Open source, NFV, and containerization hold promise for next-gen TV, video, and media

As traditional cable, satellite, and terrestrial TV are challenged by over-the-top (OTT), internet protocol television (IPTV), and video-on-demand services — made even more challenging by higher-bandwidth, last-mile fiber, and 5G mobile network extensions — service providers are transforming their technology infrastructures to decrease lag time for viewers. Werner Gold, Red Hat’s emerging solutions evangelist for the telecommunications industry, discussed the issue with TelecomTV at 2018’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Increased OTT and IPTV traffic creates more congestion on aggregation networks, Gold explained. “We need to have more powerful, flexible content delivery networks that are also being virtualized, and new caches can be built at the network edge to host the content there to offload this kind of traffic from the aggregation networks,” he said. “But also the OTT traffic is competing with live linear TV… where we need to bring the content very fast to the customers as well.”

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The path to 5G is full of possibility. To stay competitive, drive faster!

As service providers (SPs) continue preparations for 5G, building a common platform with an agile process for delivering new services to support customer needs remains a key goal. That’s according to Ian Hood, Red Hat’s chief technologist for global service providers, as he explained in an interview with TelecomTV at last year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

In the interview, Ian points to multi-access edge computing (MEC) as one solution worth considering. This moves task processing to the region of the operator network that is closest to the user, thus improving application delivery and performance as well as reducing network congestion. Ian cites five key use cases for mobile services that network edge computing can deliver, demonstrating its value: virtual radio access network (vRAN), business services, the internet of things (IoT) everywhere, virtualized video, and enhanced consumer services.

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Overview of edge computing and MEC

What is “the Edge”?

Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) or Multi-Access Edge Computing, is defined in many ways. In fact, the definition of MEC varies widely by the context you consider it, and sometimes by audience. In this post we will explain the nomenclature and concepts that define telecommunications service providers’ network edge and its use in the delivery of mobile, business and residential services. First let’s take a look at the broader term edge. What is it?

The edge, in the traditional usage, has referred to the point where a “customer connects to the provider.” The provider being the organization providing a service. Largely, this was one of three situations:

  1. An enterprise customer connecting to a service provider’s (SP) edge for network services.
  2. A retail customer connecting to mobility services.
  3. A home user connecting to broadband services.

As we know, today we live in a world focused on cloud service providers (CSP). CSP’s are not primarily concerned with network services, but rather providing a place to easily run various workloads at scale. This includes compute, storage, network, AI/ML, IoT, databases, etc. So what is the “edge” in this context?

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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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The pulse of financial services from down under

Gearing up for Sibos (SWIFT International Banking Operations Seminar), the team here is buzzing with excitement. Banks, FinTechs and software leaders from across the globe will soon gather in Sydney, Australia from October 22nd through the 24th to learn from each other on a range of technology topics. From embracing the decentralization of payments, open banking, and preventing financial crime – to applications of artificial intelligence and the future of banking – financial institutions, and those that support them, will discuss core issues impacting the industry.

The theme this year is ‘enabling the digital economy’ – and with digital transformation at the heart of what we do, a team of Red Hatters and partners will be there to help attendees with their technology considerations and dilemmas. We’ll be showcasing leading solutions for financial services and holding 1:1 meetings – so if you are there, please drop by to say hello.

It’s our goal to bring you into the conversation – so as the conference unfolds, we’ll post to this blog channel on a daily basis, synthesizing material and opinions shared in panels, presentations and participants. And you can also keep a pulse with #Sibos #RedHat as things happen. Stay tuned for the next post on the topic of the status and international impact of #blockchain.

 

 

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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Tune In: Join us for a webinar highlighting telco sessions at Red Hat Summit

Didn’t get a chance to attend Red Hat Summit 2018? Or were you there, but so busy you missed some great telecommunications sessions? Or maybe you did see everything, and just want a refresher! On June 27, Red Hat is hosting a webinar:  The future of telecommunications is open—Red Hat Summit 2018 highlights.

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Telecom Italia talks production-ready NFV at Red Hat Summit

Telcos around the world are investing in virtual networking to digitally transform legacy infrastructure and gain efficiencies, deliver new services, meet evolving customer demands, and outperform the competition. Telecom Italia is no different. And at Red Hat Summit, May 8 -10 in San Francisco, the Italian telecommunications company will share its network functions virtualization (NFV) story.

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