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Orchestrated Assurance: What Is It, and Why Do I Need It?

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time (GMT-5)
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time (GMT-8)

Service providers aim to deliver network services more quickly with assured customer quality. However, as networks are becoming increasingly software-defined and programmable, the rate at which they change is also rising, driven by network-on-demand offerings and self-service portals. In this dynamic environment, traditional test and assurance solutions cannot keep up, and if they can, they bring unacceptable operational costs. These traditional hardware-bound solutions also hobble agility and innovation, and in today’s evolving networks, innovation is crucial to staying competitive.

Model-driven Orchestrated Assurance offers an approach to bridging the gap between service fulfillment and assurance. Software-based test agents, which are well-suited to a dynamic network environment, perform end-to-end activation tests and active monitoring that are automated throughout the full service lifecycle in closed-feedback loops. This enables service providers to automatically validate SLAs, discover issues earlier, and resolve problems more quickly.

Join this special Cisco Knowledge Network webinar in which orchestration experts from Cisco and our Solutions Plus Partner Netrounds will explain how the proven integration between the market-leading Cisco NSO and Netrounds' Orchestrated Assurance solutions enables customers to introduce automated assurance into their networks with confidence and ease.

We will also share real-life use case examples of the business benefits that can be gained through network orchestration and automation.

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May 3rd, 2017

Orchestrated Assurance: What Is It, and Why Do I Need It?
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Orchestrated Assurance: What Is It, and Why Do I Need It?

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time (GMT-5)
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time (GMT-8)

Service providers aim to deliver network services more quickly with assured customer quality. However, as networks are becoming increasingly software-defined and programmable, the rate at which they change is also rising, driven by network-on-demand offerings and self-service portals. In this dynamic environment, traditional test and assurance solutions cannot keep up, and if they can, they bring unacceptable operational costs. These traditional hardware-bound solutions also hobble agility and innovation, and in today’s evolving networks, innovation is crucial to staying competitive.

Model-driven Orchestrated Assurance offers an approach to bridging the gap between service fulfillment and assurance. Software-based test agents, which are well-suited to a dynamic network environment, perform end-to-end activation tests and active monitoring that are automated throughout the full service lifecycle in closed-feedback loops. This enables service providers to automatically validate SLAs, discover issues earlier, and resolve problems more quickly.

Join this special Cisco Knowledge Network webinar in which orchestration experts from Cisco and our Solutions Plus Partner Netrounds will explain how the proven integration between the market-leading Cisco NSO and Netrounds' Orchestrated Assurance solutions enables customers to introduce automated assurance into their networks with confidence and ease.

We will also share real-life use case examples of the business benefits that can be gained through network orchestration and automation.

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April 13th, 2017

Is Your Network Ready for 10 Billion Connections?
Brief  |   Presentation   |   Video

Is Your Network Ready for 10 Billion Connections?

Thursday, April 13th, 2017
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time (GMT-5)
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time (GMT-8)

Speakers:
Bostjan Sustar IT Architect, Networking, NIL
Carl Moberg, Technology Director, Cloud and Virtualization Group, Cisco

Host:
John Malzahn Senior Manager, Cloud and Virtualization Solutions Marketing, Cisco

With more than 10 billion devices and connections projected by 2020, according to Cisco’s Mobile Visual Networking Index Forecast (2016–2021), service providers will need the scalability and performance to manage the high growth of devices in their networks.

Cisco recently announced the Layered Services Architecture (LSA), an innovation to the Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) enabled by Tail-f that paves the way for service providers to support the next order of magnitude of devices in their networks. Customers adopting NSO’s technology will benefit from the future horizontal scalability and performance enhancements to the industry’s most advanced and flexible service orchestration platform. NSO provides end-to-end lifecycle service automation to design and deliver high-quality services more quickly and more easily.

As service providers look toward the demands of cloud-scale networking, their legacy management tools and process are stretched to a breaking point of scalability and complexity. Cisco NSO with LSA raises network scalability to a new level and enables management of more than a million multivendor network devices.

Join this Cisco Knowledge Network webinar in which our orchestration experts, along with ATP partner NIL, will explain Cisco’s NSO solution and how the LSA innovation enables near-infinite scalability. We will also share real-life case study examples of the business benefits that can be yielded through network orchestration and automation.

