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Cloud native applications & NFVI evolution: a Roadmap webinar briefing

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Cloud native applications & NFVI evolution

I love 5G and NFV as you know, I live and breathe Telco and Mobile and Enterprise Mobility on a daily basis (some might say 24 hours a day), and as one of the hats I wear professionally is that of market analyst, I am constantly watching all aspects of this complex and rapidly evolving market and the positive impact it is having on existing as well as new and emerging business models.

In doing so, being kept up to date by some of the biggest brands in the world is critical. Being party to Ericsson Digital’s digitalisation journey has been nothing short of amazing and I am continuously humbled and grateful for the inside view they afford me.

Jonas Falkena &Tamas Zsrios talk about Ericsson Mobility Report

An example of that was when I had the pleasure of having Cecilia Atterwall (VP & Head of Marketing & Communications for Networks at Ericsson) and Thomas Noren (VP & Head of 5G Commercialisation at Ericsson), on my podcast as featured guests on the same show together, to talk about the latest data from the Ericsson Mobility Report, all things 5G Marketing & Commercialisation, the Telco industry, the emergence and impact of 5G.

As I have regularly reported to my followers, readers, listeners and viewers, in blogs, podcasts, video interviews and live streams combined, Ericsson have not only transformed their *own* organisation first, such that I have regularly described Ericsson as being “their own first customer”, but they had the foresight and objectivity to be able to document what the journey looks like, from end to end, “closing the loop” as I like to describe it – to pull it apart and put it back together from the telecommunications (telco) service provider’s perspective. That’s nothing short of amazing. 

And at the same time, Ericsson are playing a key thought leadership role in supporting #CloudNative and #OpenSource, an endeavour I recently discussed at length with Gareth Price, Practice Head, for Europe & Latin America across Core, Cloud & Security Consulting at Ericsson when he was a featured guest on my podcast show ( be sure to tune into that episode of Conversations with Dez for the insights we shared during that fireside chat ).

It takes enormous strength and company-wide fortitude to stare into the exciting but largely unmapped and unknown future and develop a strategy, supporting plans, and roadmap to lead and inspire an industry and the various related markets. It takes surviving the potential minefield of digital transformation, industry disruption, the pivot from physical, through virtual and then into cloud in the form of software defined “everything.” And THEN, as part of that journey,  to be able to develop awareness, education, and engagement such that you can encourage an entire community to adopt change and then undertake the work to build forward into it? That is exactly what Ericsson have done, and are still doing. 

With the support and strength of Ericsson’s leadership, we will ALL manifest what #Digital has to offer #Telco’s in the way of #5G and beyond, and the harmonious, transparent, collaborative approach will deliver results far greater than any singularly profit-motivated strategy ever could. I had the opportunity to have Anders Rosengren, Head of Architecture and Technology at Ericsson Digital Services on my podcast show to discuss a number of these exciting spaces from Cloud, Cloud Native, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, through to Software Defined Infrastructure (#SDI).

Thus it is with all of  this in mind, that through this blog, I have the great pleasure of sharing and responding to the insights shared by two of the world’s most formidable #5G & #Cloud Native architecture experts in this space, Jonas Falkenå and  Tamas Zsiros of Ericsson Digital.

I not only encourage you to register and take in their awesome webinar format update and briefing, but I would recommend you schedule time in your diary to do it justice, and tune into their webinar briefing, ideally bring a friend or colleague / co-worker or two ( or three or more ) and arm yourself with a notepad and pen to “take notes”, perhaps “host it” as a team activity in a meeting room, as it’s not often we get to hear so many great updates directly from the architects themselves.

On a related note, I actually had the pleasure of having Jonas on my podcast show for of my one-on-one fireside chats, this one about many of the key topics this webinar briefing covers; you can listen to that conversation here.

If you’ve tuned in to any of my podcasts with Ericsson’s other Cloud Native thought leaders, you’ll find those conversations to be great footing for this latest webinar briefing from Jonas Falkenå and Tamas Zsiros.

