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    3 Takeaways from MWC 2017

    Posted by Matt Mariani on Mar 9, 2017 12:15:52 PM

    IoT, virtualization, and automation - oh, my!

    The exhibition doors have closed on another edition of Mobile World Congress, and there was plenty to marvel at during the whirlwind four days in Barcelona.

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    This year’s event didn’t fail to impress as it provided a truly unique experience for attendees. As always, the latest and greatest technologies were on full display for the public to ogle over, from Nokia’s reboot of the old 3310, to Samsung’s new virtual reality gear.

    Event-goers also had the opportunity to take in keynote speeches from prominent industry visionaries and leaders on how the future of mobile is being shaped. Netflix talked about its goal to make video buffering a thing of the past, and Google revealed its new virtual assistant for Android users.

    MWC 2017 saw more than 2,300 companies participate in the exhibition, and 108,000 attendees flooded the Fira Gran Via to get a glimpse of what they had to offer, making this its largest and most successful show to date.

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    Now that event-goers have had the chance to kick off their walking shoes, let’s look back at the three themes that caught the attention of CENX during MWC.

    NFV is here to stay

    While MWC has typically been associated with the releases of the latest consumer products, many were focused on the technology facilitating communication. Throughout this year’s show, network innovation and the latest strategy behind virtualization were an area of interest.

    It’s clear that the focus has moved towards operationalizing NFV as service providers have begun to deploy virtualization into their core services. In order to achieve this, operators must efficiently fulfill and assure services in a hybrid environment. As a result, automation will play a big role, especially as operators move towards the next phases of adoption.

    Move to automation

    The concept of automation was seen often at MWC, as it has become woven into the fabric of next-gen technology. Many service providers have come to the realization that SDN and NFV is more complex than anticipated, and in order to realize its full potential they need to transition from collecting data, to acting on it, and doing so automatically in real time. If networks want to become agile, constantly changing systems, then major changes need to be made to operations.

    5G

    5G was a prominent topic of discussion during MWC, as nearly every vendor and service provider promoted use cases and demos. Big vendors such as Ericsson promoted their latest 5G campaigns and showcased their 5G radio development, signalling the technology is now much closer to reality.

    The opportunities provided by new radio technology is significant as it increases bandwidth, lowers latency, and providers new possibilities for IoT applications. A real takeaway from this show is that the 5G picture is becoming clearer for operators.


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    Topics: Events, Mobile World Congress

    CENX Kicks Off 2017 with MEF Meetings

    Posted by Matt Mariani on Jan 27, 2017 9:25:47 AM

    Earlier this week, CENX attended MEF’s Quarterly Members Meeting in Los Angeles, California to continue our involvement in the advancement of services delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks.

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    The agenda for this first installment of MEF Quarterly Meetings in 2017 revolved around Third Network Services, open APIs, Reference Implementations, and of course new certification programs in the areas of LSO, SDN, and NFV.

    In additional to the technical and marketing sessions held to inform members about the ongoing initiatives and work being done to develop industry standards, as well as new certification programs for the coming year, this event provided the opportunity for members to collaborate and brainstorm new projects to support MEF’s Third Network vision.

    One issue that was highlighted during the four-day event were open APIs. CENX’s participation as a MEF member allowed us to be involved in important discussions on developing standardized, open-APIs to orchestrate services across multiple domain and multiple service provider networks.

    Since no one service provider network can reach everywhere in the world, the development of these standards are important to be able to make interoperability between service providers possible. This would allow for the expanded reach of dynamic services to more customers.

    Having achieved some major accomplishments in the last year, such as having published an industry endorsed white paper on Third Network Services, MEF shared its three critical goals for 2017:

    • Further development of technology and products
    • Next generation certification programs
    • Increasing membership community

    Visit CENX at our next event, Mobile World Congress, where we’ll be exhibiting at stand 2F50! Book a meeting to discuss end-to-end service assurance across hybrid physical and virtual infrastructure.

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    Topics: Events, Software-Defined Networking, Network Functions Virtualization, Service Assurance

    MEF16: The Inside Scoop

    Posted by Matt Mariani on Nov 18, 2016 1:55:02 PM

    At last week’s MEF16 event, which took place from November 7-10 in Baltimore, the industry gathered to discuss emerging themes in today's hyper-connected world. However, this year’s edition of the annual global networking event comes at an interesting time as service providers are making big decisions on how to manage their networks going forward.

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    As you are probably well aware, communication networks are currently undergoing a dramatic transformation as a result of customers’ increasing demand for data services. In order to accommodate this soaring need, service providers are beginning to integrate SDN and NFV infrastructure into their existing networks to deliver self-service, cloud-connect, and on-demand services.

    Although this next-gen virtual infrastructure promises unparalleled service agility and elasticity, a way of monitoring, analyzing, and managing these services efficiently over multi-domain and multi-vendor networks needs to be established in order to realize its full benefits.

    With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that the discourse of the MEF16 primarily focused around Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) and furthering the development of MEF’s “Third Network” vision, which is based on “network-as-a-service principles, and enables agile networks to deliver assured connectivity services orchestrated across network domains between physical and virtual service endpoints.”

    For CENX, the four-day conference, which was attended by over 1,000 telco professionals, provided us with the opportunity to meet with analysts, service providers, and other vendors to exchange ideas and keep an ear to the ground on key trends within the industry.

