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April 2014 bulletin

Welcome to the latest newsletter from SDN World News, guiding you through the latest developments in the world of Software-Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualization.

There continues to be lots of movement in the market, with vendors constantly bringing out announcements of new NFV and SDN solutions – 2014 is certainly a year for great innovation! One of the announcements which has attracted a great deal of interest this month is Cisco’s new open protocol for SDN, OpFlex. Devised as an alternative to OpenFlow, it is already a popular standard among SDN vendors, with Citrix, Microsoft, IBM, Canonical, RedHat, Embrane and F5 all now collaborating and supporting the standard. Cisco plans to use OpFlex for its own Application Centric Infrastructure, forging a bold, strong path through the competitive landscape surrounding SDN and NFV this year.

Meanwhile, in its commitment to Network Virtualization, AT&T has recently expanded its Domain 2.0 group, with Amdocs and Juniper becoming the latest vendors to join the group, alongside existing members Ericsson, Tail-F Systems and MetaSwitch. Domain 2.0 has been devised as a discussion group surrounding the design and deployment of AT&T’s User-Defined Network Cloud, and is intended to help improve time-to-revenue, provide cost-performance leadership, enable new growth services and apps, ensure security, performance and reliability and facilitate new business and revenue models.

Also, the four-day Network Virtualization & SDN World conference is set to take place across four days in London on 27-30 May 2014, featuring an API Forum, SDDC Summit, SDN and NFV case studies by 50+ operators and including a comprehensive exhibition alongside the event. Operators can attend free of charge by registering here: http://sdnworldevent.com/free-pass-registration/. To find out more, please visit http://www.sdnworldevent.com or contact Owen.Lochner@informa.com for information on sponsorship and exhibiting. Please find below a round-up of other news we’ve spotted this month…

In the News:

Cisco Pushes Its Own Open SDN Protocol Alternative to OpenFlow

AT&T brings Amdocs and Juniper on board Domain 2.0

Huawei Opens the First Ever Asia Pacific OpenDaylight Lab

Redhat Collaborates with ConteXtream to integrate OpenStack Orchestration for their NFV and NFV Fabric for Carrier-Grade Solutions.

The CloudEthernet Forum and Metro Ethernet Forum Launch the Open Cloud Project

Heavy Reading Whitepaper: Decoding the Importance of Service Assurance in a Virtualized World

Freescale and Broadcom Each Take Aim at SDN and NFV

January 2014 bulletin

HappynewyearHappy new year to all our followers!

The main SDN and NFV buzzwords for 2014? We predict: Simplicity, Capability, Speed, Openness and (most importantly) Value For Money!

It’s certainly a bright new year in many ways, in which we are likely to see a whole raft of new virtualization ideas and deployments coming through.

There has been much discussion surrounding SDN and NFV developments in the last few weeks. At the Carrier Network Virtualization conference and exhibition in Palo Alto on 9-11 December, valuable discussion ensued around the future pathway of network virtualization, now that so many possibilities are emerging. A very popular White Box panel asked, can you now tell the difference between a White Box switch by an ODM and one bought from a large traditional vendor? In terms of performance, it is argued that it is very often no longer possible. However, in terms of support around the product, many still prefer the aftercare attention and extra resources provided by established vendors. Yet as the ODMs begin to increase in size and scope, a similar level of aftercare might one day also be available from them. Several new players asserted in discussion that moving away from the established vendors would make way for much more creativity in terms of how technology is used… Only time will tell as to how many operators make that jump.

2014 also marks the final year of the ETSI NFV ISG project in its current form. They have already achieved a great deal, but now the focus will be on drawing their work towards a conclusion which will help to shape the future of the industry. Definitely one to watch…

Meanwhile, the four-day Network Virtualization & SDN World event take places across four days in London on 27-30 May 2014, featuring an API Forum, SDN Summit, many SDN and NFV case studies and over 60 speakers. The brochure is due to be launched in 2-3 weeks’ time.  To find out more and to apply to take part, please visit www.sdnworldevent.com or contact Owen.Lochner@informa.com for information on sponsorship and exhibiting.

Please find below a round-up of other news we’ve spotted this month…

Wishing you all a happy and healthy year ahead,

Georgina Wilczek, Editor, SDNWorldNews.com

In the News:

The Industry’s Top Five Movers and Shakers for 2014

What to Watch in 2014

SDN Still Failing to Spark Interest in Europe

Plans for the first OpenDaylight Summit take shape

A Look At Cisco’s SDN Future

SDN Will Never Happen, SaysVMware Exec 

What Makes an Open Source Project Successful

NFV Said to SDN: “I’ll Be There For You”

SDN Bulletin: October 2013

bbwfIt’s been a busy month full of industry meetings, the most recent of which was the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam last week.

Marc Cohn, Chair of the Market Education Committee for the ONF, highlighted an interesting differentiator between SDN and NFV, in that SDN can provide considerable OPEX savings for telcos and carriers, while Virtualization holds more promise for lowering CAPEX. Together, SDN and NFV hold the potential to transform telco networks substantially for the better, but monetisation will always be the greatest driver for change.