April 5th, 2017

Connected Car Analytics with Machine Learning
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Connected Car Analytics with Machine Learning

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time (GMT-5)
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time (GMT-8)

Speakers:
Chris Metz Distinguished Engineer, Solution Architect
Mehdi Nikkhah, Data Science Engineer

Host:
Wayne Cullen Senior Manager, Service Provider Architectures

Connected cars and vehicles are projected to generate and upload to the cloud 25 Gbytes per car per hour of data. This is a massive amount of data collected by a cloud analytics platform and analyzed to find and extract value. Machine learning technology can scan incoming vehicle data for business-affecting anomalies and initiate orchestrated vehicle data-processing policies into the network. These software-driven automated functions expedite anomaly and root cause verification and optimize data transport costs.

In this session, we will overview machine learning in the context of a connected car analytics platform. You will:

  • Receive an overview of the architecture, software components, and data flow
  • Learn about observations on the requirements and development
  • See a brief demonstration of a connected car analytics/machine learning solution
  • Have an opportunity to ask questions of the developers of this solution

March 9th, 2017

Achieving Network Auomation with Yang Modeling Technologies
Brief  |   Presentation   |   Video

Achieving Network Auomation with Yang Modeling Technologies

Thursday, March 9th, 2017
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time (GMT-5)
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time (GMT-8)

Speakers:
Elisabeth Rainge, Vice President, Communications Service Provider Operations Research, IDC
Carl Moberg, Technology Director, Cloud and Virtualization Group, Cisco Systems

Host:
John Malzahn, Senior Manager, Cloud and Virtualization Solutions Marketing, Cisco Systems

Network management teams are facing unprecedented change because service providers are under pressure from their enterprise customers to deliver and support more agile service offerings. Traditional network operation processes tend to focus on internal processes rather than directly customer-driven requests. Service providers are looking to update their technology platforms to deliver services in a more efficient manner as well as to improve customer responsiveness. However, efforts to introduce automation and agility in network operations are often limited by the installed base of legacy network management tools and techniques. This can pose a liability in today’s competitive environment, where mobility, IoT, and cloud investments depend on diverse, dynamic, and distributed network architectures.

Applying model-based abstraction technologies to the management of virtualized networks is emerging as the preferred alternative to traditional means of network operations and service provisioning. Network modeling technologies such as NETCONF and YANG offer a new means of tackling primary customer business challenges and delivering improved business outcomes. Service provider innovators are increasingly adopting this new approach toward automation of network management and service provisioning to increase operational agility and scalability and better allow for customer-focused innovation.

In this special webinar, IDC will present the results of a recent custom survey, sponsored by Cisco, detailing how service providers are turning to model-based management and network automation tools. This unique research yields new insights about the level of acceptance and effects of model-based network management approaches as well as recommendations for how service providers can position themselves for success by adopting model-based automation and agility approaches to network management.

This session will also address how service providers can use the advantages of Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) enabled by Tail-f to provide end-to-end automation to design and deliver services more quickly. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of IDC's white paper “Achieving Automation with YANG Modeling Technologies.”

February 8th, 2017

How to Deploy and Integrate SD-WAN Solutions with Cisco and Hosting Partners Such as AWS
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How to Deploy and Integrate SD-WAN Solutions with Cisco and Hosting Partners Such as AWS

Wednesday, February sth, 2017
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time (GMT-5)
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time (GMT-8)

Speakers:
Chris Lewis Product Manager, NFV

Host:
Melissa Zelyez, Product Marketing Manager

Learn about the architecture and capabilities of Cisco solutions that help you deploy SD-WAN solutions. Find out how you can use and integrate these easily into your existing operations. Lastly, our experts will detail how the software interacts with a service provider’s underlying SD-WAN transport and why this matters.

We will cover the following:

  • SD-WAN management and operations
  • Overview of Cisco solutions that enable SD-WAN: Network Services Orchestrator and virtual managed services
  • How to integrate these solutions into your existing operations
  • How to deploy SD-WAN solutions and work with hosting partners such as AWS

February 1st, 2017

Building an Agile and Programmable Software-Defined Data Center
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Building an Agile and Programmable Software-Defined Data Center

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time (GMT-5)
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time (GMT-8)

Speakers:
Vijay Venugopal Director Product Management

Host:
Wayne Cullen, Senior Manager SP Architectures

Analyst data shows that the adoption of clouds is increasing tenfold year over year with a variety of platforms such as OpenStack, vCenter, container, and bare-metal services.