In particular I do recommend you tune into my conversations with Anders Rosengren and Peter Worndle. In fact, digitalisation is a constant throughout my Transmissions from Tomorrow themed podcast shows featuring many of the amazing subject matter experts from Ericsson. Also make sure to read the series of blogs I wrote in response to Ericsson’s NFV thought leadership, as you’ll get a more architecture-first perspective there.

Ericsson has built an entirely digital, largely cloud-native architecture centred on automation, a topic I had the opportunity to discuss with Fernanda Mendez, Vice President and Head of Management Orchestration & CENX at Ericsson as a featured guest on my podcast recently – in particular the automation provided by Ericsson’s Dynamic Orchestration, Cloud Deployment Engine & Ericsson Orchestrator.

Going digital creates speed; going cloud native creates scale; going open source creates giga-scale. It’s this software-driven environment that makes network slicing possible, which in turn opens up an incredible array of business opportunities for enterprise-specific services, so long as you have a digitized business system (BSS) to monetise the new business cases and a dynamic orchestration operations systems (OSS), which Ericsson has built as well. These capacities together form the digital infrastructure that creates what at the surface we call 5G. 

What are Cloud Native Applications

In this latest webinar briefing  by  Jonas and Tamas, they focus on the applications themselves and their transformation to Cloud Native, and as well as how the cloud infrastructure and APIs need to evolve in support (as indeed, they do). It’s an engineer’s perspective framed by guiding principles (they have five) and essential building blocks (Kubernetes). As they remind us, “a cloud native application has to be agnostic to the underlying infrastructure,” be it IaaS or Kubernetes CaaS.

Image: The cloud native design principles guiding Ericsson Digital

So why would Ericsson share this kind of window into their engineering principles? Because they are working very hard to bring us all along on the transformation journey. Whether you’re an engineer or are business-decision focused, I recommend tuning into this briefing by Jonas and Tamas, it’s truly a back door view into how these architectures are being built. As they say, “if you understand the core principles, you understand not just the deliverables of the moment but what we’re building for tomorrow”.

Here are some of the key reference materials I mentioned above, all are worthy of your time and attention in my humble opinion. I would also like to convey a huge thank you to the team at Ericsson for making all of possible and I look forward to sharing further updates with you soon.

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What can we expect from Huawei? Innovation, 5.5G and much more.

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At this week’s Win-Win·Huawei Innovation Week, in a keynote speech entitled “Innovation, Lighting up the 5.5G Era”, David Wang set out the next evolution of 5G technology, which the company terms 5.5G. He also laid out an industry innovation roadmap for the next five to ten years.

“Looking ahead to 2025, the sheer diversity and magnitude of network service requirements will create huge new market potential,” said Wang. “We’re here to discuss these opportunities with operators and industry partners, and explore the innovations we need to help pave the way for 5.5G.”

First proposed by Huawei at the 11th Global Mobile Broadband Forum in 2020, 5.5G has more recently been supplemented by F5.5G (or fixed 5.5G) this April at the Huawei’s Global Analyst Summit (see Elnion’s coverage of the event).

A wealth of new requirements will raise the bar for next-generation ICT infrastructure

According to Wang, new developments in digital technology need to support a truly real-time, engaging, and more immersive experience in the digital world, and gradually make a 10 Gbps network experience available everywhere on the planet.

On the industrial front, digitalisation has already entered the fast lane. AI will be fully integrated into enterprise production processes, and the size of the 5.5G IoT market will grow rapidly. Collaboration between robots and people in complex scenarios will impose greater requirements on next-generation industrial field networks.

Currently, bottlenecks in computing, such as memory walls, unbalanced utilisation of data center resources, and low energy efficiency, are hindering the rise of new computing demand. To address these challenges, Huawei is looking to help the industry needs innovate at the architecture and system levels to boost computing supply.

Six features of 5.5G – New value for digital life and development

The first is a 10 Gbps user experience. 5.5G will deliver a 10 Gbps experience through MIMO technology that boasts larger bandwidth, higher spectrum efficiency, and higher-order modulation. With next-generation technologies like FTTR, Wi-Fi 7, 50G PON, and 800G, F5.5G will bring a 10 Gbps experience everywhere.

