Our Blog https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog en A Year of Progress, A New Year of Promise https://ribboncommunications.com/company/media-center/blog/year-progress-new-year-promise <div class="ribbon-two-column"> <div class="region region-pre-content"> </div> <div class="region region-top-content container"> <div class="block-region-top"><div data-block-plugin-id="sharethis_block"> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_facebook_hcount" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_twitter_hcount" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_linkedin_hcount" displayText="linkedin"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_googleplus_hcount" displayText="googleplus"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_email_hcount" displayText="email"></span> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-title-content container"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8"><div class="block-region-title"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:title"> <h1 class="page-header">A Year of Progress, A New Year of Promise </h1> </div> </div></div> <div class="col-md-4"><div class="block-region-title-sidebar"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:field_author"> <div class="block-content--author"> <div class="row"> <div class="image-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-img-champion field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/bita-322.png?itok=8fApi4Kf" width="100" height="100" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> <div class="text-wrapper"> <h2 class="block-title-normal">Bita Milanian</h2> <p class="purple">Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, Ribbon</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div></div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-main-content container"> <div class="block-region-main"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:field_date_release"> <div class="field field--name-field-date-release field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item">December 29th, 2017</div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:field_title"> <div class="field field--name-field-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">by Bita Milanian, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, Ribbon</div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>As a new company created when two great organizations came together as one as the result of the merger of Sonus and GENBAND, we at <a href="http://www.ribboncommunications.com/">Ribbon</a> are more grateful than ever for the support of our team, our customers, our partners, and our communities.  Even as our industry continues to evolve at an unprecedented pace, even as new technologies continue to disrupt traditional communications networks and inspire new applications, we know that life will continue to change in all good ways when we can connect the world in new ways.</p> <p>This year, our companies and now combined new company supported community efforts all over the world, including helping to <a href="/genband-perspectives/team-effort-helping-rebuild-puerto-ricos-communications-network"><strong>rebuild networks in Puerto Rico</strong></a> following the devastating hurricane, <a href="/genband-perspectives/genband-employees-step-again-making-real-time-connections-possible-those-need"><strong>building an Internet access network in Mexico for an orphanage there</strong></a>, and holding dozens of events during our giving back and <a href="/company/about-us/genband-day-power-you"><strong>volunteering days</strong></a></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> </div> <article class="embedded-entity align-center"><img src="/sites/default/files/newyear.png" alt="Happy New Year 2018" title="Happy New Year 2018" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></article><p> </p> <p>At Ribbon we are fully committed to being strong members of our communities and helping to give back to those who may be our neighbors or who may live in the same cities, towns, states and countries as we do. All over the world we want to foster a culture of year-round compassion, but it is this time of year especially when giving to those who may be a little less fortunate is at the top of many of our minds.  So I thought it would be appropriate to highlight just a few of the charitable activities that Ribbon employees around the world are involved in.</p> <p>Employees in our Toronto office gathered donations at their annual holiday party to benefit <a href="http://www.sickkids.ca/ways-to-give/gifts-in-kind/holiday-donations/index.html" target="_blank"><strong>The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)</strong></a> in Toronto, Canada. Team members in our Plano, Texas office collected toys and donations that benefited the <a href="https://www.childrens.com/location-landing/locations-and-directions/childrens-health-plano-campus/childrens-health-plano" target="_blank"><strong>Children’s Medical Center of Plano</strong></a>. Ribbon employees in our Ottawa offices are contributing to their annual <a href="https://www.unitedwayottawa.ca/" target="_blank"><strong>United Way</strong></a> Campaign. Since 2011, Ribbon Ottawa employees have donated nearly $150,000 to this and other worthy causes. Our Research Triangle Park (RTP) team members in North Carolina participated in their annual Angel Tree drive where they helped local kids’ Christmas wishes come true. RTP team members also worked with <a href="http://www.thevolunteercenter.org/tp42/Default.asp?ID=139710" target="_blank"><strong>Durham Social Services</strong></a> to sponsor several local families in need, providing daily essentials and gifts for the holidays. Ribbon Galway employees are contributing to the <a href="https://www.svp.ie/appeal-2017/giving-tree.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>Society of St. Vincent de Paul Giving Tree</strong></a>. There are countless other examples throughout the world that I can cite, but I think you get the picture.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/z6CdZQY2E9w?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Giving back to our communities isn’t a philosophy that is shared by our employee base. It cascades from our senior leadership team throughout the entire Ribbon organization. A great example is that our recently appointed CEO <a href="https://ribboncommunications.com/company/about-us/board-directors/franklin-fritz-w-hobbs">Fritz Hobbs</a> sits on the board of UNICEF, an organization focused on ensuring children everywhere are protected, encouraged and supported, particularly those children facing challenges in countries struggling with conflict and post-conflict environments, in countries where clean water and safe food supplies are scarce, in countries where education and access to opportunities are limited, and even non-existent.</p> <p>I am so grateful to contribute to and be a part of a company which has been built on values including business integrity, honesty, hard work, passion and most important - commitment to customers.</p> <p>I am also thankful to be part of an organization committed to communities as well, and to a greater global good. #WeAreRibbon and we are fortunate to spend our days at work improving the way people communicate with each other, the way they receive healthcare, the way they are protected in safer cities.</p> <p>It's very special to be part of the real time communications industry at this moment in history, and we look forward to working with all of you to find new ways to contribute to a better world, as part of what we do each day.</p> <p>Warmest wishes for all holiday seasons; peace and prosperity for all in the new calendar year!</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-post-content"> <div class="block-region-post"><div data-block-plugin-id="block_content:6f8a3dde-bb84-4e12-ad2a-69765b6b89ad" class="block--cta_feature_simple"> <div class="container-fluid"> <div class="row wrapper-row" style="background-image: url('/sites/default/files/girlphone.jpg')"> <div class="container"> <div class="hidden-xs col-sm-6 bg-wrapper"></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6"> <div class="text-wrapper cta-large"> <h2 class="block-title lighter">Ask Us Anything!</h2> <p>Ribbon's team of professionals are 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class="row"> <div class="image-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-img-champion field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/sanjay-bhatia-262x262_0.jpg?itok=qtpl3hUB" width="100" height="100" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> <div class="text-wrapper"> <h2 class="block-title-normal">Sanjay Bhatia</h2> <p class="purple">Vice President of Solutions Marketing and Strategy, Ribbon</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div></div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-main-content container"> <div class="block-region-main"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:field_date_release"> <div class="field field--name-field-date-release field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item">December 7th, 2017</div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:field_title"> <div class="field field--name-field-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Sanjay Bhatia, Vice President of Solutions Marketing and Strategy, Ribbon</div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>With the modernization of networks accelerating heading into 2018, the promise of more open technologies and more orchestrated ecosystems has become a reality for Communications Service Providers (CSPs) who are now able to spin up, deliver, bill for and manage new services faster and more efficiently than ever.</p> <p><a href="https://ribboncommunications.com/">Ribbon</a> is an innovator, having already invested millions of dollars in transforming our own carrier-grade network infrastructure technologies, working closely with organizations including the <a href="http://www.etsi.org/">European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) </a>, <a href="https://www.onap.org/">Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP)</a>, vendors and service provider ecosystems including <a href="https://www.redhat.com/en">Red Hat</a>, <a href="/media-center/press-releases/genband-joins-intel-network-builders-program">Intel Network Builders</a>, <a href="/media-center/press-releases/genband-integrates-virtualized-session-border-controller-wind-river">Wind River Titanium Cloud</a>, <a href="/media-center/press-releases/genband-joins-hp-opennfv-program-technology-partner">Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) OpenNFV</a>, <a href="https://www.canonical.com/">Canonical V-PIL</a> and <a href="http://www.blueplanet.com/ecosystem/blue-orbit">Ciena Blue Orbit</a>, to deliver tightly integrated and differentiated end-to-end NFV solutions.