To keep up with this ever-increasing demand for massive, fast speed data, Cisco developed the Virtual Topology System (VTS) solution. The VTS solution is a standards-based, open software-overlay management and provisioning system. It automates data center network fabric provisioning for virtual and physical infrastructure.

VTS is our flagship SDN controller that can solve many technical and business challenges in the data center evolution and NFV space. It uses technologies such as hardware VXLAN tunnel endpoint (HWVTEP) and Cisco Vector Packet Processing (VPP). This SDN controller helps build resilient clouds and NFV service chains that can be easily deployed, managed, and updated, implementing a high-availability cloud deployed and operated from a single interface.

In this session, you will learn about:

  • The overall architecture of VTS
  • The major components of VTS
  • Details about the overall VTS solution

January 11th, 2017

The Business Effects of Automation and Orchestration
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The Business Effects of Automation and Orchestration

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time (GMT-5)
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time (GMT-8)

Speakers:
Ben Bekele, SP Business Architecture Marketing, Cisco Systems
Carl Moberg, Technology Director

Host:
John Malzahn, Senior Manager, Cloud and Virtualization Solutions Marketing

Automation and orchestration bring a significant benefit to service providers as they seek to reduce cost and improve revenue. Cisco has recently completed a research study about the operational processes of major service provider customers that have automated their environment and shared real-world ROI results. These results are compelling and show how you can address one of your biggest challenges: reducing high operational costs. These operational costs span both legacy and virtual services and infrastructure. Join us in this session as we review this study and examine customer case studies and real-world business outcomes from successful orchestration deployments. Learn why network function virtualization, software-defined networking, and orchestration offer a simpler approach to network complexity and how automation using Cisco Network Services Orchestrator brings together automation, flexibility, and speed needed to deliver and support a new class of carrier cloud services.

December 07, 2016

Cisco VNI Global Traffic and Service Role of BigData & Advanced Analytics for NFV/SDN
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Cisco VNI Global Traffic and Service Role of BigData & Advanced Analytics for NFV/SDN

Wednesday, December 07, 2016
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time (GMT-5)
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Time (GMT-8)

Speakers:
Kiran Inampudi, Cisco Services
Ravi Rajamani, Cisco Services
Mark Ghattas, Cisco Services
Renato Fichmann, Cisco Services

As Communication Service Providers (CSPs) adopt virtualization technologies like NFV/SDN,  to realize the desired business benefits of reducing operating costs and accelerate service innovation, they need to start developing their big data and advanced analytics capabilities. These are critical components in the world of virtualization that provide the context for service assurance, self-optimization and self-healing networks, moving from being mostly reactive to be more predictive and preemptive, regarding to quality of service.

With NFV/SDN deployments, CSPs' operations are being inundated with massive amounts of both structured and unstructured data from the control plane (MANO), data plane (VNFs), and converged infrastructure (OpenStack and other virtualization platforms). With Big data & Analytics, this data can be consumed through applications that improves customer experience with proactive fault analysis, service health visibility, predictive algorithms to address performance, capacity planning, service availability etc.

What will you learn?

  • SDN/NFV Challenges & Impact on SP Operations 
  • Role of Big Data & Analytics for SP Assurance 
  • Assurance Applications- Fault Management, Service Health, Perfomance, Capacity Planning etc 
  • How can Cisco Services help CSPs to define a strategy, a plan and to implement these solutions.

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Nov 02, 2016

The Four Pillars of Orchestration: Making End-to-End Service Automation a Reality in Dynamic Networks. Part 4 of 4: Data Models and Data Model Mapping
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The Four Pillars of Orchestration: Making End-to-End Service Automation a Reality in Dynamic Networks. Part 4 of 4: Data Models and Data Model Mapping

Nov 02, 2016

Speakers: Carl Moberg, Technology Director
Host: Wayne Cullen, Senior Manager, SP Architectures

For this webinar series, we present  the Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) enabled by Tail-f and the four pillars of orchestration. We discuss the specific attributes of orchestration required in today’s highly dynamic operator environments and how NSO fulfills them.

