Will 2017 be the “Year of Technology Realization?”

Aspire to be a technology strategist whatever your title says – the assertion by Vanguard CIO John Marcante rings true when I look ahead to what lies in store in the new year of 2017. I have the privilege of working – and collaborating – with a distinguished set of colleagues who are technology strategists at heart and who focus across a wide spectrum of domains across the public and private sectors. What follows is the output of a collaborative effort by this innovative bunch to put forth our collective predictions for 2017 – the year when technology has the potential to become real.

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2016 – NFV reference architecture for deployment of mobile networks

Over the last 10 years, the consumption model of the telco service provider network has evolved. Providers, including mobile operators, are finding themselves competing with leaner, meaner over-the-top providers such as Google and Amazon that have redefined what they use, when they use and how they use. In order to compete, mobile operators are stepping up to the demand of the new consumption model that lends itself to service agility, flexibility and — in the long run — lower cost of ownership and operational expenses. As part of the Red Hat Reference Architecture Series, the NFV Reference Architecture for Mobile Networks (vEPC) covers all aspects of virtual mobile networks from architecture to design and best practices. The document details all aspects of NFV architecture while highlighting architecture and design as it pertains to virtual mobile networks.

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Tune In: How to use SR-IOV and OVS-DPDK for OpenStack NFV deployments

Over the past 10 years, mobile data traffic has grown 4,000-fold, and nearly 400-million-fold over the past 15 years. That’s according to Cisco’s latest Visual Networking Index, and the growth isn’t slowing. The report forecasts an 8X increase in mobile traffic by 2020, with an expectation that video will comprise 75 percent of all Internet traffic by then.

Expect this explosive growth to put increasingly rigorous demands on communications service providers’ networks. Providers are also likely to face greater competition from the likes of Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google. The good news is that open source and DevOps can provide a competitive edge in this challenging telecom environment. Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, December 14 to learn how cloud-ready telecommunications solutions from Red Hat deliver network function virtualization (NFV) capabilities that help providers compete and thrive.

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Red Hat talks NFV, cloud and customers on new telco site.

Red Hat is always looking to meet the needs of its telecommunications customers and prospective customers. To that end, the company recently refreshed the telco web pages on www.redhat.com to include lots of vital information on network functions virtualization (NFV), cloud migration and storage with customer success stories, solution briefs and more.

For example, customer profiles on Telefonica, Xchanging Malaysia, Vodafone and Chunghwa Telecom, along with a featured success story and video on Swisscom, outline solution concepts and implementation successes.

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How much DevOps should telcos take on?

A culture of engineering. That’s how an IT decision maker I recently spoke with characterized DevOps. It’s a definition that resonates very well with me because it really is about having the right mindset, one that transcends the entire business throughout the complete software development and deployment life cycle. A culture that accommodates the continuous and rapid evolution of the features and capabilities consumers now expect in every aspect of their daily lives. And doing this in a seamless, automated manner makes software development—and the services they enable—an exciting process that leverages collaborative innovation and purposeful automation.

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Striking the right balance of DevOps at telcos

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