</p> <p>Open works when open is orchestrated, and open is differentiated when open is certified. Earlier this year, Ribbon announced it had been certified on the <a href="/media-center/press-releases/genband-collaborates-red-hat-help-service-providers-accelerate-network">Red Hat OpenStack Platform</a>, and on December 12 we will be co-hosting a <a href="/webinar-path-high-performance-nfv-deployments">webinar</a> with Red Hat to share the software solutions some of the world’s largest tier one operators have been benefitting from as we continue to lead in supporting the NFV movement globally.</p> <p>Why is the “telco cloud” important? Not only does a well-architected and secure cloud drive massive cost savings through operational efficiencies – it also is the foundation for Communications Platform-as-a-Service (CPaaS) including Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) and <a href="http://www.kandy.io/">Embedded Communications</a>, which are changing how enterprises deliver improved industry-focused solutions including everything from better healthcare to more secure e-commerce, transforming cities into smart cities, and turning autonomous vehicles into communications hubs.</p> <p>Ribbon is proud to be part of the <a href="https://access.redhat.com/ecosystem/search/#/ecosystem/Red%20Hat%20OpenStack%20Platform?sort=sortTitle%20asc&amp;tags=VNF&amp;category=Software">Red Hat Connect for Technology Partners</a> and <a href="https://www.redhat.com/en/partners">Red Hat Connect for Business Partners</a> programs, and actively engaged in their most strategic projects across multiple service providers, contributing our certified solutions which have already made a huge impact on our customers’ service agility and economics.</p> <p>Ribbon’s certified VNFs include our <a href="/products/session-border-controllers">Session Border Controller (SBC)</a> applications; <a href="/products/call-controllers/c3-call-session-controller">Call Session Controller</a> (C3) VNF; <a href="/products/media-gateways/advanced-media-software">Advanced Media Software (AMS)</a> VNF for distributed Access and Interconnect SBCs, and Media Interworking &amp; Transcoding applications including IMS Media Resource Function and IMS Media Gateway and the <a href="/products/application-client-platforms/unified-messaging/converged-intelligent-messaging">Converged Intelligent Messaging (CIM)</a> VNF for Voice Mail &amp; Messaging applications.</p> <p>Across all of this, Ribbon’s <a href="/solutions/service-providers/network-virtualization/vnf-manager">VNF Manager</a> (VFM) enables the full lifecycle management of our own and third party VNFs which have also been certified for the Red Hat OpenStack Platform.</p> <p>During our <a href="/webinar-path-high-performance-nfv-deployments">December 12 webinar</a>, we’ll share in real time with hundreds of attendees Ribbon’s differentiated Virtual Network Functions portfolio including fully virtualized, high-performance communications signaling, control and media management solutions including Session Border Controller, Advanced Media Software, Applications Server, WebRTC Gateway, Intelligent Messaging and C3 Call Session Controller solutions, as well as EMS and Network Analytics.</p> <p>We’ll also highlight our market-leading VNF Management framework for full life cycle management of multiple Ribbon and third party VNFs, interworking with different network orchestrators and virtualization infrastructure managers via open APIs to ensure elastic scalability of VNF’s based on dynamic network load and/or provisioning state.</p> <p>And while most of our competitors are also moving into fully virtualized solutions (because CSPs have mandated this), being open doesn’t always mean being equal!</p> <p>We’ll share Ribbon’s differentiators and explain why Ribbon is helping drive modernization with:</p> <ul> <li>A wide-ranging VNF portfolio supporting full elasticity and geo distribution</li> <li>Intelligent VNF management framework and open APIs that streamline MANO interworking</li> <li>EMS and Analytics for VNF operations and KPI monitoring</li> <li>High performance and elastic media interworking and transcoding solutions</li> <li>Graceful migration path and hybrid deployment support to avoid “rip and replace”</li> <li>Flexible licensing plans to accommodate elastic services and on-demand applications</li> </ul> <p>Our partner Red Hat will also be sharing how the Red Hat OpenStack Platform environment delivers high performance NFV cloud infrastructure. And how their ecosystem of trusted vendors such as Ribbon, are bringing tested, certified and trusted solutions and services that are production-ready to market.</p> <p>I hope you can join us to see how this all works and contributes to the future of network infrastructure and service delivery, to ask questions, and to interact with your own community of networking planning, engineering, operations and strategy – perfect timing as we welcome the exciting new year ahead.</p> <p><strong>Click <a href="http://go.genband.com/l/27332/2017-11-14/7zpxp2">here</a> to register for the webinar.</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-post-content"> <div class="block-region-post"><div data-block-plugin-id="block_content:6f8a3dde-bb84-4e12-ad2a-69765b6b89ad" class="block--cta_feature_simple"> <div class="container-fluid"> <div class="row wrapper-row" style="background-image: url('/sites/default/files/girlphone.jpg')"> <div class="container"> <div class="hidden-xs col-sm-6 bg-wrapper"></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6"> <div class="text-wrapper cta-large"> <h2 class="block-title lighter">Ask Us Anything!</h2> <p>Ribbon's team of professionals are ready to answer your questions,&nbsp;guide you to the right solution or help you with your network design.&nbsp;</p> <div class="cta-link"> <a href="https://go.pardot.com/l/27332/2018-01-08/841223i" target="_blank" class="mfp-iframe pardot-popup btn btn-primary">Let's Chat!</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:11:57 +0000 javaughn 12076 at https://ribboncommunications.com Tying it all together: How we got to Ribbon. https://ribboncommunications.com/company/media-center/blog/tying-it-all-together-how-we-got-ribbon <div class="ribbon-two-column"> <div class="region region-pre-content"> </div> <div class="region region-top-content container"> <div class="block-region-top"><div data-block-plugin-id="sharethis_block"> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_facebook_hcount" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_twitter_hcount" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_linkedin_hcount" displayText="linkedin"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_googleplus_hcount" displayText="googleplus"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_email_hcount" displayText="email"></span> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-title-content container"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8"><div class="block-region-title"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:title"> <h1 class="page-header">Tying it all together: How we got to Ribbon.</h1> </div> </div></div> <div class="col-md-4"><div class="block-region-title-sidebar"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:field_author"> <div class="block-content--author"> <div class="row"> <div class="image-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-img-champion field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/Patrick-Joggerst-322.jpg?itok=w6S0VWYj" width="100" height="100" alt="Patrick Joggerst" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> <div class="text-wrapper"> <h2 class="block-title-normal">Patrick Joggerst</h2> <p class="purple">EVP Global Sales and Marketing, Ribbon</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div></div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-main-content container"> <div class="block-region-main"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:field_date_release"> <div class="field field--name-field-date-release field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item">October 29th, 2017</div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>With this morning’s announcement (<a href="https://ribboncommunications.com/company/media-center/press-releases/sonus-networks-inc-announces-completion-sonus-and-genband">Sonus Networks Announces its Completion of Sonus and Genband Merger</a>) that we are now a single company called <strong>Ribbon Communications</strong>, we wanted to take this opportunity to share some behind the scenes details of how we came to this decision.</p> <p>Changing names is never an easy decision. In the case of companies with leadership positioning in their markets, it is even more difficult as there is a tremendous amount of built-in awareness and brand equity that you must abandon. At the same time, a name conveys the company’s culture, mission and values, and in an industry that’s constantly changing, older names may no longer be effective or representative.</p> <p>So this summer, our leadership team made the decision to take our merger as&nbsp;an opportunity to move forward and come up with a name that more accurately reflects our combined capabilities and the dynamism and opportunities that secure real-time communications enable. We engaged <a href="http://www.argodesign.com/">argodesign</a>, a firm that is well known for its design and UX work, to support us through the process.</p> <p>One of our goals was to move past the kind of straightforward technology names that many companies have used – our world has changed and with more friendly, intuitive experiences now being the norm, we wanted a name that embodied those qualities. In fact, we wanted to come up with a name as transformative as we are to the industry.</p> <p>The process kicked off with a meeting with Ray Dolan and David Walsh to help answer some critical questions including:</p> <ul> <li> <p>What’s exciting about the future?</p> </li> <li> <p>Where do you see the combined company having the biggest impact?