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AUGUST 12-14, 2014 | THE RIO - LAS VEGAS

Software Telco Congress - The NFV and SDN Event

Virtualization has taken the IT world by storm but to date the comms market has been mostly unaffected – relying instead on proprietary appliances for numerous functions. A recent industry push to establish network standards virtualization will potentially shake-up the telecommunications market even more than the move to IP communications. As network hardware begins to be replaced by software, carriers are expected to save money and benefit greatly from new levels of flexibility related to hosting their network in private and virtual private clouds. Similarly, SDN is an architecture that separates the control and data planes of the network and automatically looks at flows in the network, understanding the requirements of those different flows and using the network to provide those flows with the appropriate bandwidth and other network resources. This applications-first networking mindset is a significant change from how networks are designed and work today. It takes the traditional siloed approach to networking and effectively lays it on its side.

This move to software-based telco environments will not only help incumbent providers become more agile and adapt to market trends and subscriber demands more effectively, but will open up the market to new players who may not have had such deep pockets needed to develop proprietary hardware. It will allow new carriers to quickly scale and compete, as they won't have to load up on costly central office equipment to get started.

"SDN with NFV offers a way for CSPs to break out of their established, inflexible business models. With SDN's control and NFV's flexibility, CSPs can develop business models that are based on tiered services, elastic services like security-as-a-service using DPI functions on-demand or more applications on demand, such as unified communications as a service and video. Additionally, a new procurement option may also arise, allowing CSPs to pay network equipment providers on a per-use basis for network functions as needed, as opposed to capital expenditure tied to under-utilized equipment." - Gartner Study

Software Benefits

  • Lower cost than using commoditized hardware – benefitting from IT economies of scale
  • Decreased time to market for new services (software is faster than hardware)
  • Possibility of running production, test and reference facilities on the same infrastructure speeds time to market and reduces cost
  • Targeted services can be introduced without site visits or need for new hardware
  • Pure software competitors will emerge as they don't need to invest in hardware = more choice and less risk for all
  • Resource allocation can be done in near real time to ensure network resiliency and protection from failures
  • Multi-tenancy support allows carriers to securely share hardware resources
  • Improved power management – servers can be switched off or go into low power mode duriung non-peak hours

Who Will Attend

The Software Telco Ecosystem - Tier 1, 2, 3 Telco Carriers, Resellers, Developers

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