SDN Precon Presenter Overture Launches Foreign Language Microsites

By Paula Bernier August 23, 2013

Overture has unveiled Spanish and German language microsites to better serve its global customer base, the company announced earlier this week.

The launch of the microsites correspond with what the company says are “a globally expanding interest in Overture’s Carrier Ethernet solutions” and the company’s Ensemble Open Service Architecture (Ensemble OSA) for bringing software-defined services to the metro edge.

“We want to ensure we provide the latest and most detailed information about emerging technologies and how they relate to Overture solutions and products both in English and the languages spoken in regions where our products are used,” said D. Mark Durrett, director of marketing at Overture. “The microsites will help us connect directly with our customers and prospects, service providers and network operators.”

As reported yesterday by NFVZone, Overture this week also announced that Durrett will be among the featured speakers at Monday’s SDN Precon at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Durrett will present Aug. 26 on the 1:45 p.m. session titled “NFV & SDN.” In this session, moderated by Frost & Sullivan analyst Ronald Gruia, panelists will first offer brief presentations and then be involved in an interactive discussion about the difference between NFV and SDN, who’s doing what with each now, and what it all means to enterprises, vendors and service providers.

Other panelists on the “NFV & SDN” session are Travis Russell, technologist-strategic marketing, Tekelec; Lori MacVittie, senior technical marketing manager, F5 Networks; Prasad Vellanki, CEO, OneConvergence; and Charlie Ashton, vice president of marketing & business development, 6WIND.

NFV has to do with virtualizing specific aspects of the network related to functions like deep packet inspection and the HSS, as two examples. This enables service providers to benefit from the cost savings in industry standard servers and allows them to more quickly introduce new services and capabilities from such infrastructure.

SDN is an architecture that separates the control and data planes of the network and automatically looks at flows in the network, understanding the requirements of those different flows and using the network to provide those flows with the appropriate bandwidth and other network resources. This applications-first networking mindset is a significant change from how networks are designed and work today. It takes the traditional siloed approach to networking and effectively lays it on its side.

Edited by Alisen Downey

Executive Editor, TMC

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