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“Carriers have found themselves in an extremely competitive, demanding and dynamic environment that requires a solution, however many have been hesitant to virtualize their networks, mainly out of fear and a lack of clarity of the risks and benefits,” said
After working nearly a decade on Locator/ID separation, we continue to find more use-cases for Locator/Identifier Separation Protocol (LISP). One popular use-case, Network Virtualization Overlays (NVOs), appears to be making traction with carriers. Carriers can not only enable mobility and elasticity for connecting subscribers to network functions, but they can do it in a surprisingly low-cost manner. By using programmable interfaces to control, manage, and monitor devices that incorporate LISP, deployments are indeed accelerating. This acceleration coupled with the consensus building of the
“While some suggest SDN will remain more hype than reality, I see that 2014 as the year SDN breaks through as more service providers start deploying the technology. A better understanding of the benefits of increased utilization, de-fragmentation and faster introduction of new services will drive carriers towards the solution of virtualization. They will view network virtualization as a critical step for future-proofing their networks and alleviating service deployment complexity. The carrier industry is adopting software approaches for scaling capacity and functionality for media applications, subscriber functions, and all kinds of virtualized middle boxes. Their operating models are transforming into those of traditional Internet software companies, with no turning back. The use of overlays to address traditional integration and migration challenges, like co-existence with legacy networks, will be a major factor in accelerating adoption as well.”
“While SDN’s early focus was in its potential use in enterprises and data centers, the transformative power the technology holds for telcos is now taking center stage, as these companies search for new ways to remain profitable and competitive. The attractiveness of SDN for venture capital funds is very interesting, as investment in SDN companies rose from
ConteXtream is a privately held software-defined-networking (SDN) company that enables carriers to deliver network capacity and functions in the same way cloud providers deliver applications effectively utilizing standard compute and storage. ConteXtream's SDN offering is carrier-grade and enables Network Function Virtualization (NFV) for various solutions deployed on carrier network. Deployed by Tier-1 operators, ConteXtream's Carrier-SDN dynamically and elastically connects subscribers to services and enables carriers to leverage standard, low-cost server hardware and hypervisors to virtualize functions and services, while replacing costly purpose-built proprietary systems.
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