Virtual Newsbites: CSPs Loosen NFV, SDN Purse Strings
As evidenced by the use cases, partnerships and new products New IP Agency members share each week, communication service provider spending on NFV and SDN continues to rise -- anecdotal evidence proven by a study released on Friday that predicts CSPs will continue to spend heavily on these technologies over the next four years.
That, however, is not the only news of the week. AT&T on Friday disclosed ambitious plans to demonstrate the value of its SDN investment, while Huawei disclosed results of ongoing research into network automation it's conducted with CSPs and Noah's Ark Laboratory. Read on for these and other news items:
Service provider investments in SDN and NFV will reach more than $18 billion by the end of 2020, representing a compound annual growth rate of 46% between 2016 and 2020, according to new findings by SNS Research. Investments on orchestration platforms alone will represent $1.6 billion in four years, accounting for 10% of service provider SDN and NFV spending. Today, virtualized CPE, EPC/mobile core, IMS and policy control platforms represent nearly 70% of all virtual network function (VNF) software investments; by 2020, nearly 80% of all new EPC investments will be virtualized, SNS Research predicts.
AT&T on Friday announced it is leveraging its investment in software-defined networks to debut trials of 400 Gigabit Ethernet data speeds early next year. As a result of ultimately providing 400GbE service across its production network, the operator expects to deliver faster uploads and downloads, transport "massive amounts of data at historic speeds," more bandwidth and faster video streaming, according to a release. Under phase 1, AT&T plans to use Coriant optical gear to carry 400GbE service across a long-distance span of AT&T global backbone from New York to Washington. In the second phase, the service provider plans to trial a 400GbE on one 400G wavelength across AT&T’s OpenROADM metro network using optical gear from Ciena. Finally, in phase 3, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) expects to test a 400GbE open router platform that uses merchant silicon and open source software.
"In phases one and two, our plan is to demonstrate SDN control for our 400GigE service as a part of the trial over flexible ROADMs," Dan Blemings, director of Product Management at AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions, tells the New IP Agency. "In phase three, we intend to trial our SDN controller with the disaggregated router/switch."
Under terms of two Memoranda of Confirmation frame agreements, Nokia will help Globe Telecom of the Philippines transform its existing networks to cloud and IoT-ready networks using carrier SDN, IP, optical and 4.5G Pro technologies. In the first framework, Globe Telecom Inc. will use Mobile Edge Computing and advanced carrier aggregation capabilities for extensive scalability plus speed and capacity improvements that allow it to deliver new services, reduce power consumption and operating costs, increase network automation and improve network performance. In the second framework, Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) will deliver integrated IP and optical networking and carrier SDN solutions across the country, looking to improve Globe's enterprise data services network's agility, quality, performance, coverage and capacity.
Huawei's Noah's Ark Laboratory unveiled research results from its study of Network Mind, a prototype that applies machine learning to gain intelligent, automated network traffic control via automatic detection and prediction of traffic changes. Service providers continue to add automation to networks, seeking to improve accuracy, security and delivery speed; software-defined networks aid this task, yet technologies including virtual reality, IoT, augmented and virtual reality also add complexity, according to Huawei. Network Mind, which is being tested in collaboration with operators, so far show it is more than 500% more efficient in realizing key performance indicators (such as task completion and policy generation) than existing control methods using template-based algorithms or heuristic optimization algorithms and 50 times more efficient when analyzing paths of large optical networks, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. says.
Fortinet this week made available its FortiCare 360° to North and Latin American customers and plans to offer the new cloud security service to organizations in EMEA and APAC by the end of the year. The service includes automated Security Fabric performance audits, security appliance health assessments and actionable recommendations from Fortinet security engineers. FortiCare 360° also analyzes FortiGate and FortiWiFi appliance health proactively and continuously to find ways organizations can optimize performance and locate potential issues before they become problems, Fortinet Inc. says. Each month, the service conducts monthly security environment audits and provides personalized recommendations.
— Alison Diana, Editor, The New IP Agency. Follow her on Twitter @alisoncdiana or @The_New_IP.