</p> </li> <li> <p>What are the best parts from the two companies that need to be brought forward?</p> </li> </ul> <p>The result was a high level brief that would serve as guidepost for the rest of the process. We went through 3 rounds of names, ranging from already-existing words to invented ones, always trying to gage their sounds, the emotion they evoke, and the message they convey, while also exploring potential graphic representations, and how they would interact. We wanted a name that was both simple and rich in meaning, and that worked well with <a href="http://kandy.io/">Kandy</a>, our Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS) offer.</p> <p>When the selection process came down to 3 names that were strong contenders, it was time for trademark research, as well as making sure that the associated URL and social media properties were available. With all of that done, <strong>Ribbon</strong> resulted as the clear favorite.</p> <p>What made it stand out? While it may seem counterintuitive at first, Ribbon has the softness and flexibility that today’s digital experiences demand. It’s the thread that binds us all together, the secure connectivity that supports and informs our new way of working and living. It’s agile and flexible, lives at the endpoints and ties them together. It’s the new way of secure, embedded real-time communications.</p> <p><strong>Welcome to Ribbon!</strong></p> <p class="text-align-center"><iframe allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gDs81wG6_g8?rel=0&amp;controls=0&amp;showinfo=0" width="560"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-post-content"> <div class="block-region-post"><div data-block-plugin-id="block_content:6f8a3dde-bb84-4e12-ad2a-69765b6b89ad" class="block--cta_feature_simple"> <div class="container-fluid"> <div class="row wrapper-row" style="background-image: url('/sites/default/files/girlphone.jpg')"> <div class="container"> <div class="hidden-xs col-sm-6 bg-wrapper"></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6"> <div class="text-wrapper cta-large"> <h2 class="block-title lighter">Ask Us Anything!</h2> <p>Ribbon's team of professionals are ready to answer your questions,&nbsp;guide you to the right solution or help you with your network design.&nbsp;</p> <div class="cta-link"> <a href="https://go.pardot.com/l/27332/2018-01-08/841223i" target="_blank" class="mfp-iframe pardot-popup btn btn-primary">Let's Chat!</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:53:24 +0000 admin 15075 at https://ribboncommunications.com Gain A Redundancy Advantage When You Migrate SS7 and Diameter Signaling to the Cloud https://ribboncommunications.com/company/media-center/blog/gain-redundancy-advantage-when-you-migrate-ss7-and-diameter-signaling-cloud <div class="ribbon-two-column"> <div class="region region-pre-content"> </div> <div class="region region-top-content container"> <div class="block-region-top"><div data-block-plugin-id="sharethis_block"> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_facebook_hcount" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_twitter_hcount" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_linkedin_hcount" displayText="linkedin"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_googleplus_hcount" displayText="googleplus"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_email_hcount" displayText="email"></span> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-title-content container"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8"><div class="block-region-title"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:title"> <h1 class="page-header">Gain A Redundancy Advantage When You Migrate SS7 and Diameter Signaling to the Cloud</h1> </div> </div></div> <div class="col-md-4"><div class="block-region-title-sidebar"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:field_author"> <div class="block-content--author"> <div class="row"> <div class="image-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-img-champion field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/Dan%20Teichman.jpg?itok=z7EHE959" width="100" height="100" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> <div class="text-wrapper"> <h2 class="block-title-normal">Dan Teichman</h2> <p class="purple">Senior Product Marketing Manager, Ribbon</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div></div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-main-content container"> <div class="block-region-main"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:field_date_release"> <div class="field field--name-field-date-release field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item">October 20th, 2017</div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Multiple market research studies confirm that communication service providers (CSPs) continue to evolve to virtualized environments in the pursuit of migrating network functions to the cloud.</p> <p>Based on this trend, I decided it was time to expand on Sonus’ view of virtualization and cloud migration for SS7 and Diameter signaling network functions.</p> <p>I have a couple of thoughts about the market. Mobile traffic continues to shift to 4G/LTE; however, this shift does not mean that SS7 is going away. According to reports from GSMA, subscriber and usage growth in SS7-based 3G networks is expected to continue well into the year 2020. At the same time, with LTE and VoLTE, Diameter continues to ramp as well. Both protocols will continue to remain critically important to provide roaming, authentication, and interworking between network operators.</p> <p>So, why move SS7 and Diameter signaling to the cloud?</p> <p>Simply put, it aligns with the overall value CSPs expect from their migration to the cloud. Deploying virtual Signaling Transfer Points and virtual Diameter Signaling Controllers in the cloud facilitates scalability and service agility, based on a more efficient and less costly solution. for managing network infrastructure. And as far as we’re concerned, because it is doable – today.</p> <p>Like other network functions that migrate to the cloud, if we simply port SS7 and Diameter signaling into a virtual environment is of limited value. What operators really need is a cloud-native design to address the differences <em>and opportunities</em> for optimization in the cloud. One specific area where a cloud-native design can provide benefits is solution redundancy.</p> <p>For most of signaling history, redundancy was accomplished using traditional appliances designed on a 1:1 active/active basis. While this model can be replicated with a 1:1 active/active virtual network function (VNF) deployment, it does not take advantage of the benefits virtualization and cloud deployments offer. We believe a better solution based on cloud-native design principles exists which will raise scalability and increase operational efficiency.</p> <p>Our cloud-native design removes state knowledge from the individual signaling routing VNF components that would have traditionally been connection-oriented and stateful aware. This process involves putting in a virtual front-end load balancer facing into the network or interconnected operators. The load balancing VNF can itself be replicated on a 1:1 active/active basis, but behind it are the VNFs performing signaling routing. The advantage of this solution is that as routing VNFs are instantiated or torn down based on dynamic traffic load, they do not have to touch other elements in the network to inform them where to route messages. This function is now performed by the front-end load balancing VNF. This simplification achieves operational efficiency and enables multiple redundancy schemas for signaling routing VNFs.</p> <p>Sonus’ cloud-native design also allows for other redundancy models beyond 1:1, such as N+1 or N+2. These options might better fit a business’ specific redundancy requirements, while conserving cloud and network resources.</p> <p>One last thought on this subject. For many mobile operators, the 1:1 active/active solution described above will be implemented within each of their cloud domains. However, this is not a restriction of the solution. I expect this deployment model to be dominant because it is architecturally close to their traditional operations model, making it easier to adopt. In fact, for large global operators, the true advantage will be to deploy a cloud-native signaling solution <em>across</em> cloud domains where load balancing VNFs are distributed to their network edges, but signaling routing VNFs are centralized and scaled for efficiency.</p> <p>I have additional observations on the advantages of cloud-native design for SS7 and Diameter signaling, specifically about security and service chaining, but those will have to wait for my next blog. For additional information, download our <a href="http://bit.ly/2FhVEyd">signaling network transformation to the cloud</a> whitepaper</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-post-content"> <div class="block-region-post"><div data-block-plugin-id="block_content:6f8a3dde-bb84-4e12-ad2a-69765b6b89ad" class="block--cta_feature_simple"> <div class="container-fluid"> <div class="row wrapper-row" style="background-image: url('/sites/default/files/girlphone.jpg')"> <div class="container"> <div class="hidden-xs col-sm-6 bg-wrapper"></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6"> <div class="text-wrapper cta-large"> <h2 class="block-title lighter">Ask Us Anything!</h2> <p>Ribbon's team of professionals are ready to answer your questions,&nbsp;guide you to the right solution or help you with your network design.&nbsp;</p> <div class="cta-link"> <a href="https://go.pardot.com/l/27332/2018-01-08/841223i" target="_blank" class="mfp-iframe pardot-popup btn btn-primary">Let's Chat!