Unified Testing and Assurance for All Stages of 5G Evolution: Why It’s Critical
The next generation of mobile networks - commonly known as 5G - promises a revolution in cellular communications, enabling services such as massive IoT, Fixed Wireless Access and enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB). Based on a completely new radio access and core network design – including slicing, separation of control and user planes and distributed network functions – 5G supports massive density of devices of any kind, operating at increased speeds with minimum latency, while making an efficient use of network resources.
To ensure a successful adoption of this new technology, carriers and equipment manufacturers alike must define an evolution strategy from 4G extensions and 5G non-standalone to true native 5G, and ensure that the infrastructure can handle the requirements of this evolution. A unified approach to testing and assurance, that supports all 5G evolution stages, will be critical to the successful roll out of high quality 5G services.
This webinar will cover the following topics:
• Overview of the evolution path to 5G
• Critical testing and assurance challenges / needs for each stage
• Best practices for testing and assurance based on Spirent’s work with providers on the cutting edge of 5G evolution
• Case study: Service testing and assurance for 5G non-standalone sliced environments
Bob Ghaffari, Director, Intel & Calvin Chai, Director, VMware
In today’s world of applications, dynamic workloads, and software-defined technologies, performance matters more than ever. Metrics like latency, availability, throughput, and processing power are all critical to designing a hyper-converged, software-based data center. Intel and VMware have been actively collaborating on technologies optimized for network workloads, and helping customers build solutions for enterprises of all sizes. In this session, we will explore how VMware, Intel, and customers are building multi-cloud networking solutions that combine all the speed and agility of the software experience with VMware NSX, together with platform benefits such as, Intel ISAs, DPDK, QAT.
Mory Lin, DIrector, Embedded System Product, Supermicro
Accelerate and transform computing convergence at the edge using software-defined networking (SDN) hardware and infrastructure solutions from Supermicro and Intel. Universal customer premises equipment (uCPE) is an emerging category of network functions virtualization (NVF)-based edge computing and service provisioning systems. This new generation of systems provides network platform suppliers, systems integrators and software vendors the ability to quickly deliver managed services using software-driven and virtual network functions (VNFs). Intel® Select Solutions are verified hardware and software stacks that are optimized for specific software workloads and are designed to be easy to deploy. Join us on this webinar to learn how Supermicro’s verified Intel® Select Solutions for uCPE are enabling customers in their deployments.
Jeff Geiser, VP, Solutions Engineering & Colin Rasor, Director, Technical Management, Verizon Digital Media Services
Ensuring the success of a website is a critical task for employees throughout an organization. With over 200 million active websites online today, even the slightest issue with speed, reliability or uptime can have a negative impact on sales, viewership, customer engagement, and brand loyalty. Many organizations now utilize a content delivery network (CDN) to help maximize site performance and reliability. However, as the web landscape continues to quickly evolve, these organizations will need to constantly assess site metrics to remain competitive and keep site visitors satisfied and engaged.
Attendees of this webinar will learn the following:
•Key metrics and what to look for when evaluating CDN providers
•Internet trends: mobile vs. desktop and the proliferation of video
•Common use cases around improving page load performance, scaling globally while keeping costs low, and API protection and acceleration
Derek Granath, VP Product Marketing, Silver Peak; Greg Taylor, Head of IT infrastructure, Gerresheimer AG; Sab Gosal, Intel
Today’s digitally-driven business model, the rapid adoption of cloud services and shifting traffic patterns are causing IT professionals to re-evaluate WAN architecture. In parallel, there is increasing pressure on enterprise IT to enhance business agility by bringing new sites and new applications online more quickly.
Software-defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WAN) provide an entirely new, business-driven approach to the WAN. They enable active, secure use of multiple forms of transport services, including broadband, to connect users to applications – wherever they reside. This not only improves application performance but also increases resiliency. Centralized orchestration and zero-touch provisioning greatly simplify the tasks of deploying new sites or applications, often eliminating the requirement to send IT experts out to branch locations.
