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Telco Bits & Bytes – 11 March 2021

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Think Again: Tackling 5 Common Myths about 5G

As many of you may have seen, I am about to transition from an operating role at VMware to a Special Purpose Acquisition Company focused on Telco, 5G, and Edge. As I hand over the baton to my esteemed colleague Sanjay Uppal, I am delighted to share with you some thoughts around 5G based on common assertions I’ve encountered – with the goal of helping to separate fact from fiction.  

That’s what this “Think Again” column is designed to do.  Periodically, our team at VMware will publish an update as an opportunity for us to add clarity on Telco and Edge topics.  So, here’s the first installment for 2021!  

Myth 1: Large-scale 5G deployments are another year away.     

It’s true that the costs of 5G are massive; the infrastructure investment is estimated to be $80 billion by 20271.  Given that expense, deployment delays would be expected IF the primary use cases were consumer oriented.  But commercial use cases – like private 5G, remote work, AI applications for autonomous vehicles – are keeping global 5G deployments moving at scale and on schedule.  Additionally, with the emergence of greenfield projects, like the cloud-native 5G ORAN deployment recently announced by DISH, Intel and VMware, the arrival of large-scale 5G deployments is now measured in months not years.  So, yes, 5G is here folks; buckle up.

Myth 2: Hyperscale clouds can deliver the 5G Edge.

Whether it’s a hope or an assumption, there’s a notion that 5G Edge applications can be sufficiently supported by existing hyperscaler cloud infrastructure. Truth is, you can’t just graft your existing hyperscaler solution onto a new batch of distributed requirements and expect it to work.  5G Edges come with their own set of nuanced requirements around latency and scale, requiring any Edge solution to pull together communications and computing clouds in a seamless and effective way.  Hyperscalers can’t dress up public clouds as low latency, distributed 5G Edges.  Edge-native is the new craze … get on that train already and find the right Edge providers.

Myth 3: IoT was a passing fad.

I get it; with new technologies, there typically is an abundance of hype in the beginning with lots of ‘experts’ jumping in to show how it has promise, and a ton of startups and investment following the hope of a big return. IoT in its first phase went through this hype and subsequently cooled off. Carriers set up IoT businesses and only a few of them got returns. However, now we are entering a new and more robust, Edge-enabled phase of IoT. I am bullish about the applications in industrial automation –e.g. automation of a large-scale automotive factory shop floor — that are leveraging Edge-delivered IoT. So, no:  not a passing fad.

Myth 4: The pandemic has had a slowing effect on Telco cloud and 5G deployments globally.

We’ve all seen the pervasive disruptions to life and work due to the COVID pandemic.  It would be natural to expect that 5G and telco cloud deployments could be delayed — but the opposite has occurred.  Driven by the shift to work-from-anywhere employment and the uptick in at-home education and entertainment, connectivity requirements have skyrocketed. That in turn, has accelerated and expanded telco cloud and 5G deployments to be faster, not slower. So NO, we aren’t seeing any slowdown in network deployments because of the pandemic.

Myth 5: 5G is what will finally drive XR into the mainstream.  

Consumer applications of AR and VR have been hyped for years now – will 5G be what finally makes XR a consumer success?  It’s true that XR form factors are getting better and that 5G infrastructure delivers on the low-latency, high-bandwidth requirements for rich XR experiences.  But are consumers ready to embrace those still cumbersome and funky-looking goggles?  Do they feel comfortable strapping around a set of gadgets 24×7?  Jury’s still out on this one.   

To learn more about how the VMware Telco Cloud is supporting 5G, visit https://telco.vmware.com/solutions/5g-core.html

1 Fortune Business Insights, “5G Infrastructure Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis,” January 2021

Telco Bits & Bytes – 22 December 2020

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Welcome to the last edition of our ‘Telco Bits & Bytes’ news blog for 2020. Here we share news and insights from across VMware and the technology industry that caught our attention, so you don’t miss a beat. Happy Holidays Everyone!

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Telco Bits & Bytes – 26 November 2020

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Telco Bits & Bytes – 12 November 2020

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Telco Bits & Bytes – 29 October 2020

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Drive Down OpEx and Drive Up Efficiency

Want to reduce the time and money you spend on network operations? Start with smarter automation.

