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Guest View: A network with a conscience – it’s all about making sense of big data

Nan Chen, Co-Founder and Executive Vice-Chairman of CENX and President of the MEF | June 20, 2014
An immense amount of data would be required to adequately describe a Tier 1 network's topology, resources and services – data scattered across multiple operational support systems, each holding a partial and often mutually inconsistent set of data. What is needed is a comprehensive information model of the network – one that is consistent, trustworthy and offering a clear window into its operation.

The demand for inter-carrier service orchestration

Mobile backhaul relies heavily on AVs, and the rise of small cells is accelerating the need. If a large enterprise customer wants access for fifty sites, of which ten are off the provider's net, how to choose the best AVs?

Tomorrow's SDN architectures will add another layer of complexity, and yet NFV and SDN controllers can be seen as just another set of data sources in this service orchestration model - order placement and tracking integration can stay consistent, while SDN accelerates service delivery.

These and other potential applications are limitless. Meanwhile "networks with a conscience" are already orchestrating better, faster service quality for Ethernet connectivity services.



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