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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”

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Speaker Interview: Ravinder Shergill, Senior Technology Architect, Telus, Canada

Ravinder ShergillWith Carrier Network Virtualization just around the corner, we caught up with another of the show’s speakers, Ravinder Shergill, Senior Technology Architect from Telus, Canada. Here are a few of his thoughts on the nature and growth of the NFV and SDN industries in 2013/4: 

RS: “We’re living during exciting times, with the opportunity to effect technological innovations for years, and perhaps decades to come.

“With incredible data growth and significance of cloudification, business as usual will not suffice. New and innovative models must be explored, and SDN and NFV hold the promise of such potential. First solution sets are targeted at the Data Center environment, and the greatest opportunity lies there. However, the opportunities landscape is much broader.

“The SDN and NFV eco-system is currently in transition, but as the roadmaps and the standards solidify, it will pave the way for easier acceptance

“Small adoptions, perhaps as pilots, are imminent, but broad deployments are further away, perhaps even 5 years out. As the SDN and NFV eco-system develops, this will pave the way for gaining traction in the industry. While there has been good progress in 2013, there is a long journey ahead.

“At Telus, we are now at the Proof-of-Concept stage, and the outcomes of these will determine our future plans.”

You can hear more about Telus’ ideas and plans regarding SDN and NFV at Carrier Network Virtualization in Palo Alto on 9-11 December 2013. For further information, please visit www.carriernetworkvirtualization.com 

Interview with Shazia Hasnie, Senior Director, Network Architecture and Strategy, Megapath, USA

Shazia Hasnie-2012Informa’s Carrier Network Virtualization conference and exhibition in Palo Alto, USA on 9-11 December 2013 is now only two weeks away. In advance of the show,  we caught up with Shazia Hasnie, Senior Director, Network Architecture and Strategy, Megapath, USA, to find out her thoughts on the growth of SDN and NFV and her expectations for the industry’s future…

Shazia, welcome. Why do you think the idea of SDN and NFV is suddenly taking off?

SH: “Cloud computing has put tremendous pressure on network connectivity to be dynamically scalable and virtualized. In cloud data center environment, the concept of resource pooling with the ability to dynamically control physical and virtual resources is key. Compute and storage to a large extent have been evolved to be virtualized and pooled resources. However, the network remains static and hence presents a bottleneck. In cloud data center environment, networks need to be agile and virtualized and NFV/SDN provides a way to achieve that.

“SDN has promise in the carrier network environment as well. According to the resent Cisco Visual Networking Index survey, the annual global IP traffic will surpass the zettabyte threshold by the end of 2017. This is a lot of traffic to handle which translates to an ever increasing requirement to augment network capacity. To complicate the matters further, carriers have no automated mechanisms to orchestrate the stranded capacity on its circuits to other customers, who may need it. Hence, this expensive resource remains unutilized.

“Thus, CapEx and OpEx to operate telecom networks are enormous while revenue remains largely decoupled from the cost of architecting, scaling and operating today’s networks. Furthermore, the revenue generating services take several weeks to be created, provisioned and activated on these networks.

“The reason the idea of SDN and NFV is taking off is because it is a much needed concept for both telecom carriers and cloud operators. SDN and NFV present the concept of architecting these networks on low cost COTs hardware while the control of network functions remains in a logically centralized and directly programmable software domain.

2) Whereabouts in Telco networks do you see that SDN and NFV will be of the greatest benefit? Where will we see the first deployments?

SH: “Complete abstraction of control layer from the underlying hardware would take a few years at its best to take place. In the meanwhile, a subset of benefits of SDN would be realized in a software defined service layer. Thus, OSS/ BSS systems in a telco network would most likely be the first to get logically centralized and programmable via a service automation and orchestration layer. This software defined service orchestration layer may interface with the existing OSS/BSS systems and provide an integrated and logically centralized view and control of the network. The other area where SDN and NFV concept would take off in telco networks would be the network edge.

“Most likely, tier 1 operators, globally, will be the early adopters of the SDN technology.”

3) Are there still any major hurdles you see which SDN and NFV have to conquer before adoption can become widespread? If so, what are they and how should they be resolved?

SH: “SDN and NFV technologies are very nascent. There are many pieces of the puzzle which are not in place yet.

