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NANOG Meeting Presentation Abstract

Network-Centric Performance Management – So Near and Yet So Far?
Meeting: NANOG56
Date / Time: 2012-10-23 9:45am - 11:00am
This item is webcast
Room: Dallas Ballroom C-D
Presenters: Moderators:

Vishal Sharma, Metanoia, Inc.

Vishal Sharma (SM IEEE, Fellow IETE) is a seasoned international technologist, telecom industry expert, & entrepreneur with global exposure, and 20-years of experience spanning consulting, industry, academia, labs. & research. At Metanoia, Inc., he has provided deep-dive expertise in strategy and telecom network- and systems-design to clients on 4 continents – N. America, Europe, Asia, Australia. He and his team have helped players across the full telecom ecosystem (spanning chip/semi-conductor companies, system vendors, operators/carriers, technology houses, and telecom software and tool companies) solve complex problems, by providing services in technology strategy, architecture & design trade-offs, product development, hardware/software architecture, & competence building. Presently, he is leading an industry-wide initiative on how to lower carriers' total cost of ownership (TCO) through better assessment and optimization of a carrier's business models, operations, networks, and technology. He and his team have also recently launched a Service Management Hub ™, to further the understanding of service delivery and performance management solutions, http://bit.ly/Q5LU9Y. More details about him are at http://www.linkedin.com/in/vishalsharma.
Panelists:

Ning So, Tata Communications

Ning So is the Head of Network Architecture at Tata Communications (TCL). His primary function is to design the end-to-end network architecture to enable next generation mobile media services across TCL's global network infrastructure. Ning has worked in MCI/Verizon for 16 years prior to joining TCL. He held various senior engineering/planning positions in the company's global network architecture design, traffic engineering management, network modeling and simulation, and planning/forcasting organizations.

Zaid Ali, LinkedIn

Zaid Ali is currently Sr Manager of Global Network Engineering and Operations at LinkedIn. Prior, Ali was Director of Technical Operations at Genius.com where he was responsible for managing all aspects of data center operations, network engineering/operations & email services. Prior, he managed an engineering team at Procera Networks working on incorporating security software onto Intel IXP network processors. Prior, Ali was senior network architect at WebEx where he was responsible for building its Media Toneâ„¢ network across the US, Europe and Asia. Before moving to Silicon Valley in 1998, Ali spent much of his earlier career in Internet Development in Fiji where he built the first telemedicine network for a medical university and was instrumental in building the first non-profit ISP in the South Pacific. Ali is currently chairman of San Francisco chapter of the Internet Society and holds a BSc in Computer Science and Physics from the University of the South Pacific.

Gordon Bolt, OPNET

Gordon Bolt is Vice-President of Engineering at OPNET Technologies, Inc. where he is the product manager for OPNET’s network engineering, operations, and planning products for the service provider market. Previously, he led the development of network design and optimization features for the SP Guru® Network Planner product. Gordon’s specific interest areas include: design algorithms and workflows for MPLS traffic engineering, MPLS fast-reroute planning, IGP metric optimization, traffic matrix estimation, multi-layer optimization, and topology design. He is the author of several patents in these areas. Gordon has been focused on developing commercial systems for network design and analysis since joining Make Systems, Inc. in 1995. He continued with OPNET following their 2001 acquisition of the NetMaker® division of Make Systems. Gordon works with service provider clients throughout the world to support their use of OPNET products in their engineering projects. He received his B.S and M.S in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia while working in the Wide Area Network research group.

Benoit Claise, Cisco Systems

Benoit Claise is a Cisco Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems, working as an architect for embedded management and device instrumentation. Area of passion & expertise includes Internet traffic monitoring, accounting, performance, fault management and energy management. Long contributor to the IETF (22 RFCs in the domain of IP Flow Information eXport - IPFIX, Packet SAMPling - PSAMP, IP Performance Metrics - IPPM, Performance Metrics at Other Layer - PMOL, etc...), Benoit is the IETF Area Director for Operations and Management. Benoit is the author of the ciscopress book "Network Management: Accounting and Performance Strategies".