This session is the final session in the four part series and focuses on the fourth pillar, ”Data Models and Data Model Mapping.”

We cover the following:

  • A quick recap of the three pillars previously presented:
    • Orchestration across multiple domains
    • State convergence
    • Orchestrated assurance
  • A detailed case on the fourth pillar, that is, network service activation should be model driven, based on precise and machine-readable data models that support automation without the need for code development.
  • Summarization of a service orchestration system that successfully streamlines network service delivery should be based on these four pillars.
  • Customer Deployment Demo Example

Digitalization is the next wave in business transformation, presenting tremendous opportunities for service providers to grow their service revenues. They will rely on new innovative technologies, such as NFV and SDN, for operational agility and for providing the true, end-to-end digital experience that users seek. The key to using these technologies, along with existing infrastructures and maximizing the business opportunity, is in choosing the right orchestration solution.

The previous three sessions are recorded and available on the Cisco Knowledge Network site in the Orchestration Recent Webcasts section.

Oct 05, 2016

Lets Talk About SD-WAN: What Is It Really? Sorting Through the Options for Service Providers
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Lets Talk About SD-WAN: What Is It Really? Sorting Through the Options for Service Providers

Oct 05, 2016

Speakers:
Chris Lewis, Product Manager, NFV
Bill Reilly, Product Manager, IWAN

Host: 
Melissa Zelyez, Product Marketing

This webinar presents Cisco’s point of view about software-defined WAN (SD-WAN): what it is meant to accomplish, how we define it, and what we believe it means for you. We will include discussion about our SD-WAN solutions and how you can choose a specific one that is right for you. 

We will cover the following:

 

  • Where the industry currently is on SD-WAN
  • How we define SD-WAN and why
  • What it means for you, a network service provider
  • How you can use this technology to add greater value to your business customers
  • Comparing and contrasting our SD-WAN solutions

Digitalization is driving the next wave of the Internet. As enterprises digitally transform, they are increasingly open to outsourcing some of their IT needs to a service provider that is agile, flexible, and affordable. Although SD-WAN might be in its infancy today, we expect it to become a standard for enterprise WANs within a few years. We are not alone in this belief. According to an extensive study done by IDC, the increased confidence in and acceptance of SD-WAN will help to drive revenues to $6 billion in 2020. Service providers that don’t wait but start to deploy this technology now stand to gain the most.  

Sep 07, 2016

The Four Pillars of Orchestration: Making End-to-End Service Automation a Reality in Dynamic Networks
Brief   |   Presentation   |   Video

The Four Pillars of Orchestration: Making End-to-End Service Automation a Reality in Dynamic Networks

Sep 07, 2016

Speaker: Carl Moberg, Technology Director
Host: Mina Paik, Solutions Marketing Manager, Cloud and Virtualization

This webinar series presents the Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) enabled by Tail-f and the four pillars of orchestration. We will discuss the specific attributes of orchestration required in today’s highly dynamic operator environments and how NSO fulfills them.

This session is the third session in the series and focuses on the topic of orchestrated assurance. 

We will cover the following:

 

  • What is the role of assurance in virtualizing networks, and how has it changed?
  • What are the primary challenges that traditional assurance systems cannot address?
  • How should assurance be implemented?
  • Customer deployment examples

 

Digitization is the next wave of the Internet, presenting tremendous opportunities for service providers to grow their service revenues. They rely on new innovative technologies such as network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) for operational agility and for providing the true end-to-end digital experience that users seek. Choosing the right orchestration solution is crucial to maximizing on these technologies.

Jul 12, 2016

The Four Pillars of Orchestration: Making End-to-End Service Automation a Reality in Dynamic Networks This Webinar: 2 of 4 State Convergence
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The Four Pillars of Orchestration: Making End-to-End Service Automation a Reality in Dynamic Networks This Webinar: 2 of 4 State Convergence

Jul 12, 2016

Speaker: Carl Moberg, Technology Director
Host: Mina Paik, Solutions Marketing Manager, Cloud and Virtualization

This webinar series presents the Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) enabled by Tail-f and the four pillars of orchestration. We will discuss the specific attributes of orchestration required in today’s highly dynamic operator environments and how NSO fulfills them.

