I'm Dreaming of an IoT Christmas

    Posted by Matt Mariani on Dec 14, 2016 11:43:53 AM

    The holiday season is upon us, and there is so much to be excited for. From the festive music, to the get togethers with family and friends, it’s hard not to get that warm, fuzzy feeling during this wonderful time of the year. But admit it – you are probably most looking forward to running downstairs on Christmas morning to see what goodies Santa has left for you.

    While growing up, many of us remember asking for toys like a Slinky, a G.I. Joe action figure, or an Etch-A-Sketch on our holiday wish list. However, that’s all changed thanks to the rapid advancements in technology.


    Next-Gen Christmas

    In our hyper-connected society, everything has become bigger and better. A significant factor in this has been the Internet, which has revolutionized the way we live and work.

    Today, the same technology which has allowed us to easily disseminate information around the world is being used to connect devices to one another through ubiquitous sensors. This concept of connected devices is known as the “Internet of Things” (IoT), and it’s quickly becoming integrated into every aspect of our lives.

    Thanks to IoT, some interesting new gadgets which could be found on people's 2016 wish-list include:

    • Amazon Echo: A voice command device which is capable of voice interaction and also acts a hub for home automation.
    • Fitbit: A fitness wearable that tracks and monitors data like heart rate, distance covered, and calories burned, and allows you to analyze your progress towards fitness goals.
    • Google Glass: A wearable which has the ability to augment reality by providing real-time information during activities into your line of sight.


    The Problem with IoT

    While this technology presents countless new opportunities to users, it poses significant challenges to service providers. This is because IoT adds an additional layer of complexity to operations as a result of the many more endpoints connected to the network.

    Although the core components of cloud-based computing and sensors, which continuously collect data, are an integral aspect of the technology, the ability to assure service quality is critical to the success of IoT services.

    In order to deliver the quality of service (QoS) that customers are expecting when they go to use their new gadgets, service providers require a solution that helps them effectively collect all that Big Data, analyze that information, and use it to manage their increasingly complex networks.

    CENX Makes your Holiday Wishes come True

    With CENX’s Exanova service assurance solution, service providers are able to overcome the challenges brought on by enormous volume of IoT. Our solution, which can be deployed in the virtual infrastructure of the service provider cloud, is able to:

    • Visualize and sectionalize paths between enterprise customers and wireless gateways
    • Provide single-pane of glass analytics for network and service performance, and other key performance indicators
    • Identify all customers affected by network outages, and other faults

    All of this allows you to enjoy your new connected devices on Christmas morning as they start making your life simpler.

    Learn how service assurance is the key enabler of QoS differentiation for IoT services and a major requirement for NFV.


    Topics: Network Functions Virtualization, Internet of Things, Cloud, Service Assurance

    3 Questions Every Telco Cloud Professional is Asking

    Posted by Ryan O'Grady on Apr 30, 2015 9:40:45 AM


    Discussions at this year’s Annual Telco Cloud Forum demonstrated distinct trends amongst telecommunication professionals.

    The following questions were common during the debates, workshops, and panels:

    “How can we monetize what the cloud can offer enterprises?”

    The cloud data center market is not only highly competitive, it’s highly unforgiving. To be a leader, the market demands predictable and guaranteed high-performance interconnections 24/7/365. It also involves facilitating and streamlining the ordering and deployment of cloud services from a provider.

    In order to expand service offerings and deliver compelling competitive-differentiating value to end customers, while maintaining the quality connectivity assurance today’s data center customers demand, service providers need a solution to establish interconnectivity between cloud data center operators, process customer orders, monitor services and assure connection quality, and manage adds, changes, and disconnects.

    “How can we make sense of the vast volumes of data that we are now presented with?” 

    The answer to this question involves some of the biggest buzz words from the past few years “big data analytics”. Thankfully, these buzz words are now a reality and by combining distributed virtualized computing with big data analytics, service providers are able to:

    • Create logical connections between cloud data centers cages, i.e. the "cloud exchange"
    • Automate ordering, billing, and provisioning through a customer-facing, self-service portal
    • Integrate Service OAM and customer SLA reports to measure service performance and real-time service state
    • Rapidly extend inter-carrier SLA connectivity to branch offices

     “How can we manage our growing and complex networks?”

    Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) is becoming a big topic in the telecommunications world. Service visualization modules provide actionable insight around network management and assurance operations across all segments of the network.

    To learn more about CENX’s innovative Lifecycle Service Orchestration solutions, read the complimentary white paper: Service Orchestration for Next-Generation SDN & NFV Networks.

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    Top 4 Business Trends at Cloud Innovation Summit

    Posted by Ryan O'Grady on Apr 27, 2015 3:30:00 PM


    Last week in San Francisco, NetEvents held their Global Cloud Innovation Summit. This year’s event featured the new Clouded Leopard’s Den award; a competition that recognizes top innovative cloud computing start-ups.

