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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...

    The post Ciena crosses the Don River appeared first on Appledore Research.


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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...

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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...

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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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    Fail fast and fail often The announcement by Ericsson of the complete write down of its next generation BSS “Revenue Manager” and a refocus on its legacy BSS did not surprise us. Ericsson deserve credit for biting the bullet and effectively discontinuing “Revenue Manager”, even if it’s possibly two years late. Appledore believe that the lessons...

    The post Learning from the failure of Ericsson Revenue Manager appeared first on Appledore Research.