At the event, Wang proposed Net5.5G for the first time, defining the evolution of IP networks to meet the rising demand for computing power by intelligent applications. “As digitalisation takes hold, intelligent applications will see large-scale commercialisation and computing resources will be located across multiple clouds,” said Wang. “Enterprises need to make use of computing power from multiple clouds at lower costs, with greater agility and flexibility. To this end, we need to keep innovating based on IPv6 to help the industry thrive. This is why we proposed Net5.5G.”

Second, the business scope will go beyond connectivity. 5.5G will go beyond connectivity to include sensing, which will result in a wealth of new scenarios and applications. Wireless sensing and fiber sensing technologies will be used in vehicle-road collaboration and environment monitoring. Passive IoT will integrate cellular and passive tag technologies to create 100 billion potential connections. 5.5G core networks will redefine architectures and foundational technologies to enable new service scenarios, such as industry private networks, industrial field networks, and new calling.

Third, diversified computing will enable diversified applications. In the 5.5G era, computing architectures will be redefined to increase computing efficiency by 10-fold through chip engineering and full peer-to-peer interconnection architectures.

Fourth, data-centric storage will break through existing limits in storage architecture. Future storage will improve storage performance by 10-fold through data-centric hardware and software architecture and diversified data application acceleration engines.

Fifth, full-stack AI native will make L4 highly autonomous driving networks (ADNs) a reality. ADNs have become a common goal of the industry. Full-stack AI native, from network elements to networks and services, will accelerate breakthroughs in ADN technology. The results of new innovation, such as compression algorithms for hundreds of network indicators and unknown fault identification by AI foundation models, will be widely applied in the 5.5G era.

Lastly, developments in green technology and system-level innovation will increase energy efficiency. The ITU-T has adopted Network Carbon data/energy intensity (NCIe) as the unified energy efficiency metric to guide the industry’s green development roadmap. Huawei has developed innovative solutions for green sites, green networks, and green operations to increase network capacity and cut energy consumption per bit. These solutions will empower operators in the 5.5G era.

“As we move towards the 5.5G era, all industry players need to work together to bring standards to maturity and cultivate a thriving industry,” said Wang. He proposed three recommendations to conclude his speech.

  • The industry needs to work closely together to define the vision and roadmap for 5.5G.
  • The industry should define technology standards within the standards frameworks set by 3GPP, ETSI, and ITU.
  • All industry players should work together to promote a thriving industry ecosystem by incubating more use cases and accelerating digital, intelligent transformation.

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Next-Gen Networks & 5G, Facilitating Enterprise Business Transformation

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Enterprise Business Transformation

The prospective industrial network is taking the same route as that of Operations Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT). Varying from WAN and LAN, holding a third-party network to outsource cloud-based SaaS solutions via public clouds.

Presently, the sole aim of most organisations is to acquire real Business Operations Transformation while acquiring more significant business concessions, ROI from network technologies acquisitions, and services sustaining their business core.

Perhaps I can witness the enterprise IT transformation, as the businesses have been continually developing systems, indulging in crafting designs, plans and following the trial and error to roll out Private Converged enterprise networks, with a motive to leverage 5G in particular, regardless of their size and shape. 

But what’s unfortunate is the challenges the enterprise business transformation has brought along due to a lack of experience and skills. This frequently leads the HR departments of the enterprises to struggle while sourcing in-house expertise and understanding of digital enterprise transformation networks. As a result, the challenges bind them to bring those powers to their organisations from the market for a Partner of Choice. 

The difficulties enterprises face when embracing and operating consolidated digital enterprise transformation networks, and 5G solutions are the expertise, as these aren’t their core business. Instead, they ought the suited technology and telecoms counterpart to function with to yield flourishing results.

I recently hosted and mediated a live-stream discussion featuring two globally leading telecom executives, Aashu Virmani, Vice President & Client Partner, Communications, Cyient, and Ray Achemedei, General Manager, Technology & Digital Transformation. Horizon Power, for Cyient, titled CXO Cyience – Designing Networks of Tomorrow.” 

