Ravinder Shergill, Senior Technology Architect, Telus, Canada
Ravinder Shergill is the Chief IP Architect responsible for Technology Strategy, overall IP Network Architecture and Governance for IP networks at TELUS Communications Inc. In this role, he is prime for the roadmap and evolution of the Converged IP/MPLS Core and the Converged IP/Ethernet Metro and Edge networks that deliver business, consumer and partner services across both; wire-line and wireless access networks.
Ravinder will be speaking at Carrier Network Virtualization 2014 on Tuesday, December 9 at the SDx Summit, Crowne Plaza Palo Alto. Click here to download the full agenda.
What would you say has had the largest impact in terms of progressing SDN and NFV in carrier networks to date?
Industry Collaboration between Operators, Standards bodies and Vendors. Open Platform NFV has the greatest potential, provided everyone plays nice between incumbents & whitebox suppliers.
Do you feel that the industry is making as much progress towards implementing SDN & NFV this year as you would like?
Early case studies in the industry are promising, but these tend to be simpler given the risk with any new technologies. There could always be more progress, but being a realist the pace of progress is about what I expected.
How is your company contributing to the realisation of SDN & NFV at present?
POCs from past year are moving to trial. New POCs are being assessed. Industry events participation is also an important contribution.
What do you think are the biggest hurdles towards implementing SDN & NFV at present and how can they be overcome?
Operational Model for the new World order the embraces NFV & SDN. Furthermore, clarity of use cases and the realization of their direct benefits to the Operator.
Which areas of the network do you think should be prioritised and why?
Data Centres are a fertile ground for initial use cases because projected growth warrants a more scalable approach than business-as-usual.
What are your expectations for the development of SDN and Virtualization in carrier networks in the coming years?
More successful early deployments will help increase confidence of fast followers. Standard solutions that are modular & easy to replicate will be winners.
Which companies do you most admire in the SDN space?
Ones that are Innovative and Open in the spirit of putting their Customers First.