    5-Cloud-Innovation-Awards-Finalists-938253-editedFinalists for the event were chosen a week prior to the event and they were split into two categories. The early-stage innovator finalists were Taplink, Truedash, and Innovate Create Ltd. The later-stage, pre-IPO finalists, were Mirantis, Viptela, and CENX.

    For the final stage in the Clouded Leopards Den competition, finalists presented “Shark Tank” or “Dragon’s Den”-style elevator pitches to the judges on the merits of their start-up.  Representing CENX at the competition was Nan Chen, Co-Founder and Executive Vice-Chairman.

    In addition to the premiere of the Clouded Leopard’s Den award, this year’s Global Cloud Innovation Summit provided organizations with a lot of valuable information on business trends and the future of cloud. Here are a few key points from the event:

    1. The #1 issue for the public cloud is security

    Standards bodies are recognizing that they need to move faster to set guidelines and provisions to ensure assured services. The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is working to define Software-Defined Networking (SDN) standards and they are now trying to use the Dev/Ops agile method for standards. A trend that is emerging recently is collaboration between standards bodies. For example, the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) and TM Forum are collaborating on a model to accelerate delivery of on-demand, cloud-centric connectivity services.

    2. Organization process is the biggest barrier to cloud migration

    When it comes to cloud migration, the biggest barrier is actually the organization process. There were lots of references to Lifecycle Service Orchestration being required at different layers (e.g. MANO) to help with the transition.

    3. Private to hybrid private/public cloud

    Enterprises are moving from solely private cloud approaches to hybrid private/public cloud approaches.

    4. CIO and CTO are merging

    The roles of CIO and CTO are merging as network infrastructures are evolving and next-generation SDN and NFV solutions are gaining popularity. 


    To learn more about CENX’s innovative cloud solutions, explore our cloud exchange service orchestration use case.

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    CENX Named as Finalist for Cloud Innovation Award

    Posted by Ryan O'Grady on Apr 17, 2015 11:36:00 AM


    In early 2015, nominations opened for the Clouded Leopards Den competition, which recognizes top innovative startups that are early-stage innovators or later-stage, pre-IPO companies.

    A shortlist was chosen by a group of media and analyst judges and the finalists for the Clouded Leopards Den 2015 were chosen by a panel of five top venture capitalists, technology innovators and industry luminaries. This panel was chaired by “Top Cat” Dr. Bob Metcalfe, Ethernet inventor and Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise at The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering.

    Today, CENX is proud to announce that it has been named as a finalist for this cloud innovation award and is recognized as top innovative startup in the later-stage, pre-IPO company category. The other later-stage finalists are Mirantis and Viptela.

    Metcalfe_Bob_011-3Dr. Metcalfe said, “The finalists for the Clouded Leopards Den are inventing new technologies, products and services. These companies are leveraging communications technologies to make a positive change. I offer CENX my congratulations and wish them good luck in the next phase of the competition.”

    The final stage in the Clouded Leopards Den competition will occur at the NetEvents Global Cloud Innovation Summit which will be held at the Corinthian Yacht Club, Tiburon, San Francisco on April 23. The finalists will present “Shark Tank” or “Dragon’s Den”-style elevator pitches to the judges on the merits of their startup, and one winner will be chosen from each category at the Global Summit.

    Rounding out the judging panel are Jim Lussier, Managing Director and Head of Dell Venures; Janice Roberts, Partner in Benhamou Global Ventures; Dan Scheinman, an angel investor in high-growth emerging tech companies; and Murli Thirumale, Co-Founder and CTO of Portworx Inc.

    Jim_LussierJim Lussier of Dell Ventures said, “We see enormous market opportunity in the cloud. The finalists for the Clouded Leopards Den 2015 demonstrate creativity, talent, vision and potential for tremendous growth. Early-stage and larger-stage startups like CENX are to be commended for their hard work and success. As entrepreneurs, they are the future.”

    The Clouded Leopards Den 2015 prize is sponsored by OpenCloud Connect (OCC), a global industry alliance founded in May 2013 to address the need for scaling and enhancing Ethernet technology to meet the stringent demands of delivering cloud services.

    Previously known as the Cloud Ethernet Forum, the OCC is creating an open test and iterative standards development program for service providers, industry vendors and over-the-top cloud service providers and includes a dedicated proof of concept test laboratory based in Silicon Valley, to provide ongoing testing and support for the iterative development of OCC’s CloudE 1.0 open cloud framework.

    The name “Clouded Leopard’s Den” is inspired by the elegant but threatened Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), a rare and beautiful big cat barely surviving in the Himalayan foothills. US$10 for each nomination will be donated to the Clouded Leopard Project, which works to save these endangered animals.

    Follow the Clouded Leopards Den on Twitter @CloudLeopardDen.

    To learn about CENX’s innovative approach to lifecycle service orchestration, download CENX and Heavy Reading’s white paper, “NFV’s Biggest Barriers: Overcoming the Operations Challenge".

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