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Intel is working on multiple fronts to ensure a smooth transition to SDN/NFV, but its unifying and paramount goal is to ensure that COTS x86 servers can support carrier-grade performance in networks running many demanding applications with widely differing requirements. I talked to John Healy, General Manager, Software Defined Network Division, Datacenter Group at Intel to get the latest vision on virtualization and learn more about what Intel is working on in this area.

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Telefonica is an early mover and adopter when it comes to virtualization. It has worked with the ecosystem through ETSI’s standardization efforts, and in the open source community. But it also has short-term plans for commercial NFV deployments. I talked to Diego Lopez, Head of Technology Exploration at the Network Innovation and Virtualization Directorate at Telefonica, and the Chair of the Technical Steering Committee at the NFV ISG at ETSI.

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AT&T has been for a long time a very proactive proponent of SDN and NFV which are the key components of Domain 2.0. Our conversation with Tripps Tripathi, Director New Tech Prod Dev Eng, Services Design and Development, AT&T, gives us an update on AT&T Domain 2.0 and on the learnings from the initial stages of the transition to a virtualized network.

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SpiderCloud takes NFV to the edge – in carrier-driven small-cell deployments in the enterprise, where there are many advantages to run some applications locally in a virtualized environment.

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Ruckus Wireless takes NFV to the managed WLAN services that operators are increasingly keen to offer to the enterprise. Virtualization of WLAN services can strengthen the business case and enable operators to cost-effectively support a wider set of enterprise customers that includes small-medium businesses.

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Over the last year I have been blessed to be able to avoid dealing with "5G." Instead, I have been working on how operators can make the best use of the resources that are available already. Among them, traffic management has a prominent role.

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Hitachi’s focus is squarely on virtualization of the control plane with its recently announced, fully virtualized MME/SGSN that supports the NFVI. It is an evolution of the existing ATCA-based MME/SGSN that was introduced after Hitachi acquired Nortel’s EPC assets.

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At Metaswitch, virtualization is part of a natural evolution, because from the beginning the company has exclusively developed software-based solutions that do not require proprietary hardware. Metaswitch has been an early mover in the NFV and SDN space

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Our latest white paper talks on how managing traffic at L4-L7 adds intelligence to the network and enables mobile operators to use the resources they have more effectively and improve QoE.

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Another interview with Tony Sklar in Amsterdam during the LTE World Summit 2014, talking about NFV and virtualization, and the impact it will have on mobile operators.

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