This session is the second of the four in the series and focuses on the topic of state convergence. 

We will cover the following topics:

 

  • What is state convergence, and what problems does it solve?
  • How does it work?
  • Customer case study 

 

Digitization is the next wave of the Internet, presenting tremendous opportunities for service providers to grow their service revenues. Service providers rely on new innovative technologies such as network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) for operational agility and for providing the true end-to-end digital experience that users seek. The key to maximizing on these technologies involves choosing the right orchestration solution.  

Jun 22, 2016

June 22, 2016-APJ Session: Cisco VNI Global Traffic and Service Adoption Forecast, 2015-2020
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June 22, 2016-APJ Session: Cisco VNI Global Traffic and Service Adoption Forecast, 2015-2020

Jun 22, 2016

Speakers:
Shruti Jain, Sr. Analyst,B18 Service Provider Thought Leadership
Arielle Sumits, Sr. Analyst, Service Provider Thought Leadership
Usha Andra, Sr. Analyst, Service Provider Thought Leadership
Taru Khurana, Analyst, Service Provider Thought Leadership

Host:
Thomas Barnett, Marketing Director, Service Provider Thought Leadership

On June 7, 2016, the updated Cisco VNI Global Traffic and Service Adoption Forecasts for 2015–2020 will be publicly released. These annual reports project future fixed and mobile IP traffic growth and application trends. Here is a sample of what you will learn during the June 14, 2016 Cisco Knowledge Network session: 

 

  • What the volumes and growth rates for global and regional IP traffic are 
  • How various devices/connections (smartphones, tablets, PCs, and M2M) will affect IP traffic growth
  • What the outlook is for the Internet of Things (IoT) and what role is IPv6 playing
  • • What the most popular residential, mobile, and business services/applications are globally and regionally
  • Whether ultrahigh-definition (UHD) video and online gaming will significantly change network requirements
  • How average broadband speeds are improving to meet consumer and business network user demand 
  • What role Wi-Fi is playing in extending service provider reach and enabling greater mobility
  • How much of today’s Internet traffic comes from malicious threats and security breaches

 

The Cisco VNI team will share the new findings from the updated studies and answer your IP traffic and service trend questions. You will also learn where and how you can access Cisco VNI content for your own business and technical planning and analysis. 

Jun 14, 2016

Cisco VNI Global Traffic and Service Adoption Forecast, 2015-2020
Brief   |   Presentation   |   Video

Cisco VNI Global Traffic and Service Adoption Forecast, 2015-2020

Jun 14, 2016

Speakers:
Shruti Jain, Sr. Analyst,B18 Service Provider Thought Leadership
Arielle Sumits, Sr. Analyst, Service Provider Thought Leadership
Usha Andra, Sr. Analyst, Service Provider Thought Leadership
Taru Khurana, Analyst, Service Provider Thought Leadership

Host:
Thomas Barnett, Marketing Director, Service Provider Thought Leadership

On June 7, 2016, the updated Cisco VNI Global Traffic and Service Adoption Forecasts for 2015–2020 will be publicly released. These annual reports project future fixed and mobile IP traffic growth and application trends. Here is a sample of what you will learn during the June 14, 2016 Cisco Knowledge Network session: 

 

  • What the volumes and growth rates for global and regional IP traffic are 
  • How various devices/connections (smartphones, tablets, PCs, and M2M) will affect IP traffic growth
  • What the outlook is for the Internet of Things (IoT) and what role is IPv6 playing
  • • What the most popular residential, mobile, and business services/applications are globally and regionally
  • Whether ultrahigh-definition (UHD) video and online gaming will significantly change network requirements
  • How average broadband speeds are improving to meet consumer and business network user demand 
  • What role Wi-Fi is playing in extending service provider reach and enabling greater mobility
  • How much of today’s Internet traffic comes from malicious threats and security breaches

 

The Cisco VNI team will share the new findings from the updated studies and answer your IP traffic and service trend questions. You will also learn where and how you can access Cisco VNI content for your own business and technical planning and analysis. 

