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There are 8 blogs written by Don Clarke.

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Network and Service Management – The Missing Piece for NFV

January 12, 2017

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) enables telecommunications networks to be implemented in software running on high volume industry standard servers as outlined by network operators in a seminal white paper published in 2012. NFV standards have been under development in the ETSI NFV Industry Specification Group since the early part of 2013. The ETSI NFV work […]

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ETSI NFV Continues to Build Momentum

February 29, 2016

Last year I blogged about ETSI NFV Industry Specification Group (ETSI NFV) progress. The ETSI NFV body of work has become firmly established as the key reference for both global standards bodies and open source communities. Last week I was in Dublin for the thirteenth ETSI NFV plenary meeting (NFV#13) hosted by Cobham Wireless and […]

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5G — The Beginning of an Exhilarating Journey

December 2, 2015

“5G” is the next step for the evolution of wireless technology beyond “4G-LTE” with the 2018 and 2020 Olympics acting as powerful Incentives for vendors to accelerate their product development. A few weeks ago, I travelled to San Francisco to chair a session at the new IEEE SDN-NFV conference and to participate in a panel […]

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A Hands-On Innovation Experience in Silicon Valley

June 30, 2015

When my boss informed me a few weeks ago that I had been selected to be a participant in an intensive four day “Innovation Boot Camp” at our offices in Silicon Valley, I was surprised and somewhat concerned that I would be taken out of circulation for a whole week. I admit that it also […]

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OPNFV Builds Momentum With First Code Release

June 4, 2015

Today sees the first OPNFV release known as ‘Arno’ (OPNFV releases are named after rivers) which OPNFV has been busily creating since the community was launched last September. In my blog celebrating the OPNFV launch I outlined the importance of open source to stimulate innovation and accelerate progress on implementation. At CableLabs we are very […]

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NFV and SDN: Paving the Way to a Software-Based Networking Future

March 23, 2015

When ONF Executive Director Dan Pitt invited me to contribute a blog post, it brought to mind our interaction in the summer of 2012 on how to treat SDN in the seminal NFV White Paper I was then editing. The operator co-authors were keen to ensure that SDN and NFV were positioned in the paper […]

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ETSI NFV Industry Specification Group Publishes Second Release of Documents

January 14, 2015

In September, I blogged about the launch of the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) initiative, this week saw another significant event, the second release of ETSI NFV Industry Specification Group (NFV ISG) documents. These documents cover the following NFV topics: Architectural Framework Revision 2 Infrastructure Management and Orchestration Performance & Portability Best Practices Resiliency Requirements […]

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CableLabs Founding Member of Open Platform for Network Function Virtualization

September 30, 2014

Almost exactly two years after a group of 13 network operators launched Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) onto the world stage, there is now another seismic industry shift taking place towards using open source software for networks. Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), which launched today, is a new open source initiative that brings together the network […]

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