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Next-Next Generation?

November 11, 2008 - 0 Comments

Monique MorrowSince my last post from Beijing, I have presented at the MPLS Conference in Washington D.C. this past October on so called Next Generation Interconnect.”œInterconnect”is inaccurate really; because the opportunity is to consider a model for federated service abstraction with the following attributes:

  1. Federated Services (network is a database) e.g., for experimentation or for network management (monitor, control)
  2. API, Policies
  3. Governance, Trust, Economics
  4. Interoperable naming system
  5. Service discovery
  6. Resource management in a Federated environment
  7. Ambient/Active Services e.g. delivery of service to device other than that requesting it
  8. Application of of SOA (Service Oriented Architecture)
  9. Fast growth of the Publish & Subscribe model (PubSub)
  10. Dynamics:

  11. Companies are using Enterprise Service Buses (ESBs) and Federation of ESBs
  12. XML based routers and XML appears as a reference point

  13. Semantic Web Services – self-contained, self-describing, semantically marked-up software resources that can be published, discovered, composed and executed across the Web in a task driven semi-automatic way
  14. Emergence of Web 2.0, as an”architecture of participation”
  15. Emergence of Web 3.0 as an “Executable” Web Abstraction Layer; Web 3.0 has also been linked to a possible convergence of Service-oriented architecture and the Semantic web
  16. Where Web 1.0 was a “read-only” web, with content being produced by and large by the organizations backing any given site; and Web 2.0 was an extension into the “read-write” web that engaged users in an active role; Web 3.0 could extend this one step further by allowing people to modify the site or resource itself

Next-Next Generation? Perhaps…Finally, November 12-14, I will be in Singapore at the Carrier Ethernet World APAC Congress chairing the plenary session in the morning, and speaking about best practice guidelines in reducing Opex for Service Providers:

  • Addressing the key features that influence Opex when building packet transport / CE networks for the following applications:
    • converged NGN
    • mobile backhaul
    • business services at L3 and L2
    • consumer broadband and Triple Play
  • Determining the OAM and protection requirements of NG packet transport networks
  • What does it mean to service providers in practical terms as they switch from TDM networks to packet transport and CE networks?
  • Identifying the tools available for OAM in a CE network:
    • Addressing both network and service management, provisioning, alarm management, fault isolation and diagnosis
  • Will service providers manage CE in a similar way to their data networks, or does CE need to emulate TDM management features?
    • Considering the different approaches to survivability L1, L2 and L3 -does restoration at L3 make L2 protection less significant?
  • Summing up best practice Opex rules to guide service provider investments in packet transport / CE networks – overall.

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