For telcos striving to manage growth and customer expectations, network functions virtualization (NFV) brings big promises of cost savings and agility. Red Hat’s Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager of OpenStack & NFV, joined Metaswitch CTO Martin Taylor in a TelecomTV panel at this week’s Mobile World Congress to talk with TelecomTV’s Guy Daniels about industry interest in NFV, implementation strategies and what pitfalls to avoid.
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Why do salmon swim upstream? Scientists have deduced that if the riverbed was a good place for them to start, it will suffice for their offspring. Thus they spawn and their offspring return to the ocean to feed. But what if some of the fish, en route to the sea, took a tributary at a fork in the river? They might get lost, fail to reach the ocean and perhaps starve or exhaust themselves trying to find the original route. Developing software using open source principles follows a similar theory.
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Telcos have successfully navigated a number of tech disruptions, from the breakup of the Bell companies to the Internet and competition from cable operators. Now, their facing another major shift, as we move rapidly towards the digitization of the economy, which is creating a significant disruption of the telco CXO’s operational and business practices. So what’s the game plan? Join us for an engaging dialogue with a distinguished industry panel of technology and business strategists from Red Hat, Cisco Systems, and Intel in a webinar Feb. 7, 12-12:30 p.m.
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At what is deemed the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, Mobile World Congress 2017, Red Hat will join as many as 100,000 people in Barcelona, Spain Feb. 27 – March 2 to talk about current and future mobile technologies, next-gen services and innovation. A Red Hat team of more than 80 people will be on hand – at our booth 2G30 in Hall 2 for demos, networking and meetings as well as for presentations and panels during the conference – to highlight our commitment to advance innovation in open source and the information and communications technologies (ICT) industry.
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For telcos, there’s always been demand for services that are highly available, reliable and easily managed. There’s also demand for services that meet or exceed performance expectations and are highly secure. But today’s market pressures of exponential data growth, stagnating revenues and high investments, as well as the requisite shift to 5G, have upped the ante. That’s why today’s carriers have to be more agile, flexible and competitive. In our upcoming webinar Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. EST, we’ll discuss these challenges and ways that telcos can apply DevOps to meet them head on.
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Swisscom, a leading telco and IT services provider in Switzerland, had a clear vision: simplify its internal IT infrastructure. So several years ago, the telco mapped a cloud strategy to consolidate IT functions onto one platform, then enlisted Red Hat to help it build a secure, flexible, and unified foundation using open source technology and open standards. The result? A cloud environment based on OpenStack that’s accelerating development and delivery of new services for customers, boosting revenue and advancing innovation.
The Säntis transmitter, operated by Swisscom.
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Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10 is now available, bringing telecommunications companies increased system-wide scalability and agility, along with enhanced network performance and platform security. In our January 18 webinar, Red Hat’s principal product manager, Rob Young, digs into 10 big changes designed to make your life easier.
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Kazakhstan is a big country. In fact, it is the world’s ninth largest, with more than 1 million square miles. It has a healthy economy, and its population is growing and becoming more educated and more tech-savvy. Internet users in the country have nearly doubled since 2010, and there’s a competitive telecom industry. It’s with this backdrop that KazTransCom, one of the largest telecommunications operators in Kazakhstan, went about modernizing its telco platform with open source solutions from Red Hat so it could offer new cloud services for business customers.
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The new year has arrived. And in the telecommunications industry, we expect it to be busy. That’s a prediction we’re making that you can take to the bank. We won’t leave it at just that, though. We’re about to go on record with well over a dozen other telco predictions. We’re basing these on what’s been happening in 2016, what our customers have been talking about, and what other prognosticators have been saying. Of course, we present these to you with a caveat: these are predictions, and predictions are what Merriam-Webster defines as “what will happen or might happen in the future.” So with that, in 2017 we predict …
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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.
Striking the right balance of DevOps at telcos
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