Most Commented Content posted in December 2014
Top SDN Challenges for Operators
Elizabeth Miller Coyne  
12/12/2014   16 comments
Network intelligence, agility and flexibility are among the top challenges of a software-defined operator, especially when it comes to customer experience management, according to Telecom Italia.
Beware the Talent War
Elizabeth Miller Coyne  
12/15/2014   11 comments
The world of the New IP demands that service providers shift from a do-it-yourself mindset to more of an ecosystem approach. This shift is proving challenging for operators and vendors alike as they move to embrace open source, find talent and explore the holistic value of networks and services.
Securing Open Source
Joe Stanganelli  
12/3/2014   9 comments
For all of its benefits, open source, one of the mainstays of The New IP, has come under yet greater scrutiny in the wake of an avalanche of serious open source security vulnerabilities in OpenSSL, TrueCrypt, Bash (a Unix shell), Debian, Firefox, and numerous others.
CenturyLink's Poll: Time Is a Weapon
Carol Wilson  
12/5/2014   7 comments
CenturyLink says turning up a new long-haul network is no longer a multi-year process and neither is delivering new 100G services on that backbone.
Thinking Outside the Box
Tom Nolle  
12/17/2014   7 comments
The notion of a 'third' network, service or management might be selling the concept of virtualization short and getting in the way of what is really needed to move to The New IP – not a new model, but by a new notion of modeling.
Top 5 Predictions for The New IP in 2015
Carol Wilson  
12/30/2014   6 comments
Light Reading's Editor-at-Large Carol Wilson dusts off the crystal ball and shakes off the dust of 2014 to boldly forecast what lies ahead.
An Ounce of Prevention
Joe Stanganelli  
12/19/2014   5 comments
The cybersecurity breach at Sony Pictures is the latest in a series of high-profile attacks on major US companies in 2014 – the same year that President Obama directed NIST to create the voluntary Cybersecurity Framework based on existing standards, technology, guidelines and practices in order to reduce cyber risks to critical infrastructure.
Opening up OSS/BSS in a Virtualized Network
Anita Karvé  
12/23/2014   4 comments
No discussion of software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) is complete without a mention of open source which is quickly becoming the de facto approach to enabling the next-generation of carrier networks. But as carriers spend considerable energy and resources on overhauling their networks to make them more nimble, scalable, flexible and cost effective, they also need to consider what these infrastructure changes will mean to their OSS and BSS systems, which will need to support everything.
Partnering is Winning in IoT
Vincent Rousselet  
12/31/2014   4 comments
Many are questioning the ability of the communications industry to generate money from the emerging Internet of Things due to the lack of a commercial model and a complex ecosystem of partners. However, evidence suggests that business success in IoT will depend on partnerships and ecosystems.
NFV Enables Pay-Per-Use for Enterprises
Anita Karvé  
12/9/2014   4 comments
Once associated with movies purchased through a cable provider or text messages, pay-per-use has come a long way to include business-oriented offerings and has even carried over into NFV.
Fast Friends: Analytics & NFV/SDN
Leo Zancani  
12/18/2014   3 comments
Data analytics, especially real-time data analytics, will inarguably play a central role in SDN/NFV deployments, but without the right tools, the huge volumes of data spraying geyser-like from the multitude of fast-moving parts cannot be digested by businesses run by humans, thinking and deciding at humdrum human scales.
2015 IoT Business Boom
Elizabeth Miller Coyne  
12/30/2014   3 comments
2015 is expected by many to be the year of the Internet of Things (IoT) – and the year that IoT moves from science fiction to business fact, according to Verizon which this month released an in depth IoT report that it completed in conjunction with Harvard Business Review.
Seeking the IoT Vision
Joe Stanganelli  
12/29/2014   2 comments
As another year draws to a close, and as the grand vision that is the Internet of Things gradually becomes a reality, we get ever closer to Cisco's notorious prediction of having at least 50 billion connected devices, globally, by 2020. 2015 and the following five years will find us with not only more connected devices but also a greater variety of connected devices with a yet broader spectrum of real-world applications.
Poll: Net Neutrality, Title II & The New IP
Elizabeth Miller Coyne  
12/18/2014   2 comments
The regulatory quagmire and uncertainty of Net Neutrality and Title II has left many people dazed and confused – and none more so than those in the tech industry where worries over indecision affecting investment and innovation are a reality and could dampen investment, regardless of the outcome.
Preparing for Virtualization
Elizabeth Miller Coyne  
12/26/2014   1 comment
Network functions virtualization (NFV) leveled the playing field this year with regard to incumbent service providers -- they all started from scratch while scratching their heads. As a result, a renewed sense of collaboration reinvigorated the industry's interest in and reliance on running proof of concepts for virtualization.

NFV Orchestration, Infrastructure and VNF
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CSP Attitudes Toward Digital Transformation: A Reality Check
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NFVi - VNF Interoperability Evaluation
Status: Updated December 2016
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Service Chaining Interoperability Evaluation - Live NFV Interoperability Demo
Status: Completed in May 2016
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Andrew Dugan, acting Chief Technology Officer at Level 3, discusses the service provider's SDN success and plans for NFV.
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Dave Ward, Cisco's CTO of Engineering and Chief Architect, outlines his vision for the future of virtualization.
AT&T's Doug Nassaur discusses interoperability and virtualization during BCE 2016 in Austin.
Lynn Comp, senior director of market development for the Network Platforms Group for Intel, outlines her vision for the future of virtualization.
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