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Current Analysis Names Affirmed Networks a “Game Changer”

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We are pleased to report that respected industry analyst firm, Current Analysis, has given Affirmed Networks the highest rating in a recent report of profiling potentially disruptive companies across a number of segments.

Current Analysis

Through their “Market Disruptor Profile” series, Current Analysis provides an overview and analysis of companies generating new competitive threats in the market – companies that demand attention despite potential limited market share or time in the market. As part of their latest research, Current Analysis profiled 112 companies who are potential disruptors in IT and telecom which “demand attention despite limited market share or time in the market.”

Companies included in Market Disruptor profiles are given one of four rankings by Current Analysis based on their potential for market disruption.  These ratings include:

  • Challenger: A new player challenging the status quo of an established industry segment
  • Explorer: A player exploring market reactions to a new kind of business model
  • Transformer: An initiatives seeking to expose & exploit an entirely new segment or revenue opportunity
  • Game-Changer: A highly disruptive new force set to redefine the segment’s value chain & status quo

Current Analysis awarded Affirmed Networks a rating of “Game-Changer” – the highest raking given – in the category of “SDN/NFV Specialist” based on our success across many areas, including:

  • Our Ecosystem of Key Partners: including HPE, EMC, VMWare, Dell EMC, Juniper, Red Hat, Canonical, and IBM
  • Our traction with more than 40 customers globally
  • Our inclusion as a strategic supplier as part of AT&T’s Domain 2.0 program which provides “industry visibility and close alignment with operators’ virtualization initiatives,” and
  • For our strong financial backing of more than $163 million from top venture firms and strategic investors such as Charles River Ventures, Matrix Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, KCK Group, Lightspeed Venture Partners, T-Venture, and Vodafone Ventures.

Needless to say, we are honored to receive this distinction by Current Analysis, a firm that is so widely respected across the IT and telecom industries.   While humbled, we agree that NFV does represent a truly disruptive technology that is capable of providing transformational results for operators worldwide.

Since being founded just six years ago, our mission was to build the industry’s best solution for virtualizing mobile networks and guiding our customers through an evolution to a new type of network architecture.  While we are proud of the work we have done in this area, it is rewarding to be recognized by one of the top observers and influencers of our market.

Affirmed Networks Named as Finalist for Two Prominent Industry Awards

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Affirmed Networks is pleased to announce that we have been named as a “Finalist” for two prominent industry awards that will be announced in the coming weeks.

We were named as a finalist in the Fierce Innovation Awards: Telecom Edition 2016 for the category of “Business Transformation Management: SDN/NFV” where we have been shortlisted along with two other deserving technology companies. The winner of this award will be announced as part of live webcast on Thursday, November 17th at 2PM. Please tune in to cheer us on.

The other award where we have been named a “Finalist” is for the Wireless Broadband Alliance 2016 Industry Awards, where were have been recognized along with two other innovative companies in the “Best Next Gen Wi-Fi Network Infrastructure” category. The award winner will be announced at a ceremony during the WBA Wireless Global Congress in San Jose, November 14th – 17th in San Jose, CA.

On behalf of the entire team at Affirmed Networks, we are truly honored to be considered for these awards along with such other worthy technology providers. We remain focused on helping our customers and the industry as a whole to transform their networks toward virtualized architectures, and would like to thank both the Fierce Innovation Awards and the WBA Awards for their recognition of the importance of this goal. Best of luck to all the Finalists!

New Report Examines Service Orchestration: Provides Insights into How CSPs can Embrace the Platform Revolution

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A recently released report from the TM Forum sponsored by Affirmed Networks, Affirmed Networks Sponsors TM Forum Orchestration Insight Reporttakes a close look at how Communications Service providers (CSPs) can save, on average, the equivalent of their entire capital budget by embracing new Service Orchestration technologies and processes. According to the report, these savings stem largely from the operational efficiencies gained from this approach, without including the increased agility CSPs gain as well.

While the potential for achieving these material savings is real, the report looks at some of the challenges CSPs face when attempting to orchestrate services across virtualized and physical networks. Through the findings of the report, CSPs can gain an in-depth view of best practices for effectively leveraging Service Orchestration to gain optimal business results. Specifically, the report includes insights into the following areas:

  • How service providers define orchestration
  • Where orchestration happens
  • Why automation is necessary
  • What the business drivers are
  • How service providers are implementing orchestration
  • What the most important architectural considerations or steps are
  • What the biggest challenges are for deployment
  • What the role is for open source
  • How TM Forum’s strategic programs and Catalysts can help

Stay tuned for additional blogs from Affirmed Networks looking at some of the key findings and areas of focus in the report.

Affirmed’s partners and customers can access a free, downloadable version of the report here.

The Intelligent Transformation: How Operators Can Build a 5G Ready Network Today!

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Page 13 GraphicOperators are making investments in software-based (SDN/NFV) mobile core solutions and the underlying data center IP infrastructure required to support this virtualized approach. As this is occurring, operators are also being challenged to understand the requirements of 5G services so that they can embrace this new generation of networks as seamless and cost-effectively as possible.

