Telecom at OpenStack Summit: Here’s what not to miss at the show

Join Red Hat’s telecommunications team at OpenStack Summit Berlin, November 13-15, to learn about virtual central office (VCO), open platform for network functions virtualization (OPNFV), smart OpenStack cloud, Kubernetes, Red Hat Ceph Storage, and more. With more than 200 sessions and a number of extra events there’s a lot happening this year! To give your summit schedule some focus, keep reading for a highlight of key sessions, lightning talks, and events we recommend.

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Virtualizing the central office: Building a foundation for innovation

As service providers look to deliver more services closer to their mobile, residential, and enterprise subscribers, the central office is gaining importance in telecommunications service providers’ digital transformation efforts. PCMag estimates that there are more than 25,000 central offices in the United States alone. These offices connect service providers’ access networks to their metro and core networks. And while significant efforts have been made to modernize central offices over the past several years, the purpose-built, proprietary hardware traditionally used can limit agility and innovation. The next generation of services—including those depending on 5G networks—require a different way of thinking: a virtualized central office (VCO) based on software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) technologies.

We expect the most effective VCOs to have modernized edge architectures built on an open, pluggable framework that will help service providers stand up and deliver more advanced mobile, residential, and enterprise services more quickly.

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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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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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Red Hat highlights NFV, open telco, and cloud for telcos at next week’s OpenStack Summit

Join Red Hat this week at OpenStack Summit, May 21-24, 2018, in Vancouver, BC. We will be presenting on a variety of telecommunications topics including network functions virtualization (NFV), creating an open telco model, cloud-native applications, and more. Red Hat’s Margaret Dawson, vice president of portfolio product marketing, will also be presenting at the Women of OpenStack Networking Lunch, sponsored by Red Hat, on Wednesday, May 23 at 12:30 p.m.

There are also a number of sessions that are relevant to Telco and related digital transformation projects. We’ve curated a short list of sessions of interest below, but be sure to check our trail map on the NFV tab of our OpenStack Summit site. And make sure to stop by our booth A19 to check out our latest demos or just say hello!

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The future is open – is your business at risk?

Have you ever experienced buyer’s remorse? Maybe you bought something significant on a whim like a new car or the latest cool gadget, without thinking it completely through, and a few days or weeks later you wonder why you now own something that doesn’t really deliver what you were expecting.

These same experiences can occur in the service provider and telecommunications industries. There’s a lot of hype around the latest technologies saving money, increasing revenues, and expanding wallet share with customers.  Meanwhile, are service providers really getting the business benefits they expect from these technologies? As consumers, most of us don’t even think much about these challenges. Instead, we’re focused on finding improvements for our lives and economic well-being by searching for choice both in the goods and services that we consume, and in how we consume them.

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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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Watch this: Time for telcos to prepare for containers

Telcos are starting to look more closely at using containers, especially as their network functions virtualization (NFV) tests and trials mature and start moving into production. TelecomTV talked with Chris Wright, Red Hat’s VP and CTO, who shares this view, and why telcos should start preparing for containerization, in an interview.

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Red Hat at Open Networking Summit NA 2018

Earlier this year, the Linux Foundation announced that certain open source projects – notably OPNFV, ODL, ONAP and FD.IO – merged with the Linux Foundation Networking Fund (aka LFN). Because of this, events associated with these projects have been rolled up into the Open Networking Summit (ONS) which is run twice a year. The NA summit was held in Los Angeles the last week of March, 2018, and the EU summit will be held in Amsterdam the last week of September, 2018.

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Join Us: The future of open source networking comes to life at ONS

The Open Networking Summit (ONS) North America is here, and we hope you’ll join us next week, March 26-29 at the Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown as we discuss software defined networking (SDN), secure devops, container networking, 5G infrastructure, and more. ONS brings together enterprises, service providers and cloud providers to discuss the future of open source networking, covering topics like SDN, network functions virtualization (NFV), orchestration and cloud automation, and the internet of things (IoT).

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