Meanwhile, Antonio Manzalini from Telecom Italia put forward a positive assessment of the continuing growth of the SDN and NFV markets, stating, “The most profound technologies are those that disappear and weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life” – if applied successfully, this could well be the case for both technologies in 20 years’ time.

Don Clarke from BT, Chair of the Network Operator Council for ETSI NFV ISG, also gave a valuable update on the ETSI group’s activities to date and outlining their plans in the future. (Please see a ETSI’s tweet below to access their recently-published NFV specification documents).

Don also predicted that SDN and NFV-related conference agendas will look very different in 2014 from those of this year, as more and more use cases are established and SDN and NFV move out of the ideas phase towards mainstream use.

Indeed, we already have over 20 carriers confirmed to present at Carrier Network Virtualization in Palo Alto on 9-11 December 2013 and this number is still rising: www.carriernetworkvirtualization.com.

Plans for our annual Network Virtualization and SDN World conference and exhibition in London on 27-29 May 2014 are also taking shape. If you have any ideas for the programme which you would like to feed into this, please do get in touch, as the research process for this is now beginning.

All the very best to you this autumn. Please find below a round-up of what we’ve spotted this month…

Best regards,

Georgina Wilczek
Editor, SDN World News

In the News

Interview with Imran Malik of Du, UAE

Key takeaways from Juniper SDN Keynotes at Broadband World Forum 2013

Huawei Launches Industry’s First SDN/NFV Orchestration and Management System

BBWF: Ericsson Shares Carrier SDN Cloud Vision

Interview with Don Clarke, BT and Chair of the Network Operator Council, ETSI NFV ISG

Latest Top Tweets

SDN Tech ‏@sdn_tech 29 October
Featured Whitepaper by #Qosmos: Service-Aware #Network #Architecture and Real-Time Visibility http://nfv.io/HgvddE #SDN #NFV @qosmos_news

OpenDaylight Project ‏@OpenDaylightSDN 26 October
#SDN and #NFV: Unleashing the Power of the Network http://bit.ly/19FJCJB

Roy Chua ‏@WireRoy 26 October
Session Border Controller packaged in OVF format. VoIP meets NFV! Dialogic to Support NFV with Virtualized SBC. http://nfv.io/1hhww9y

Open Networking Foundation ‏@openflow 18 October
Confused about the difference between #SDN and #NFV? This article from @SDNCentral might help! http://bit.ly/12OSRSd

ETSI ‏@ETSI_STANDARDS 14 October
First #NFV specifications published. http://bit.ly/19AmSJJ . Download them at http://bit.ly/19AmSJK

Ray Le Maistre ‏@raylemaistre 11 October
@Telefonica Preps #NFV Trial — Brazilian broadband users to get a taste of the networking future. http://add.vc/hLp

Dimitris Mavrakis ‏@dmavrakis 7 October
A new article on SDN and NFV following the IIR #sdnsummit in Prague: http://blogs.informatandm.com/16462/sdn-and-nfv-update-value-chain-disruption/ … SDN and NFV: value chain disruption?

SDN gets creative…

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After all the talk and hype around SDN and NFV in recent months, it is great to see the growing number of announcements about various SDN and NFV projects beginning to move into the reality phase for a growing number of telcos.

In recent weeks, there has been a great deal of talk online about the potential of virtualizing all parts of the network. So which will be the first bits to be virtualized? And which should be left untouched?

The chances are that you may already have opinions on where SDN and NFV can be of the most benefit long term. But here are a few articles we’ve come across lately which we think make for some interesting reading…

In the News

Developing the SDDC (Software-Defined Data Center)

Virtualizing the Home Gateways to Reduce Energy Power Consumption

Transport SDN: A New Flavour for Software-Defined Networking

SDN at the Network Edge

NFV Group Flocks to Proof-of-Concept Models

Operators Reveal Where They Plan to Deploy SDN and NFV First

10 Things you Shouldn’t Virtualize

Cisco’s Igniting Security Services with SourceFire

OpenDaylight Begins to Mature

Clouding Up the NFV Transition

SDN to cause a paradigm shift for telcos, says Telefonica

Diego LopezDiego Lopez is Assistant Technical Manager of ETSI’s Network Funictions Virtualisation ISG and Head of Technology Exploration in the Global CTO Unit of Telefonica, Spain. In advance of SDN World, we caught up with him to ask him about Telefonica’s outlook on SDN and his thoughts on the growth of the industry.

Diego, what is the significance of SDN for telcos?

“My view is that SDN will bring to networking a dramatic change (a “paradigm shift” is the term I’d employ if it had not become a little bit too overused), very similar to what Java meant for applications fifteen years ago. Things are going to change, though very probably not in the exact way we foresee now. And, as you can imagine, if such a dramatic change to networking occurs it will involve practically every network operator, at all levels.”

Why is carrier-class SDN so important?

