IEEE Softwarization - November 2015
A collection of short technical articles

Softwarization is Coming of Age!

By Eileen Healy, Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Softwarization eNewsletter

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the IEEE SDN Newsletter. After one year of focused support and cross-fertilization efforts over many IEEE Societies, a growing, global IEEE Software Defined Network (SDN) technical community is emerging with shared interests in the opportunity and potential of SDN. Ultra-broadband diffusion, increasing processing speeds, IT costs reductions, the widespread deployment of data centers and virtualized services have enabled both established and new companies to grow without high capital costs or time to market constraints. These developments have paved the way for public network operators to leverage open software and commodity hardware to realize similar impacts on their business models.

Paving the Way Toward Software-Defined Infrastructures

By Antonio Manzalini, Chair, IEEE SDN Initiative

SDN and NFV are facets of an overall systemic transformation called "softwarization" which is steering the evolution not only of Networks, but also Service Platforms (e.g., Cloud and Edge Computing architectures) and future terminals, machines and smart things.

CORD: Central Office Re-Architected as a Datacenter

By Larry Peterson, Open Networking Lab

Network operators are in the throes of unprecedented challenges. The proliferation of video traffic, mobile devices, and OTT services has pushed operator networks into uncharted territory. According to Krish Prabhu, CTO of AT&T Labs, for example, data traffic has increased 100,000 percent in the last eight years, and looking forward, plans are now underway to roll out ultra-fast fiber and access to 100 cities across the US.

Transform to a Network of the Future at Your Pace

By Bosco Eduardo Fernandes, Independent consultant and Senior Strategic Advisor

What started in the '90s as the first multimode, multiband architectural Standard emerges for Radio access systems has since become an inevitable evolutionary base for today's rigid Network infrastructure as traffic growth increases the costs and complexity of network operations. The underlying technologies can be leveraged to create a programmable, highly automated infrastructure. Virtual and physical assets are holistically managed and orchestrated as a single entity, creating simplicity out of potential chaos, with all resources available for maximum utilization and serving customer needs on demand. One of these next generation technologies is Software-Defined Network (SDN), which has complementary Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and cloud technologies that will increasingly be adopted by operators to help make networks more flexible and responsive to changes as required. They will be an integral part of the development of the IoT and in managing network resources to cope with the Big Data traffic generated.



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IEEE Softwarization Editorial Board

Laurent Ciavaglia, Editor-in-Chief
Mohamed Faten Zhani, Managing Editor
TBD, Deputy Managing Editor
Syed Hassan Ahmed
Dr. J. Amudhavel
Francesco Benedetto
Korhan Cengiz
Noel Crespi
Neil Davies
Eliezer Dekel
Eileen Healy
Chris Hrivnak
Atta ur Rehman Khan
Marie-Paule Odini
Shashikant Patil
Kostas Pentikousis
Luca Prete
Muhammad Maaz Rehan
Mubashir Rehmani
Stefano Salsano
Elio Salvadori
Nadir Shah
Alexandros Stavdas
Jose Verger