</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:19:33 +0000 admin 15074 at https://ribboncommunications.com Team Effort: Helping to Rebuild Puerto Rico’s Communications Network https://ribboncommunications.com/company/media-center/blog/team-effort-helping-rebuild-puerto-ricos-communications-network <div class="ribbon-two-column"> <div class="region region-pre-content"> </div> <div class="region region-top-content container"> <div class="block-region-top"><div data-block-plugin-id="sharethis_block"> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_facebook_hcount" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_twitter_hcount" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_linkedin_hcount" displayText="linkedin"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_googleplus_hcount" displayText="googleplus"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_email_hcount" displayText="email"></span> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-title-content container"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8"><div class="block-region-title"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:title"> <h1 class="page-header">Team Effort: Helping to Rebuild Puerto Rico’s Communications Network</h1> </div> </div></div> <div class="col-md-4"><div class="block-region-title-sidebar"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:field_author"> <div class="block-content--author"> <div class="row"> <div class="image-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-img-champion field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/Patrick-Joggerst-322.jpg?itok=w6S0VWYj" width="100" height="100" alt="Patrick Joggerst" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> <div class="text-wrapper"> <h2 class="block-title-normal">Patrick Joggerst</h2> <p class="purple">EVP Global Sales and Marketing, Ribbon</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div></div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-main-content container"> <div class="block-region-main"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:field_date_release"> <div class="field field--name-field-date-release field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item">October 19th, 2017</div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:field_title"> <div class="field field--name-field-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Patrick Joggerst, EVP Global Sales and Marketing, GENBAND</div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>While we’ve all seen news coverage of the havoc Hurricane Maria has wreaked across Puerto Rico, the news stories really can’t accurately depict the damage and devastation it has caused. A majority of the island is still without water and power, and it will likely take months and even years to rebuild and get the economy on track.</p> <p>The island’s critical communications infrastructure has been severely damaged, hampering relief efforts and leaving the hurricane victims in a precarious position, unable to communicate with their families, the outside world or ask for help.</p> <p>I recently went to Puerto Rico with members of the GENBAND Emergency Recovery, Engineering and Sales teams to help our customer <strong><a href="http://www.claropr.com/portal/pr/sc/personas/">Claro</a></strong>, the island’s largest telecommunications provider, restore their network, and saw the devastating impact that the hurricane has had firsthand. It really is unbelievable.</p> <div style="text-align: center;"> <article class="embedded-entity align-center"><img src="/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/pr-2.jpg" alt="pr-2.jpg" title="pr-2.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></article></div> <p align="center"><sup>From left to right: Reynaldo Orpinel, Patrick Joggerst, Greg Ogle, Dean Gilbert, Rodney Neese, Felipe Gonzalez and Paul Loots.</sup></p> <p>I especially wanted to single out Felipe Gonzalez, Dean Gilbert, Rodney Neese, Greg Ogle and Paul Loots for their outstanding efforts.  Many volunteered to go down to the island immediately following the hurricane and have been there for weeks, working on repairing damaged equipment and communications sites.</p> <p> </p> <article class="embedded-entity align-right"><img src="/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/pr-3.jpg" alt="pr-3.jpg" title="pr-3.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></article><p>The team has encountered everything from partially downed to completely destroyed host and remote communications sites. They have repaired approximately 15 – 20 sites already and unfortunately there are many more to go. They’ve been working a minimum of 12 hour days to bring the systems back up. Everyone I spoke with has been amazed by the resiliency of the Puerto Rican people. In spite of the difficult situations they are facing, to a person, the entire team said the overwhelming majority of the local people they came in contact with had extremely positive attitudes about rebuilding and recovering from this catastrophic event.</p> <p>I thought it was important to share some of the stories I have heard from the team and let you hear their perspectives on what they have witnessed in Puerto Rico over the last several weeks.</p> <p> </p> <article class="embedded-entity align-left"><img src="/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/pr-4.jpg" alt="pr-4.jpg" title="pr-4.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></article><p>Greg Ogle, Senior Installation Support Specialist said, “I was at a deer stand when I received a call from my manager on Friday (two days after the storm) at 5:30 pm saying, “You know if I’m calling at this time it can't be good, right?” He asked if I could be in Puerto Rico to assist with recovery efforts the next day. I had to whisper back “Yes”.  I was among the first GENBAND crew members to arrive on the island. At that time many streets were still flooded and there was debris strewn all up and down the roads. Gas lines were extremely long with many people waiting more than 24 hours and sleeping in their cars. Since arriving we have been able to cover most of the eastern third of the island where some of the heaviest damage occurred. I had been working in Puerto Rico with Claro since July so I got to see the island before the storms made such drastic changes. The Claro team has been great to work with and I have made a lot of new friends. The most memorable part of my experience has been seeing how the sites and islands have been ravaged by the storms and feeling for those who have lost everything including their homes, belongings and jobs.”</p> <p> </p> <article class="embedded-entity align-right"><img src="/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/pr-5.jpg" alt="pr-5.jpg" title="pr-5.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></article><p>Dean Gilbert, who provides Technical Support on the Emergency Recovery team said, “We hit ground running the minute we got here and basically haven’t stopped since. To see the level of devastation that the hurricane brought is unreal. I live in North Carolina - so have been through many hurricanes before, but nothing like this. Trees are completely bare. There is destruction everywhere.  It is something I have never seen before and hope to never see again. Claro along with the local residents have been so appreciative of our efforts. We are traveling in Claro branded vehicles - so when we come into an area we are greeted by cheers from the residents because they know we are there to help. It’s a great feeling.”</p> <p>Paul Loots, Solutions Integration Engineer said, “I was already working in Puerto Rico on the deployment of a new C20 switch for a customer, but had to leave before the hurricane approached. After a week of trying to come back to the island after the storm, because of one cancelled flight after another, I arrived on October 2<sup>nd</sup> and have been working all day every day since. Even with all of the destruction of the infrastructure staring everyone in the face, every day the local people we work with each day are so positive and hopeful that things will not only recover, but eventually improve. The country is flooded with emergency military personnel and various federal agencies. It is not uncommon to share a hotel elevator with armed military personnel. I have spent over 17 years working in Puerto Rico and am a big fan of the island and the local residents – so it’s great to help out in this time of crisis.”</p> <p> </p> <article class="embedded-entity align-left"><img src="/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/pr-6.jpg" alt="pr-6.jpg" title="pr-6.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></article><p>Rodney Neese, who also provides Technical Support on the Emergency Recovery Team added, “Photos really don’t do justice to how bad the devastation really is. When we first arrived there was debris everywhere, no power with the exception of generators, and just an overwhelming feeling of ‘where do we start?’ Fortunately we have been able to restore phone service to several sites. I spent 11 days going from site to site. At one site we had to take down the power plant to restore power. Here is a <strong><a href="https://youtu.be/G2_cePra-ug" target="_blank">short video</a></strong> of us training one of the Claro site technicians to form and fuse a Power Distribution Center. It has been amazing listening to the residents tell their stories of how they made it through the hurricane. It is going to take a long time to get everything back up and running to pre-hurricane levels, but I feel really privileged to be able to help the people of Puerto Rico in their time of need.”</p> <p>Felipe Gonzalez Regional Director for CALA said, “I am responsible for all of the Spanish Caribbean and Central American region and was asked by Claro’s CTO to provide immediate onsite support after the hurricane. I have been working non-stop alongside the Claro and GENBAND teams since I arrived on the island September 28<sup>th</sup>. Maria really reminds us how fragile we all are, but for me personally the most memorable part of this experience was when we were able to restore service to San Jorge Children’s Hospital. I am so thankful to other GENBAND team members including Richard Jennings and Hector Mauricio Murguia Rodriguez for all of their hard work and for our corporate office for providing cell phone batteries that are being used by many people in need including Claro technicians. This has been something I will never forget. Last week we met with Claro’s CEO and he expressed how grateful he was for all of the support we were providing. It really exemplified the strength of our partnership. In addition to Claro we are also working with other customers on the island including Liberty Media, Data Access and Telefonica amongst other tier one US carriers to help get their communications networks back up and running.”  </p> <p>The entire team has done an exceptional job and many others who are not mentioned above have also played critical roles in this effort.  