We have hosted a number of workshops with customers, partners, analysts and public officials worldwide. Back in November we welcomed Light Reading analysts in Naperville, IL, who had meetings with IP Platforms’ leaders and joined a live demonstration at the Cloud Innovation Center (CIC).
‘[R&D work] is in the operations,’ Bhaskar Gorti, Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)’s president of IP Platforms, told Light Reading without hesitation at a recent on-site visit: ‘Getting a network function to run in a virtualized network is fine, but the reality is that there will be a hybrid world of virtual and physical networks. How do you operate it?’ In fact, its Naperville, IL. offices are full of Lean Ops demos that show evidence of this R&D work.” – Alcatel-Lucent’s NFV Boss: Operations Is Key R&D.” by Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director at Light Reading.
“A visit to Alcatel’s Lucent’s Naperville, IL. Campus, west of Chicago, shed light on how the company is focusing its efforts around software and the cloud.” “Ted East showed us how easy it is to spin up services like firewalls in the cloud, thanks to SDN and NFV. Then he had us cause a network failure by playing Whack-a-Mole in order to demonstrate how fast the network can rebuild itself.” – “Alcatel-Lucent Field Trip” by Elizabeth Miller Coyne, Editor at The New IP.
CIC’s NFV Solutions Hub provides a truly immersive operational experience of running a cloud based telco using NFV technologies. The hub advances collaboration with network operators and ecosystem partners by enabling real solutions to be built and validated as well as providing a hosted cloud facility for the Alcatel-Lucent community.
The most visible outcome involves Proof of Concept (PoC) projects, high impact demonstrations and practical assistance with onboarding and validating Virtual Network Functions (VNF). Light Reading’s team experienced CIC’s Lean NFV Ops program, which showcases a fully virtualized end-to-end VoLTE environment and a wide range of service lifecycle use cases and operations.
An interactive demonstration deploys Rapport Cloud Communications and IPR&T Cloud Mobile Core (vEPC) working with Motive Dynamic Operations (MDO), CloudBand Management System, and Nuage Network’s Virtualized Service Platform (VSP). This is all running live using commercially available software including CloudBand Nodes which leverage OpenStack and is widely considered the most stable and mature platform for NFV. Furthermore, this session also promoted the role of our Ecosystem Program with over 60 members and positioned Services and Consulting practices, which are currently helping to deliver 6 commercial NFV projects and discussed the impact of Bell Labs research findings.
The team at the Cloud Innovation Center (CIC).
The Lean NFV Ops demonstration experience was launched at Mobile World Congress in March and has been turned into a program that has been featured in 70+ events and workshops worldwide, engaging 1,600+ industry representatives.
These help not only discuss and validate fundamental concepts but also gather invaluable customer insights in the process. Intel’s Data Center Group Leadership singled out our program in their Investor Day where Alcatel-Lucent was the only partner featured in the demonstration zone. Intel has also funded and sponsored our most recent video, which is now available on TelecomTV.
Customized Lean NFV Ops workshops, whether at Executive Briefing Centers (EBC), at customer premise or online, can be easily booked online.
I would like to take this chance to thank Ted East and Phil Tilley for their input.
“This workshop will focus on the Intel Network Builder Fast Track program pillars – optimization, interoperability, and integration – which align to some of the key challenges the industry faces as we transform the network. Presentations by Intel and many of our ecosystem partners will focus on successes and how to work together to resolve some of the remaining challenges. High level agenda topics include: solution optimization success stories, solution blueprints and integration success stories, interoperability challenges and standard benchmarking efforts. And, don’t forget to join us for drinks, appetizers, and conversation at the networking reception at the end of the day 5:30pm – 7:30pm. For further information, or to register for the Intel® Workshop & Network Builders Reception, please contact Owen Lochner.” – Carrier Network Virtualization, Crowne Plaza, Palo Alto, Monday November 30th 2015 from 1pm-7pm.