“Essentially, because we are carriers! 🙂 Seriously speaking, SDN has proved its applicability in data centre environments, highly regular and homogenous not only in the infrastructure itself but also in what relates to the use of a limited set of protocols, reasonably controlled application usage patterns, and a highly centralised control and supervised operation.

“Moving SDN into much wider networks implies not only addressing the challenges about extremely high resilience with necessarily decentralised control, but the ability to address the high heterogeneity at all levels that characterises current network infrastructures.”

How quickly do you think SDN and NFV will become a reality?

“It is already happening, and I do think it will bring a snowball effect: the more environments where these techniques are applied the more other environments in which their application will become appealing. It is true that we are at the beginning of the slope, but I think that the interest and commitment of the whole industry (operators and vendors) is clear, compelling use cases have been around for a while, and real-life demonstrations are about to start.”

What do you think will be the best use-case scenarios for SDN and NFV?

“I’d reverse the question: what scenarios are not extraordinarily appealing for SDN and NFV? None I can think of. And the most appealing to me are those related with the possibility of providing powerful abstractions, easing the definition of E2E services over heterogeneous networks in dynamic way. I have sometimes referred to it as finding the equivalent in networking to what SQL was for database technologies.”

How does Telefonica intend to use SDN and NFV in coming years? What difference will it make to your ongoing operations?

“Virtualisation, with SDN and NFV being terms of the general equation, is one of our key strategies for network evolution. It will translate in much more flexible infrastructures, centred on the user, and able to provide a much better experience at lower costs of operation. The phased approach we have in mind, aligned with the pace of infrastructure updates, will help us in making such a deep change much smoother.”

Diego will be detailing Telefonica’s vision in greater detail at SDN World in Barcelona on 11-13 June 2013.

Telco SDN projects and alliances begin…

After all the talk and hype around SDN and NFV over the last six months, it is great to see the growing number of announcements about various SDN and NFV projects finally beginning to move into the reality phase for a growing number of telcos.

NTT is the first service provider in the world to embrace SDN and the OpenFlow communications interface, with NTT Com having launched their SDN-based Enterprise Cloud in June 2012 via data centers in Japan and Hong Kong. With the addition of data centers in Singapore, England, and Virginia and California in the United States, the Enterprise Cloud became available on a global basis in February 2013. This Spring, NTT Com’s Enterprise Cloud will include SDN in eight countries and ten locations. Clients have used the self-manageable Enterprise Cloud platform to flexibly extend their own data centers, gaining cost-optimized and secure compute capacity as a result.

Deutsche Telekom has chosen Tail-f Systems to deliver the key software components of its software-defined network in its TeraStream project. TeraStream’s goal is to create an all-IP transformation to cope with exponential traffic growth while streamlining the delivery of network services in real time. With Tail-f’s NCS (Network Control System) TeraStream is able to deliver this new networking model through a network-wide and service-aware unified application programming interface (API).

In the last month, Portugal Telecom and NEC have also announced a partnership agreement to evaluate network virtualization based on Software Defined Network (SDN) technology for datacenters and carrier networks. This agreement enables both companies to test and assess the commercial feasibility and benefits of SDN implementation for carrier datacenters. NEC and PT will deploy NEC’s “PF Series Programmable Flow Switch and Controller” SDN solution and test its capability to overcome economic and operational challenges within traditional architecture. They will also carry out a joint case study for identifying the most beneficial SDN usage in PT’s telecom infrastructure.

You can hear about all these projects and more at SDN World in Barcelona on 11-13 June 2013, the premier global Telco SDN and NFV with contributions from over 30+ prominent service providers worldwide.

Endorsed by the ETSI Network Functions Virtualisation ISG, featuring key insights into telco operators’ plans for SDN and NFV, and supported by a wide range of vendors, this is a great place to meet the individuals at the forefront of driving SDN and NFV forward to benefit the full telco community joining in a great three days of discussion and debate.

Hope you can join us!

Best regards,

Georgina Wilczek, Editor, SDN World News

In the News:

Deutsche Telekom selects Tail-f as SDN Provider for their Terastream Project

NEC and Portugal Telecom Partner in Network Virtualisation

An Interview with NTT Communications’ Yukio Ito on SDN Benefits

An Interview with Colt about SDN and NFV Plans

An Exclusive Interview with Inder Gopal from IBM about the OpenDaylight Project

2013: The Year of SDN

Circuit Board FusionIf 2012 has been the year in which many have asked, “What is SDN?”, we believe 2013 will be the year in which people move on to the next step, asking “Why adopt SDN? Where are the benefits? How can SDN best be achieved – and how do we go about it?”

Welcome to SDN World News, a new Blog for the SDN (Software Defined Networks) Industry aiming to educate, inform and drive the industry forward through valuable discussion and debate.

Join us over coming months as this blog highlights the very latest on SDN developments across the world, with regular, insightful contributions from a wide range of guest authors from across the industry.

If you would like to share your wisdom with our followers and would like to contribute to SDN World News, please e-mail the Editor, georgina@sdnworldnews.com