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RAD’s CTO to Challenge SDN’s Positioning in Service Provider Networks in Opening Day Presentation at Ethernet/MPLS World Congress

Mar 18, 2013

RAD Data Communications’ Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Dr. Yaakov Stein, will deliver what promises to be a controversial view on the positioning of Software Defined Networking (SDN) in the service provider environment, at the 15th annual Ethernet/MPLS World Congress in Paris.

In a presentation entitled QoSDN: QoS Assured Networks Versus SDN, Dr. Stein will address SDN’s role in carrier networks, as opposed to its application to campus and Data Center scenarios. He will examine SDN’s premise as a disruptive architecture for communications and offer some caveats about SDN’s ability to ensure required capabilities for secure carrier-grade network infrastructure.

“Given all the hype about SDN, I believe that we need to take a close look at the technologies being proposed,” says Dr. Stein. “If SDN is merely yet another centralized management system, then its standardization may be a good idea, but it can hardly be considered novel. What is the impact of shunning distributed protocols? Is SDN able to give service providers the tools they need to deliver QoS-assured service and to deliver it profitably? Will SDN significantly impact the way service providers operate?”

Dr. Stein’s presentation takes place at 17:30 on Wednesday, March 20 and will be followed by the panel session If We Don't Have a Definition of What it Is, What Isn't SDN?, in which he will be one of the prominent panelists.

The Ethernet/MPLS World Congress will be held in parallel with the SDN Summit 2013 at the Hotel Marriott Rive Gauche in the French capital. In addition, RAD Data Communications will be exhibiting its Service Assured Access solutions during the three-day long event, from March 20-22, at Stand 303.

About RAD

As a global telecom access solutions vendor, RAD is committed to enabling service providers and network operators to evolve any service over any network. By keeping at the forefront of pioneering technologies and engaging in co-innovation with our customers, we strive to help service providers move up the value chain at a pace that is right for them, while offering their end-customers and network operators added value – be it in network edge virtualization and vCPE, industrial IoT, or 5G xHaul. All these are available through our Service Assured Access solutions, which are designed to deliver complete visibility for greater operational efficiency.

With over 39 years of innovation, a significant worldwide presence in over 150 countries and an installed base of more than 16 million network elements, RAD has a proven track record of delivering value and addressing our customers’ needs. RAD is a member of the $1.5 billion RAD Group of companies, a world leader in telecommunications solutions.

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