EXECUTIVE INSIGHT: Brocade's Kelly Herrell on how NFV and SDN can reduce telco inefficiencies and control network complexity

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Kelly Herrell, VP & GM Software Business Unit, Brocade

Today's network environment bears no resemblance to the original legacy one, with cloud, big data and IoT all ushering in a new era of networking, driven by SDN and NFV. The network is becoming more agile, by decoupling hardware from software and moving into a software-influenced architecture, leading to new ways to deploy and provision networks.

For example, CPE is a leading problem with efficiencies for telcos. If you can take this end-point service functionality and employ it in modern data centres, using NFV, then you could better monetise your network. SDN sits a level above this, controlling the complexity in the network.

Filmed at IDF 2014, San Francisco, September 10, 2014.

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