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Cisco NGN Virtual Summit – Understanding the Convergence of Transport and Packet

April 16, 2010 - 2 Comments

Cisco NGN VIrtual Summit - Understanding the Convergence of Transport and Packet

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It’s an exciting time to be in the rapidly changing telecommunications industry. The growth in video, mobile, and cloud services represent compelling industry trends that will shape the market in Transport and Routing for decades. Winners and losers in the business might be determined based on the architectural choices made in the near future. However, as a busy executive or analyst we know that you don’t have the time to spend two days out of the office learning how we believe the network will evolve and what your colleagues in the industry are doing in the face of change. Therefore, we’re pleased to bring the expertise directly to your desktop. At Cisco’s NGN Virtual Summit – we’re looking to cover the dual transformational aspects of NGN: transport and IP services evolutions.

If you are responsible for network services, you face multiple challenges:

  • Video over IP: In a few years, the volume of video traffic will dwarf any other type of traffic on the network. Video head ends are becoming more like data centers which will create a large scale one-to-many distribution network.
  • Mobility: Smart phones have enjoyed rapid adoption in the marketplace. They are bringing the power of Internet to a huge user base, anytime, anywhere. Is your mobile infrastructure ready for this transformation?
  • Cloud Computing: IT departments seek to host applications in the service provider or cloud provider facilities. This trend is motivated by a clear cost benefit to IT departments. This also means that remote data centers will attract more traffic from the subscriber base and virtualization of machines will dramatically increase the DC-to-DC communications requirements.

Joe Weinman, Randy Nicklas, Michael HowardThe above will pressure the transport network and that’s what we will explore at the Cisco NGN Virtual Summit. For example:

  • The TDM infrastructure is under stress because it’s not optimized for data. There is a steady appetite for larger and higher capacity L2VPNs and Private Lines. A tsunami of data traffic is forming and the existing SONET/SDH infrastructure can’t cope. The transport infrastructure must evolve and adapt to these new demands.
  • The need to support yet increase the profitability of transport services such as basic WAN connectivity during the transition period to all IP over Ethernet.

Cisco recognizes that the challenges for the Next Generation Networks won’t be met by a single technology or group of people. Multiple organizations and people will be involved to pursue the same goal, using complementary technologies in different areas of the network. Network transformation has to be looked at different layers, from the application down to the photonic. How do we optimize video distribution, how do we prepare for DC interconnect, how optical and packets meet, how do we make the best use of the fiber infrastructure we have in the ground? These questions are related.

Kelly Ahuja, Simon Aspinall, Bill Gartner, Mike CapuanoFrom the comfort of your office, you will be able to log into a virtual space, visit virtual booths where you can meet product specialists and attend lectures from attend lectures from industry leaders in a virtual auditorium. Principal analyst Michael Howard of Infonetics will present the market dynamics that his firm is observing, and Kelly Ahuja, Senior VP of Cisco’s SP Routing and Switching group will outline tomorrow’s architecture requirements. From there you’ve got two choices:

  • Our guest speaker on the topic of Transport Architecture evolution is Randy Nicklas, CTO of XO Communications. Cisco’s vision for transport networks will be articulated by Bill Gartner, VP of the Optical Business Unit.
  • For IP Services evolution our guest speaker is from AT&T. Executive Director Joe Weinmann will discuss how Data Centers will impact your network. He’ll be joined by our own Simon Aspinall, Marketing Director for Data Center and Cloud Computing here at Cisco.

By participating, you may also qualify to Win a Free Cisco Press e-book or even a Free Pass to Cisco Live (Networkers) anywhere in the world. Come and join us on May 6, 2010!

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  1. As IP continues to grow and traffic patterns become more complex and dynamic, we also see these as critical characteristics. In fact in this virtual event (specifically in the transport track) we will discuss the most cost effective ways to move large amounts of IP and discuss how protection is enabled in large meshed topologies by WSON and MPLS technologies. You can also meet with product managers in virtual booths, they will be able to discuss scaling with you.

  2. Class of scale, price/performance, and resilience will be important too.