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NFV Essentials Week in Review: Blue Media, Casa, Enea, Oracle

October 01, 2016

You know how when you attend a trade show you typically have a lot of conversations, listen to a lot of speeches and presentations, and see a lot of new and sometimes exciting things, but that you also suffer a bit of information overload in the process? Right, me too.

That said, sometimes it’s productive to take a step back a few days after the event to a revisit what we learned. That’s what Mike Kelly, CTO of Blue Media, did this week in his piece that was posted yesterday, a week after Oracle OpenWorld. In it, he talks about Oracle’s pledge to take over Amazon as the leader in the cloud space, what’s happening with artificial intelligence and machine learning, and how database monitoring is moving to the cloud.

Also this week, NFV Essentials contributing writer Casey Houser posted a piece about how Casa Systems has released a virtual communications controller. The company debuted the vCCAP – which enables 4G/5G cellular, CCAP, fixed telecommunications, Wi-Fi functions – this week at SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo in Philadelphia.

Earlier today, NFV Essentials web editor Maurice Nagle wrote about how Enea’s Pharos lab is now open to OPNFV Colorado software testing and validation for OPNFV members. This follows the OPNFV Project’s announcement earlier this week that OPNFV Colorado is now available. OPNFV Colorado is the project’s third platform release and it includes enhancements in the areas of IPv6, security, service function chaining, testing, VPN, and more.

“Enea is a committed contributor to the OPNFV community and launched the first ARM based Pharos Lab last year to enable cross-platform flexibility and architectural choice to the ecosystem”, said Daniel Forsgren, senior vice president of product management at Enea. “Our Colorado integration delivers an NFV-ready infrastructure configuration, which makes it easier for users to take their functions and services to market faster – on a variety of hardware architectures.”

Also today, web editor Alicia Young contributed a piece about why automation is key in cloud/NFV environments. In it she notes that automation is great for onboarding virtualization network functions and she walks readers through how that can take place.

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