“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.
“IIT RTC Conference and Expo is a globally recognized collaborative event, where industry and academia connect. Leveraging its unique academic setting, this annual conference brings together technical professionals and business executives from the data and telecommunications industry, standards bodies, policy and regulatory institutions, and academic educators and researchers to promote an open exchange of ideas to lead future development in the rapidly changing field of real-time communications.” – IIT Real Time Communications. October 6-8, IIT Hermann Hall, 3241 South Federal, Chicago, IL 60616. Registration.
“TADHack-mini Chicago will run just before the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Real Time Communications (IIT RTC) Conference. The Hackathon will focus on IoT (Internet of Things), next generation emergency services (NG911), Telecom APIs, WebRTC, identity / federation, and speech / video processing.” – TADHack. October 3-4. Registration.
Illinois Tech’s Real Time Comms has become a not-to-miss technical event for the past 10 years. Our team is glad to be back as platinum sponsors jointly with AT&T, T-Mobile, Comcast, Cisco’s Tropo and the International Multimedia Teleconferencing Consortium, IMTC. Here are the abstracts for our two talks on Lean NFV Ops:
“Communication Networks Reloaded – Ted East, VP of CTO NFV & Cloud Innovation Center. 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. Look for the presentation on “Lean NFV Ops” that complements this session at IIT Real Time Communications 2015.”
“Lean NFV Ops – Jose de Francisco, Director of Cloud Solutions Marketing. 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. Look for “Communication Networks Reloaded,” a related tech talk and demonstration on this conference’s agenda.”
The above two are part of a set of a total of six tech talks by the Alcatel-Lucent team:
“IMS, WebRTC, and 3D: The r/evolution continues progressing … – Anne Lee, Bell Labs Fellow, Corporate CTO Group. The deployment of IMS around the world is now well underway. Telcos are moving forward with IMS for VoLTE. And while the industry begins to define 5G, 4G provides the impetus to transform the PSTN and PLMN to All-IP. It is with an IP base, that new innovations in communications become possible. This includes extending communications with WebRTC into many devices, into many apps while also making the addition of context inherent. Next comes the integration of 3D leading to a fully immersive experience through the combination of IMS, WebRTC, and 3D cameras. This presentation will discuss making this next step possible. Note that the speaker may be giving the presentation immersively via IMS + WebRTC + 3D.”
“Cognitive Security: Security Analytics and Autonomics for Virtualized Networks – Lalita Jagadeesan, Bell Labs. Virtualized networks offer the potential to dynamically reconfigure themselves in real-time. Coupled with automated real-time analytics, these capabilities can be leveraged to enable such networks to automatically detect security threats in real-time, dynamically reconfigure themselves to protect against these threats, and automatically immunize themselves against evolving threats. We present an approach that combines real-time analytics with autonomics — using anomaly detection to identify potential security threats, in combination with autonomics to enable dynamic network reconfigurations to mitigate against these threats. A key challenge is to distinguish “good anomalies” arising from legitimate increases in network traffic, for example due to natural disasters, flash mobs, or other unexpected events, from “bad anomalies” arising from potential security attacks, as the autonomic actions may widely vary: e.g., dynamic increase of network resources for increases in legitimate traffic, instantiation of virtual security functions in the face of security attacks. We present a combination of machine learning based detection with temporal logic based analysis that provides a foundation for distinguishing these anomalies and enabling dynamic network autonomics in response. We illustrate our approach through a case study on distributed denial of service attacks on SIP-based virtualized networks.”
“Anomaly detection in wireless networks — Exploratory analysis using Self-Organizing Maps – Veena B. Mendiratta, Technical Leader, Network Reliability and Analytics. Communications traffic on wireless networks generates large volumes of metadata on a continuous basis across the various servers involved in the communication session. The networks are engineered for high reliability and hence, the data from these networks is predominantly normal with a small proportion being anomalous. From an operations perspective, however, it is important to detect these anomalies when they occur to correct any vulnerabilities in the network. The objective of our work is anomaly detection in communication networks to improve network performance and reliability. In this presentation we explore the use of neural network based Kohonen Self Organizing Maps (SOM) applied to Per Call Measurement Data (PCMD) records from a 4G network for data analysis and anomaly detection.”
“A characterization of short-video and distributed hot-spot activity in Instagram – Vijay Gurbani, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Bell Labs. Social networks like Instagram and Vine encourage the generation and consumption of user generated content (UGC) on a large scale. In this paper, we perform crawl the Instagram social network in two waves. First, we seek to characterize the composition of short-video streams on the Instagram network in terms of audio/video codecs used, file sizes, ratio of images to videos in Instagram and playout times among other features. Two, we further study the use of Instagram in five diverse geographic locations, or “hot-spots”: Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus in London, UK; Tour Eiffel in Paris, France; Statue of Liberty in New York, USA; and World War II Memorial in Washington D.C., USA. In this crawl, we focus on user characteristics across the hot-spots: How many users are active in the hot-spots? What is the inter-arrival rate of upload requests per user at the hot- spots? What is the composition of media objects? Overall, we seek to determine commonality among the user population at these hot-spots and emergent signs of synchronicity across time zones where the hot-spots are located.”
