2014 - The Year That SDN & NFV Demonstrate Their Value
With much hype and promise, Software-Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualisation are ready to be examined with an eye on reality.
A full range of foundation protocols, substrate layers, high-level architectures, orchestration models, standards, open-source projects and vendor solutions have been instigated across the industry - driven by huge pressure on costs and an explosion of new customer demands, that simply cannot be met by today's networking model.
Carriers around the globe have rapidly escalated projects from R&D to trial stages and beyond - the opportunity for business transformation, cost savings and new applications revenue is real.
The SDN World Congress offers the principal opportunity to examine developments, debate the issues and showcase the reality of SDN and NFV - and promises to be another milestone occasion for the whole market - carriers, data centres and enterprises.
Take your opportunity to join over 1,300 SDN, NFV and OpenFlow industry leaders, first users and solution innovators at the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress in October 2014. Europe's principal SDN and NFV knowledge exchange has expanded greatly since its inception in 2012, as has the SDN World Exhibition, where you will find new solutions and experts from over 60 suppliers.
Layer123 thanks Co-Host the Open Networking Foundation and Host Operator Deutsche Telekom for their committed support once more in 2014, and all partners, sponsors, activists and delegates to the World Congress.
NEW FOR 2014!
- The first Open Networking Foundation SDN Solutions Showcase
ONF member companies and their customers from around the world will demonstrate SDN solutions in a centrally-located Pavilion.
Organised by the Open Networking Foundation, the ONF SDN Solutions Showcase will feature: multi-vendor live demonstrations, including applications and operators, informational briefings, white paper releases, special announcements and a drinks reception.
- The first ETSI NFV PoC ZONE
Layer123 and ETSI have partnered to organise the first ETSI NFV PoC ZONE. It will be the largest Showcase of NFV to be gathered in one place - no fewer than 12 Proof-of-Concepts officially accepted by the NFV ISG will be demonstrated.
Don Clarke, Chair of the ETSI NFV Network Operator Council said: "The ETSI NFV PoC ZONE is an important opportunity to gauge industry prowess on NFV implementation and to interact with the PoC participants to discuss their results, learn about the challenges they faced and what they see as the next steps for NFV implementation".
- The first Virtual Broadband Forum
Virtual CPE functionality, including vBRAS, vCGNAT, vDHCP, vBNG are top use-cases for NFV at the world's largest service providers. This dedicated Forum will bring the reality of applications, standards, trials and PoCs into sharp focus.
"Telefónica sees the implementation of SDN and NFV technologies as a factor of our network infrastructure development strategy; we expect this technology will enable us to implement rollouts in a more flexible and reliable way coupled with low operating costs."
NFV FORUM - endorsed by ETSI as Forum Partner
Carriers are looking to leverage SDN and NFV to help them consolidate many network equipment types onto industry-standard high-volume servers, switches and storage, thus providing a new network production environment which lowers cost, raises efficiency and increases agility. The NFV project was launched by a group of Tier 1 carriers, including BT, NTT, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, KDDI and others, at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress in Darmstadt in October 2012 and reached its first anniversary in Bad Homburg, October 2013. Come and find out how NFV is progressing and what impact it will have on your business, direct from the project leadership.
FUTURE ENTERPRISE NETWORK - led by Current Analysis
Current Analysis and Layer123 presented the first Enterprise SDN Forum at the World Congress in 2013. Current Analysis and its invited speakers wil debate best practice methodologies for both setting up proof-of-concepts and preparing for the production roll-out of an SDN architecture within the enterprise environment. >> More details
Mobile SDN & NFV Forum, the dedicated Network & Transport SDN Forum and the SDN Cloud & Datacentre Forum. Oversubscribed in 2012 and 2013, Layer123 has secured an even larger space for both the Congress and Exhibition for 2014.
NFV WORLD SHOWCASE - organised by EANTC
NFV World Showcase demonstrates the path towards NFV operationalisation – verifying instantiation and provisioning, dynamic resource portability and elasticity. Use-cases and applications are aligned with the ETSI NFV ISG framework and taking into account practical priorities of leading carriers. As well as public demonstration of the use-cases, EANTC reported the Showcase configuration and created an industry state-of-the-art white paper. Both Layer123 and EANTC are participating members of the ETSI NFV ISG. >> More details
Service & content providers, network & data centre operators and enterprise customers (no vendor organisations, please) can gain access to the World Congress free of registration fees, by agreeing to participate in the on-site knowledge exchange activities. >> More details