There's a direct relationship between a technology's value and the number of research reports released about different aspects of it. And so this week saw yet another study attest to strong, increasing demand for SDN and NFV. Each report captures a snapshot of the work developers, service providers and their end-customers are doing -- new products, new implementations, promotions and partnerships. Read on to catch up on some of the virtualization news of the week.
AT&T's new security platform, revealed this week, leverages a Hadoop-based big data analytics engine to ingest and analyze 5 billion security events in less than ten minutes. Part of the operator's Domain 2.0 move to SDN, the threat intelligence platform gathers data from every router, switch and server in AT&T's network, tapping machine learning to constantly scan and correlate this information against threats. AT&T Threat Intellect -- which combines the platform, as well as people, processes and other products and tools within the CSP's security organization – reduces the time it takes AT&T to deploy security capabilities by more than 95%, Jason Porter, vice president of security at AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), tells Light Reading. (See: AT&T Unveils Powerful New Security Platform.)
In other AT&T news, the company announced this week it will work with the Linux Foundation to bring the 8.5 million lines of code from its virtualization playbook to the open source community. ECOMP – the Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy -- platform is mature and tested enough to deliver order to the chaos surrounding virtualization's multi-standard environment, AT&T Labs' Chris Rice tells Light Reading. (See: AT&T Offers 'Mature' ECOMP as Open Source MANO.)
Communications service provider SDN and NFV investments will reach more than $20 billion by the end of 2020, increasing at a compound annual growth rate of 54% between 2015 and then, according to a new report by
SNS Research. Operators and ISPs already are implementing SDN and NFV in areas such as policy control, customer premises equipment, content delivery networks and transport networks, the research firm says.
Mark Evans, currently chief financial officer at Telefónica UK Ltd. will become CEO, taking over from Ronan Dunne, on Aug. 1. In September 2015, Dunne publicly stated he would relinquish his position, after considering several options for the British service provider -- also known as O2 -- including a potential management buyout after a proposed merger fell through. (See: Eurobites: Brussels Goes In Hard on Google.)
Service provider Windstream takes control of the virtual lectern on July 20 at 1 ET, when Jeff Brown, director of product management and marketing, teaches "Telco Data Center 101" at Upskill U. The free, one-hour session explores how operators are evolving their data center strategies to quickly support virtualization, while simultaneously maintaining service standards and supporting future services, he writes in Light Reading. Register here. (See: Cisco Tackles Video Virtualization at Upskill U.)
In its second quarter of 2016, Adtran posted sales of $162.7 million, compared with $160.1 million in the same period a year prior. Net income, however, grew significantly to $10.2 million this quarter, versus $2.5 million in its second quarter 2015. "Growth in the U.S. market was led by our FTTP and 100 megabit portfolios, along with continued growth in our CAF II and Ethernet solutions. Our services business also continued its strong growth with a 51% revenue increase year-over-year," said Tom Stanton, CEO of Adtran Inc. (Nasdaq: ADTN).