"In the beginning, there was the pizza box," said Tim Naramore, CTO, Masergy, kicking off his keynote at Light Reading's NFV Everywhere event in Dallas, and reminding attendees how far the industry has come since the days when "pizza boxes" ruled the day.
As evidenced from the host of panel topics and discussions at NFV Everywhere, network functions virtualization (NFV), the New IP mainstay has rendered the pizza box nearly extinct -- except for when it comes to ... actual pizza.
In its place are new terms like virtual CPE, VNF, SDN, open source, hypervisor and container, and they were all part of the NFV Everywhere conversation, especially when industry leaders took the stage, including Margaret Chiosi, distinguished network architect at AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T); Shawn Hakl, VP of enterprise networking and innovation, Verizon Enterprise Solutions ; Masergy Communications Inc. 's Tim Naramore; and Francisco-Javier Ramon Salguero, head of network virtualization, Telefónica .
Click on the image below to launch our slideshow from NFV Everywhere, including a few pics from our Women in Comms breakfast that featured The New IP Tune in Tuesday show guest Brooks McCorcle, president of AT&T Partner Solutions, who talked about the importance of encouraging young women to pursue careers in STEM, and how companies can support and retain women in the tech and engineering fields. (Listen to The Winds of Change.)
Rise and Shine!
Monique Hayward, the director of outbound marketing for Intel's network platforms group; McCorcle; and Nancy Green, global healthcare lead at Verizon Enterprise Solutions, discuss the future of NFV, or "Never-ending Female Value," as dubbed by Hayward.
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— Elizabeth Miller Coyne, Editor, The New IP