Capacity Europe 2018 is set to bring together more than 2,500 senior-level delegates from 650+ companies spanning more than 90 countries worldwide. As the largest carrier event in Europe, Capacity Europe is the unmissable annual meeting for carriers, data centres, IXPs, ISPs, cloud & content providers.
One of the transformation drivers in the carrier domain and major topic on the event is Software Defined Networking. SDN applied on the optical layer is the enabler of carrier automation, zero-touch and above all the simplification and efficiency of optical backbone networks.
Combined with L1 DWDM encryption it provides network operators a single encryption solution addressing all client types and protocols end-to-end with 100% throughput and low latency.
Guy Matthews, associate editor: “The wholesale telecoms sector is not immune from the change sweeping the market for ICT services. Carrier networks cannot afford to be bottlenecks of legacy practices while, all around them, from start-up tech unicorns to content providers, scale up to exploit new services in areas like the cloud, IoT and big data. The power of software is integral to all this change, and carriers must embrace software-defined networking (SDN) to stay relevant.
There are signs that SDN is starting to transform the wholesale ecosystem, and they are long overdue, argues Carl Roberts, chief commercial officer of carrier Epsilon. “I see SDN as the gateway to the future and really freeing networking from a legacy mindset,” he says. “It is creating new opportunities in our business and removing the limits on what a networking business can be.” Others see a sector in the early and tentative stages of this process. “Are we seeing a significant change? In pockets, yes,” says Ravi Palepu, global head of telco services at consulting firm Virtusa. “Most wholesalers have been on an SDN journey for at least a year or two now. But use cases are not across the board.”
There are “some areas of the carrier business where we’re seeing more activity than others, such as the data centre or in on-demand networks”, he says. “Enterprises now want their network services on demand. But they are not always getting that with other types of service, for example security.”
The challenge, says Palepu, is that too many wholesalers are still carrying so much legacy baggage. “You can’t just switch to a virtual stack just like that. It’s very difficult, and has to be gradual,” he explains. “Customers don’t always have the appetite to wait years though.”
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