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    RADCOM made waves when it won the AT&T deal for its MaveriQ NFV network probing solutions to support AT&T Integrated Cloud in August 2016. Now the company appears to be making further inroads to global CSPs where incumbents Netscout and others have been installed for decades. The big driver for AT&T was cost reduction and […]

    The post RADCOM Winning Big Deals in the NFV/SDN Market appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    ETSI held the second NFV Plugtests in Sophia Antipolis January 2018. This is a good first step to help CSPs get more comfortable in deploying virtualization in their existing networks. The market adoption for NFV and SDN has been muted at best but we are beginning to see positive signs of something more than a […]

    The post NFV Plugtest a good first step but are we building another silo? appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    At this year’s MWC, for the first time, I began seeing tangible examples of properly designed NFV orchestration. They were tangible in the sense that real NFV suppliers were solving real customer (CSP) needs. They were further tangible in that the hand-waiving component was significantly reduced.  They were “properly designed” in the sense that they […]

    The post Cloud Native Orchestration: Signs of Progress from MWC appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    This major report builds on the foundation laid by our “Orchestration for Automation: 2018 Supplier Assessment”, and expands on the specific orchestration related methods that represent, in our opinion, Best Practices and worthy goals for any service provider (SP) or supplier to target.  These Best Practices focus on how to best achieve high degrees of […]

    The post Appledore Research publishes “Best Practices in Orchestration; Focus on Policy, Models, and On-boarding” appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    One of the interesting contrasts at the recent Layer123 Zero Touch Automation conference in Madrid was the juxtaposition of the work being undertaken by the ETSI Open Source MANO (OSM) project and the MEF Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) project; presented on the preliminary day of the conference. With its Madrid location OSM, and its key sponsor […]

    The post Will MEF LSO’s pragmatic scope be more likely to deliver benefit than OSM’s wider and visionary scope? appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    Appledore Research has released a major survey and market analysis covering the state of virtualization in telecom.  This report consolidates input from major service providers, NEPs/Suppliers, disruptive suppliers, and major “WebScale” players to distill objectives and best practices in our collective journey to cloud-native networks and operations. Our findings illuminate the substantial gap between objectives […]

    The post Appledore Research releases major research: cloud native industry survey and commentary appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    The highlight of the DTW 2018 event in Nice was the Bladerunner catalyst. This was notable in being a non Telco centric, dynamic and transient service. Most NFV products or proof of concepts still major on what are effectively variants of existing WAN or CPE products. The catalyst was about enabling a heavy machinary provider […]

    The post Jump in and innovate with customers appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    Since our first coverage of the “Telco Cloud”, Appledore Research has emphasized that this is a business model and economics shift, more than a technology shift. Technology is merely the enabler. This is why one of our earliest major research documents investigated “The Economics of Virtualized Networks” and noted that without product innovation and significant […]

    The post Preparing for an Agile Future: Agility is more than technology appeared first on Appledore Research.


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  • 09/14/18--03:55: Ciena crosses the Don River
  • Ciena’s acquisition of DonRiver is a positive development for the telco software market. It has the potential to accelerate legacy network transformation and to enable hybrid physical/software network operational coexistence. Combining DonRiver’s OSS federation capability and Ciena’s Blue Planet orchestration promise a strong management platform for the transformation of legacy networks and the enabling of...

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    Ericsson’s acquisition of CENX is not simply a “business” event, it promises to move forward Ericsson’s ability to execute an effective closed loop, and therefore automated healing, scaling and capacity management. It should come as no surprise to any regular reader of Appledore Research that we see great value in automation, and believe that elegantly...

    The post CENX Brings Ericsson the Secret Sauce for Closed Loop Automation appeared first on Appledore Research.


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  • 09/27/18--10:13: Welcome to the new website
  • Appledore Research are pleased to announce the launch of our new website and brand design. We hope you like it and look forward to your feedback. Over the last few months we have been working with our design team to make our website visually stronger, simpler to understand, simpler to navigate and to radically improve the...

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    I have been running regularly for over 20 years; ever since I realised that the plane, hotel, taxi lifestyle of a telco consultant was not conducive to a healthy body. Increasingly though, I have been experiencing problems with ankles, achilles heal and knees for which the only remedy seems to be less running. As the...

    The post CSPs need to change existing operational and business practice to achieve the benefits of software enabled networks. appeared first on Appledore Research.


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  • 10/15/18--01:24: NFV Market at a Crossroad
  • Patrick Kelly Layer 123 hosted their annual SDN NFV World Congress in The Hague last week. The event attendance was down from last year. We estimate that less than 1,000 stakeholders attended the event. Layer 123 event founders Robert Jones and Mark Lum sold the event organization to EuroMoney in May 2018. The event peaked...

    The post NFV Market at a Crossroad appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    Appledore Research is undertaking a major market place assessment of SDWAN solutions and vendors. As part of this initiative we are pleased to announce that the first two solution profiles for Nokia Nuage and Talaria are now available for purchase. Over the rest of the year we will be publishing the first market wide assessment...

    The post SDWAN market place assessment appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    In The Hague Netcracker announced its new Business Cloud solution, with a first announced customer Telefonica Mexico. Netcracker is supporting Telefonica Mexico in providing SDWAN solutions to its medium to large enterprise customers under the “NextWAN” product banner. Getting beyond “How many VNFs can dance on a pin?” Appledore believe this announcement is important because of...

    The post Netcracker point the way to a Telco cloud business model appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    Here’s the skinny: 5G will enable industrial automation, propel the next stage of world economic growth and productivity, improve standards of living, make industrial environments safer, and generate piles of money for NOKIA. Economic Data Showing Significant Productivity Deviations between the “Best and the Rest” Or that was the big theme of Nokia’s 2018 Global...

    The post NOKIA’s Global Analyst Forum – Saving the World with 5G appeared first on Appledore Research.


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  • 11/29/18--05:24: MycomOSI Sold to Inflexion
  • Inflexion has made its first purchase in the software automation domain with the purchase of MycomOSI. The addition of MycomOSI does not currently complement other portfolio companies in the Inflexion portfolio. Financial consideration was not disclosed. The Wall Street Journal has estimated the deal at USD 128 Million . MycomOSI develops and sells directly Automated...

    The post MycomOSI Sold to Inflexion appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    Recently I revisited a blog I wrote in 2015 (see below), prompted by Appledore’s attendance at SDN and NFV World Congress (see NFV Market at a Crossroad) Deja Vous all over again What surprised me in re-reading this was how little has changed in our industry in 3 years. 5G still seems to be primarily about...

    The post Why NFV should Lose the N – Another Bite appeared first on Appledore Research.


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    By: Patrick Kelly The network transformation from physical network functions to virtual network functions requires a fundamental design change in how application and services are tested and assured in a hybrid virtual network. Workloads will move dynamically to support cloud bursting, driving the need to scale the network in/out in dramatically shorter timeframes. Existing monitoring...

    The post Value of Virtual Probes in Closed Loop Automation appeared first on Appledore Research.


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