Betting on Software-Defined Networking

August 02, 2018
By Chris Rice

Technology and innovation are accelerating faster than ever. To keep pace and succeed, we need to deliver on today’s commitments, while keeping a watchful eye on new technologies – especially disruptive ones – that can change our tomorrow.  

AT&T is full of futurists – employees looking to, planning for and creating our future world. It’s how we’ve continued to evolve for 142 years. And it’s why we placed a big bet on open source back in 2014. We’ve since embarked on an ambitious journey to redefine ourselves as a software company.

In the coming weeks, you’ll hear from a few of those futurists leading the charge toward our software goals.

David Lu heads up our ECOMP platform and systems at AT&T. You’ll hear from him about how we’re scaling software defined networking (SDN) platforms.

Jen Yates, assistant vice president at AT&T Labs, will discuss how SDN is being used to redefine service management.

And Amy Wheelus, who oversees Network Cloud at AT&T, will underline the technology required to deliver our network infrastructure and services.

We’re on track to virtualize 75% of our network by 2020. The network automation platform for which we wrote most of the code and co-founded within the Linux Foundation, ONAP, now has members that represent nearly 70% of the world’s mobile subscribers. This includes many names you probably know like Verizon, Vodaphone, Orange, Sprint and Deutsche Telekom among others. It’s clear this bet is paying off.

So, over the next few weeks, check out the blogs by these technology leaders. You’ll learn great insights about how their teams are scaling the systems and platforms that will drive us further into the software defined networking era.  

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