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April 08, 2011

Webinar - Webinar Looks at Management Challenges for Carrier Ethernet Equipment Vendors

A recently-broadcast webinar, “Automated Service Activation - New Management Challenge for Carrier Ethernet Equipment Vendors,” still available today, took a good look at deployment of Carrier Ethernet services

It’s growing rapidly, but as webinar officials note, “the capabilities of the management systems needed to provision Carrier Ethernet services and configure networking devices have not kept up with the demands of the industry.”

Presenting was Carl Moberg, VP of Marketing, Tail-f Systems (News - Alert). Moberg has held multiple positions at Tail-f Systems including VP of Engineering, COO, and VP of Marketing, and has been actively involved with the company’s product strategy and works closely with Tail-f’s customers as they design and build new management applications.

Moberg is a contributor to work on management standards at the Metro Ethernet Forum (News - Alert) (MEF) and CableLabs, and was one of the principal architects of Telia’s Internet service platform. He spoke on a variety of issues facing those in the industry today.

One part of his presentation dealt with the highly useful topic of the benefits of top to bottom automation. Features such as a data model driven architecture provide minimal time to market for new services and agile product changes, as in “We can now deliver new bandwidth tiers in days instead of months.”

And for well-known service definitions, Moberg said, the benefits are along the lines of radically reduced volumes of implementation-specific code and reusable comments available off the shelf, leading to, as he said, being able to say “Implementation of this new service infra took us weeks instead of years.”

Provisioning and activation of Carrier Ethernet services “requires multiple configuration changes – both in terms of number of boxes touched and parameters configured per box,” Webinar officials said, adding that service providers “are expecting their suppliers of networking equipment to deliver automated configuration management systems that can provision services quickly and accurately.”

Moberg provided insight to maturity and direction of the latest standards, technologies, and architectures available, insight into industry requirements and impact of standards initiatives and several good practical ideas together with the benefits of powerful concepts like model-driven configuration management.

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Janice McDuffee