I was reading the latest ACG Research report on Mobile IP Infrastructure and reflecting how the importance of the IP Packet Core has evolved, and how the technology leaders in this area have also evolved.
Back in the “3G era” the Packet Core sat alongside the Voice Core, and was considered an adjunct to the Radio Access Network. The traditional RAN vendors would often bundle the core as part their end-to-end contract. Since initial data services where Mobile Broadband, and monetisation was just based on volume, 3G Packet Cores were all about “feeds and speeds”.
With 4G/LTE the all-IP nature makes the Packet Core the heart of Read More »
Tags: ACG Research, broadband, Cisco, EPC, Evolved Packet Core, LTE, mobile, mobile packet core, monetization, NFV, orchestration, Radio Access Network, RAN, SDN, service providers
Written by Paul Jesemann, Cisco Solution Consultant, Mobility Architecture, APJ, September 2015
If someone were to define a safe bet, it would be on the number of blogs about NFV (Network Functions Virtualization), its drivers and benefits out there, by far exceeding the actual number of Virtual Network Functions deployed. So please let me try a different perspective.
We have been talking about NFV for more than two years now. There is no shortage of studies and surveys on its drivers and potential, but what can be said about reality? Read More »
Tags: Cisco, deployments, mobile, mobile nfv deployments, network functions virtualization, NFV, SDN, service providers, virtual network functions, virtualization
SDN (Software Defined Networking) and NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) technologies are expected to help Service Providers gain new efficiencies and previously unimagined speed and agility in cloud services delivery so they can seize new business opportunities and achieve continued growth. Specifically, SDN in the data center helps you abstract services and applications from the complexities of the underlying network, making services operations drastically simpler. However, this abstraction layer, referred to as the SDN overlay, must meet very specific requirements to support today’s dynamic cloud environments.
I’d like to briefly discuss a recently released product, the Cisco Virtual Topology System (VTS), a high performance SDN overlay system designed to meet these requirements.
VTS is an important component of Cisco’s services management and orchestration software portfolio, aligned with Cisco’s Open Network Architecture and the Cisco Evolved Services Platform, a flexible and agile SP cloud service delivery platform. There are a number of capabilities of VTS Read More »
Tags: Cisco, cloud, data center, IOS XR, nexus, NFV, orchestration, SDN, service management, Service Provider, service providers, solution, virtual managed services, virtual services, Virtual Topology, Virtual Topology Forwarder, VTS
By David Wachtfogel, Director, Service Provider Video Security, Cisco
This week at IBC we are happy to announce that we’ve reached 300 million active VideoGuard Everywhere client devices. Think about that for a moment!
How did we get this far? Not long ago, service provider video distribution was simple: Service providers distributed the content they purchased from video programmers, over the networks they managed, to set-top boxes they also managed. (Ah, life was so much simpler then!)
And while this simplicity limited our viewing experience to a big screen at home, it was reasonably sufficient — because at the time, the big screen was pretty much the only screen we watched. Such end-to-end, managed environments simplified operations, and made it easier to protect the video service from piracy.
Then came the emergence of broadband connectivity, and the Read More »
Tags: broadband, Cisco, cloud connectivity, IBC 2015, ip, ott, service provider video, service providers, videoguard everywhere
By Adam Davies, product marketing manager for Infinite Video, Service Provider Video Software and Solutions, Cisco
By now it’s very clear that TV and entertainment viewing habits are changing. More people are accessing more content on more devices than ever before. Revenue from subscription OTT services is expected to almost double — to $50 billion by 2020 (!) — a shift that represents a huge opportunity for service providers.
To meet this opportunity, service providers – and their partners, like us – need to think differently about how services are delivered. We need to give customers what they want – fast and easy access to the shows they love, when they want them on all the screens they want to use. Plus we need to move fast Read More »
Tags: cDVR, Cisco, cloud, cloud powered solutions, dvr, infinite family, infinite suite, on-demand, Service Provider, service providers, tv, video, VOD, web speed