Seth Higgins, ADVA

As Senior Director of Global Ethernet Solutions, Seth Higgins is responsible for strategic application of ADVA Optical Networking’s Carrier Ethernet offering for opportunities around the world. His team works directly with all major customers and manages ADVA’s Ethernet feature request process. Seth has over 17 years of telecom industry experience. Prior to ADVA Optical Networking, Seth was a service provider solutions engineer at Cisco Systems in global technical operations, fostering communication between customers and product development related to metro Ethernet, IP+Optical and IPTV quad-play applications. Previously, Seth was a network sales engineer at Sprint, designing and troubleshooting X.25, Frame Relay, ATM, Internet and IP-VPN services for nationwide business customers. Seth holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia, is a Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE #5762) in Routing and Switching, and a MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional.

Aamer Akhter, Cisco Systems

Aamer Akhter, CCIE # 4543 (R&S, C&S), has over 14 years of experience in the networking industry and is responsible for the deployment and technical marketing of enterprise medianet systems and is the architect for the medianet video monitoring solution. Previously, he had been responsible for deployment of Performance Routing, Wan-Optimization systems, Video systems, Routing Protocols, NBAR and NetFlow. He joined cisco in the Technical Assistance Center (TAC), and has worked in various capacities for cisco, supporting large service provider and enterprise customers by testing, designing and deploying Layer 2 and MPLS/VPN networks.
Abstract: For any operator today, it is not enough to be able to manage just their segment of the network (access, middle-mile or last-mile). Rather, with the diversity of applications and services, and the growth in mobile broadband in the first mile and data centers in the last mile, it is imperative for an operator to have cross-domain insights.

Thus, an operator must not only know the performance of the network (latency, jitter, delay, loss, throughput/bandwidth, and availability) locally, but also how these parameters are affected by adjacent network segments, and how the network behavior, as a whole, affects application performance. While much has been discussed in various forums about application performance, there can be no application performance without sound network performance!

Thus, network performance or activities that are needed to keep the network up and running, reliably and efficiently, are critical, especially in today’s dynamic networks. E.g. sync. distribution in 3G and 4G/LTE mobile backhaul networks, impairment detection, and fault isolation & notification to name a few.

In this panel, we will, therefore, discuss end-to-end performance management & monitoring with a focus on network-level problems and measurements. That is, we will consider the (horizontal) interactions between providers in different segments – access, middle-mile and last mile, and issues of sharing metrics across operator boundaries, which metrics are critical for network performance and why, and at how performance problems can be fixed efficiently and speedily.

It turns out that while there are many tools and techniques for performance management (advanced OAM, better sampling & aggregation methods, synthetic transactions, support in vendor systems, and sophisticated software), it is still very tricky to answer fundamental questions such as: where did a performance problem originate? who is responsible for it? how do we go about fixing it?

The current panel will bring together key players from the carrier eco-system to discuss, debate, and answer important questions on network-centric performance management, such as:
i) What are key advances in performance monitoring of fundamental network-level activities that enable the proper & efficient running of a network?
ii) Which advances are designed to enable proactive performance management, as opposed to reactive performance management?
iii) Where are we on the ownership and sharing of performance data – how could operators in different segments share this data (without revealing internal details)? What is making this a necessity in today’s environment? What changes are occurring (in operator practices, vendor offerings, and software solutions) to facilitate that?
iv) What is the role of standardization in enabling the industry to converge on performance management capabilities?
v) What are the advances in real-time collection and processing of data, and how do they aid performance management in today’s complex IP/Ethernet networks?
vi) With network complexity and scale, automated network enforcement actions could be valuable. However, they are perceived as complicated and risky. What is the eco-system doing to facilitate these? Why or why not?
vii) How does fault isolation across boundaries work? How is fault notification done? How does one determine and assign “responsibility” to the liable network segment/operator?
viii) Are some of the ensuing difficulties merely organizational? Or, are there limits from software and systems? If the latter, what is the eco-system doing to remove those?
ix) What is the contribution of the network (or a network segment) to application performance? How does advanced system design enable an operator to better determine/track that?
Files: pdfAamer Akhter(PDF)
pdfGordon Bolt(PDF)
pdfNetwork-Centric Performance Management – So Near and Yet So Far? (PDF)
youtubeNetwork-Centric Performance Management – So Near and Yet So Far?
pdfNing So(PDF)
pdfSeth Higgins(PDF)
pdfZaid Ali(PDF)
Sponsors: None.

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    Patrick GilmoreAkamai Technologies; .
    Chip MarshallDyn; .
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