Our conversation was near and around the emerging transition in converged networks as enterprise IT transformation by assembling their own remote converged networks. Our discussion also covered some of their distinctive insights and stances on conceiving a savvy infrastructure. 

Though there wasn’t much that we could cover in our short conversation, after concluding our live stream, I realised that there were two major takeaway points that I believed needed to be heightened for you people. So here are two essential highlights I brought away from our live-stream event and what Aashu and Ray had to articulate on each matter when I requested them both to confer on them.

Takeaway #1

Early adopters witness prospects for instantaneous triumphs, and early adopter yields from Next-Generation Networks mainly fused personal networks across firms, which are usually prepared to leverage 5G, are flaring up prospects on multiple fronts, resulting in the advancement of creative business prototypes as new use cases for Customer and Business conditions arise.

I’m witnessing an inflated number of prospects for corps to attain influential Enterprise Business Transformation via Next Generation Networks by embracing new functioning models and use cases that access the technology that enables consolidated and Next Generation Networks.

Undoubtedly, this was conferred in profundity during our live-stream affair. Still, I felt there was more that my ace visitors could convey, so I contacted Ray and Aashu Virmani and requested them to elaborate the topic with instances of where they are witnessing possibilities for both prompt victories and early adopter returns. So here is what they had to state:

“Cyient is internally organised across ten industry verticals, from Communications to Utilities, Mining, Rail, Aerospace, and Medical – just to name a few. Within the past six months, we’ve seen over a dozen of our clients, with whom we were previously engaged for their vertical-specific use cases, start initiatives around communications and developing their own private networks — all in the context of their own enterprise transformation. More and more, we are recognizing internally how our Communications business is fast becoming ‘horizontal’ across all of our other verticals when it comes to private networks. We are simultaneously engaging with our CSP customers to help them develop and expand their implementation practices around offering private networks to their enterprise accounts.”, Aashu Virmani, Vice President & Client Partner, Communications, Cyient.

“Quick wins are a great and important way to prove out and demonstrate the value of next-generation network investments, and certainly in the space we occupy there is no shortage of examples. For example, five years ago, we installed advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) to underpin our Smart Grid goals and objectives. Initially, we used it to collect, send, and analyse consumer energy consumption data. Since then, we’ve leveraged the same data sets to automatically detect neutral integrity issues. Looking to tomorrow, we want to leverage the abilities of our AMI infrastructure to self-heal, support demand-side DER management, and enhance energy efficiency.”, Ray Achemedei, General Manager, Technology & Digital Transformation, Horizon Power.

Takeaway #2

The content of architecture industries can currently think when enforcing personal networks persists in flaring up assertive new prospects for enterprise business transformation. Multiple believed the things of telcos & carriers are now obtainable to enterprise consumers across the range.

The emphasis now is not solely to construct it correctly the foremost time, but likewise, construct it ‘intelligently’ so that process & administration evolves actually and efficiently.

Corps have become ever more critical to find the best probable Partner of Choice to defend them to accomplish such transformative developments. But, unfortunately, it is not usually the core business for most institutions to enforce, function, or drive Next Generation Networks.

Similarly, I conferred this extensively with my visitors during our live-stream event. Still, I desired to proffer my ace visitors the chance to convey more on this. So I requested them to elaborate the topic with instances where they witness prospects. So here is what they had to convey:

“When it comes to intelligent network architectures, an important learning for us was that it’s not simply a case of one size fits all. If you focus on your use cases, then the right architecture/s become apparent. Once we resolved that, it was exciting to see other opportunities emerge. For example, in our case we started by looking at a use case that supported our Operational requirements, however, we subsequently realised that the architecture that emerged from this, offered support for a wide range of use cases we hadn’t considered that sat outside of our Operations group and that these particular use cases offered us the potential to develop a significant new revenue stream. In an environment where there is considerable pressure on costs and revenues, opportunities such as this are game-changing.”, Ray Achemedei, General Manager, Technology & Digital Transformation, Horizon Power.