This webinar will reveal how an advanced business-driven SD-WAN can become a strategic accelerant for an enterprise’s digital transformation initiatives. You will learn how Gerresheimer, a global manufacturer of specialty glass products, deployed the Silver Peak EdgeConnect SD-WAN platform to augment MPLS with lower cost, high speed broadband services to achieve a 2x to 3x increase in application performance while lowering overall bandwidth costs. Greg Taylor, Head of IT Infrastructure, will describe how adopting a business-driven SD-WAN delivers a better, more predictable and consistent quality of experience for Gerresheimer employees around the world.
Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is the future network architecture that almost all Telcos/CSPs desire. For many, though, it is proving an elusive goal despite the shift that IT made to cloud several years back. Network Functions are just another class of x86 workload, so why is this seemingly so hard?
Much of the problem is due to treating NFV as purely an engineering challenge, characterized by chasing a “Telco Cloud” fit for all possible purposes. That is genuinely a tough project, but NFV will also impact many processes and people across your organization. Automation may appear to add yet more change to be managed, but it is actually key to making NFV attainable. This webinar will show how, with Cloud Native VNFs and an agile approach to Automation, you can clear both the technical and operational roadblocks on the path to a fully virtualized network.
Colin Wu, Director of Business Development and Product Marketing
Lanner vCPE/uCPE platforms have been adopted by world-leading SD-WAN solution vendors in diverse market landscapes, from traditional WAN optimization companies, communication service provider, to software startups and cloud-based services. With multiple successful deployment cases, Lanner solution is highly customizable to accelerate customer go to market.
Lanner has narrowed down the hardware spec to provide a true whitebox solution, which meets most of the spec customers are looking for as well as certified with wifi and LTE and able to ship to many major countries globally. The benefits to the Whitebox solutions will become the foundation of future SDWAN and 5G.
Tom Griffin, VP Strategic Alliances, SevOne & Anandeep Pannu, Sr. Principle Product Manager, Red Hat
As Service Providers migrate their services to NFV cloud, Service Assurance and Compliance become critical to maintaining customer satisfaction. Red Hat and SevOne have worked together to engineer a solution to address performance at every layer of your NFV cloud. SevOne will talk through how you can address the performance and capacity management requirements of NFV cloud while building a data platform to drive automation in the future.
Paul Andersen, VP Sales and Marketing, Array Networks
As data center and IT managers have increasingly moved to virtual environments, they’ve quickly come up against a hard reality of virtualization: Networking and security workloads often yield sub-par performance due to resource contention and hypervisor overhead. Join Array and Intel as we present a new alternative: The Network Functions Platform, a hyperconverged solution designed for the specific needs of networking and security, leveraging Intel technologies to deliver guaranteed performance in shared environments.
[Big Switch] Prashant Gandhi, VP & Chief Product Officer & Bala Ramachandran, Director of Product Management
IT Organizations continue to face challenges due to silo'ed approach to hybrid cloud. Current on-prem data centers have completely different style of networking and governance processes compared to networking in public cloud. With silo'ed teams managing these disparate environments, there are greater complexity and constraints in application deployment, higher costs, and longer deployment cycles.
Big Switch Networks has pioneered a Cloud-First approach which completely re-imagines hybrid cloud networking to enable consistency and control across on-prem and any public cloud (AWS, Azure or GCP). It brings public cloud’s virtual private cloud (VPC) based logical networking construct for on-prem networking (enterprise cloud networking) to deliver network automation and visibility for enterprise workloads. In addition, by extending control, governance and visibility to public cloud VPCs, IT organizations can finally bring their hybrid cloud vision into reality.
In this webinar we will discuss:
1)How Big Cloud Fabric implements VPC construct for network automation and visibility in on-prem (enterprise) cloud.
2)How Big Monitoring Fabric achieves end-to-end visibility and security for applications deployed both on-prem and in public cloud VPCs.
3)How Multi-Cloud Director enables unified hybrid cloud management across on-prem and multiple public clouds.
Advances in high-performance computing from Intel, coupled with emerging machine learning technologies, have opened the door to a new era of cloud-based network analytics solutions.
Armed with techies new technologies, enterprises and service providers are now able to solve critical user performance issues across increasingly complex access networks Until now, with conventional technology, this has simply been possible to achieve. From client Wi-Fi access to wired network services, user application performance to the utilization of wide area network links, innovative full-stack network analytics eliminates the costly and cumbersome manual analysis and correlation of volumes of data running on today’s corporate networks.
