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When the Rubber (Finally) Hits the Road: 2018 Predictions

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Looking ahead to 2018, Pravin Mirchandani, CMO, OneAccess Networks, anticipates a year of challenge and opportunity for operators.

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Why the time to move to NETCONF/YANG is now

 

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With backing from major NFV/SDN projects and industry organizations, NETCONF, the client/server protocol designed to configure network devices more clearly and effectively, will soon become ubiquitous. Operators who migrate to NETCONF can both future-proof their operations for NFV and can also reap some of short-term benefits of automation, today.

 

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Dissonance in the World of Virtualization

 

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A collection of thoughts has been spinning in my head over the last few weeks based on various customer visits, presentations and panel debates I have seen or participated in recently and they have collectively formed into a common notion, that of dissonance. These reflections have come about as a result of number of unresolved issues that are either being ignored or are falling between the cracks as we all grapple with the complexities of introducing virtualization.

 

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Hello from the Other Side: The Customer Benefits of NFV

 

Hello from the other side: The Customer Benefits of NFV

 

Operators should start their NFV charm offensive now says Pravin Mirchandani, CMO, OneAccess Networks

 

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ROI for white-box CPEs: a question of segmentation

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Operators commonly expect that moving to SDN and NFV will enable cost reductions, through efficiency gains in network management and device consolidation. As they get closer to deployment, however, commercial reality is telling a different story, depending on the market segment being addressed.

 

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Fifty Shades of NFV?

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In the racy world of CPE architecture, what virtualization-hungry service providers say they want isn’t always what they need, says Pravin Mirchandani, CMO, OneAccess Networks.

 

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Thick & Thin: A Taxonomy of CPEs

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In presentations at virtualization conferences, and in our discussions with operators and service providers, there remains a lot of confusion surrounding the terms ‘thick’ and ‘thin’ as they relate to customer premises equipment (CPE). This is because the terms are used interchangeably, to describe different market segments, the density of network functions as well as the nature of the CPE itself.

 

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The White-Box CPE: Separating Myths from Reality

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In the world of customer premises equipment (CPE), the white-box is a new idea. It should then come as no surprise that misconceptions among operators and CSPs about what constitutes the white-box CPE are common. Here are four of the most prevalent.

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Do CLI Experts Need to Worry about Their Jobs?

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Our customers tell us that NETCONF is fast becoming the preferred way to provision virtualized networking devices. Tail-f has been the main advocate of this protocol, with a pitch that goes roughly as follows: “NETCONF provides the toolset to configure an end-to-end service with a single network-wide transaction. OSS programmers spend less time in handling error cases –as the role of transactions is precisely to ensure success and rollback in case of errors. You do not need to pay high-salary CLI experts to handle such rollbacks manually, when the OSS has failed to do it in a proper way. And you can now automate service creation at an unprecedented level.”

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Ultra-compact VNFs are the key to cost-effective NFV

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OneAccess’ CMO, Pravin Mirchandani, argues that only the most efficient VNFs will pass the scrutiny of the operator community; the risks and costs of accepting anything different are too high.  

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Virtualization means changing the approach to proof-of-concept projects for both Carriers and Vendors

Virtualization means changing the approach to proof-of-concept projects for both Carriers and Vendors

 

OneAccess CTO, Antoine Clerget argues that vendors need to radically re-think their approach to PoC projects as carriers begin to plan their transition to software-defined network functions. 

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Tomorrow’s CPE: the Wimbledon of network virtualization?

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Despite the industry’s charge toward network virtualization, the need for customers to connect their routers to non-Ethernet legacy connections is not going away. Couple this with the fact that a bunch of emerging network functions require an on-prem appliance, and the virtualized ‘CPE of the future’ starts to feel, well, really rather physical. So, is the CPE the Wimbledon of the network; ever-present, resistant to change, but perhaps also capable of surprising us all with its innovations?

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NFV: The Current State of Play

NFV: The Current State of Play

 

Act One of the NFV show has finished, leaving operators to sift through the hype, piece together what they have learned and knuckle down to the serious business of design, feasibility and business case development. Pravin Mirchandani, CMO and NFV Evangelist at OneAccess, recounts some sentiments and soundbites from the NFV circuit.

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NFV: Time to Get Back to (Virtual) Reality, for the Sake of the Operators

Pravin Mirchandani, CMO, OneAccess, calls for 'plausible NFV' amid a world of ill-judged proof-of-concepts.

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NFV has been voraciously hyped and with good reason; there is much to get excited about. The potential benefits to operators and communication service providers (CSPs) of enabling a virtualized and service oriented network environment are vast: increased network flexibility, additional security, reductions in network OPEX/CAPEX, dynamic capacity adaptation according to network needs and, perhaps most crucial of all, reduced time to market for new, revenue generating network services that can combat declining ARPUs.  NFV really could be the silver bullet that operators and CSPs have been looking for.

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