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Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017, Time: 8:00 am PT / 11:00 am ET / 15:00 UTC

Network operators have indicated the number one use case for moving to virtualized networks is for virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE). Service providers, for their part, are turning vCPE into managed services including IP VPN, firewalls and network monitoring. The next step is with voice and unified communications (UC), by migrating enterprise session border controllers (SBCs) into the vCPE model. For service providers this offers the ability to create new revenue streams through managed services while enterprises gain peace of mind as upgrades and security are outsourced. This webinar not only provides insight into the benefits of moving enterprise SBCs, which have historically sat at the enterprise edge into the operator cloud, but also discusses important considerations that need to be taken into account.

Speakers:

  • Diane Myers, Senior Research Director, VoIP, UC, and IMS, IHS Markit
  • Walter Kenrich, Director of Product Management, Sonus Networks
  • Allen Tatara, Manager, Webinar Events, IHS Markit (Moderator)

Date: Tuesday, February 07, 2017, 02:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

Securing voice communications used to be very simple since it was generally a closed system. However, with unified communications (UC) you no longer have the “walled” protection offered by a dedicated voice network used to support legacy PBX infrastructures.

And, while security breaches attributable to UC may not be widespread, that is changing as hackers look for new penetration points. They prey on the vulnerabilities created by a lack of understanding of the risks and subsequent lack of best practices to address these new threats and protect the communications network.

Moreover, just because you have not experienced a UC security breach does not mean the network has not been compromised. Hackers may be monitoring the network without your knowledge and just waiting for a port to be left open, enabling them to go about their business with impunity, or have already penetrated and compromised your network already and are waiting for ‘the right time’.

In this webinar, we will discuss how enterprises can protect their UC networks from a broadening attack surface with session border controllers (SBCs). You will learn why you need a “zero-trust policy” to protect your UC network from both internal and external threat vectors that could cause harm to your business.

Speakers

Irwin Lazar, Vice President and Service Director, Nemertes Research
Walter Kenrich, Director of Product Management, Sonus Networks
Michelle Burbick, Associate Editor, No Jitter, Program Coordinator, Enterprise Connect

One underlying tenet of the move towards virtualized platforms using NFV, SDN and cloud technologies has been the need for open source architectures that can allow for greater interoperability between vendor solutions and a broader platform for innovation. This webinar will look at the challenges and benefits surrounding the use of open source for virtualized platforms, how the industry has juggled challenges between open source and the needs for standards, what impact open source has had on the pace of network deployments, and the use of open source in support of new service offerings like WebRTC and VoLTE.

Speakers:
Jim Hodges, Senior Analyst, Core Network Evolution & Analytics, Heavy Reading
Walter Kenrich, Director, Product Management, Sonus Networks
Andrew Dugan, Chief Technology Officer, Level 3 Communications

Virtual Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE) has become an attractive solution because it promises to deliver profound positive change to service delivery and operations models. Service providers and enterprises can take advantage of shorter and more flexible deployment cycles for new services, as well as cost savings from virtualization. Orchestration and automation eliminates costly and manual turn-up/turn-down processes, and seamlessly and dynamically scales resources.

In this webinar, participants will learn about various vCPE deployment models that include a cloud-based service provider offering SBC-as-a-service, service provider-owned virtualized SBC deployed as managed CPE or an enterprise-owned virtualized SBC deployed on customer premise. Accordingly, this webinar will consider the impact of vCPE, capturing the changes the technology will drive, including the role that Session Border Controllers (SBCs) will play in supporting and securing the virtualized network perimeter for real-time communications.

Consumer demand for mobile connectivity and cloud-based platforms has resulted in mobile networks transmitting more data than ever, which puts carriers in a prime spot to use analytics in order to glean insight into what is actually moving across their networks. However, growing demand for secure communications could limit that ability unless carriers and their vendor partners can come up with solutions designed to handle the challenge.

This webinar looks at current security state of mobile networks; what barriers are currently in place hindering further monetization of analytics; and how carriers and their vendor partners can bridge the gap between security and monetizing analytics in this new data- and cloud-centric world.

Panelists:

  • Dan Meyer, Editor-in-Chief, RCR Wireless News
  • Andy Daudelin, VP of Cloud, AT&T
  • J. Gerry Purdy, Principal Analyst Mobile & Wireless, AOTMP
  • Walter Kenrich, Director of Product management, Sonus Networks

Speakers:
Dan O’Shea, Analyst, Heavy Reading
John Hoadley, Vice President, Products, Sonus Networks

Over the last ten years, the operator's belief in Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) has transformed from the unthinkable to the undeniable. As subscribers began to spread the lore of WiFi and the beauty of its download speeds, operators continued their coverage saga, venturing to seek a solution for the historic disappearance of indoor voice signal. Alas, the legend of WiFi for macro data offload awoke the mobile industry, and at that very moment voice over IP (VoIP) matured and blossomed into a technology they could embrace. VoWiFi had finally arrived, and when it was presented the golden apple, it became a must-have phenomenon to solve indoor coverage problems, extended data offload and create new types of roaming arrangements. While the legend of VoWiFi is undisputable, there remains several myths around its existence and deployment. This webinar will dispel the five ever-present myths of VoWiFi.

