Lean NFV Ops: Communication Networks Reloaded


“Communication Networks Reloaded – See and experience key emerging technologies converging to deliver Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) in innovative ways that clearly outpace and disrupt today’s communication networks. This tech talk addresses sophisticated concepts in an interactive and fast paced demonstration where services are subjected to a number of configuration changes in real time, including deployment, scaling and failures. Note that this is not a Proof of Concept (PoC) project but rather a state of the art demonstration integrating commercial and open source solutions.

“Lean NFV Ops – Lean Network Functions Virtualization Operations is a practice delivering nimble communication systems that remain lean and agile at any scale. Lean NFV Ops addresses a pressing need for enabling what can otherwise become elusive dynamic services impacted by sprawling silos, bloated architectures and disjointed development creep. This presentation introduces Lean’s quality management principles defined at the intersection of service level effectiveness and highly efficient asset utilization. We will discuss maturity and technology readiness as well as RAS (Reliability, Availability, Serviceability) in the context of software defined communication systems.

Illinois Institute of Technology, Real Time Communications Conference & Expo 2015.


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Source pictures: https://flic.kr/s/aHskihXtyy.


This week Alcatel-Lucent’s team is delivering six tech talks at IIT Real Time Comms. Rapport is sponsoring this event jointly with AT&T, T-Mobile and Cisco’s Tropo at platinum level. IIT Real Time Comms is characterized by workshop style tech talks focusing on communication networks and services. Just as an example, I am listing here five of the event’s topics, which I happen to be very interested in:

  • Network densification: what works, what doesn’t and what’s to come. Mithun Thakur, Verizon Wireless.
  • Architecture for B2B2C. Tetsuya Hishiki, NTT.
  • A hybrid Deep Packet Inspection architecture for NFV: Emera Ben Abdekrim, Université du Québec.
  • Cognitive security: security analytics and autonomics for virtualized networks. Lalita Jagadeesan, Alcatel-Lucent.
  • 5G: what can we learn from the previous four generations. Henning Schulzrinne, Columbia University.

This other link will take you the complete conference agenda covering Mobile Networks & Applications, Internet of Things and Next Generation Emergency Communications, in addition the the WebRTC and Cloud Communications Track that I have the pleasure to chair with Alan Johnston.

Above, in lower right corner, you can also see a photograph of Anne Lee’s immersive 3D presentation. Anne gave her talk using Rapport with WebRTC, coupled with Intel’s RealSense and Personify, a Chicago start-up.



These are the slides I talked about yesterday. I would like to take this chance to thank those of you attending my two sessions on Communication Networks Reloaded for your questions and interest in Lean NFV Ops. We ended up extending the combined sessions’ total time to around 90 minutes. Needless to say that I will be glad to keep the conversation going over email, on a call or in person as you see fit.

By the way, those of you who happened to make it to previous talks will find the following additions:

  • Page 2: up front positioning of PMO vs. FMO basics with the Venn Diagram me that defines Lean NFV Ops.
  • Pages 3-16: discussion on the Lean NFV Ops demonstration system.
  • Page 31: minor improvements to the PMO vs. FMO comparison table on DevOps.
  • Page 38: Lean NFV Op’s new “golden spiral” on application performance.
  • Page 39: a more detailed PMO vs. FMO matrix deconstructing Lean, NFV and Ops.
  • Page 41: new link to our most recent webinar hosted by Layer123 a week ago.

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I also added a new “food for thought” slide (page 19) with insights I captured while reading “The Evolution of Useful Things.” This book was published back in 1992 by Henry Petroski, an engineer focusing on failure analysis and a passion for exploring design principles conveyed by day-to-day objects. 


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imageWhere to meet next?

And any other time here at the Cloud Innovation Center in Naperville ; )

Thanks to Ted East, Andy Must and the team at CIC for their support, Karyn Homer and Rapport’s Ed Elkin and Sue White. And, once again, congratulating Warren Bent, Tom Costello and Carol Davids on another successful IIT Real Time Comms.

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