Author Archives: Nigel Stephenson

About Nigel Stephenson

Nigel Stephenson is a marketing development manager for the Telecommunications and NFV group at VMware with global responsibility. Nigel came to VMware with over 20 years of experience working in product, solution and field marketing roles focused on the communication service provider industry. Nigel's earlier roles included the implementation of networking services at leading UK enterprises.

Industry’s first Open VNF Onboarding Hackathon a great success!

MWC 2017 was the venue chosen by VMware, Intel and Cloudify to kick off a co-innovation project to address one of the biggest challenges to the rapid deployment of NFV-based services: VNF onboarding. Continue reading

MWC 2017: Mobile Network Operators might never be the same again

This article was first posted by Constantine Polychronopoulos on LinkedIn

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On every front – from content and media, to consumer and enterprise IoT, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, 5G and soft-radio transmitters, sustainable development, and network virtualization (the core themes framing events at MWC2017) – operators face intense competition to deliver relevance and value to subscribers. The key consideration in all of these areas is in knowing where to begin. It’s also about knowing where to end what has gone before.

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Don’t miss the VMware NFV activities at Mobile World Congress 2017!

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VMware will be hosting a range of activities and things to do at this year’s Mobile World Congress; from an experiential demonstration of a 5G world, through to IoT and the connected car . See how VMware is not only helping service providers generate value today, but is shaping the future of NFV!

Below is a summary of the main activities for your event planner…

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VMware, Intel and Cloudify to sponsor the first VNF On-Boarding Hackathon at Mobile World Congress

VMware, Intel and Cloudify to sponsor the first VNF On-Boarding Hackathon at Mobile World Congress; a critical new initiative to accelerate the adoption of telecom services over virtualized infrastructure.

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The three top habits of tomorrow’s successful service provider

This blog was first posted by Gabriele Di Piazza on LinkedIn here

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There will be two types of Communication Service Provider (CSP) in the next few years: those who will have embraced transformation and championed change within the organisation, and those who have adopted a follower approach. Success is most likely to lie with those embracing transformation and change. Within these organisations, preparations underway now will see the gap widen between them and those following as they begin to realise the power of a software-defined service capability and deploy different strategies and tactics to the CSP of todayThey’ll have different teams, skills, and services. Continue reading

VMware is Shaping the Future of NFV at Mobile World Congress 2017

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VMware will have a significant presence at this year’s Mobile World Congress, including a range of Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) demonstrations and presentations at our booth in hall 3, stand K10. Continue reading

Network Functions Virtualisation – ‘a key focus for VMware vForum Singapore’

VMware vForum is here again!  The Singapore vForum will takes place at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Center on 15th November. vForum is a complimentary one-day event that offers a unique setting for IT and Networking professionals to engage with experts and learn about the latest virtualization technologies, tips, and trends in the industry.

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A focus on Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV)

With the potential to bring much needed operational agility, service differentiation and cost efficiencies to telecoms services, NFV is fast becoming the key topic among Communication Service Provider (CSP) strategists and network architects.

Many believe that early adopters of NFV will transition from a short period of learning into accelerated deployments of new and innovative services. Late adopters run the risk of market erosion through lack of competitiveness and differentiation. Continue reading

Meet VMware NFV Experts at Light Reading’s “OSS in the Era of SDN and NFV” Event.

On November 3rd in London VMware colleagues and myself will be joining industry leaders at this Light Reading event. We will be discussing the impact of virtualization on higher-order Operational Support Systems (OSS), and considering whether this is ‘evolution or revolution’.

Across the globe many operators already rely on VMware infrastructure for their OSS (and internal IT) services. Whether through the deployment of OSS applications on a VMware vSphere environment, or through embedded VMware technology in third party OSS products from leading network equipment providers (NEPs).

NFV and SDN are all about creating a software-defined virtualized service delivery platform. OSS systems largely run on virtualised environments today. So on the face of it, bringing together a virtualized OSS environments and a virtualized service delivery platform should be straight forward – shouldn’t it? Continue reading

VMware NFV Executive Forum Comes To Barcelona and VMworld Europe 2016

Hot on the heels of the massively successful Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Executive Forum at VMworld Las Vegas, the VMware Telco NFV team will be running another NFV Executive Forum as part of VMworld Europe in Barcelona next week.

The NFV Executive Forum facilitates networking and discussion amongst executives and experts from leading communication service providers (CSPs) and VMware’s successful NFV vendor ecosystem.

As in Las Vegas, the European event will have an interactive format and focus on helping customers understand how they can reduce costs and increase agility by virtualizing their service delivery platform. Continue reading

Appledore Research to speak at NFV Executive Forum, Las Vegas

Summary: Patrick Kelly of Appledore Research, a leading authority on PatrickKellyAppledoremarket trends impacting the Telecommunication Cloud Management Market, to speak at the NFV Executive Forum, Las Vegas.

I’m delighted to announce that Patrick Kelly of Appledore Research Group will be our guest speaker at the NFV Executive Forum, which will take place alongside VMworld 2016 US in Las Vegas on August 31st. The NFV Executive Forum facilitates networking and discussion amongst executives and experts from leading communication service providers (CSPs) and VMware’s successful NFV vendor ecosystem.

As Founder, Partner, and Principal Analyst at Appledore Research, and consultant to the telecommunications industry, Patrick will bring a wealth of experience to share with delegates. Patrick will economic impact of virtualizing communications infrastructures, along with some of the challenges, and how to ensure positive business outcomes. Continue reading