It’s Monday morning, and your network operations team is already buried in alarms. You know there’s a real problem, because the trouble tickets keep pouring in. Your customers don’t want excuses, they just their services back up and running. But you’re still trying to figure out what exactly went wrong.

A network topology issue? A device misconfiguration or faulty software update? A problem with the application? Maybe the virtual machine (VM) that application is running on? Or the server hosting the VM? Or the SD-WAN edge? It may take hours to pinpoint the problem. In the meantime, you need to figure out which customers the issue will affect and make sure to resolve it in time to meet your contracted service-level agreement (SLA). The worst part: it’s still early. You’ve only seen a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of network events that hit your NOC every day.

It’s not a pretty picture. Unfortunately, it’s not a rare one either. As networks get more complex, managing services across heterogeneous network resources (physical, virtual, SD-WAN, NFV) keeps getting harder and more expensive. But it doesn’t have to. You can cut through the complexity and get to the root of network problems more quickly. You can automate many of the tasks that take hours to accomplish now. You can deliver excellent customer experience with less effort.

To do any of this though, you’ll need a new kind of service assurance—one that’s a lot more automated and intelligent.  One that can span the legacy networks in place and the new virtual networks and services you and your enterprise customers are deploying.  One that is designed for operator networks as they are today, not the way they were a decade ago.

Automate Everything

Too much of current network operations still depends on human decision-making, even as it’s become impossible for human beings to keep up with the complexity of service provider environments. And looking at the latest trends for global IP and mobile networks, the problem is only going to get worse.

According to the Cisco Annual Internet Report, over the next three years:

  • There will be 5.3 billion internet users by 2023
  • The number of devices connected to IP networks will be more than 3X the global population (29.3 billion networked devices by 2023)
  • Machine-to-Machine connections will represent 50% of the globally connected devices (approximately 14.7 billion M2M connections by 2023)

And that’s just raw growth in data and devices. The major technology transformations happening in networks will make service delivery even more complex:

  • The global edge computing market is expected to grow from USD 2.8 billion in 2019 to USD 18.36 billion by 2027 per Fior Markets
  • According to IDC Research, the SD-WAN infrastructure market is poised to reach USD 5.25 billion in 2023, growing at a rate of growing at a 30.8% CAGR from 2018 to 2023

The only way to get a handle on this massive growth in the scale and complexity of network services: automate.  VMware Telco Cloud Operations put assurance automation in the hands of network operators. Telco Cloud Operations automatically tracks device configurations across your entire multivendor network—transport, physical, virtual and services layers. It continually maintains a stable configuration, monitoring for any configurations that are out of compliance and can take action to bring the devices into compliance.  When other issues are detected and alarms raised, Telco Cloud Operations correlates information and status from the entire network to determine the root cause and generates an alert or remediation workflow—all in an automated fashion, without the need for human intervention.

What does all that automation mean for your network teams? Much faster incident detection and response, and a lot less manual effort and “firefighting.” By automating a lot of manual effort, operations personnel can be elevated from incident response to more strategic functions, working to resolve more complex issues and prevent future incidents rather than reacting to routine ones.

Take Network Intelligence to a Higher Level

Network teams already spend less time on mundane, repetitive tasks than they used to, because the many of these tasks have been automated. What operators really need is a way to streamline the more complex processes that currently require human judgement and decision-making. This is where Telco Cloud Operations intelligence makes a significant leap.

  • Automate root-cause analysis: Current network management systems (NMS) bury teams in information. They provide massive amounts of data about the “symptoms” of an issue but leave it to human operators to translate those thousands of alerts into something that makes sense. Telco Cloud Operations correlates all active, inactive and unknown alarm statuses together with the network topology and relationship between devices to quickly uncover the root cause of the problem. It determines not only knows what’s causing the issue, but which services and customers are affected. Your network operations team see only the alerts that actually matter.
  • Adapt to changes dynamically: Many event management system (EMS) tools use rule-based engines to suppress redundant alarms and reduce the alarm storm. However, this requires a significant amount of time by skilled operators to first create the rules based on the network topology and relationship between devices and then continuously update these rules as new devices and services are changed or added. VMware Telco Cloud Operations updates itself automatically. It uses an advanced, multi-dimensional deterministic model-based engine that continually adapts to dynamic networks—saving thousands of personnel hours per year.
  • Address the most important problems first: Conventional NMS and assurance solutions are designed to solve technical problems, not business ones. If there’s a problem affecting multiple services and customers, for example, it’s still up to human beings to figure out how best to triage the response. Telco Cloud Operations business impact analysis tools can automate even this process. By assigning business impact scores to your various tenants and services, you can automatically prioritize incidents affecting your most important services, your highest-profile customers and the problems most likely to lead to costly SLA violations.

