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OpenStack got its start at NASA, but open source communities have given it life. OpenStack’s architecture is made up of numerous open source projects steered by IT professionals around the world. Red Hat takes part in many of those projects and continues to be a top corporate contributor to the OpenStack community. So, which projects within the OpenStack community matter most to telecommunications service providers?
This Q&A with Thomas Nadeau, Red Hat’s technical director for NFV, explores the OpenStack community and telco-centric projects, the work the community is doing now, and how to get involved.
What does Red Hat’s “upstream first” philosophy mean for Red Hat’s customers?
This philosophy means that the code used to create our enterprise-class, fully supported downstream products – either direct distribution of upstream projects or aggregates of multiple projects combined into a single, supported product – is shared and developed with the work done by the full OpenStack community.
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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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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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Organizations are implementing edge infrastructure to provide important applications closer to their use, while still wanting to have a single interface to perform administration from a single location. You can do this using Red Hat Virtualization.
The first step in implementing an edge site is determining the specifications of the site. In this post we’ll walk through the things you should consider when planning an edge site, and how to plan to manage and scale the site as your needs evolve.
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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:
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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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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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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