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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Telecommunications companies have seen explosive growth in network traffic in recent years due in large part to over-the-top (OTT) service providers like Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and other apps that demand high network bandwidth. Given that these services are not likely going to stop operation anytime soon – and that new OTT services are being introduced at an accelerated rate – telcos are left needing significantly more network capacity.
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Every year at Red Hat Summit, there are plenty of opportunities to hear customers’ stories, attend insightful keynotes and sessions, and network with industry experts, colleagues, fellow business people, and Red Hat and its partners. This year, if you work in financial services, we’ve got a particularly exciting line-up. At Red Hat Summit, May 8 – 10 at San Francisco’s famed Moscone Center, we’re covering payments platforms, business and IT automation, agile development, security, cloud, containers, virtualization, digital transformation and more.
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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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To gain maximum benefit from cloud transformation, communication service providers must evolve from virtualization of network functions to truly cloud-native design. This evolution delivers improved scalability, faster innovation and a more rapid response to customer demands. Join us for a webinar with Nokia on Tuesday, December 5 as we discuss requirements, benefits and use case examples of going cloud native with open source.
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The beauty of open source software is that anyone can download the code and then install, configure and use it. The challenge is doing so in a production environment at scale. That’s what communications service providers (CSPs) face as they build out platforms at scale to operate cloud environments that serve millions of users. These cloud platforms include compute, networking and storage hardware as well as software to automate, manage, monitor and secure the platform.
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Cloud computing continues to be a focus for IT departments in nearly every industry. IDC predicts* that by 2018, at least half of IT spending will be cloud-based, reaching 60 percent of all IT infrastructure, and 60–70 percent of all software, services, and technology spending by 2020. Of course, defining and implementing a simplified, fully automated private cloud can be challenging for telcos and others. Join us on November 15 to learn how to create and architect a private cloud environment for your business, using Red Hat Virtualization and Red Hat CloudForms.
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In just two weeks, people from around the world will gather in Sydney, Australia for the OpenStack Summit Nov. 6-8. At the three-day conference for IT business leaders, cloud operators and developers covering the open infrastructure landscape, expect to hear and learn about all about modern clouds, and the open technologies being used to build them, including OpenStack, Kubernetes, Docker, Ansible, Ceph, OVS, OpenContrail, OPNFV, and more. Red Hat’s telco team is participating in 10 presentations at the summit. For a closer look at the presentations on network functions virtualization (NFV), read on!
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Virtualizing service provider workloads calls for a thorough and thoughtful plan that taps into the full ecosystem, from infrastructure orchestration to the application itself. At OpenStack Summit this past May, Julio Villarreal-Pelegrino, principal architect with Red Hat’s cloud practice, and Stephane Lefrere, head of the cloud infrastructure practice at Red Hat, shared an approach for creating a successful NFV architecture, with a focus on the platform features and tools that support service assurance, performance, manageability and operability.
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Network functions virtualization (NFV) deployments continue to grow in the telco sector. Top service providers from all over the world are moving to virtualize 60 to 80 percent of their networking functions in the next three to five years, including AT&T, China Telecom and Vodafone Germany, according to research from Light Reading. If you’re ready to get going on your NFV deployment, we have seven “must have” tips for an effective telco NFV deployment to help you get started, which Red Hat and Juniper Networks shared at the OpenStack Summit last month.
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