Fi with cellular networks will help these systems to make faster, better and in time more predictive decisions.
This presents a both a challenge and a huge opportunity for service providers. Read More »
Tags: cellular networks, Cisco, Cisco SON, LTE Universal Small Cell, service providers, Universal Intelligent Access, wi-fi
Security has never been more critical for service providers. As Sanjeev Mervana said in his recent blog: Security has become a service provider imperative. it is a key enabler for open and programmable networks that enhances business agility and profitability. With secure networks, emerging video, wireless mobility, Internet of Everything (IoE) and cloud services can more reliably drive new revenue opportunities and business outcomes. Unfortunately, cyber adversaries exploit the growing attack surface that these services expose by launching more sophisticated attacks that impact both the service provider and their customers.
Until now, the only viable approach for service providers to protect their networks has been to Read More »
Tags: attacks, Cisco, Cisco EPN, cisco live, esp, firepower 9300, secure networks, security, service providers, threat protection