Tag Archives: NFV

Lessons from the cloud will help telcos get better at services. Here’s why.

Telecom network operators were nothing if not rattled when cloud computing arrived on their doorstep. In an industry where competition was already ripe and growing consolidation a certainty, the thought of more players entering the fray set alarm bells ringing. But they had little to counter cloud providers’ low-cost services that could be switched on quickly and scaled flexibly. The cloud business model appealed not only to end users but also to the telcos themselves. ‘Cloudification’ and virtualization technologies such as NFV (Network Function Virtualization) and SDN (Software-Defined Networking) were ushered in with much fanfare. They promised to transform the […]  More >>

Virtualization needs open source! (And here’s why)

There’s little debate in our industry that network virtualization (NFV/SDN) is the way forward for telecoms’ infrastructure. So why are adoption rates of NFV/SDN architectures still low? That’s because two critical elements for realizing its benefits have been missing: a standardized way of automating NFV/SDN infrastructure (as opposed to a plethora of different solutions), and a more viable way of rolling out virtualization technology. Amdocs has long recognised this challenge and has been actively contributing through organisations like the TM Forum to find solutions. ONAP provides the answer to both. Its introduction of an open-source approach into telecommunications – an […]  More >>

Why it makes sense to open-source ECOMP

From its inception, AT&T’s ECOMP platform for NFV automation has attracted attention because the project has been led by a service provider rather than a vendor or a standardization body. The recent decision to convert ECOMP to an open source project and irrevocably hand the majority of its code to the Linux Foundation has put it back in the spotlight. Well-established in the IT world, the open source model remains something of an alien concept in telecoms. You could say that its ethos of free licensing, open collaboration and fast-paced development is diametrically opposed to our industry, which is built […]  More >>

Network Testing: Busting the 9-week barrier

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) promise to save service providers millions in hardware costs and shave weeks off the time to deliver and scale network services. Unfortunately those are forward-looking advantages that have little impact on today’s project schedules or the time and effort it takes new services to go from testing to production-ready. According to a recent survey conducted by Coleman-Parkes Research on behalf of Amdocs, getting the test-deploy cycle below nine weeks is the new benchmark! But it’s proving frustratingly elusive for engineering teams trying to balance intense market pressures to deliver broader coverage, faster […]  More >>

Do you know which virtual network approach is right for you?

lockMy car lease is coming to an end, which means I’ve spent the past few weekends looking at new lease options. This time, though, there is a new wrinkle in car quest. For the first time, I need to give more consideration to my car’s built in display and mobile compatibility. And as an Apple guy, it’s frustrating that I can either choose the car I want or the CarPlay display I prefer, but I am locked out of having both. Which brings us to the importance of avoiding vendor lock-in when it comes to networks. There have been a […]  More >>

10, 9, 8, 7… countdown to the IoT explosion

Virtual Probes – Scaling Performance Monitoring for IoT We’ve been talking a lot about 2020 lately. Analysts predict it will be the year of the long-awaited explosion of objects in the Internet of Things (IoT). Depending on the source, we can expect anywhere from 25B to 50B connected things in the next four years generating 2.3 terabytes of data, or a whopping compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30 percent every single year. While there’s a fair bit of hype in those numbers, there’s also a very real opportunity to drive new revenue growth in enterprise markets. From a global […]  More >>

Making the (Business) Case for vProbes Integration

Probes in 20202020 is shaping up to be a really big year. By then, network services will all be sitting pretty in the cloud. Never mind that network functions virtualization (NFV) rollouts have been so far confined to specific services such as virtual CPEs, while market growth forecasts for NFV and software defined networking (SDN) technologies keep getting pushed out to, you guessed it, 2020. (The sheer incline of that trend graph is spectacular.) A recent report from the Linux OPNFV Project belies the rosy predictions with its finding that only six percent of 90 service providers surveyed had any NFV strategy […]  More >>

Open Sourcing Thrones

Open Source challengesImagine if Game of Thrones was open source. Who would keep an eye on it, to make sure no one made catastrophic edits. Which brings us to Amdocs role in ECOMP, the open source platform with millions of lines of code.   More >>

NFV Buzz Around the Web

Ever since our successful NFV demo with Vodafone at Mobile World Congress this past February, there’s been a lot of buzz around our NFV offering. The live use case helped many in the industry understand that virtualization isn’t some futuristic offering, but a real offering that can contribute value today. We expect to see hybrid networks, blending both hardware and software elements, for the better part of the next decade, and we’re building use cases and developing software designed to turn the network into a competitive differentiator that helps deliver superior customer experiences for your customers. In case you’ve missed […]  More >>

The Battle for Value-Added Services

As providers of connectivity, service providers should be well positioned to sell high-value digital services to enterprises and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). But a lack of service agility caused by complex processes and lengthy service introduction cycles makes it difficult for them to do battle with over-the-top (OTT) players in the arena of services offerings and customer experience. Enterprises and SMBs are looking for choice and want access to the cloud solutions marketplace. But this access needs to be secure, reliable and easy. The simplest way for an IT manager to handle this is via a single, trusted vendor […]  More >>