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Regarding the research data on Cloud VPN citing AMI: Is the report publicly available?
What cloud management platform is the Cisco Cloud VPN solution using?
Cisco: Our Cloud VPN solution uses a cloud management platform or Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM) based on OpenStack. It is used for networking, computing and storage infrastructure services. Further details can be read in the VMS data sheet available on cisco.com.
Does the Cisco VMS use a SDN Controller? If so, which one?
Cisco: Yes. In the VMS solution we use the OpenDaylight SDN Controller with the Open Virtual Switch (OVS). To get high performance from the solution and underlying infrastructure, we use these with our Vector Packet Processing (VPP) software technology. Further details can be read in the VMS data sheet available on cisco.com.
Does the Cisco VMS run only on a Cisco infrastructure?
Cisco: Our VMS solution is a software package with several options available. The software package and all options can be installed and operated on Cisco infrastructure (based on our Unified Computing System, UCS) or on another company’s infrastructure or some combination. Cisco does not perform extensive testing on other party infrastructures; however, customers have successfully installed and operated VMS on other party infrastructures. If other party devices are used, there might be a need to do some additional system integration work, for example defining new device models so that the devices are recognized by the orchestration engine, Network Services Orchestrator.
Is Slide 16 suggesting that service providers are now focusing on cloud VPNs?
Cisco: Not necessarily, at least yet. The survey was of small, medium, and large businesses in multiple regions of the world – existing or potential customers of service providers. The survey question was along the lines of if they could get the benefits (for example: self-service, on-demand capacity, amongst others enabled by new technologies such as network function virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) that services providers could offer for VPN and over VPN, would they choose such services and who would they prefer amongst providers of such virtual services. Interestingly, network-oriented service providers scored highly thus representing an opportunity for them. It is up to each of them now to recognize the opportunity for themselves and implement such virtual services.
Self-provisioning and customer care aside, how does vCPE benefit the consumer broadband market?
Cisco: The consumer broadband market will benefit in similar way like the business segment. The consumer will benefit form faster service introductions and flexibility. As an example I would mention the video segment, where services like cloud DVR, security, or parental control services.
Physical CPEs can be self provisioned and customers can be offered services on-demand, quickly and efficiently using CWMP TR-069 and a use of ACS server. How does virtualization and cloud offer better value proposition?
Cisco: The value of virtualization and cloud comes into play as you create new services, change service offers, upgrade applications, and basically have almost no limits in combining services into new applications. Also they scale up and down with demands easier. All of this should drive and enable fast innovations in the provider business.
How can vCPE be configured customer side in case connection types are different from place to place? For example to provide the service through third party operator we have to establish connection, but in some cases it may be PPPoE or StaticIP.
Cisco: This is an important point. As service goes across providers, the level of control depends on the business relationships between providers and their level of automation. As we build the intercloud, more and more providers become part of that ecosystem and start working on enabling that level of control.
Tell me more about the analytics and diagnostics features ACS can offer.
Cisco: Analytics and diagnostics are an important element in the operation of such complex services. ACS will be part of that greater architecture for analytics and diagnostics.