I'll admit that it's tough to keep track of the key players and initiatives underway in the New IP virtualization revolution. So when Light Reading launched Virtuapedia, an online resourced aimed at cataloging, explaining and tying together all the information around the transformation to virtualized networks, I was one of the first people to sign up.
Virtuapedia not only includes information on people, technologies, businesses, standards and ecosystems that are driving virtualization, but it also acts as an index that tracks the progress communications service providers (CSPs) are making in their efforts to virtualize their networks. (See Light Reading Launches Virtuapedia, the Ultimate Resource for CSP Virtualization.)
More specifically, Virtuapedia is made up of two components: a searchable set of databases that covers the spectrum of network and services virtualization, and a series of indexes that track CSPs' virtualization progress. The indexes, which focus on virtualization planning, deployment and spending, will be updated on a regular basis, providing all CSPs with concrete and realistic benchmarks to measure their company's progress against their peers and competitors.
In addition, the Virtuapedia also includes a People directory which lists communications professionals who are participating in the virtualization revolution. Inclusion in this directory is voluntary and individuals can register for the People directory here.
Virtuapedia is the result of a six-month research effort to define the business opportunity presented by virtualization, according to Light Reading's Founder and CEO, Stephen Saunders. "Virtualization is a revolutionary technology that will completely transform the communications industry over the next ten years. It also combines a stunningly complicated set of tech and business issues," said Saunders in a press release. "I'm extremely proud of the work that Light Reading and our partners have done to bring Virtuapedia to life. It is destined to become the de facto industry standard for all virtualization information."
Founding sponsors of Virtuapedia include Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC),
Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise .
Today, Virtuapedia includes:
More than 200 functions, processes and services that comprise a CSP virtualization taxonomy, grouped into 13 general categories.
Nearly 350 different vendors and CSPs that are part of the global virtualization community.
More than 300 products and services that will serve as building blocks for the new virtualization economy.
175 standards groups and associations that are active in virtualization efforts, including open source initiatives.
A glossary of nearly 400 terms that are defining CSP virtualization efforts worldwide.
And because Virtuapedia is set up to be a crowd-sourced online resource, we need your help. All CSP industry professionals are encouraged to add their insights and information to the Virtuapedia database.
— Elizabeth Miller Coyne, Editor, The New IP