There’s a Better Way to Run Your Network

How much time and money could you save if your network operations teams didn’t have to function as a human correlation engine? For large service providers and enterprises around the world using VMware Telco Cloud Operations, this is not an academic question. These operators are automating network discovery, device configurations, and compliance management. They’re automating the process of identifying true problems versus symptoms and driving down the mean time to detect and repair them. Most importantly, they’re focusing their time and effort where it matters most—on areas that directly impacts revenues—instead of constantly putting out fires.

Want to learn more about what VMware Telco Cloud Operations can do for your organization? Visit: https://www.vmware.com/products/telco-cloud-operations.html

 

Blog by Karina Dahlke

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Telco Bits & Bytes – 15 October 2020

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What’s Next for the Cable Industry?
Cable Cloud – A common and consistent architecture for multi-service across any network and any cloud

As SCTE·ISBE Cable-Tec Expo is approaching, we are tuning in to see what’s next for cable. Technology innovations in DOCSIS, Distributed Access Architecture (DAA), and 5G are driving communications service providers (CSPs), including cable, telco, and mobile operators, toward a distributed, disaggregated architecture. Disaggregation enables gains in flexibility and operational and cost efficiencies while meeting bandwidth demand and preparing for next-generation ultra-reliable low-latency services. Convergence of access and mobile will also bring new market opportunities and challenges to the industry.

Now the question is what software architecture will turn this vision into reality?

To reach a mass deployment of distributed access and edge architecture, both CapEx and OpEx need to be reduced to the point that can justify such a mass deployment.  Cable operators need to first virtualize their infrastructure by disaggregating the control plane from the data plane so that they can grow and scale independently from each other.  This will enable cable operators to build a simplified and agile architecture that can automate and dynamically assign, share and optimize the allocation of compute, storage, and networking resources for a broad set of planned or unpredicted network and service scenarios.

To build, run, manage, connect, and protect any service running on any device in a distributed multi-access network environment, cable operators need a high level of scalability and agility, and a much larger scale of automation, network and service visibility, service assurance and manageability.  Cable operators need an automation platform that can provide the scalability, repeatability, velocity, and operational efficiency to support large-scale deployments and serve a large amount of distributed remote edge sites.   In order to monitor and manage such a large amount of distributed scale virtual and physical networks more efficiently, cable operators will be benefited from AI- and ML-based real-time assurance platform that can provide intelligent operations insights that they need.

Most operators, if not all, would agree that network virtualization and moving to cloud architecture is the way to meet these requirements.  This shift to the cloud is similar to what mobile operators are experiencing in their 5G journey — cloud technologies provide the scalability, agility, and ROI to make mobile 5G a reality.  For the cable industry, with a strong broadband subscriber base and superior video delivery network, cable cloud will unleash the full potential of the cable network and make DAA, cable 10G, and convergence of cable and mobile reality, empowering cable operators to take advantage of the cloud economy and offer next-generation cloud services.

So, what kind of cable cloud architecture will give you a competitive edge with better ROI, faster service innovation, faster time to market, and greater operational efficiency?

A common and consistent horizontal architecture that is vendor-agnostic and application-agnostic addresses the challenges of silos. A common and consistent architecture also needs to be standards-based and future-ready — a hybrid architecture of virtualization and cloud-native technology enables cable operators to have consistent operations for any existing and future service running on any device across any network in any cloud.  In large-scale cloud-based networks that are co-located, a common and consistent architecture enables cable operators to further improve their cost and operational efficiency network convergence.

VMware cable cloud solutions are doing just that and much more.  To learn more, check out our cable cloud website at www.vmware.com/cablecloud.

If you’re attending SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo 2020, you can find out more by joining these two workshops featuring presentations from VMware experts:

 

 

Telco Bits & Bytes – 1 October 2020

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