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Transforming Network Infrastructure Week in Review: Cisco, Hutchinson, Riverbed

March 04, 2017

There are many aspects to network transformation. Some of them involve the virtualization of network functionality, the move to software-based provisioning and control, and the redesign of telco central offices and other facilities so they’re more like data centers.

We covered all of the above this week in Transforming Network Infrastructure.

For example, I contributed a piece noting a recent blog by Hutchinson Networks CTO Stephen Hampton. He argues that NFV and SDN have now both matured to a point that there’s no longer an excuse for carriers to delay their moves to these new technologies.

“If your network is not software defined, then it is legacy,” Hampton wrote. “Investment cycles indicate that adoption will continue for several years. If organizations are building data center networks by 2017 and not considering SDN, NFV, and automation, they are placing themselves at least five years behind the curve and closing the door on private cloud.”

I also wrote about the CORD Project’s new end-to-end open reference solution for mobile CORD. As I explained, M-CORD aims to lay the

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foundation for 5G cellular networking and services through support for disaggregated and virtualized evolved packet core, end-to-end slicing from RAN to EPC, mobile edge computing, and programmable radio access network.

And I did a piece about how Riverbed has expanded its customer target from enterprise customers to service providers. The new Riverbed Service Delivery Platform was designed to enable service providers to deliver their traditional services more easily and allow them to expand into new areas such as edge compute and the Internet of Things.

Also this week, my colleague Maurice Nagle asked and answered the question as to what’s driving network change. He drew the answers from a recent Transforming Network Infrastructure community poll, which asked: What do you predict will drive the most networking changes in 2017? The top answer was automation. Video, augmented reality, and virtual reality were also popular responses. 

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