This turned out to be another intensive year (more on that in my next post) and the above pictures capture our team’s presence at Carrier Network Virtualization, the last public event on the Lean NFV Ops program for 2015. I like to thank Christie Rice for her invitation to present at Intel Network Builders Summit in Palo Alto, and couldn’t be happier to hear that my presentation, Communication Networks Reloaded, was well received (see slides below) by the workshop participants. I would also like to thank Sue Morehouse with our Events Team and Andy Mast at the Cloud Innovation Center for all the work that went into getting our team organized for CNV15.
Photo album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskptDZXC
“To maximize the opportunity presented by SDN and NFV we need to start planning operational tasks from a new perspective. In this session Alcatel-Lucent will highlight how Lean principles are being applied to the operationalization of NFV to enable efficient and automated dynamic services. The session will outline a framework for network and service orchestration followed by a demonstration of Lean NFV Ops launching VPN and VoLTE services using an OpenStack based platform.” – Channel 123, “Applying Lean Operational Principles to NFV.”
60 min @ Channel123
60 minutes @ NFV Mashup Series #18
Just yesterday, Phil and I delivered a new webinar on Lean NFV Ops. Our team would like to thank Layer123’s Robert Jones and Mark Lum for all of their support with that session. I am also posting the link to an earlier webinar hosted by Valery Noto back in May who will be speaking about the NFV ecosystem at Carrier Network Virtualization in December.
Regarding the above two webinars, both are 60 minutes long. Though, the one on the right was first delivered as a 30 minute live session, which was re-recorded afterwards to provide an extended 60 minute version given growing interest in this topic.
May’s Lean NFV Ops covers a few more use cases, such as smart placement and self-service-ops (SSO) while yesterday’s shares more insights on the underlying Lean principles. This last webinar was scheduled in advance to SDN & OpenFlow World Congress, Alcatel-Lucent being a diamond sponsor. Feel free to see the live version of the Lean NFV Ops demo at that event and take advantage of consulting with NFV experts such as Andreas Lemke. In the meantime, my previous post provides additional materials on Lean NFV Ops, starting with the latest tech talk at GSMA North America just a week ago.
I am now gearing up for IIT’s Real Time Comms in Chicago, my tech talk has been scheduled on Tuesday, October 6 at 2:00 pm. This presentation complements the Lean NFV Ops demo, which Ted East will deliver at 10:00 am, his not-to-miss session title is “Communication Networks Reloaded.”
Last but not least, I’m adding one more quick note on the Lean NFV Ops Roadshow to share that I will be at Dell World in Austin, TX, later this month and Carrier Network Virtualization in Palo Alto, CA, in December. See you there : )
“In the network space there is a big opportunity for growth.” “The communications industry is moving to a cloud based infrastructure […] with standard high volume servers in a virtualized environment running in a dynamic, automated way.” – Diane Bryant, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Data Center Group. Intel Data Center Day. Santa Clara, August 27, 2015
“This is probably the most exciting time to be in network infrastructure.” “It is a market at an inflection point.” “Until now communications infrastructure has been built on purposely built fixed function appliances.” “Network service operators spend roughly $160B a year on equipment […] and run a $2.2T services business.” “Most of that has historically been a voice based business, but with more and more users and more and more devices connecting to the network you see an explosion of data traffic.” “This is creating an upside-down business problem where, sometime in the future, it will cost them more to deploy, operate and maintain those networks than the revenue generated.” “The answer to that problem statement is to adopt many of the principles of data center and IT infrastructure and cloud […] to take advantage of volume server economics and virtualization technologies, and to pool resources and assets across a number of workloads.” “By the way, Alcatel-Lucent is demonstrating [NFV, Networks Functions Virtualization] here this afternoon. You will see pretty sleek demos.” – Sandra Rivera, Vice President Data Center Group, General Manager Network Platforms Group. Intel Data Center Day. Santa Clara, August 27, 2015.
Note: the above is a collage of selected quotes, which have been edited for readability. Listen to the source webcast for the actual talking points and context.
Alcatel-Lucent Team (from left to right): Jose de Francisco, Bob Haddlelton, Ted East.
Last week our team went back to the Silicon Valley to join Intel’s Investors Day focusing on Data Center technologies in Santa Clara. The event’s agenda included presentations, a data center tour and several demonstrations. Here is the link to the webcast covering the executive talks.
The demonstration area showcased Intel’s projects and featured Alcatel-Lucent as a pioneer in the carrier cloud space and a member of Intel’s Network Builders ecosystem.
You can see Ted East running the Lean NFV Ops demo in the above pictures. We both ended up engaged in parallel conversations when addressing questions from different investors gathering at our demo station. By the way, our team was also present at both of Intel’s Network Builder and Partner Summits as well as at the prominent Developer Forum (IDF). All three events were held in San Francisco the previous week:
At last week’s Investors Day our team continued to validate interest in Lean NFV Ops practices, which call for:
- operational effectiveness tied to highly efficient utilization levels
- starting and remaining lean at any scale, this being key to dynamic networks.
As quoted above, the telecommunications industry is shifting gears by adopting general purpose computing in the form of x86 technology. We discussed NFV’s (Network Functions Virtualization) service agility subjected to real life RAS (Reliability, Availability, Serviceability) scenarios, as well as performance expectations and smart load placement in that environment.
We talked about the role of EPA (Enhanced Platform Awareness) and data plane acceleration in particular: DPDK (Data Plane Acceleration Kit) is a packet processing example leveraged by Alcatel-Lucent teams working on sophisticated network functions such as vEPC (Virtual Evolved Packet Core) and Rapport’s vIMS (Virtual Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem). Some of the discussions included Intel’s storage compression optimization as well.
Here is a quick outline of the solutions involved in the current version of the Lean NFV Ops’ end-to-end demonstration system:
- OSS (Operations Support System) – Motive Dynamic Operations
- SDN (Software Defined Networking) – Nuage Networks
- MANO (Management & Orchestration) – CloudBand Management System
- vIMS (Virtual IP Multimedia Subsystem) – Rapport
- vEPC (Virtual Enhanced Packet Core) – IP Mobile Core
- ANALYTICS – Bell Labs
- VIM (Virtual Infrastructure Manager) – OpenStack
- NFVI (Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure) – CloudBand Nodes
- PARTNERS – CloudBand Ecosystem
Last but not least, this was another very rewarding event and there is a need for thanking Bob, Andy for demo support and Intel’s Jon, Lisa, Christie and Jeni for all of the help provided this past week.
Photo Album: Lean NFV Ops at Intel’s Network Builders, Developer Forum and Investor Day.