Amar Kapadia, NFV specialist and co-founder, Aarna Networks, Inc.
Open source networking projects are transforming how service providers and enterprises develop, deploy, and scale their networks and next-generation services. Is your organization embarking on an NFV transformation journey? Do you believe open source software will play a critical role in this journey? Are you unclear how to integrate and test large, complex open source projects for your NFV use case? If yes, this webinar is for you.
This webinar provides an overview of The Linux Foundation OPNFV project (Open Platform for NFV), the many projects that constitute OPNFV and key PoC demos developed by the OPNFV community. In this webinar that also includes an OPNFV Yardstick demo, you will learn:
* What is OPNFV?
* Why is OPNFV needed?
* What are the core sub-projects and initiatives within OPNFV?
* What are the key PoC demos developed by the community?
* How do I get involved?
Alexander Mueller, Product Manager DPI, Ipoque, Rhode & Schwarz Cybersecurity
When your virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) solution needs deep packet inspection (DPI) as a key enabling feature, highly reliable and accurate real-time identification of network traffic and applications is an important requirement.
Whether it is for analytics, policy enforcement, tiered pricing, web and video optimization, content filtering, parental control or security services, DPI is a crucial technology to implement virtualized network equipment solutions.
vEPC vendors looking at the business case can decide to build DPI software in-house, use open source solutions or to license software from a DPI specialist. Within this webinar, we will do a deep dive explaining the different sourcing options and the respective evaluation criteria, which should be considered.
The real-life vendor scenario of a vEPC vendor will be used to illustrate the different aspects of a realistic use case.
By the end of this session, attendees will have learned:
•How DPI has become a crucial technology for vEPC solutions
•How the scope of needed know-how has changed for vEPC vendors
•What the benefits of DPI for vEPC use cases are
•What the sourcing options for DPI solutions are
•How to evaluate and answer the important aspects of the build or buy DPI decision
Chris Simon, Director of the Service Provider and NFV Business Unit, Dorado Software
Innovation driven by cloud, NFV, IOT, video content and virtual reality is compelling the delivery of increasingly distributed computing options. These environments will need to support technical requirements such as latency, connectivity and power management while adhering to regulator factors such as HIPPA data security. Distributed computing will require a number of infrastructure form factors such as HCI, private cloud and embedded computing paired with a myriad of operational environments process such Nutanix, Azure and OpenStack. All these are delivered in diverse partnerships and business models.
In this presentation, we will discuss automation opportunities that allow all stakeholders to effectively deploy and monitor the underlying infrastructure while orchestrating and managing individual functions that make up the distributed computing services - all with minimal and often remote support staff.
Prakash Siva - Vice President, Technology & Strategy and Natasha Tamaskar – Vice President, Global Marketing / Sales Strategy
At a time when the telecommunications industry is in significant transition, Communication Service Providers (CSPs) and equipment manufacturers are turning to open source and multi-access edge computing (MEC) solutions.
These solutions are required to meet key infrastructure constraints such as cost efficiencies, deployment flexibility and deliver mission- critical services with high quality. Intel® with their Network Edge Virtualization (NEV) and FlexRAN initiatives is at the forefront of providing cutting edge platform and framework to build these solutions. These enable CSPs to accelerate and innovate their 4G/5G cloud RAN initiatives and ensure better user experience by moving compute intensive, latency-sensitive applications to the network edge.
Radisys is committed to ensuring that open telecom initiatives are not ‘science projects’ – but actual, deployable solutions that can be commercialized with faster time-to-market.
This webinar will focus on:
• Key considerations required for rapid integration and deployment of mobile edge services using Intel-based Mobile Edge Compute (MEC) infrastructure
• Key considerations required for 4G and 5G Cloud-RAN implementations using Intel’s FlexRAN development framework
• The role and purpose of multiple open initiatives such as: xRAN, TIP, ONAP, ONF in evolving the technology stack of service providers along with associated integration requirements and challenges
This webinar is best suited for technology innovation groups and product managers at service providers, system integrators and telecom equipment manufacturers.
Tim O’Driscoll, Software Product Marketing for DPDK, Intel
This webinar will describe the new features introduced in the most recent DPDK release, 18.05. It will also describe some of the features planned for the next release, 18.08, which is due in August.