  1. VoLTE shall precede any VoWiFi solution
  2. VoWiFi requires the strength of a thousand men, a king's ransom and years of toil
  3. Open market devices shall not be utilized with VoWiFi
  4. Downloadable is synonymous with its evil cousin, the OTT service
  5. Thou shall only deploy VoWiFi with IPSEC

Join Heavy Reading's Dan O'Shea and John Hoadley from Sonus Networks for a wide-ranging conversation as we explore the five myths of VoWiFI and how to conquer them.

Having laid the foundation for what cloud reality looks like for Real-time Communication (RTC) services in our earlier webinar, Real-Time Communications in the Cloud – Avoid Cloud Myths With Proven Solutions, this webinar will dig into some of the more technical requirements – those often promised, seldom seen "unicorns" for RTC to be delivered in the cloud.

While RTC vendors often state their products are "free from hardware constraints," it does not always mean their products are "cloud-optimized." True cloud optimization involves new architectural approaches such as microservices and leveraging emerging technologies like Graphical Processing Units (GPUs) for media services.

This second part of our webinar series will give you a deeper understanding of the RTC requirements in the cloud and how a "cloud-optimized" SBC will meet the scale, performance and flexibility required to deploy RTC in the cloud. This webinar will give you more insight by specifically covering:

Essential SBC capabilities in the cloud

  • SBCs' adoption of a microservices architecture to increase scale, performance and flexibility
  • Leveraging optimized GPUs for media transcoding
  • Complete solutions by service chaining policy control and session management
  • Register to hear insights from Light Reading, AT&T and Sonus, which has a cloud-optimized portfolio that is a key enabler for RTC in the cloud.

Many promises are being made for real-time communication (RTC) services in the Cloud. Unfortunately, service providers are realizing that transitioning RTC services to Cloud architectures is not as simple as slideware suggests. In order to be successful, service providers must understand the myths and realities of moving RTC services to a cloud-based network.

In this webinar, Sonus will provide insights into the current state of the RTC market, where the market is headed and how Session Border Controllers (SBCs) are the key to successful RTC Cloud deployments. This will be followed with a discussion of seven common myths of transitioning RTC services to the Cloud and how Sonus counters these myths with proven cloud-optimized solutions.

Remember, when it comes to cutting-edge Cloud solutions you have a choice. Between a tested, proven real-world solution or one that may sound great, but does not really exist. So, is your current SBC vendor selling you Cloud myths? Join us for this free webinar to find out.

Presenter: Mykola Konrad, VP Product Management and Marketing, Sonus

Cloud service delivery models are rapidly changing real-time communications (RTC) with new dynamic services and anticipated cost efficiencies… and anything less should be considered a failure. Trying to figure out how the cloud will optimize your RTC service delivery models from today’s proprietary, complex and disjointed solution can be confusing. Join our two-part webinar series and learn how to avoid the myths and achieve the realities in delivering RTC services faster, more cost-effectively and at the scale you need with Sonus’s solutions.

There are numerous challenges in deploying real-time communication (RTC) cloud services, and many claims being made on their behalf. To clarify what cloud reality looks like, this first in a two-part webinar series will answer these questions:

  • What is meant by "RTC in the cloud?"
  • What are the success criteria for deploying RTC in the cloud?
  • What are the challenges to overcome?
  • How can a Session Border Controller (SBC) solve these challenges?
  • What innovation is required to optimize a “cloud SBC”?

Register to hear insights from Light Reading and Sonus, whose cloud-optimized portfolio is a key enabler for RTC in the cloud.

Speaker: Ram Ramanathan

Over the past decade, a majority of the Service Providers have migrated away from TDM towards SIP based networks – starting at the core and moving towards the edge. This migration has, no doubt brought in efficiencies in operating multiple services over the same underlying IP network and thereby reducing cost. Now, we are at the cusp of the next phase where network operators are figuring out the best way to optimally use the investments made on SIP.

Many of the networks today host equipment like SBCs, Gateways, Softswitches, Feature Servers, PBXs from a variety of vendors. This makes life very difficult for the operations team to juggle with a host of heterogeneous systems and make them work seamlessly to offer a service. During this second phase of SIP migration, Service Providers would need a centralized, vendor agnostic solution to achieve:

  • Easier Management of the Network
  • Better Utilization of Existing Investments
  • Quicker Monetization of New Services

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