“SDN / NFV environment would be composed of physical and virtual resources. Network virtualization poses a great challenge to network state management. Live workload migration and dynamic resource allocation are core concepts of the virtualization technology. However, during the migration, network connectivity, configuration, ACLs, and QoS/CoS should remain consistent and intact. In order to manage server virtualization along with network virtualization, sophisticated management and troubleshooting solutions would be required.

“The existing (non-SDN) networks are here to stay for a long time to come. As an intermediate step, we require multi-vendor service automation and orchestration platforms to provide SDN like capabilities to the existing networks without actual abstraction of control plane from the forwarding plane.

“Also, OpenFlow needs to mature in terms of its switch configuration protocol (OF-Config), extension to optical transport and definition of an open, standardized northbound API.

“Boundary or interface functions are needed to be defined to interface SDN controllers not only to other SDN controllers and domains but also to legacy IP networks.

“SDN would require application-aware routing. The routing / control software that SDN applications would require for advanced functionalities is not ready yet. The IETF I2RS working group was formed in November 2012 to address this problem for the existing distributed routing architecture. The I2RS would allow applications to dynamically modify routing decisions on the basis of application requirements keeping in view the network events, topology and traffic conditions.

“The carrier grade performance in a virtualized networking environment raises some questions and concerns. When complex network functions are running at the software layer, the CPU performance becomes critical. Performance of the current general purpose multicore processors may not fit the bill. New and innovative solutions would be needed to accelerate the performance of these processors.”

4) What kind of timescale are we looking at until SDN and NFV become more commonplace in carrier networks across the world?

“SDN and NFV present a paradigm shift in how networks are constructed and operated today. However, many tier 1 operators are trialing SDN in targeted domains for specific applications. It is given that the existing infrastructure would remain in place for a long time to come while operators strategize to adopt SDN and NFV concepts fully.

“If current state of affairs in the industry is any indication, it can be reasoned that the wider adoption of the technology by telecom carriers would lag behind the wider adoption by data centers at least by a couple of years. However, telecom carriers in general are very aware that their future network architecture would be substantially different from their current architecture.

“It took approximately six years for server virtualization market to grow from 0 to approx. $1B. SDN / NFV adoption would be considerably accelerated then that. A recent report published by Transparency Market Research claims that the global SDN market is expected to reach $3.5B by 2018.”

5) What are your own company’s plans for deploying SDN and NFV?

SH: “Being first to market may not always prove to be prudent. We have to time it right and understand when the adoption of this new technology would add most value to our business and add competitive advantage and differentiation. We are currently in an exploratory phase and doing technical due diligence and impact analysis while formulating our business case. We are interviewing vendors. In our vendor selection, we would prefer a vendor who is committed to open standards, who is very involved in the standardization process and investing in R&D.”

6) What do you expect will be the defining trends within the industry in 2014?

SH: “I believe that enterprises, cloud service providers and data center operators will predominantly drive the SDN market in 2014.

“Cloud computing paradigm is not complete without network being virtualized along with server and storage virtualization. Thus, cloud computing would continue to drive virtualized overlay network technology in the data center environment for its own survival. These overlay network virtualization technologies would continue to be developed and adopted by data center and cloud computing sector.

“However, in the telecom operators’ world, the two key areas would be the virtualization of the network edge and software defined service orchestration also known as OSS/BSS virtualization. The top tier telecom operators, globally, would continue to trial and start to deploy SDN technology for specific use cases, mainly focused around the two key areas mentioned above.

“The mobile network operators would focus on their core and metro networks first, before moving on to RAN for virtualization. An industry survey published by Informa telecoms and media earlier this year showed that approx. 93% of the respondents from mobile operators’ space expect SDN to be implemented in their network in the next 1 to 5 years.

“SDN is colossally disruptive and if the past is any indication of the future, it would enable new vendors and competitors to enter into the arena. Additionally, many channel partner programs will most likely emerge in 2014.

Shazia Hasnie is Senior Director for Network Architecture and Strategy at MegaPath, based in San Jose, California. Being a subject matter expert, she has spoken on the topics of SDN and NFV at various industry events. Shazia has more than 14 years of post-doctoral experience and broad-based expertise in engineering research and innovation, technology and business strategy and management. She holds a Ph.D. in Telecommunications Engineering from the Australian National University.

She will be speaking on SDN and NFV at Carrier Network Virtualization in Palo Alto on 9-11 December 2013.

For further information, please visit www.carriernetworkvirtualization.com

 

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 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.