Key features included in the 18.05 release include: changes to the memory subsystem to allow dynamic allocation of memory, creation of a new API to support hardware and software acceleration of compression, extension of the vhost-user library to support a hardware accelerated data path, support for crypto operations via virtio, and the addition of port representors which provide a generic framework for virtual function management in DPDK.
Are you worried about orchestrating your NFV/SDN network services and edge computing applications? The Linux Foundation Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) promised to be a key component of next generation networks to orchestrate, configure, monitor and automatically manage complex services and applications. With the recent Beijing release, the ONAP community has fortified software stability, harmonized northbound APIs with standard bodies, improved ONAP deployment using Kubernetes, added important functional features and created two new projects. If you have not followed the release too closely, join us for this webinar and learn all about it. In this webinar, you will learn:
•What is ONAP?
•How can ONAP help you?
•What is new in the Beijing release?
•How can you get involved?
Anton Basil, Vice President – Technology, Veryx Technologies
Many leading network operators as well as network equipment manufacturers have already recognized network slicing as an ideal network architecture for 5G deployment. It provides the flexibility for network operators to slice one physical network into dedicated virtual networks, logically separated from one another and dedicated for different types of services, with different characteristics and requirements.
Netrolix leverages artificial intelligence to analyze network data to improve throughput by making more intelligent routing decisions. AI-WAN combines Netrolix Software Defined Gateways (SDG) with the company’s Machine Learning controller technology that provides deep analysis of network routes to identify the least congested and fastest data path through the network.
The Software Defined Gateway (SDG) is a multifunction network appliance that can be deployed as a router, switch, firewall, or SD-WAN appliance.
This provides full SD-WAN capabilities with intelligent switching of data across IP, multiprotocol label switching (MPLS), virtual private LAN service (VPLS), and virtual private network (VPN) connections, or it can be deployed as a termination point for carrier services.
The Machine Learning controller platform analyzes real-time and historical information on network performance including data center locations, service provider tendencies, current congestion issues, time of day, and historical traffic patterns.
Lastly, the Security Shield enhances these capabilities through the creation of unique security profiles for each device, location, and network in an enterprise. The Machine Learning technology analyzes data from these devices to spot traffic anomalies that are consistent with malware or network attacks.
Hussein Khazaal (Nuage Networks) Sab Gosal (Intel) Adrian Comley (BT)
The market for SD-WAN is rapidly shifting. What once was a model for WAN connectivity is now becoming much more.
In this presentation the essential requirements that enterprises are demanding are reviewed and how the role of a multi-tenant SD-WAN portal is instrumental to meet these needs.
The presentation then talks about the different SD-WAN deployment models and how a managed service makes sense for many enterprises. The presentation then discusses the importance of having a single, seamless end-to-end governance model in order to offer the required level visibility, control, and orchestration to serve the needs of the modern enterprise for security, and peripheral value added services.
Join British Telecommunications, Nuage Networks, and Intel to discover how to accomplish this network transformation with their Agile Connect SD-WAN service offering.
Hussein Khazaal – Head of Marketing Nuage Networks
Sab Gosal – Intel – vCPE Market Segment Manager
Adrian Comley GM for network services, BT
White boxes may be general purpose, low-cost and easy to commoditize, but they lack many OAM functions and connectivity options that cannot always be virtualized, yet are still required by operators. In this webinar, we will explain how to bridge these gaps by supplementing universal CPEs (uCPEs) with universal access, enhanced performance monitoring and diagnostics, legacy TDM service support, and 1588 timing synchronization. We will also share typical use cases based on real-live experience of tier 1 operators using white boxes for virtualized business services today.
Eyal Aloni Head of Service Provider Line of Business - RAD
Philip Jerichower, Director of International Training, RAD
The Intel® Network Builders webinar program is a recurring webcast series in which ecosystem members and Intel technology experts delve into the technologies, topics, and issues facing the networking industry. Presenters delve into the network transformation taking place through the adoption of software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) across telecommunication and enterprise organizations.
Intel Network Builders also offers a comprehensive NFV and SDN training program through the Intel Network Builders University, which offers a broad collection of online content for technical professionals in the network industry. Learn more at http://networkbuilders.intel.com/university.
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