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Carriers Can Leverage Big Data, NFV & SDN to Contend with Viral Internet Events

By Paula Bernier December 08, 2015

An article posted by SecurityWatch this week talks about the wildly popular YouTube video of Adele singing “Hello” and how unexpected viral videos like this could degrade other services – such as Internet-based home video monitoring services, like those offered by AT&T and Comcast.

Author Chris Purdy, who is CTO of CENX, in the piece on the New Zealand security and threat news website, suggests that such potential service degradation can be avoided by leveraging big data analytics to figure out in real time what’s happening on the network and how to address it. The data gathering to allow that, he adds, can be enabled by network functions virtualization of a software-defined network.

“The goal,” Purdy explains, “is to assure reliable service delivery by instrumenting the network using NFV, and gathering a lot of data. Big data analysis not only alerts the service provider of real-time problems with actionable intelligence, but [it] then enables the network operations staff to make instant decisions about the proper reaction across a service path that includes both physical and virtual network functions.”

He goes on to say that service providers and their infrastructure suppliers are already piloting thing kind of thing.

CENX sells a solution called the Cortx Service Orchestrator that gives service providers like the telcos visibility of network utilization, performance metrics, and service topology so they can manage quality of service.

The network functions virtualization and software-defined market is poised to grow at a 86 percent compound annual growth rate to reach $2 billion this year and more than $45 billion five years from now. Infonetics Research says the NFV hardware, software, and services market will reach $11.6 billion in 2019, up from $2.3 billion this year.

“NFV represents operators’ shift from a hardware focus to software focus, and our forecasts show this. We believe NFV software will comprise over 80 percent of the $11.6 billion total NFV revenue in 2019,” said Michael Howard, senior research director for carrier networks at IHS.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

Executive Editor, TMC

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