Deborah Bryant keynotes on open source in telecom at AstriCon 2018

Growing demand for streaming video, ever-expanding smartphone capabilities, virtual reality, the internet of things (IoT), and other next-generation technologies are pushing telecommunications service providers to adopt new business models and deliver more advanced services. And more and more, they are pursuing open source solutions to support these efforts.

Red Hat’s Deborah Bryant, senior director of open source and standards, will explore this shift and the dramatic role open source has played as a disruptor in telecommunications, in her keynote presentation at AstriCon 2018, October 9-11, at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. The Asterisk PBX Project for which the event is named is one of the oldest and well-established open source community projects in telecommunications.

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Sunrise Communications achieves competitive gains with Red Hat

Today’s service providers (SPs) are operating in an evolving and competitive environment, where there can be pressure to launch new services that will keep subscribers engaged without significantly raising prices. On top of this, SPs often have to achieve these goals while also meeting strict data protection, security, and stability standards.

Sunrise Communications, one of Switzerland’s largest telecommunications providers, knew that modernizing its network was its key to success in these areas. To do this, the organization took a three-pronged approach: Sunrise consolidated its IT infrastructure to SAP HANA, standardized on enterprise open source software from Red Hat, and used industry-standard hardware from Huawei to simplify what had been a complex OSS environment and to better control costs.

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ONS Europe: Open source is core to Telco modernization projects

Service providers around the world are modernizing their networks, and open source has been core to their digital transformation. Nowhere was that more apparent than at last week’s Open Networking Summit Europe, where service providers and open source partners gathered to celebrate open source innovation.

The show kicked off with the release of a report from The Linux Foundation and six industry sponsors, including Red Hat, that underscored the commitment service providers are making to open source. According to the survey, conducted by analyst firm Heavy Reading, 98 percent of respondents expressed confidence in open networking solutions performing at the same level as traditional networking solutions. They also signaled confidence in open source solutions, with 69 percent of service providers surveyed indicating that they are currently using open source solutions in production networks.

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Where to find Red Hat at ONS Europe 2018: Exploring containers, blockchain, and more

Here at Red Hat, we are excited to join partners, customers, and The Linux Foundation for the 2018 Open Networking Summit (ONS) Europe, September 25-27, in Amsterdam. We have a lot on the schedule for service providers, with presentations covering topics like moving your virtual machine virtual network functions (VNFs) to a container environment, blockchain for telcos, and an OPNFV tutorial.

Join us in the Red Hat booth for demos on OpenDaylight (ODL) and Kubernetes; Prometheus; and Kubernetes for network functions virtualization (NFV) – Multus and single root input/output virtualization (SR-IOV). And don’t miss the community-developed Virtual Central Office (VCO) 2.0 demo in the Linux Foundation booth to the left of the main entrance to the convention center, where our Red Hat team also will be available to answer questions.

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Virtual Central Office 2.0: It takes a community

The central office plays an important role for service providers: as the termination point for subscriber connectivity, it’s the last physical interface with residential and business customers for service delivery. As service providers attempt to deliver services closer to the customer by leveraging computing capabilities at the edge, the central office is poised to play a key role in their digital transformation journeys. But there’s work to be done in central offices to prepare them for this role.

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Events Update: Where to find Red Hat’s financial services team this fall

If there’s one thing open source gets high marks for, it’s the incredibly strong foundation of communities (there are more than 90,000 community members across 183 countries working on OpenStack alone!). And in our opinion, there’s nothing better than stepping outside our offices and into the communities, be they OpenStack contributors, Red Hat partners, and our customers. This fall, we have plenty of opportunities to do just that, with a solid schedule of events all over the world.

We look forward to talking with you about open banking, digital engagement, transactional efficiency, and more. Keep reading for details on where you can find us, and we look forward to seeing you wherever our paths cross this fall.

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How OpenStack and containers power up modern telco services

For a few years now, OpenStack and containers have been top-of-mind for service providers (SPs). In fact, most telecommunications companies are already using OpenStack and considering containers in their operations. A new paper written by experts in the open source community takes a closer look at the power of combining OpenStack and Kubernetes, an open source platform that automates Linux container operations.

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Empowering digital transformation in banking

“It’s all about the app.” Chris Wright, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Red Hat

With examples of more than a 20 percent decrease in branches over the past ten years at large North American banks, it’s no wonder that 42 percent of banks are well on their way to having digital become the primary distribution channel. In fact, 92 percent of global banks surveyed plan to begin their transformation to digital as the primary distribution channel in 2019.

Given efforts are underway, many banks are now wondering how to make this shift more efficient, repeatable, and even automated. Red Hat vice president and chief technology officer, Chris Wright, recently provided insights and described how banks are using technology to move beyond surviving digitization, instead creating environments that enable continual digital innovation.

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Containers helps banks become market movers

Companies have embraced cloud, and many are starting to diversify their cloud providers. That’s putting a new spotlight on the container application platform. And as the container application platform gains ground, understanding the benefits and challenges becomes more relevant.

The container application platform is designed to automate the hosting, configuration, deployment, and administration of application stacks across any cloud provider. It gives application developers self-service access so they can easily deploy applications on demand. That can help banks move more quickly and decrease time to market in the increasingly competitive environment of financial services.

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Financial firms put blockchain on their technology roadmaps

Even though it’s relatively still early days for blockchain, companies are asking plenty of questions. Some are even experimenting. ITWeb, a news site in South Africa, spoke with Richard Feldmann, global director of financial services, Red Hat, and covered Red Hat Summit last month in San Francisco, including a look at blockchain.

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