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    A recurring topic that emerges when speaking with analysts as of late has been closed-loop automation. Traditionally, fulfillment and assurance have been two independent processes. However, in order for virtualization to be successful, these processes need to merge to be able to create new services, modify them, and optimize utilization resources. Essentially, assurance capabilities, which monitor performance data, become the backbone upon which fulfillment is able to be carried out. This kind of automation is exactly where services providers can potentially reap the benefits of NFV/SDN and aligns perfectly with the LSO vision.

    Additionally, as witnessed during the various presentations throughout the event, numerous service providers have expressed their desire to speed the innovation process and reduce the time to onboard new technologies. In the case of virtualization, the technology has become very attractive to service providers as it presents an opportunity to drive new revenue sources, reduce opex, and improve service agility. As a result, spinning up new applications has become a focal point for operators, with the need to assure them quickly following.

    With that being said, the road map to having virtualization become completely adopted is not a simple one. While there is little doubt that virtualization is the way of the future, the conference also served as a bit of a reality check as it was made apparent that the majority of networks are still physical and will be for some years to come. Therefore, for the time being the key to efficiency will be managing this hybrid scenario effectively, which is exactly what CENX’s Exanova solution can help service providers do.

    Learn how service assurance is the key enabler for NFV

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    3 Questions Every Telco Cloud Professional is Asking

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

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    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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    Topics: Events, Cloud

    CENX to Sponsor SDN & NFV Summit in Nice

    Posted by Erica Watts on Aug 13, 2014 3:07:00 PM

    CENX will be participating in and sponsoring the upcoming SDN & NFV show in Nice, France on September 15.

    SDN & NFV Summit
    September 15 - 17, 2014
    Nice, France
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    If you're attending this show, don't miss CENX's panelist Martin Singer discussopen innovation & softwarisation on September 16 at 9:00am local time. Panel topics will include:

    • Will open architectures facilitate future cooperation and service innovation between operators? 
    • Industry “softwarisation” is an unstoppable trend, because of the technology evolution and the costs reductions it will bring 
    • This trend will move “competition” from hardware to software, lowering the threshold for several players to enter into the ICT/Telco arenas. This is moving from the Economy of Resources to the Economy of Information: new business models and new forms of collaboration and competitions will be required 
    • Network Operators and Service Providers have new business opportunities, when looking jointly at global markets, through exploitation of interoperable virtual platforms. Not only will the integration of Cloud/IT and Carriers’ Networks happen, but the distinction between the Carriers’ Network and what connects to it will disappear: any terminals, devices, machines, smart things, robots, drones etc will look like nodes (at the edge of current networks) providing users with “any services for a better life” 

     

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    CENX at Mobile World Congress 2014

    Posted by Administrator on Mar 12, 2014 7:54:00 AM

    Watch this video to experience Mobile World Congress (MWC) from CENX’s perspective:

    For more information on CENX’s experience at MWC, click here.

    Topics: Events

    Mobile World Congress 2014 Round-Up

    Posted by Erica Watts on Mar 3, 2014 7:52:00 AM

    Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 has come to an end and the telecom world is still buzzing from a whirlwind week. After an action-packed four days at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain, the CENX team would like to share their insights with you.

    Describe CENX’s presence at the event.

    • Engaging, active, energized!
    • We hosted service providers and partners, listened to their challenges and demonstrated our Service Orchestration solutions in our custom-built hospitality suite located in Hall 2.
    • The quality of customer meetings, engagement and committed follow-up were telling signs that our Service Orchestration solutions hit-the-mark with our customers’ and partners’ needs.

    What were the biggest trends at MWC?

    • Big Data, SDN and NFV.
    • Recognition that as bandwidth and volume scales, operational challenges need to be addressed.
    • Internet of Things, devices, and wearables all drive the continued explosion of bandwidth and requirements for application-aware networking
    • The need for service providers to be ‘agile.’

    What stood out at MWC?

    • This was the first time I noticed auto manufacturers at MWC (Ford and GM).
    • The increasing number of exhibitors that would traditionally not have been at these kinds of events (M2M, mobile apps…).

    What was your favorite part of MWC?

    • Demoing our product to service providers, partners, the media and analysts.
    • The excitement, engagement, collaboration and resonance that we experienced in our customers and partner meetings.
    • Great collaboration and engagement across the CENX team.

    Which booth was your favorite?

    • The Ericsson booth got the most votes from the CENX team: The Ericsson "city" was impressive. It's hard to ignore the sheer scale of the Ericsson hall which had 131 separate demo stands – amazing!

     

    What’s your main takeaway from MWC?

    • Continued acceleration in the pace of change from mobile networking - from devices to applications to networking technology.
    • Great fit between where we are and what matters to our customers and partners!
    • Continued increase in attendees – 85,000 this year (20% up on last year) which suggests people are hungry for information/help.
    • Resonance of our value exchange across all customers was very exciting.

     

    Do you have any tips for people attending MWC 2015?

    • Wear comfortable shoes.
    • Pack a “MWC Survival Kit”. Make sure this includes Tylenol, Halls and Kleenex.
    • Be sure to schedule time with CENX!

     Click here for more information on Mobile World Congress.

    To learn more about CENX's presence at the event, watch the video "Ed Ogonek interview at MWC 2014".

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    This blog post includes contributions from CENX’s MWC attendees, including:

    • Ed Ogonek, President and CEO
    • Nan Chen, Executive Vice Chairman
    • Jay McMullan, Senior Vice-President, Worldwide Sales
    • Julian Welch, Vice-President, EMEA
    • Paul McCluskey, Director of Business Development
    • Robert Casey, Director of Product Management
    • Chris Purdy, CTO
    • Aneil Chopra, Senior Sales Engineer
    • Erica Watts, Marketing Manager

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