While it was impossible to include everyone here, I want to thank everyone for their tremendous dedication. It is times like these that really show the importance of what we do and as someone who spent his early years in Puerto Rico, I am truly grateful for everyone’s dedication and commitment to helping rebuild the island’s communications network. Gracias a todos.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-post-content"> <div class="block-region-post"><div data-block-plugin-id="block_content:6f8a3dde-bb84-4e12-ad2a-69765b6b89ad" class="block--cta_feature_simple"> <div class="container-fluid"> <div class="row wrapper-row" style="background-image: url('/sites/default/files/girlphone.jpg')"> <div class="container"> <div class="hidden-xs col-sm-6 bg-wrapper"></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6"> <div class="text-wrapper cta-large"> <h2 class="block-title lighter">Ask Us Anything!</h2> <p>Ribbon's team of professionals are ready to answer your questions,&nbsp;guide you to the right solution or help you with your network design.&nbsp;</p> <div class="cta-link"> <a href="https://go.pardot.com/l/27332/2018-01-08/841223i" target="_blank" class="mfp-iframe pardot-popup btn btn-primary">Let's Chat!</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:18:22 +0000 javaughn 12031 at https://ribboncommunications.com UCaaS and CPaaS: A Marriage Made for Enterprise Communications https://ribboncommunications.com/company/media-center/blog/ucaas-and-cpaas-marriage-made-enterprise-communications <div class="ribbon-two-column"> <div class="region region-pre-content"> </div> <div class="region region-top-content container"> <div class="block-region-top"><div data-block-plugin-id="sharethis_block"> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_facebook_hcount" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_twitter_hcount" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_linkedin_hcount" displayText="linkedin"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_googleplus_hcount" displayText="googleplus"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_email_hcount" displayText="email"></span> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-title-content container"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8"><div class="block-region-title"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:title"> <h1 class="page-header">UCaaS and CPaaS: A Marriage Made for Enterprise Communications</h1> </div> </div></div> <div class="col-md-4"><div class="block-region-title-sidebar"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:field_author"> <div class="block-content--author"> <div class="row"> <div class="image-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-img-champion field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/greg-zweig-180.jpg?itok=PaLyH2Nh" width="100" height="96" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> <div class="text-wrapper"> <h2 class="block-title-normal">Greg Zweig</h2> <p class="purple">Director of Solutions Marketing, Ribbon</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div></div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-main-content container"> <div class="block-region-main"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:field_date_release"> <div class="field field--name-field-date-release field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item">October 10th, 2017</div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:field_title"> <div class="field field--name-field-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Greg Zweig, Director of Solutions Marketing, GENBAND</div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Over the past 15 years <a href="/products/application-client-platforms/unified-communications-clients">Unified Communication (UC)</a> services have become a normal part of enterprise communications, features like presence and IM along with voice and video are part of our work lives. The advent of cloud-based UC has made it even easier to roll-out sophisticated services to anyone with an internet connection.</p> <p>Logically speaking, users’ willingness to adopt UC should be great news for service providers.  For the most part it is…however we are starting to see some new challenges.  Like any technology adoption cycle, maturity means that there are more competitive players in the market and more customers trying to decide which to buy.</p> <article class="embedded-entity align-right"><img src="/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/guy-patio-laptop.jpg" alt="Person on laptop" title="Person on laptop" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></article><p>I am routinely asked by our service provider customers or prospects - How are you going to help me differentiate my cloud Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) offerings from others on the market? How can I solidify my installed base? How can I avoid a price battle that ends in a race to zero or actually improve my margins?  Of course if it were simple I would be writing this from my ocean view balcony…but it’s not.  The reality is that most UCaaS providers have roughly the same bundling of voice, video, messaging and soft clients for the same price.  Many actually have the EXACT same offering with the same clients from the same platform… A quick search online will result in 25 options for “full-featured” UC bundles at $30 or $35 a month.</p> <p>Given that reality, what happens when an organization starts comparing their UC options – especially a few with the exact same UC platform?  The answer is obvious, one of these providers is going to cut their price to get the business. The race to zero is on…</p> <p>At GENBAND we’re trying to address this new market reality by giving our customers the ability to embed the power of a <a href="https://www.kandy.io/">Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS)</a> into their UCaaS offering, leveraging technologies such as <a href="/products/application-client-platforms/webrtc-gateway-formerly-spidr">WebRTC</a>, Omni client technology, <a href="https://www.kandy.io/kandy-provides/kandy-wrappers">Kandy Wrappers</a> and more.  The idea is to create something different, something better and some unique value customers can’t negotiate away on their first Google search.  And we aim to make it rational to buy and deploy by consolidating these offerings in the same easy-to-use web portal, they use to buy UCaaS solutions.</p> <p>We are taking UCaaS to another level by integrating CPaaS into the collaboration experience. Our customers can actually embed Real-Time Communications capabilities using our Kandy Wrappers (<a href="https://www.kandy.io/lightweight-apps/visual-attendant">Visual Attendant</a>, <a href="https://www.kandy.io/lightweight-apps/truck-roll">Truck Roll</a>, <a href="https://www.kandy.io/lightweight-apps/live-support">Live Support</a>, etc.).  Wrappers can give businesses a modern way to connect to all the prospects browsing their website – without stopping to call an 800 number.  Instead of charging less, Kandy Wrappers offer a compelling way to add more value.</p> <p>We also changing the UC clients themselves, our Omni-client technology (combination of client containers, WebRTC and HTML5) gives service providers the ability to add web services inside of the UC client.  No room of developers or a massive professional services engagement, just the URL of your CRM or patient app or learning management app.  We don’t care if it’s the market leader or a home grown hack, either will work.  In fact, the more unique the application, the more organizations will appreciate our solution’s ability to integrate. Once it’s deployed, they won’t be leaving you to save $1 a month.</p> <p>Service providers and enterprise resellers can now create unique UC solutions that deliver higher-value capabilities that their competition just can’t match. It’s a simple way to add real-time communications capabilities to web-based business applications as well as converge UC and common business tools.</p> <p>I hope you can skip the race to zero and join me and my colleague Carlos Aragon for an informative Webinar titled, <a href="/webinar-ucaas-20-differentiate-and-protect-margins-cpaas"><strong><em>UCaaS 2.0: Differentiate and Protect Margins with CPaaS</em></strong></a><strong><em>,</em></strong> taking place October 12 at 11 am Eastern/10 am Central. Click <a href="http://go.genband.com/l/27332/2017-09-14/7t4fd2">here</a> to register for the Webinar.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-post-content"> <div class="block-region-post"><div data-block-plugin-id="block_content:6f8a3dde-bb84-4e12-ad2a-69765b6b89ad" class="block--cta_feature_simple"> <div class="container-fluid"> <div class="row wrapper-row" style="background-image: url('/sites/default/files/girlphone.jpg')"> <div class="container"> <div class="hidden-xs col-sm-6 bg-wrapper"></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6"> <div class="text-wrapper cta-large"> <h2 class="block-title lighter">Ask Us Anything!</h2> <p>Ribbon's team of professionals are ready to answer your questions,&nbsp;guide you to the right solution or help you with your network design.&nbsp;</p> <div class="cta-link"> <a href="https://go.pardot.com/l/27332/2018-01-08/841223i" target="_blank" class="mfp-iframe pardot-popup btn btn-primary">Let's Chat!</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 20:34:45 +0000 javaughn 12002 at https://ribboncommunications.com The NFV Revolution: Where do we Currently Stand? https://ribboncommunications.com/company/media-center/blog/nfv-revolution-where-do-we-currently-stand <div class="ribbon-two-column"> <div class="region region-pre-content"> </div> <div class="region region-top-content container"> <div class="block-region-top"><div data-block-plugin-id="sharethis_block"> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_facebook_hcount" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_twitter_hcount" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_linkedin_hcount" displayText="linkedin"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_googleplus_hcount" displayText="googleplus"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_email_hcount" displayText="email"></span> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-title-content container"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8"><div class="block-region-title"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:title"> <h1 class="page-header">The NFV Revolution: Where do we Currently Stand?