Jun 08, 2016

Delivering Higher Value Enterprise Branch Services at Lower Cost
Brief   |   Presentation   |   Video

Delivering Higher Value Enterprise Branch Services at Lower Cost

Jun 08, 2016

Speakers:
Andrew Vaz, Director, Cloud and Network Solutions Group
Peter Wells, Director, Cloud and Business Services Offer Development

Host:
Ken Seitz, Director, Global Service Provider Cloud and Business Services

Enterprises have evolved their needs for branch services to better align the networking infrastructure to their desired business outcomes. These outcomes include a high-quality applications experience, secured access, lower costs, and simpler IT operations. Their goal is an uncompromised experience for all users at any location over any connection. As part of this new approach to IT, they have specific things about which they care and have an increasing willingness to outsource branch services to network service providers, provided such providers can deliver what they need. 

In this session we will briefly revisit the opportunity for service providers that we presented during the CKN webinar on April 6. We will also discuss the specific care-abouts of enterprise customers and how their branch needs have evolved to what they now demand of their providers. We will present the main architectural approaches that the industry has developed to satisfy these demands, including software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) and cloud-managed branches. 

We will follow these market trends and data points with Cisco’s point of view and provide details about one of our specific SD-WAN implementations based on our Virtual Managed Services platform. This platform package presents benefits to enterprises that align with their business needs and demands and helps you, the service provider, to offer higher value branch services at lower cost to you. To wrap up the session, we will show you how you can get started on the path to offering branch services for which your enterprise accounts are ready.

May 04, 2016

The Four Pillars of Orchestration: Making End-to-End Services a Reality in Dynamic Networks Webinar Series 1 of 4: Orchestration Across Multiple Domains
Brief   |   Presentation   |   Video

The Four Pillars of Orchestration: Making End-to-End Services a Reality in Dynamic Networks Webinar Series 1 of 4: Orchestration Across Multiple Domains

May 04, 2016

Speaker: Carl Moberg, Technology Director
Host: Mina Paik, Product and Solutions Marketing Manager, Cloud and Virtualization

Digitization is the next wave of the Internet, presenting tremendous opportunities for service providers to grow their service revenues. They rely on new innovative technologies such as network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) for operational agility and for providing the true end-to-end digital experience that users seek. Choosing the right orchestration solution is crucial to maximizing on these technologies.  

In our webinar series, we will present the Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) enabled by Tail-f and the four pillars of orchestration. We will discuss the specific attributes of orchestration required in today’s highly dynamic operator environments and how NSO fulfills them.

This session is the first of the four in the series and focuses on the first pillar, orchestration across multiple domains. We will cover:

 

  • The role of NSO in the ETSI MANO stack, as part of Cisco’s comprehensive MANO software portfolio
  • The specific functional capabilities of NSO as an orchestrator and why it’s the best choice
  • Customer case study

 

Future Series:
2 of 4: State Convergence
3 of 4: Orchestrated Assurance
4 of 4: Data Models and Data Model Mapping

Apr 06, 2016

ITaaS: Transformation of ICT Services with SDN and NFV
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ITaaS: Transformation of ICT Services with SDN and NFV

Apr 06, 2016

Speakers:
Ben Bekele, Sr. Manager, Business & Technology Architecture Marketing
Deepinder Sahni, Sr. Vice President, AMI- Partners

Host:
Sidney Kriger, Sr. Marketing Manager, Business & Technology Architecture Marketing

This session will highlight new opportunities created by ITaaS, a result of the transformation of the ICT market by SDN and NFV. Capabilities such as simple and easy self-service ordering of services, automated service and network provisioning, on-demand scaling of services capacity up or down, and automated billing based on consumption/usage are all enabled by the automation and virtualization of the service provider business through SDN and NFV. The session will outline key summaries from a recent global ITaaS study conducted by AMI partners with Cisco to understand the opportunities created by such capabilities. The study was conducted across 350+ global SMLBs and 20+ service providers.

In this session you will learn about:

  • Features of ITaaS that SMLBs consider to be the most beneficial
  • Changes to business buying behavior and actions SMLBs will take as a result of ITaaS delivering those benefits 
  • Revenue forecast of ITaaS opportunities for network operators
  • The immediate opportunities and solutions that service providers can launch to tap into the new opportunities

The session also includes a demonstration highlighting new capabilities.

