Hi there, telco! What time is it?

“What time is it,” you ask?  Well, it is time for my first webinar with Ian Hood, Red Hat’s global chief architect for telco. What is so special about this? Well, by now we have collaborated on multiple blog posts in the telco sector including how various concepts like open source, cloud and blockchain can be applied to this fascinating industry. Psst! I will let you in on a little secret.  The way these posts have come about is through insightful discussions that Ian and I engage in and we author it live over a virtual meeting. I then take a shot at it to add a story line and Ian — my telco guru — keeps me honest. The upcoming webinar on Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. EST is going to be pretty much an insider’s look into one such discussion. You will hear first-hand how we go about having these discussions and the manner in which thoughts crystallize and take shape on a topic of choice. Question is: “Are you attending?”  Well, we certainly hope you are and you can even join in a Q&A that follows! So, let me ask the same question again — “What time is it?

 

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How much DevOps should telcos take on?

A culture of engineering. That’s how an IT decision maker I recently spoke with characterized DevOps. It’s a definition that resonates very well with me because it really is about having the right mindset, one that transcends the entire business throughout the complete software development and deployment life cycle. A culture that accommodates the continuous and rapid evolution of the features and capabilities consumers now expect in every aspect of their daily lives. And doing this in a seamless, automated manner makes software development—and the services they enable—an exciting process that leverages collaborative innovation and purposeful automation.

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Striking the right balance of DevOps at telcos

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Necessity drives innovation in NFV architecture.

Imagine if we could easily order secure network services we want online in the same amount of time it takes to brew a cortado – just minutes. Imagine no more. Lots of excitement and energy continue to surround production deployments of innovative cloud-based network functions virtualization (NFV) services and it is getting even better as enterprise and consumers customers can order, customize, and manage their network services with just a few clicks of a mouse.

Our long-time partners, Swisscom, Verizon, Telefonica, and NTT are expanding their cloud services in an effort to offer enormous savings and agility to their business customers, and to become among first movers that capture their share of the IT as a Service (ITaaS) opportunity that research firms forecast to be worth more than $150 billion in 2020.

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Barcelona’s unique architecture by Spanish Catalan architect Gaudí

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Blockchains can configure ‘Circles of Trust’ in telco

If you are a movie buff like me, you would have tried out six degrees of Kevin Bacon to find your shortest path to the actor of your choice — Bacon included. The actual route to Bacon is not predetermined and can vary depending upon your own network of acquaintances, which can change and potentially grow over time. What if you had the ability to select and configure the optimal path including the acquaintances? More to the point, what if you had an assurance that these acquaintances were inherently secure, with built-in trust? Not just a network of connections, but a Circle of Trust? Say hello to blockchains and join me as I share my thoughts from an enlightening conversation I had with Ian Hood, chief architect, Global Service Provider, Red Hat.

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The telco mindset that RAMPS up cloud-ready NFV

Telcos have been providing network services for decades now and have always had to address the challenges of providing highly available, reliable services that can be easily managed. And yes, they have also had the continuous need to meet or exceed performance expectations while providing these services in a secure way. So, what is different today? Admittedly, the basic need to provide these services has not changed much. But the fundamental definition of what is meant by the all-too familiar network service terms of reliability, availability, manageability, performance and security has undergone a seismic shift.

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Adapting the networks of the future so they’re elastic, automated and well-managed.

If there’s one thing the digital age has shown us, it’s that business is moving faster. Digital providers are laser-focused and fully automated, and they’re deploying new apps and services as quickly as they can, sometimes in just minutes. No doubt, this has upped the ante for telecommunications companies. As such, downtime is more costly than ever, and reliability, availability and serviceability have to happen at cloud scale. At the recent Red Hat Summit 2016, held June 27-30 in San Francisco, I gave a presentation on what telco operators are looking for in cloud computing and how a Telco NFV Service Delivery Framework can meet their needs.

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Take a cue from the cloud to automate Telco.

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“So, how automated is the telco industry today?” I asked Ian Hood, Global Chief Architect for our service provider partners, with whom I had engaged recently in a stimulating exchange of ideas on open source concepts being applied to this industry.

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Mobile World Congress 2016: More than you can imagine on our path towards the 5G networks of the future

If you are planning to head to Barcelona next week for this year’s Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Feb. 22-25, might I suggest you pack a “hoverboard?” This event just keeps growing and getting better as the latest mobile networking technologies and innovations are unveiled and demonstrated to an estimated audience of more than 100,000 technology enthusiasts from around the globe.

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It’s raining open source innovation.

Perhaps you all know that song from the seventies written by popular British composer and artist Albert Hammond: It Never Rains in Southern California. Those of us lucky enough to live in California enjoy some of the best weather on the planet with a recurring exception – we have been in a drought for the last few years with or without El Nino. But when we occasionally do get some rain… oh, but it pours!

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