</h1> </div> </div></div> <div class="col-md-4"><div class="block-region-title-sidebar"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:field_author"> <div class="block-content--author"> <div class="row"> <div class="image-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-img-champion field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/champions/bhatia_sanjay2_0.jpg?itok=9l4JPyiC" width="99" height="100" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> <div class="text-wrapper"> <h2 class="block-title-normal">Sanjay Bhatia</h2> <p class="purple">Vice President of Solutions Marketing and Strategy</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div></div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-main-content container"> <div class="block-region-main"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:field_date_release"> <div class="field field--name-field-date-release field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item">October 5th, 2017</div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><a href="/solutions/service-providers/network-functions-virtualization-nfv">Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)</a> was designed to help the telecom industry accelerate innovation and launch services quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively. This is done primarily by replacing hardware-centric equipment with cloud native and microservices approaches that allow key core and edge functionality to be virtualized in telecommunications networks.</p> <p>Along with increased service agility, these virtualized functions provide Communications Service Providers (CSPs) with the ability to seamlessly operate in a multi-vendor <a href="/partners/technology-partners">ecosystem</a> environment and offer improved security and operational efficiencies while leveraging cloud technologies.  The pressure to realize cost savings and drive revenues quickly while securing networks from an ever-expanding list of threats has been among the main forces driving the adoption of NFV.</p> <p>As service providers fight to maintain their dominance in the communications value chain, they must be more responsive to customer demands. This means being more efficient and quickly turning services up or down, optimizing traffic on their networks and introducing new, innovative services. NFV promises to help service providers bring about all of these benefits and more. The alternative is to risk losing customers to more agile competitors. </p> <p> </p> <article class="embedded-entity align-right"><img src="/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/it-person-server.jpg" alt="it-person-server.jpg" title="it-person-server.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></article><p>The transformation from hardware-based equipment to software is a journey that started many years ago by moving switching, security, and session management software sets into "software loads" that work brilliantly on <a href="/media-center/press-releases/genband-joins-intel-network-builders-program">Intel-based architecture</a>, or servers of the service providers' choice.</p> <p>While the transformation from "hardwired" and "big iron" networks to cloud-based, software-centric virtualized networks is challenging, some of the largest service providers in the world are already reaping the benefits of NFV.</p> <p>These benefits include networks being less expensive to operate, easier to maintain and providing more agility to build and deploy new services.  The NFV Revolution allows service providers to “upgrade the grid" and "replace the plumbing" in their networks while also providing IP services, <a href="/products/session-border-controllers">IP session management</a>, network security, <a href="/products/session-border-controllers/interconnect-sbc">network interconnection</a> and interoperability.</p> <p>For example, earlier this year du, a UAE-based service provider <a href="/media-center/press-releases/du-selects-genbands-nfv-session-border-controller-sbc-high-scale">deployed GENBAND’s NFV-based Session Border Controller</a> to enable industry leading interconnect capabilities and allow seamless connectivity between disparate communications networks, a first of its kind deployment in the Middle East.</p> <p>So where does the NFV Revolution stand now? Here are a few key trends that are currently driving this force:</p> <p>1. With provisioning of services (such as with vCPE) possible within seconds rather than hours, months, weeks, or even days, services can be launched immediately with connectivity <a href="https://www.kandy.io/">"embedded”</a>. This is a significant sea-change for our industry because connectivity can now be bundled with applications, and no longer considered a separate service.</p> <p>2. Because NFV networks are all software driven, the ability to see into these networks, understand their performance, and isolate issues is vastly improved. Network <a href="/products/management-analytics/genview-analytics">analytics</a> may one day be as easy and convenient as Google analytics for the web!</p> <p>3. Automation of certain network functions can be programmed, including adding Artificial Intelligence (AI) on the backend to "observe the network" based on policy, requiring fewer humans to manage "Network Operating Centers" which are giving way to Network Management Services. This is another great new revenue opportunity for CSPs as they approach their enterprise customers with new offerings (replacing "maintenance" and other revenue sources that are quickly evaporating).</p> <p>4. Far above and beyond operational improvements for the CSPs, the NFV Revolution will open up the floodgates for creativity and "digital agility" and the development of new services for consumers and enterprises, including in the exploding world of the <a href="https://www.kandy.io/solutions/internet-of-things-solutions">Internet of Things (IoT)</a>.</p> <p>5. Many service providers that we speak to are still figuring out how they want to approach this NFV Revolution. While some are simply looking to virtualize certain functions to leverage general purpose platforms in data centers, others are looking to fully embrace NFV to gain all of the benefits mentioned above and more. It is important that service providers know what their end objectives are and select the right partners to help get them there.</p> <p>The NFV Revolution means network design in the future may be as easy as spinning up Virtual Machines and launching new services in days or even hours – no longer taking us months or years. It is certainly an exciting time to be in this industry.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-post-content"> <div class="block-region-post"><div data-block-plugin-id="block_content:6f8a3dde-bb84-4e12-ad2a-69765b6b89ad" class="block--cta_feature_simple"> <div class="container-fluid"> <div class="row wrapper-row" style="background-image: url('/sites/default/files/girlphone.jpg')"> <div class="container"> <div class="hidden-xs col-sm-6 bg-wrapper"></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6"> <div class="text-wrapper cta-large"> <h2 class="block-title lighter">Ask Us Anything!</h2> <p>Ribbon's team of professionals are ready to answer your questions,&nbsp;guide you to the right solution or help you with your network design.&nbsp;</p> <div class="cta-link"> <a href="https://go.pardot.com/l/27332/2018-01-08/841223i" target="_blank" class="mfp-iframe pardot-popup btn btn-primary">Let's Chat!</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 05 Oct 2017 20:15:54 +0000 javaughn 11990 at https://ribboncommunications.com Are You Worried About Exploitation of the SS7 Network Infrastructure? https://ribboncommunications.com/company/media-center/blog/are-you-worried-about-exploitation-ss7-network-infrastructure <div class="ribbon-two-column"> <div class="region region-pre-content"> </div> <div class="region region-top-content container"> <div class="block-region-top"><div data-block-plugin-id="sharethis_block"> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_facebook_hcount" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_twitter_hcount" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_linkedin_hcount" displayText="linkedin"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_googleplus_hcount" displayText="googleplus"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_email_hcount" displayText="email"></span> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-title-content container"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8"><div class="block-region-title"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:title"> <h1 class="page-header">Are You Worried About Exploitation of the SS7 Network Infrastructure?</h1> </div> </div></div> <div class="col-md-4"><div class="block-region-title-sidebar"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:field_author"> <div class="block-content--author"> <div class="row"> <div class="image-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-img-champion field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/Dan%20Teichman.jpg?itok=z7EHE959" width="100" height="100" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> <div class="text-wrapper"> <h2 class="block-title-normal">Dan Teichman</h2> <p class="purple">Senior Product Marketing Manager, Ribbon</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div></div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-main-content container"> <div class="block-region-main"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:field_date_release"> <div class="field field--name-field-date-release field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item">October 5th, 2017</div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Early in my career (far too long ago for me to mention in public) I led a team responsible for Signaling System 7 (SS7) network planning. Our job was to design the best SS7 networks for our customers, focused on performance and cost. Security was not a concern back then because there was a short list of national carriers and limited staff at those service providers who had access to these networks.</p> <p>To be honest, not much changed in most of the intervening years for SS7 network design. Sure, we had to incorporate SIGTRAN and the movement toward IP and SMS texting got introduced. However, the real change was dealing with massive adoption of mobile services, cross-network roaming and authentication, increases in the number of service providers using SS7 networks, and the sheer volume of SS7 traffic. All of these changes added to the inherent risk of utilizing a poorly secured network. But, guess what? Security still was not a <em>real</em> concern. This is not to say it was an unknown issue, just mostly an ignored one.