Mar 09, 2016

Simplify Operations and Get to Market More Quickly with Cisco Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure
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Simplify Operations and Get to Market More Quickly with Cisco Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure

Mar 09, 2016

Host:
Wayne Cullen, Service Provider Architectures

Speakers:
Filippo Galimberti, Senior Marketing Manager, Service Provider Portfolio
Peter Fetterolf, Senior Marketing Manager, Service Provider Portfolio

The industry is moving toward network virtualization, with the objective to reduce costs, simplify operations, and get a faster route to new revenues. The successful implementation of virtualized network functions requires a robust and well-designed infrastructure that delivers carrier-class performance and resilience. To achieve the business objectives, we also need a development model oriented toward operations, automation, and lifecycle management.

During this session, you will discover more about the Cisco network function virtualization (NFV) infrastructure, which:

  • Provides a prevalidated architecture optimized and tested for NFV
  • Reduces the time required to deploy services
  • Significantly reduces the costs of operations

You will also learn how to choose and implement an NFV infrastructure that will support carrier-class services that address the needs of tomorrow’s businesses and consumers.

Feb 03, 2016

Automate Data Center Network Provisioning with Cisco Virtual Topology System
Brief   |   Presentation   |   Video

Automate Data Center Network Provisioning with Cisco Virtual Topology System

Feb 03, 2016

Speakers:
Vijay Arumugam Kannan, Senior Product Manager
Palak Desai, Senior Product Manager

Host:
Wayne Cullen, Service Provider Architectures

Software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) can help service providers simplify operations and gain service agility. Specifically, SDN in the data center helps you abstract services and applications from the complexities of the underlying network, making services operations drastically simpler. This abstraction layer, referred to as the SDN overlay, must meet very specific requirements to support today’s dynamic environment.

The  Cisco Virtual Topology System (VTS) is an open, high-performance SDN overlay management and automation system that has gained significant traction since its introduction in 2015. The product extends the SDN portfolio to broader markets and draws on Cisco’s groundbreaking virtual packet processing (VPP) technology and Intel’s DPDK technology. This combination provides industry-leading performance for data center virtualization.

VTS is an important component of Cisco’s services management and orchestration software portfolio, aligned with Cisco’s Open Network Strategy and the Cisco Evolved Services Platform, a unified platform for service delivery over physical and virtual infrastructures.

In this session you will:

  • Explore a VTS overview
  • See its primary use cases
  • Watch a demonstration highlighting new capabilities

Jan 07, 2016

Network Services Orchestrator in an ETSI Network Function Virtualization Context
Brief   |   Presentation   |   Video

Network Services Orchestrator in an ETSI Network Function Virtualization Context

Jan 07, 2016

Speakers:
Carl Moberg, Technology Director, Tail-f Engineering
Stefan Vallin, Principal Engineer, Tail-f Engineering 

Host:
Wayne Cullen, Service Provider Architecture

This session will discuss the Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) and its role in networks designed along the specifications from the ETSI network function virtualization (NFV) industry specification group (ISG).

One main competitive advantage of NSO in ETSI NFV over other solutions is the combination of supporting the lifecycle of virtual network functions (VNFs) and associated connectivity along with the model-driven service orchestration that is core to NSO. This unique approach provides an integrated end-to-end solution for service providers that are looking to transition their current generation networks toward virtualization using the architectural concepts of ETSI NFV.

We will provide a demonstration to illustrate how NSO provides the fundamental ETSI NFV capabilities, including VNF onboarding and instantiation, and how those capabilities tie into the service provider service lifecycle.

In this session you will learn about:

 

  • An introduction to the terms and concepts in the ETSI NFV specifications
  • How NSO implements the fundamental features of the NFV specifications
  • How the NFV concepts tie into the larger context of service provider services lifecycles
  • How the combination of ETSI ISG NFV compliance and network service orchestration in NSO provides a market-leading solution 

 

 

Dec 02, 2015

Network Function Virtualization Management and Orchestration: An Orchestration Zoo or Your Big Business Opportunity?
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Network Function Virtualization Management and Orchestration: An Orchestration Zoo or Your Big Business Opportunity?