“Developing the right architecture for a private network depends on the eventual use case (or cases) the customer is attempting to solve, and which of the following six criteria are most important drivers: coverage, latency, density, QoS, security, and cost. The right architecture, and which OEMs we use for the customer depends on which variables we are attempting to optimise, and can range between being an extension and densification of the CSP network at the enterprise premises, to being a completely air-gapped stand-alone network owned and managed by the enterprise, to a hybrid between these two extremes. The important thing to realise is that no two networks are equal because the business problem for a mining customer may be drastically different from that of a manufacturing plant owner. Having an understanding of various industry verticals gives us an advantage when it comes to tailoring a solution that is optimal for a customer.”, Aashu Virmani, Vice President & Client Partner, Communications, Cyient.

What I can conclude from what I was able to absorb and comprehend based on my prior knowledge about the related topic and the insights I received from our hearty discussion is that it is time to act as those waits are surely going to miss the opportunities that early adopters and next-gen network embracers are going to avail cause of begin, not just early but skilful birds.

Besides, please do listen via the link below if you haven’t already tuned into the exclusive panel conversation I had with Ray and Aashu. I look ahead to resuming this discussion with Ray, Aashu, and the crew at Cyient in the future.

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Enterprise Mobility Solutions, is your business ready to admire itself?

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Enterprise Mobility Solutions

The pandemic has not only affected healthcare but also has left businesses across the globe struggling in this practically completely altered world that’s boasted with new technologies. Where the tech was just an add on to enterprise mobility solutions for a few, for others, it emerged as an essential enabler for all aspects of their business. Irrespective of the size and importance of tech in past business, we all can relate to the fact that the future of business will be mobile.  

Recently I had a chance to talk to Jason Inskeep, Director, 5G Centre of Excellence at AT&T Business, and share a divine conversation on mobile solutions for enterprise. We spoke on an array of related topics starting right from the scope of changing service function to how 5G will change business and the share of AT&T in it. 

Understanding mobility in the context of Industry 4.0 and COVID-19

COVID-19 has practically changed the way we used to comprehend tech. It has certainly shown us we did rather underestimate its potential. The traditional definition has been eradicated through mobility in use cases. The need of having remote-first workers be connected securely to fetch immediate help to first responders has shifted the connectivity paradigm. 

Software-defined networks had supported us in fulfilling those commitments shown stability in trading with the hasty shift in behaviors and magnitude upsurge when we were in dire need of it.

Further, the inherent resilience and security built into the networks are growing stronger with each passing day. Now we are moving towards finding a solution that would help bridge the securities embedded in different technologies. 

But there’s likewise the subsequent level of a prospect to promote business opportunities while mitigating risks near the ‘welding points’ of data flow – not only into endpoints but likewise in how the edge is connecting.

AT&T Mobility Solutions

Encouraging mobile and secured networking that can be adapted and mounted as per use case

AT&T mobility solutions are devised to bear the idea of enterprise-grade security past the confines of the workplace and furnish them at the point-of-need – wherever business is transpiring. So, irrespective of your location, mobile networking solutions are prepared to furnish the speed, latency, and protection you ought, not just for seamless connectivity but decision-making on the motion in a vibrant environment, where circumstances develop and transform around you every moment.

Best way to enforce 5G? Ignore the G!

Customers are required to unlearn the ‘G’ and consider networking in terms of ‘the journey of the data packet’ to prepare an optimal consumer experience. 

As Jason puts it, “The good news is that the software is virtually ready to handle anything you throw at it. That’s also the bad news.” This implies its upto us to craft new paths and mitigates risks for an optimal 5G consumer experience. 

Use cases will determine the technology instead of the other way round

The potential of 5G is virtually limitless. What’s limiting us is our hesitation to embrace another iteration of networking. The need of the hour is for enterprises to comprehend 5G – not just from a technical viewpoint but operational or a financial standpoint of businesses. 

The continuum of command has developed for businesses, and with the commoditization of the scope, there is a possibility of paralysis by analysis. The trick is to remain calm and embrace the right way to upscale your business!

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