</p> <p>What it took to get more attention was a series of negative public events:</p> <ul> <li> <p>In 2014, a German security researcher named Karsten Nohl publicly demonstrated an SS7 hack that was readily accessible;</p> </li> <li> <p>In April of 2016, 60 Minutes took an earlier segment about SS7 network flaws, and re-broadcast it showing a real-time hack of a US senator’s phone, substantially raising the visibility of this in the US;</p> </li> <li> <p>A year later in April 2017, the Department of Homeland Security issued a report titled “Study on Mobile Device Security.” This report stated “all US carriers are vulnerable to SS7 exploits, resulting in risks to national security, the economy, and the Federal Government’s ability to reliably execute national essential functions.”; and</p> </li> <li> <p>In May of 2017, O2-Telefonica in Germany acknowledged an SS7 network attack that lead to customers having bank accounts broken into and emptied out.</p> </li> </ul> <p>Which brings us to two very recent events that are an indication of the increasing US government concern about the potential for SS7 networks to be exploited and how to prevent this from happening.</p> <p>First was the August 24 public notice issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) encouraging communications service providers to implement security countermeasures to prevent the exploitation of their SS7 network infrastructure. This FCC notice was issued to further raise concern that an SS7 network can (and will) be exploited to illegally gain subscriber information to conduct fraud and theft attacks. Read the official <a href="https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-17-799A1.pdf">FCC notice</a> yourself!</p> <p>The second was a September 14 letter from US Senator Ron Wyden to the CEOs of ATT, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, in which he gave them 30 days to answer 10 questions on how they were addressing SS7 network vulnerabilities. He also requested copies of threat assessment reports these companies would have received from security firms retained to conduct SS7 penetration tests. You can find the letter Senator Wyden wrote to ATT <a href="https://www.wyden.senate.gov/download/wyden-ss7-letter-to-att">here</a>.</p> <p>As a provider of SS7 network infrastructure, Sonus takes these security concerns very seriously. We have partnered with Cellusys to offer a joint solution that is designed prevent and mitigate the kinds of SS7 attacks described by the FCC and Senator Ron Wyden. Learn more about this innovative security offering <a href="https://ribboncommunications.com/solutions/service-provider-solutions/fixed/ss7-signaling">here</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-post-content"> <div class="block-region-post"><div data-block-plugin-id="block_content:6f8a3dde-bb84-4e12-ad2a-69765b6b89ad" class="block--cta_feature_simple"> <div class="container-fluid"> <div class="row wrapper-row" style="background-image: url('/sites/default/files/girlphone.jpg')"> <div class="container"> <div class="hidden-xs col-sm-6 bg-wrapper"></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6"> <div class="text-wrapper cta-large"> <h2 class="block-title lighter">Ask Us Anything!</h2> <p>Ribbon's team of professionals are ready to answer your questions,&nbsp;guide you to the right solution or help you with your network design.&nbsp;</p> <div class="cta-link"> <a href="https://go.pardot.com/l/27332/2018-01-08/841223i" target="_blank" class="mfp-iframe pardot-popup btn btn-primary">Let's Chat!</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:09:35 +0000 admin 15073 at https://ribboncommunications.com Sonus Helps UC a Future of Success with the Microsoft Phone System https://ribboncommunications.com/company/media-center/blog/sonus-helps-uc-future-success-microsoft-phone-system <div class="ribbon-two-column"> <div class="region region-pre-content"> </div> <div class="region region-top-content container"> <div class="block-region-top"><div data-block-plugin-id="sharethis_block"> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_facebook_hcount" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_twitter_hcount" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_linkedin_hcount" displayText="linkedin"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_googleplus_hcount" displayText="googleplus"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_email_hcount" displayText="email"></span> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-title-content container"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8"><div class="block-region-title"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:title"> <h1 class="page-header">Sonus Helps UC a Future of Success with the Microsoft Phone System</h1> </div> </div></div> <div class="col-md-4"><div class="block-region-title-sidebar"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:field_author"> <div class="block-content--author"> <div class="row"> <div class="image-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-img-champion field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/334_0_0.jpg?itok=dql_D-Au" width="87" height="84" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> <div class="text-wrapper"> <h2 class="block-title-normal">Jason Vancura</h2> <p class="purple">Marketing Communication Specialist, Ribbon</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div></div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-main-content container"> <div class="block-region-main"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:field_date_release"> <div class="field field--name-field-date-release field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item">October 4th, 2017</div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Today's businesses rely on Unified Communications (UC), to improve their day-to-day operations and enhance employee productivity. Moving voice to a data network and the cloud provides communication and collaboration synergies, but it brings new considerations regarding the security and performance of your network. Planning a successful migration can be the difference between a state-of-the-art UC implementation and a slow, unreliable security leak.</p> <p>So, what platform are enterprises using as they shift to UC?</p> <p><a href="https://www.sonus.net/press/sonus-delivers-secure-smart-and-simple-network-migration-microsoft-skype-business">In a recent announcement</a>, Irwin Lazar, vice president and service director of Nemertes Research stated, “according to Nemertes’ latest benchmark research, nearly 70% of organizations now use Microsoft Skype for Business collaboration and are increasingly adopting it for telephony. Meanwhile, of those who have adopted team chat apps, 35% are using Microsoft Teams, creating challenging deployment scenarios that mix on-premises and cloud applications.”</p> <p>Moreover, <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/25/microsoft-is-going-all-in-on-teams-and-plans-to-phase-out-skype-for-business/">Microsoft recently announced</a> that Teams will evolve as the core communications client for its cloud-connected users running Office 365.</p> <p>Lazar went on to state, “introducing new technology, combined with changes in the number and location of employees, force businesses to grapple with evolving deployment scenarios. Truly successful implementations require flexibility, so it’s smart for organizations to choose vendors that can adapt to fluctuating needs.”</p> <p>Learn how Sonus can help with your deployments at the UK’s largest community conference focusing on Skype for Business, Exchange, Office365, Azure and the Microsoft Cloud – <a href="http://www.ucday.co.uk/">UC and Cloud Day 2017</a>.</p> <p>At the show, Sonus’ Matt Hurst will <em>team</em> up with Microsoft MVP Tom Arbuthnot to discuss the advanced Microsoft Phone System topology considerations. In this session, attendees will learn how to optimize real-time media flows to give employees the best user experience while minimizing costs. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of various use cases that have regulatory and fiscal impacts. And Matt and Tom will share practical lessons from the field, highlighting topologies that drive customer adoption, increase security, and simplify the migration to the cloud.</p> <p>Get your <a href="https://ucday.circdata-solutions.co.uk/rfg/publish/UC17/">free UC and Cloud Day 2017 ticket</a> today and learn more about <a href="https://www.sonus.net/solutions/microsoft-skype-business">Sonus’ Microsoft offerings</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-post-content"> <div class="block-region-post"><div data-block-plugin-id="block_content:6f8a3dde-bb84-4e12-ad2a-69765b6b89ad" class="block--cta_feature_simple"> <div class="container-fluid"> <div class="row wrapper-row" style="background-image: url('/sites/default/files/girlphone.jpg')"> <div class="container"> <div class="hidden-xs col-sm-6 bg-wrapper"></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6"> <div class="text-wrapper cta-large"> <h2 class="block-title lighter">Ask Us Anything!</h2> <p>Ribbon's team of professionals are ready to answer your questions,&nbsp;guide you to the right solution or help you with your network design.&nbsp;</p> <div class="cta-link"> <a href="https://go.pardot.com/l/27332/2018-01-08/841223i" target="_blank" class="mfp-iframe pardot-popup btn btn-primary">Let's Chat!