As interest in and demand for virtualization continues to heat up, news surrounding the technology solution abounds.
Perhaps most importantly, industry leaders -- from service providers to vendors -- are taking the time to prevent future incompatibilities that plagued so many industries and technologies before them.
Resources invested today will pay huge dividends in the short- and long-term future, advocates of open, non-proprietary compatibility predict. Having spent several years reporting on the incompatibility-riddled health IT market, where hospitals and providers spent collective billions on proprietary, government-mandated electronic medical records that for years did not communicate with other vendors' solutions, it's exciting to see such proactive investment of time, money and testing.
Read on to catch up with the latest virtualization news of the week:
Long-time virtualization advocate Colt Technology Services became the newest member of the New IP Association. Nico Fischbach, the service provider's strategy, architecture and innovation director is expected to be confirmed as the latest member of the NIA Board of Directors at the non-profit organization's meeting on May 23 at the Big Communications Event in Austin next week. Fischbach has been an outspoken proponent for the NIA and its industry–focused initiative designed to support and accelerate the development of a global economy based on open, advanced, virtualized IP networks by providing information, education, analysis, community services and testing.
Forget traditional event product demos. At the Big Communications Event (BCE) in Austin on May 24 and May 25, more than 10 companies will feature products in a series of live interoperability demonstrations right on the show floor. They include six multivendor demos featuring NFV infrastructure element, virtual network functions (VNFs), orchestration systems and test and measurement technology, says Carsten Rossenhövel, managing director of the European Advanced Networking Test Center AG (EANTC), which was commissioned by The New IP Agency to set up and conduct the independent tests at BCE. " I'd say this is probably the first real example of an interop. It did not involve months of planning -- the vendors turned up with their technology and we set up and tested multiple scenarios. Each of the six tests has a minimum of four participating vendors and, importantly, the orchestration tools are not always provided by the vendors supplying the NFVi," he tells Light Reading. (See: BCE 2016: Live NFV Interop Demo Takes Center Stage.)
Light Reading unveiled the finalists of this year's Most Innovative NFV Products (Vendor). With many pioneering products in this segment, Light Reading editors had a tough time winnowing down the candidates but finally slimmed it down to ten finalists. In alphabetical order they are: ADVA Optical Networking (Frankfurt: ADV) ; ADVA Optical Networking (Frankfurt: ADV) ; Casa Systems Inc. ;
Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO); CENX Inc. ; CommScope Inc. ;
Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR); Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK); OneAccess and
Versa Networks . (See: Leading Lights 2016 Finalists: Most Innovative NFV Product Strategy (Vendor).)
AT&T Partner Solutions expects to start testing a wholesale application of NetBond for solution providers involved in AT&T Partner Exchange, Brooks McCorcle, president of AT&T Partner Solutions, tells Light Reading's Carol Wilson this week. NetBond provides dynamic secure access to multiple clouds and is one of only some new solutions AT&T will sell through its Partner Exchange, she says. AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) will use others to differentiate its offerings to customers, says McCorcle. (See: AT&T to Test Wholesale NetBond .)
NEC and Netcracker Technology this week took the wraps off their Agile Virtualization Platform and Practice (AVP), a set of tools, platforms and services designed to accelerate and ease the adoption and commercialization of SDN and NFV. NEC Corp. (Tokyo: 6701) and Netcracker Technology Corp. designed AVP to assist service providers in moving their operations, business processes and organizations to becoming digital service providers with improved agility and streamlined cost structures, the companies said in a release.
— Alison Diana, Ambassador, The New IP Agency
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