#MWC15: Day -2 Let’s Run a Quick Recap.


“Alcatel-Lucent knows that Every Success has its Network and, at MWC 2015, we illustrate how to remove constraints that stand in the way of your success. Throughout our booth (#3K10, Hall 3) and in discussions with our executives and experts, you will discover how we are focusing on your key challenges […] where innovation is taking us and how we can help you make your 2020 network vision a reality.”  –  http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/mwc2015


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Cloud Computing has become key to the future of telecommunication systems. This is a no brainer at MWC 2015 given the unquestionable relevance of emerging technologies such as NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) and SDN (Software Defined Networking). It is worth noting that our team delivered cloud demonstrations addressing mobile broadband’s intersecting path with cloud services and infrastructure at MWC 2011 already. We engaged in private discussions on the virtualization of network functions like IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) as well. This is significant because back then most technology vendors in the carrier network space would either just talk about cloud in theoretical terms and/or issue well intended press releases or simply ignore early signals of what was yet to come. We made a point about rolling up our sleeves to demonstrate what we meant instead and, therefore, showcased work started a year earlier.

Decisiveness makes a difference and MWC 2012 served as the venue unveiling CloudBand 1.0, a solution comprised of a Management and Orchestration Platform and Cloud Nodes, all built from the ground up and fully optimized to deliver what it takes to excel in the carrier cloud environment. Moreover, Bell Labs demonstrated the benefits behind “Networked Clouds” in the context of rich real time communications. Given growing customer interest, we worked on integrating these two demonstrations right after MWC: the result was successfully displayed at Alcatel-Lucent’s first Tech Symposium in the Silicon Valley barely a couple of months later.

Our presence at MWC 2013 made quite clear that our head start and pioneering spirit was paying off. CloudBand lined up an impressive list of network operator projects. Our demo station featured a first in the industry: a public demonstration showcasing IMS as a sophisticated virtual network function onboarded, running, and scalling; enabled by CloudBand’s application lifecycle management coupled with its orchestration of cloud infrastructure. The Carrier Platform as a Service (cPaaS) concept advanced what is now known as MANO (Management and Orchestration) under ETSI NFV’s reference architecture. Analyst reviews explicitly positioned CloudBand ahead of the competition by highlighting the fact that our teams engineered a solution accounting for the specific needs of telecommunication networks.

MWC 2014 doubled as the launch venue for CloudBand 2.0 deploying Open Stack and Nuage Networks’ SDN framework with this new release. Moreover, two demo stations ran vEPC (virtual Evolved Packet Core) and vIMS (virtual IP Multimedia Subsystem) exemplifying 4G services such as  VoLTE (Voice over LTE, Long Term Evolution) delivering a Cloud Communications Platform in the process. This effort illustrated ETSI NFV’s Use Case #5 for the Virtualization of Mobile Core Network and IMS. CloudBand’s thriving partner ecosystem and data plane acceleration became hot topics, as well as early discussions on Virtual Network Function (VNF) modeling and how service decomposition would translate into design principles to better scale (grow and degrow dynamically) while taking full advantage of cloud efficiencies and, hence, economics.

So, what is it that we are doing at MWC 2015 this coming Monday? We brought with us “The Mother of our NFV Demos” for this event. Stay tuned ; )

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Ted East, VP of the Cloud Innovation Center, @CloudTed and I @innovarista will be glad to meet @Alcatel_Lucent ‘s booth. We will talk about “ops” (which can be followed @ALU_Cloud)  though no need for hard hats and safety gear by the time MWC opens its doors on Monday : )

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