Unfortunately, I will only be able to be there on the first day due to business travel. I would like to take this chance to thank Carol Davids, Conference Chair, Warren Bent, Content Coordinator, Tom Costello, Public Relations, and Alan Johnston whom I have the pleasure to co-chair the track on WebRTC and Cloud Communications with. Given my limited availability, there is a need for publicly acknowledging Warren’s tireless dedication and Alan’s support. Last but not least I would also like to credit Alcatel-Lucent’s Ed Elkin and Karyn Homer’s sponsorship management.
Photo Album: IIT Real Time Comms 2014
“In this panel our guests will discuss key issues facing orchestration providers, including the standardization efforts for descriptors and information models, intelligent workload placement options with Intel architecture, and operator priorities for NFV-O and MANO in 2016” – Intel Network Builders Summit. San Francisco, August 17, 1:30 pm.
From left to right: Jose de Francisco, Ted East, Bob Haddlenton, Valerie Noto. Alcatel-Lucent’s Lean NFV Ops Demo Station at IDF15.
The Lean NFV Ops Roadshow is back after a short summer break. Our team would like to thank Intel for inviting us to join Network Builders Summit, Partner Summit, and the prominent Developer Forum (IDF15) this past week in San Francisco. The above pictures were taken at Alcatel-Lucent’s station, which featured a live interactive demonstration. See my earlier post “Gearing for IDF15” for more information on that.
Additionally, you can see a new element: a Galileo powered retro Whack-a-Mole machine, WAM for short : )
Long story short, IDF15 attendees were able to have fun by testing our Lean NFV Ops system when playing this game, which is designed to create catastrophic failures.
On a serious note, the higher the game’s score the more critical the issues experienced. This exemplified zero touch healing and recovery executed in real time to sustain a High Availability (HA) environment. In these pictures you can see Intel’s Diane Bryant, SVP/GM Data Center Group, and Sandra Rivera, VP/GM Network Platforms Groups, putting our demo to the test.
I would also like to thank Renu Navale who moderated “The State of Management & Orchestration”, a panel discussion where I joined Ciena’s Recep Ozdag, Overture’s Scott Vandiver and Rift.io’s Tony Schoener in a fairly engaging discussion.
We discussed opportunities and challenges involving ETSI NFV’s Management & Orchestration (MANO) architecture, standardization efforts across the board, information models and enhanced platform awareness (EPA) among other topics.
There were 50+ people attending this session. Those providing feedback on this session mentioned that topics and viewpoints expressed there were followed with interest. My understanding is that the video will be available in a couple of weeks.
Regarding questions on the underlying fundamentals behind Lean NFV Ops: this link provides a brief paper on the topic just to begin with.
Generally speaking, “Lean” practices couple (a) effective quality management with (b) efficient end-to-end systems. That summarizes Lean’s paradigm across any industry we happen to look into, whether we are talking about manufacturing, services or software for that matter.
Our conversation on Lean NFV Ops has been well received since first presented this at Mobile World Congress earlier in the year. Proven interest has to do with addressing quality by discussing Reliability, Availability and Serviceability (RAS) and Quality of Experience (QoE) in the telecommunications context. These are critical success factors in an industry concerned with a carrier grade tradition facing which is now conflicting views when confronted with with compelling cloud economics.
I created the above chart on Lean NFV Ops to clearly show that we are optimizing for both Service Level (SLA) and Return on Asset (ROA) since High Availability (HA) and High Utilization levels shape dynamic network behaviors. Simply put, Lean NFV Ops is abut effectively delivering timely “service(s) of value” by operating at “resource efficient levels”. Making a return on the Communication Service Provider (CSP) investments (ROI) in NFV depends on achieving that. Otherwise, virtualization critics will keep reasonably doubting the need for any changes.
Equally important, sustaining a competitive advantage means that early implementations can be based on nimble architectures, which remain streamlined (and, therefore, stay lean vs. becoming bloated and over-engineered) as they rapidly change scale and/or scope. With that in mind, embracing Lean NFV Ops’ agile “continuous improvement” and making room for incremental innovation happen to be of the essence.
One more thought, Lean NFV Ops is not about a mechanical one to one implementation of known Lean principles. This conversation is centered on understanding the nature of the telecommunications sector so that we can come down to defining “how-to” guiding principles.
Lean \ˈlēn\ adjective: athletic, strong and healthy, absence of excess.
Circling back to IDF15, I am happy to share that we had good meetings with a number of partners throughout IDF15. Everyone’s feedback on Lean NFV Ops was very encouraging, most openly saying to be impressed by our end-to-end solution approach:
- Operations Support System (OSS) – Motive Dynamic Operations
- Software Defined Networking (SDN) – Nuage Networks
- Sophisticated Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) – Rapport
- Appliances deployed as VNFs – CloudBand Ecosystem
- All running on CloudBand 3.0, the platform discussed in this interview.
Tieto, a CloudBand Ecosystem Member, was also present at IDF’s Network Builders zone. Tieto’s team had onboarded a VNF on our platform and Daniel Nilson was kind enough to share his latest paper.
I would like to take this chance to give Ted East and our Cloud Innovation Center (CIC) team “kudos” to acknowledge the hard work going into all the timely system upgrades, which continue to make the Lean NFV Ops live demonstration an invaluable asset (WAM’s latest retrofit included : ) Last but not least, thanks to Andreas, Asaf, Debbie, Erez, Guy, Ken, Phil and Val for all the couching and guidance when preparing for IDF.
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