Dec 02, 2015

Speaker: Volker Tegtmeyer, Snr. Mgr. Service Provider Architecture
Host: Wayne Cullen, Snr. Mgr. SP Architectures

We are in the early days of network function virtualization (NFV) and the complementary software-defined networking (SDN), but they have gained significant traction across the industry if not hot topics to discuss. Sure, they are overhyped and oversold too often, but there are practical things you can do now to help meet your business objectives. Indeed, more advanced service providers have declared them to be imperative and are aggressively deploying them. 

Like all new technologies, though, there is still plenty of work to be done, especially across the spectrum of management and orchestration functions collectively titled NFV management and orchestration (MANO).

In this session you will learn more about our point of view regarding SDN and NFV management and orchestration. Your primary takeaways will include:

  • Recommendations and things you can do now with management and orchestration in an SDN and NFV environment
  • What you can do to manage a multivendor, hybrid (physical and virtual) environment
  • What business results you can expect to achieve and have been achieved to date by others

 

 

Oct 07, 2015

Service Assurance for Virtualizing and Software-Defined Networks
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Service Assurance for Virtualizing and Software-Defined Networks

Oct 07, 2015

Speakers:
Paola Arosio, Product Manager
Deepak Bhargava, Product Manager

NFV and SDN help enable improved cloud service delivery models, with significant benefits to service providers, including services agility, increased monetization opportunities, and reduced costs. However, the dynamism of the network and service topologies introduced by these technologies makes it extremely challenging for traditional assurance systems to help guarantee service SLAs. This session will include an overview of:

 

  • Limitations of existing OSSs in the dynamic world of NFV and SDN
  • Evolving role of assurance and the foundational solution elements that will help drive real-time autoremediation capabilities now required
  • Importance of using big data analytics and YANG model-driven approach for enabling real-time assurance across both physical and virtual infrastructures 

 

 

Jul 08, 2015

Cisco EPN Manager: Simplified, Converged Multilayer Management
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Cisco EPN Manager: Simplified, Converged Multilayer Management

Jul 08, 2015

Host: Alison O'Brien, Product Marketing Manager
Speaker: Dieter Famula, Manager of Product Management 

Cisco Evolved Programmable Network (EPN) Manager is an EMS/NMS solution that provides simplified, converged multilayer management of carrier-grade networks of all sizes. It starts with Carrier Ethernet and optical transport networks today and plans to expand into other technologies. Service providers can quickly respond to major market transitions, including video traffic growth, new business models caused by over-the-top (OTT) entrants, and converged networks driven by operating expense (OpEx) pressures. 

Cisco EPN Manager enables end-to-end lifecycle management across device management, network provisioning, and network assurance. Consistent workflows across optical and metro network scenarios help increase operational efficiencies through automation and reduce operating expenses through lower training requirements. A model-driven architecture with content decoupled from the platform greatly improves agility in content pack delivery. It is a flexible, easy-to-deploy solution with a common inventory/data model and visually appealing user interface that provides a single product experience across management functions. 

In this session, you will also experience a live demo.

It includes: 

  • Multidomain network management through a single interface
  • Carrier Ethernet Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) 2.0 services provisioning and assurance
  • Optical circuit provisioning and multilayer management 
  • Reporting for Carrier Ethernet and optical networks

 

Jun 09, 2015

Automating the WAN
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Automating the WAN

Jun 09, 2015

Speaker:
John Lehane, Product Marketing
Marcelo Silva, Business Development Manager

Today, the ability of service providers to deliver services flexibly, efficiently, and cost-effectively is hampered by rising operational costs and infrastructure with inefficient utilization levels. Service providers need a solution that overcomes these operational challenges, one that facilitates innovation, agility, and responsiveness, and the ability to rapidly introduce new services or to modify existing ones. The planning, engineering, and operations of provider networks must move from manually intensive workflows to automated and more time-efficient, agile processes and methods. 

This Cisco Knowledge Network session is a follow-on from the December episode and will cover the WAN Automation Engine (WAE) and where it fits within the Cisco Evolved Services Platform (ESP). The primary focus will be on the architecture of WAE and then a study of the APIs available to upper-layer applications. Two use cases will be presented, deconstructed, and analyzed in detail.