About Prayson Pate

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Prayson is a thought leader and evangelist for network functions virtualization, helping communication service providers and mobile operators create virtual environments optimized for agility and profit.

The current spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus has caused major disruption to supply chains. Manufacturers are shifting production from China to other countries. The situation highlights the risks of a single-source strategy. One bit of good news is that truly open network functions virtualization (NFV) provides a path to reducing risk through the power of choice ...
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Telco operators and enterprises are working to enjoy the benefits of the cloud. Initially, this was focused on data center applications. But now this trend includes hosting at the customer site, as well as in the telco network. We call this approach edge cloud. A specific application of edge cloud is universal CPE (uCPE). That’s where an open server and software replace a stack of fixed-function networking devices ...
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Posted by Prayson Pate on December 10, 2019
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With a new year and the start of a new decade only three weeks away, it’s time to look forward. What developments can we expect to see in the world of network function virtualization (NFV) in 2020?

After years of acquisitions in the SD-WAN space, there was a pause in 2019. But the overall churn continued. The biggest news was ADTRAN entering the market with their SD-WAN offering. I think that 2020 will be much more active. There are still too many SD-WAN players, and I predict some will go away – either through acquisitions or fire sales ... 
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Posted by Prayson Pate on December 05, 2019
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After working on network functions virtualization (NFV) for seven years, I’m happy to see it succeeding in the marketplace. Why has it taken so long, what’s changed, and why do I say it’s winning? The driver for NFV was to bring the power of the cloud to the telco network. Specifically, telcos wanted to be able to leverage the technologies that were enabling rapid growth by the cloud providers (e.g., Amazon, Azure, Google and IBM) and over-the-top players (Netflix, Facebook, etc.), including ...
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