What only a few forward-thinking operators understand now, however, is that these two efforts can be done simultaneously with the right strategy, technology, and guidance.

In a webinar hosted by Heavy Reading, Juniper Networks’ Mobile Network Architect, Phil Lamoureux, and I presented how best-in-class software-based mobile core solutions, and distributed data center infrastructure are being used by operators globally. During this webinar, we looked at the pending arrival of 5G to understand some of its key service requirements. The examination of all three components provides a holistic view into how operators can simultaneously invest in flexible, “5G ready” applications and the required infrastructure to support them over 4G today and 5G tomorrow.

To view the entire webinar, head over to Light Reading.

10 Ways that ASAP Accelerates Your Business

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The ability to accelerate and streamline service deployment is one of the core value propositions of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). Yet NFV management and organization (MANO) systems typically fall short by delivering limited value beyond their own footprint. For example, a value added services (VAS) vendor might support service orchestration across its own virtualized multi-VAS (mVAS) environment, or a network equipment vendor may automate the configuration of select NFV elements such as virtual session border controllers or virtual packet gateways. What these solutions lack is end-to-end service automation and orchestration across all network elements.

The Affirmed Services Automation Platform (ASAP) is different by design. It leverages the full potential of NFV by providing service automation, orchestration, and validation across any network element—virtual or physical—that supports standard network interfaces, such as SOAP, REST, NETCONF, and CLI. With ASAP, carrier network operators can seamlessly and centrally manage service provisioning end to end, leading to faster service deployments, simplified service management and a superior customer experience.

Here are 10 ways that ASAP can help you roll out new services faster and realize revenue opportunities sooner:

1. It’s one platform for end-to-end automation.
Let’s imagine that you’re deploying a new virtual core network consisting of virtualized network functions (VNFs) from various vendors, a common occurrence. Virtualization opens up the door to new services, but it also introduces layers of complexity as provisioning a single end-to-end service requires multiple elements, each with their own configurations and gateway perspectives. With ASAP, network operators can quickly turn up and configure new services by centrally provisioning and managing services from a single, trusted source.

2. You can test new services faster.
ASAP provides a multi-phase test environment that allows network operators to deploy production-ready services sooner. These phases are: 1) log review to confirm correct element provisioning; 2) emulated production environment; 3) test environment using actual network elements and applications. As a result of ASAP’s multi-phase testing, network operators can deploy new services quickly with confidence.

3. You can onboard new customers faster too.
ASAP enables network operators to onboard new customers sooner by deploying pre-configured and pre-validated service models in a dedicated network environment. This is helpful not only for mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), but also enterprises and applications (e.g., machine-to-machine communications) where rapid service turn-up is required.

4. Replicate new services across multiple regions.
Once a service is deployed in a single data center, ASAP can easily replicate the new service in other data centers to quickly increase service reach. In cases where data centers have site-specific requirements (e.g., unique IP address pools), ASAP allows networks operators to easily customize the service parameters to suit these requirements.

5. Update multiple elements in a single step.
Services are rarely static, and tend to change over time. ASAP enables network operators to update services quickly and easily. For example, let’s say that a MVNO changes the charging model for one of their services from offline to online charging. With ASAP, you can quickly change the main service object and all supporting objects in one seamless operation.

6. Add or modify service triggers without disrupting configurations.
Imagine that an MVNO wishes to add a trigger to their virtual Policy Control Enforcement Function (PCEF) to periodically refresh the list of free-rated URLs. Using ASAP, network operators can add this trigger to all PCEFs in a single action without altering their configuration.

7. Synchronize configurations both upstream and downstream.
During the course of network troubleshooting, a network operations engineer changes the access point name (APN) on a network element through the command line interface (CLI). The change doesn’t fix the problem, and the engineer logs out of the CLI without reverting back to the original APN. This can now be quickly changed back to the master configuration using ASAP’s downstream network synchronization.

In a reverse of the example above, let’s assume that the network engineer does fix the problem on a local element. Now, ASAP can allow each similar element in the network to adopt this new configuration as the master configuration, resulting in a simple network-wide fix.

8. Apply the right configuration to the right version, every time.
In a virtual network, it’s not unusual for the same class of devices to exist in multiple versions that may not be backwards compatible. In these cases, ASAP polls the device to discover its version and applies the right configuration based on that version, providing a simpler way for network operators to enforce service consistency in their networks.

9. Validate services from end to end.
ASAP allows network operators to test and validate services end to end, either manually or automatically using various network probes. Because the ASAP system can communicate with any endpoint that supports standard interfaces, network operators can validate services across both legacy and virtual network elements.

10. Get rid of unnecessary agents.
In a traditional network architecture, software-based agents are needed to communicate between the central management platform and separate network elements/functions. ASAP removes the need for those agents by providing an agentless architecture that allows direct communications between the ASAP platform and individual network functions through standard interfaces. This leads to faster service provisioning and lower costs.