November 6-8, 2017

Event Details

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The Road to Virtualization: Highlighting The Unique Challenges Faced by Telcos

In contrast to enterprise IT virtualization, Telcos face a unique set of challenges when entering the network virtualization space. Many of these challenges come down to mapping physical network function (PNF) requirements into virtual network function (VNF) requirements. For instance, the integration with legacy platforms, the integration of existing performance and assurance tools and the skillset refresh of the existing workforce are just a few examples of these challenges.

In this presentation, we plan to cover:

- two use cases in development for migrating from PNF to VNF

- the key challenges Telcos face integrating the new network virtualisation environments with legacy platforms (for example, achieving 50ms convergence, VRRP, Q-in-Q and LAG)

- burning questions for operations teams to ensure they are equipped to deal with the new technology

What can I expect to learn?

Attendees will learn the real challenges faced by Telcos when entering the network virtualization space. The talk will explain how a service provider overcomes those challenges today and what additional work is needed in OpenStack to meet Telco requirements in the future.

Monday, November 6, 11:35am-12:15pm (12:35am - 1:15am UTC)
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Juniper Networks Inc.
Greg Smith is a Product Manager in the Routing Business Unit at Juniper Networks, Inc. He has 20 years of experience in Networking with a focus on broadband networks and scalable video applications. FULL PROFILE
Andrew is a Senior Technology Specialist with the Telstra IP and Transport Network Engineering group. He has been lead solution architect for one of the Telstra Network Engineering NFV projects, aiming to deploy and operationalise virtualised edge routing services using Openstack. Prior work included Lead Engineer for the Telstra AAN DPI as a service platform and a configuration audit program. FULL PROFILE
Technical Product Manager at Red Hat
Anita Tragler is Technical Product Manager for Networking and NFV at Red Hat. She has over 15 years experience in the networking industry designing solutions for Telco/Service Providers and large scale Enterprises. After graduating with a Masters degree in Computer Engineering, she has worked on multiple technologies including VoIP, MPLS VPNs, Multicast VPNs, SDN with ODL/PCE and accelerating... FULL PROFILE