IoT, SDN and NFV at the Forefront of TM Forum Live! 2015
Thousands of technologists hoping to collaborate and gain more insight into IoT, SDN and NFV attended the 2015 TM Forum conference last week in Nice, France.
But even at a packed event, Brian Promes – SevOne’s Director of Product Marketing – said the event felt more intimate than most industry events he’s attended.
“Why? It’s the quality of the attendees. You can strike up a conversation with nearly anyone there – communication services providers, consultants, vendors or industry analysts – and quickly immerse yourself in discussion for an easy 15-to-20-minutes about how to approach the ever-changing digital business landscape that CSPs face today,” Promes said.
Last week, we looked to Twitter to see what everyone was talking about at TM Forum.. This week, we caught up with Promes to get a first-hand feel for what went down in Nice.
Promes said the most meaningful conversations were held in the TM Forum Catalyst Booth areas spread out in the Acropolis Convention Center. There, industry leaders worked together to solve the emerging issues from Big Data OSS Analytics to Multi-Cloud Orchestration and Monitoring.
“SevOne was there, working with other industry leaders from Cisco, Microsoft and others to help the marketplace begin to understand how people, process and technology can begin to work together to solve the challenges of the digital business landscape,” Promes said.
The conference centered on IoT, NFV, SDN, business innovation, digital operations and customer analysis. But Promes said many conversations went beyond the prescribed topics.
“One of the common themes in conversations I had wasn’t just about technology like SDN, NFV, and IoT – it was how next generation systems need to be designed to handle automated, rapid change of scale,” he said. “And not just the scale of customers today, but the scale of the next – whatever that next is.”
Change on the horizon
Another hot topic at the conference centered on communications service providers, Promes said. They are used to dealing with automation at scale, as they operate some of the largest, most complex delivery networks available.
But as SDN and NFV-based environments move from lab to production, the people, process, and technology at their disposal must all deal with the potential for rapid change and elasticity of service delivery. This dynamic will require products and technology to work together, with interdependent parts.
For example, how will an infrastructure monitoring system know that a new virtual service has been deployed on behalf of a tenant? It will require the virtual service controller and infrastructure monitoring system to communicate with each other in real time as new service are instantiated, modified or terminated.
But how will the virtual service controller know how the service they have deployed is performing, especially when the service is running across a large multi-vendor based infrastructure? For this, virtual service controllers will need to query infrastructure monitoring systems, or have the monitoring systems share this information back directly with control layers and orchestration systems.
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