Network Applications – how to unleash the full innovation-potential of SDN and NFV

Software-defined networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) will profoundly affect the network communications market, creating chances for innovators and start-ups and altering revenue streams with a shift from hardware toward software and services.

SDN promises a new world of network applications based on a network programming API, also referred to as northbound APIs interface. That’s because SDN and NVF introduces network programmability and flexibility that opens up the way applications can be used to manage and control the network. These applications range from approaches and tools for network virtualization and dynamic virtual network provisioning to more granular firewall monitoring, user identity management, access policy control and today still unforeseen applications.

It’s a situation similar to the opportunity enabled by the launch of consumer app stores for mobile devices. With app stores in place, developers have been able to let their imaginations run wild to develop applications that suit every taste and interest. What app stores did for smartphones, SDN and NVF will do for networking gear. In an SDN-enabled network with NVF capabilities, service providers can create and use any number of applications that can cut their OPEX and CAPEX, improve customer experience, and deliver new monetization opportunities.

This session aims to

  • Summarise recent technological advances and standardisation activities
  • Opportunities for innovators and start-ups in the SDN era
  • What are the challenges and obstacles to unleash the full innovation-potential of SDN and NFV?
  • Research trends and future actions in Europe and internationally

The session will cover the following topics:

  • Software Defined Networking (SDN) for rapid application deployment and service delivery
  • Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) as a core structural change in the way telecommunication infrastructure gets deployed, bringing significant changes in the way that applications are delivered to service providers
  • How a market of software-defined networking applications will take shape

Detailed Workshop Outline

10:00. Introduction – Overview and rationale of the session – Network Softwarisation: an Open Development Eco-system – Pedro A. Aranda Gutiérrez (presentation)

10:20. Network Applications – new ecosystem, challenges and innovation potential

  • Evolving for NFV transformation – Erez  Biton (presentation)
  • Enabling rapid and adaptive network applications deployment – Anastasios Zafeiropoulos (presentation)
  • Network apps: evolution from specialized technology to mainstream programming – Luc Provoost (presentation)
  • Is a marketplace for Net Apps realistic business perspective? – Georgios Xilouris (presentation)
  • Network business, challenges and solutions – Kay Reer (presentation)

11:20. Panel discussion and interaction with the audience

12:20. Session summary, Remarks and follow-up actions – Pedro A. Aranda Gutiérrez

Session Speakers

Pedro A. Aranda Gutiérrez
Pedro A. Aranda GutiérrezTechnology Specialist at Telefónica I+D
Dr. Pedro A. Aranda Gutiérrez obtained his Telecommunications Engineering degree in 1988 at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and his PhD in 2013 at the Universität Paderborn. He joined Telefónica, Investigación y Desarrollo in 1989, where he started designing hardware modules for Telefónica’s experimental ATM demonstrator. He then moved on design inter domain IP networks for the Telefónica group. During all his professional life he has been involved in different international collaborative projects of the different framework programmes of the E.U.
Currently he s working at the Network Innovation & Virtualisation directorate at the GCTO Unit of Telefónica I+D in the Technology Exploration Group. He is acting as Technical Manager of the EU-funded FP7 NetIDE project and overlooks control plane evolutions like OpenFlow and SDN in general as well as their interaction with Cloud Management frameworks.
Erez Biton
Erez BitonSr. System Architect at Alcatel-Lucent
Dr. Erez Biton Finished his B.Sc. and Ph.D. (direct doctoral track) at the electrical engineering department, Technion, in 1993, 2005 respectively. He joined Cloudband business unit, Alcatel-Lucent in 2013, where now he leads a performance lab. Between 2011 and 2013, he was a post-doctoral associate at the Communication System Engineering department, Ben-Gurion University. Previously, he held several research, system design and managerial positions in the Israeli Hi-Tech. In his position as a director at the CTO group in Alvarion he was a WP leader in several Israeli’s consortia, as well as in an FP7 project on software-defined wireless abstractions (FLAVIA). Erez’ research interests include network function virtualization, hardware abstraction, cloud-RAN, wireless and cellular communications, radio resource allocation, scheduling algorithms, and QoS provision.
Anastasios Zafeiropoulos
Anastasios ZafeiropoulosR&D Architect at Ubitech Ltd.
Dr. Anastasios Zafeiropoulos received his Diploma-Ing. and his Ph.D. degree from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens. He also holds a M.Sc. degree in Public Policy and Management from the Athens University of Economics and Business. Currently, he works as a Senior R&D Architect in UBITECH, responsible for the management of activities of the company in specific EU projects and the design and implementation of innovative technical ICT solutions. During the years 2004-2013, he worked as a Network Engineer/Project Manager in the Greek Research & Technology Network (GRNET) where he interacted with multiple parties at various levels, coordinated multiple national and European research projects and was responsible for green IT activities in GRNET. He has also worked as an associate researcher in the National Technical University of Athens with active participation in national funded research projects and teaching/educational activities. He has acquired great experience in the area of next generation networking, green IT, software defined functionalities, autonomic networking and IPv6 networking technologies as well as at the design of context-aware, data management and linked-data oriented solutions in various domains. He has co-authored more than 40 publications in high level international journals and conferences.
Luc Provoost
Luc ProvoostIntel
Luc Provoost graduated in 1989 from the Catholic University of Leuven as an engineer in electro-mechanics. He entered the Telecommunications industry more than 20 years ago, by joining Alcatel Bell for developing SW for Public switching networks.
Luc joined Dialogic Telecom Europe in August 1998 (acquired by Intel in 1999) as a Technical Consultant and later as engineering manager developing computer telephony and SS7 SW.
In 2005, Luc headed the Intel Modular communications Solutions Lab in Belgium, focusing on the introduction of ATCA platforms and IMS. The team was involved in the IMS ETSI benchmarking effort and the implementation of this benchmark (IMS Bench SIPp). The solutions lab extended the expertise of performance characterization on IA HW in the fields of embedded graphics, Fast Packet Handling and Virtualization (Network Function Virtualisation).
Today, the main focus on the lab is on demonstrating NFV, SDN on Intel technologies & platforms.
Georgios Xilouris
Georgios XilourisNCSR Demokritos
Mr. George XILOURIS received his B.Sc. in Physics from University of Ioannina, Greece in 1999 and his M.Sc. in Automation Control Systems and Robotics from National Technical University of Athens in 2001. He joined the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications of NCSR Demokritos in 2000 and since then, he has participated in numerous EU-funded projects, as well as in National funded projects. Currently he is the Technical Coordinator of T-NOVA FP7 project. His current research interests include, Next Generation Networks, Network Management, Network Performance, Programmable Networks, Digital Television (DVB), Satellite Communications, Cloud Computing and IT services.
Kay Reer
Kay Reer Travelping GmbH
Mr. Kay Reer is a Senior Project Engineer at Travelping GmbH. He obtained his Electrical Engineering degree at the Technical University of Ilmenau. Various stations in his carrier were connected with telecommunications and software development.
At Travelping he leads and coordinates customer projects and coordinates the network development in close matching of customer demand. In this position he is close to the challenges customers are facing when they implement their network strategies and can offer solutions built on open source technologies to satisfy the wide range of project requirements towards network infrastructure and AAA architectures.