Once again, out team thanks Intel for the opportunity to feature the work of Alcatel-Lucent’s Cloud Innovation Center (CIC) on Lean NFV Operations. This time around, I will join Intel’s “Architecture for Network Function Virtualization (NFV) Workshop” at Carrier Network Virtualization 2015. Here is the talk’s info:
Title: Communication Networks Reloaded
Abstract: Innovation is prompting a new wave of dynamic and contextual communication experiences. These are based on fast evolving cloud applications whose growth is placing relentless demands on service delivery and network performance. Basic expectations on agile service launch and effortless lifecycle management are challenging conventional architectures and business models, which are now commonly referred to as “legacy”. Equally important, the Present Mode of Operations (PMO) and siloed organizational behaviors can impair new capabilities. Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) involves a set of emerging technologies and has been the subject of numerous Proof of Concept (PoC) projects to date. Shifting to production environments and “going live” faces new chasms that can be crossed with end-to-end service level orchestration and by adopting and evolving “Lean” design and operational practices. This tech talk discusses findings and insights from the “Lean NFV Ops” program at Alcatel-Lucent’s Cloud Innovation Center (CIC), which this year alone has interfaced with 1,500+ industry representatives worldwide.
Bio: Jose de Francisco is a Director at Alcatel-Lucent’s Cloud Innovation Center (CIC). His experience in the high tech sector and software business includes leadership responsibilities in product line management, partnerships, marketing and strategy. Jose has worked with Bell Labs on next generation mobile platforms and holds three patents. He is a Member of the Advisory Council at MIT’s Engineering Systems Division and the recipient of an MBA in International Marketing and Finance from Chicago’s DePaul University as a Honeywell Europe’s Be Brilliant Scholar. Jose also holds a postgraduate degree in Human Factors Engineering from Barcelona Tech and his endeavors can be followed on innovarista.org and @innovarista.
See you there ; )
“Informa Telecoms & Media is delighted to reunite the global SDN & Network Virtualization community for this comprehensive SDN and NFV event for the carrier community, packed with case studies from the pioneers at the very forefront of SDN and NFV advancements worldwide. Set in California, the heartland of SDN & NFV solutions, Carrier Network Virtualization brings the industry together to discuss Carrier Class SDN from a unique strategic carrier-led perspective.” – Alcatel-Lucent Events Site + FREE CARRIER PASS!
Our team is gearing up for CNV15 (see highlights above) and would first like to thank Sue Morehouse with our Events Team and Andy Mast at the Cloud Innovation Center for all support provided… and work in progress : )
2015 is not yet over but as we approach the year’s end I can already share that this was a very intensive year for the Lean NFV Ops Roadshow. By the way, that was true from the get go: our success at Mobile World Congress triggered an immediate and, most importantly, lasting chain reaction. CNV15 is my last stop as far as industry events for this year, while we keep going strong with private workshops for network operators.
Speaking of which, I need to credit the good work of our team in Mexico for all efforts that went into the sessions we delivered a couple of weeks ago in partnership with Bell Labs Consulting. Quick side note: Hurricane Patricia, the most powerful cyclone ever, got downgraded as it greatly weakened at landfall, though we managed to experience some pretty weird hailstone storm in Mexico City. The fact is that Mexico was kind to our team and we couldn’t be happier about customer feedback received during and soon after the workshops.
Now back to CNV: our conversation on Lean NFV Ops synthesizes learning capturing a wealth of insights acquired in face to face discussions involving 1,500+ worldwide individuals (network operators, partners, analysts and public officials) engaged in this year’s roadshow. Our two-way sessions with network operators and, sometimes, three-way activities involving partners have doubled as first hand primary market research with substantial critical mass.
We have not only managed to validate Lean’s value and our holistic approach to operating NFV in today’s environment, but also followed up on invaluable customer insights. That kind of interaction has shaped up a virtuous circle making the Lean NFV Ops program an industry asset transcending our work. If interested, feel free to stop by our CNV15 booth, though it is best to work with our team in advance to get a session scheduled.
Looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks in Palo Alto.