Carrier deployments of Openstack and NFV move from science project to global rollout

After lots of good BBQ and craft beer in Austin last week, I’ve had a chance to reflect on what I saw at the Openstack conference. If we weren’t already convinced that carriers are determined to break vendor lock-in and deploy Openstack and NFV—no matter what the challenges— we should be now.

I spoke in a packed room about how Radware is proposing to leverage new OpenDaylight frameworks to more efficiently deploy service flow chains (SFCs), which offer high scale and significant cost reduction over expensive legacy ADC HW. In addition, the SFCs enable carriers to move from a static network model to a dynamic model where they can create optimal network slices that are tuned to offer the best characteristics for a particular network service. Watch the video here.

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In addition, I saw carriers like AT&T who have already worked through the pain of operationalizing Openstack clouds. This occurred manually at first, but now they have created their own automation tools to scale their Openstack cloud deployments and roll out hundreds of new installations in 2016, all of these running on top of cost effective white box VNFs. There has been much pain in getting here, but I think carriers are turning the corner with their eyes on the prize: Speed, cost and agility.


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Mike O'Malley

Mike O’Malley brings 20 years of experience in strategy, product and business development, marketing, M&A and executive management to Radware. Currently, Mr. O’Malley is the Vice President of Carrier Strategy and Business Development for Radware. In this role, he is responsible for leading strategic initiatives for wireless, wireline and cloud service providers. Mr. O’Malley has extensive experience developing innovative products and strategies in technology businesses including security, cloud and wireless. Prior to Radware, Mr. O’Malley held various executive management positions leading growing business units at Tellabs, VASCO and Ericsson. Mr. O’Malley holds a Master of Business Administration degree, a Master of Science in electrical engineering, and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois. He also is a graduate of the Executive Strategy Programs at the University of Chicago.

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