</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:10:02 +0000 admin 15071 at https://ribboncommunications.com The Inevitability of DevOps: The Biggest Benefit of Network Transformation is Service Transformation https://ribboncommunications.com/company/media-center/blog/inevitability-devops-biggest-benefit-network-transformation-service-transformation <div class="ribbon-two-column"> <div class="region region-pre-content"> </div> <div class="region region-top-content container"> <div class="block-region-top"><div data-block-plugin-id="sharethis_block"> <div class="sharethis-wrapper"><span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_facebook_hcount" displayText="facebook"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_twitter_hcount" displayText="twitter"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_linkedin_hcount" displayText="linkedin"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_googleplus_hcount" displayText="googleplus"></span> <span st_url="https://ribboncommunications.com/rss/blog" st_title="Our Blog" class="st_email_hcount" displayText="email"></span> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-title-content container"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8"><div class="block-region-title"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:title"> <h1 class="page-header">The Inevitability of DevOps: The Biggest Benefit of Network Transformation is Service Transformation</h1> </div> </div></div> <div class="col-md-4"><div class="block-region-title-sidebar"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:field_author"> <div class="block-content--author"> <div class="row"> <div class="image-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-img-champion field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail/public/carlos_aragon_144x142.jpg?itok=OpzTBqUj" width="100" height="99" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> <div class="text-wrapper"> <h2 class="block-title-normal">Carlos Aragon</h2> <p class="purple">Director of Kandy/Unified Communications Solution Marketing, Ribbon</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div></div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-main-content container"> <div class="block-region-main"><div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:field_date_release"> <div class="field field--name-field-date-release field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item">September 28th, 2017</div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:field_title"> <div class="field field--name-field-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Carlos Aragon, Director of Kandy/Unified Communications Solution Marketing, GENBAND</div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="entity_field:node:body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Development and operations teams are sprouting up in enterprises and businesses around the world, and while formal “DevOps” programs are still in the early phases, as our hyper-connected and hyper digital world calls for more and more software applications, many analysts suggest DevOps will be even more powerful than legacy IT in the future.</p> <p>In fact, entirely new categories of industries are forming around DevOps tools – for agile development and continual evolution of applications – and IT teams are using everything from Cloud Brokerage platforms to the spinning up of virtual private networks connecting clouds and applications to support DevOps teams as efficiently as possible.</p> <p>Efficiency and productivity have become extremely important as the era of digital business has moved from a gold rush in the development of business and mobile apps to a more mature phase where costs can no longer spiral out of control, even when creativity and innovation are flourishing.</p> <p>One of the great advantages of transformed networks, whether operator and service provider networks through <a href="/solutions/service-providers/network-functions-virtualization-nfv">Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)</a>, or business and enterprise networks through Software Defined Networking (SDN) is flexibility and agility – so DevOps initiatives can happen more readily once connectivity is managed through software platforms.</p> <article class="embedded-entity align-right"><img src="/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/hypster-office.jpg" alt="hypster-office.jpg" title="hypster-office.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></article><p>Stronger collaboration between developers and IT operations staff helps organizations accelerate the delivery of new services without compromising networks, and when DevOps, IT, and service providers work in concert with each other, performance and uptime can be dramatically enhanced. This matters through the entire process of building and rolling out applications – from prototyping to testing, to extended betas, to moving the app into general availability and then out into the customer base.</p> <p>These important stages can either be complex and costly, or they can be consciously evolved, with new types of policies and playbooks within enlightened businesses.</p> <p>Benefits of a solid DevOps and IT partnership, with transformed networks as a foundation?</p> <ul><li>Shorter development time with low or zero touch provisioning of network services</li> <li>Dramatically reduced maintenance tasks leaving more time for creativity and innovation</li> <li>Applications which are built from the ground up with policy and operational needs in mind</li> </ul><p>When implementing NFV and SDN, Communications Service Providers (CSPs) are moving to software-based network services and software-based innovation models to compose new services out of network elements, or, as in the case with our <a href="http://www.kandy.io/">Kandy</a> <a href="https://www.kandy.io/kandy-provides/kandy-wrappers">“Wrappers,”</a> they are able to simply purchase and implement applications and then customize them to work best within their business and technical environment.</p> <p>In addition to that, another recent trend has emerged to simplify those network services into smaller pieces called microservices, which are independent modules that support a specific functionality or business goal with a simple interface that allows it to interact with other sets of services. These microservices can run in their own isolated VMs and are easily provisioned, brought into service or deactivated. </p> <p>With NFV, SDN and microservices, network service creation takes the place of “network engineering,” and those formerly known as network engineers become network designers, creating networks for their apps. All of this, in a digitally transformed business, can be treated like software development, agile and efficient.</p> <article class="embedded-entity align-left"><img src="/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/office-worker.jpg" alt="office-worker.jpg" title="office-worker.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></article><p>Delivering working software to internal end users or to customers is so much easier and faster using network services spun up and living on NFV and SDN platforms.</p> <p>CSPs can create new services quickly through automation in cloud environments, versus having to set up servers and other physical devices. This makes development, testing, interop, integration, ecosystem solutions, APIs and so much more – so much easier.</p> <p>DevOps is becoming increasingly important in this transition and supported foundationally through NFV and SDN.</p> <p>A strong DevOps team, supported by a modern IT team, creates a tighter creation, testing, deployment and management lifecycle.  NFV and SDN allow for automation which can bring the service designers (the developers) closer to operations by allowing immediate deployment through orchestration tooling.</p> <p>This environment also makes rolling out all kinds of real-time communications services, like those we continually build and roll out on <a href="https://www.kandy.io/solutions/platform-solutions">Kandy</a>, easy to set up and start using in minutes or hours, not days, weeks or months.</p> <p>Bringing Agile IT and DevOps concepts together shortens the network service development lifecycle, enabling quick innovation, testing, versioning, and adaptions possible, and is the opposite of old-world operations in the “equipment-based” world. No longer burdened by rigid policy, change management, and layers of bureaucracy, “policy” can be baked into the software development and management process, liberating creativity.</p> <p>Managing the collaboration between customers, developers, DevOps teams, IT teams and all the “stakeholders” involved in rolling out new digital services presents an enormous opportunity for CSPs. We work with many of the world’s largest CSPs, and assist them in bringing our Kandy solutions to their customers, which makes their networks more valuable and deepens their relationships as not just “connectivity” providers but “creativity” providers.</p> <p>DevOps is not a technology, like <a href="/products/network-virtualization/virtual-network-functions">NFV</a> or SDN. It is a movement, and it is changing the way businesses, enterprises, governments, universities and others are changing the game.</p> <p>DevOps is not an old-fashioned, highly formalized set of operational processes and practices. Neither is it Agile Software Development, which has matured over the last two decades and could be seen as a precursor to DevOps.</p> <p>DevOps starts with a culture change, bringing together highly creative developers and highly responsible IT operations people. It continues by finding ways to turn “agile” into “automated” and is fueled by an enthusiasm for failing fast and providing fast-feedback as teams work together to build new digital services.</p> <p>Evolving networks with NFV and SDN is good but is it good enough? Services are “money.” And there will be no such thing in the future as the “18 Month Development Cycle.” Programmable services over programmable networks – this is the future.</p> <p>And DevOps benefits when networks are as easy to spin up as VMs, making the entire process of building and rolling out new services a snap.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="region region-post-content"> <div class="block-region-post"><div data-block-plugin-id="block_content:6f8a3dde-bb84-4e12-ad2a-69765b6b89ad" class="block--cta_feature_simple"> <div class="container-fluid"> <div class="row wrapper-row" style="background-image: url('/sites/default/files/girlphone.jpg')"> <div class="container"> <div class="hidden-xs col-sm-6 bg-wrapper"></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6"> <div class="text-wrapper cta-large"> <h2 class="block-title lighter">Ask Us Anything!</h2> <p>Ribbon's team of professionals are ready to answer your questions,&nbsp;guide you to the right solution or help you with your network design.&nbsp;</p> <div class="cta-link"> <a href="https://go.pardot.com/l/27332/2018-01-08/841223i" target="_blank" class="mfp-iframe pardot-popup btn btn-primary">Let's Chat!</a> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 15:49:37 +0000 javaughn 11973 at https://ribboncommunications.com