Light Reading Launches Virtuapedia, the Ultimate Resource for CSP Virtualization

Dec 07, 2015, 09:09 ET from Light Reading

NEW YORK, Dec. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Light Reading (, the market-leading online community for the global communications sector, has launched Virtuapedia (, a groundbreaking web-based initiative that catalogs, explains and ties together a massive array of information about the people, businesses, technologies, standards and ecosystems that are driving efforts by communications service providers (CSPs) to virtualize their networks and services.

Virtuapedia is the result of a groundbreaking six-month research initiative to define the scope of the business opportunity presented by virtualization; provide a realistic timeline for its deployment; and deliver a comprehensive database of the vendors, CSPs, technologies, standards, people and products that are fundamental to building the new global, virtualized communications economy. Founding sponsors of the Virtuapedia project include Cisco Systems, Ericsson, Intel and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Virtuapedia consists of two main components: a unique, comprehensive, searchable set of databases covering the entire spectrum of network and services virtualization; and a series of concise indexes that will track the progress that CSPs make in their virtualization efforts, using real-world input from dozens of the world's leading CSPs. The indexes, which focus on virtualization planning, deployment and spending, will be updated on a regular basis, providing all CSPs with concrete and realistic benchmarks to measure their company's progress against their peers and competitors.

A key element of Virtuapedia is its People directory, a one-of-a-kind listing of communications professionals who are participating directly in the virtualization revolution. Inclusion in the directory is completely voluntary -- everyone in the directory has opted in to be part of this unique worldwide community-building effort.

At the time of launch, Virtuapedia includes a rich set of detailed information, including:

  • More than 200 functions, processes and services that comprise a CSP virtualization taxonomy, grouped into 13 general categories
  • Nearly 350 different vendors and CSPs that are part of the global virtualization community
  • More than 300 products and services that will serve as building blocks for the new virtualization economy
  • 175 standards groups and associations that are active in virtualization efforts, including open source initiatives
  • A glossary of nearly 400 terms that are defining CSP virtualization efforts worldwide

"Virtualization is a revolutionary technology that will completely transform the communications industry over the next ten years. It also combines a stunningly complicated set of tech and business issues," says Stephen Saunders, Founder and CEO of Light Reading. "I'm extremely proud of the work that Light Reading and our partners have done to bring Virtuapedia to life. It is destined to become the de facto industry standard for all virtualization information."

Eric Ericsson, Head of NFV Program Office, Ericsson, says, "NFV is a journey of network transformation. For our industry to succeed on this journey, Ericsson believes partnership and openness are critical. Ericsson embraces this research initiative from Light Reading to create an efficient communication base between CSPs and NFV solution vendors to jointly evaluate NFV transformation strategies, execution activities and deployment timelines. The NFV taxonomy intends to provide all relevant end-to-end products, solution and services information, being aligned with the ETSI NFV reference architecture and OPNFV reference solution."

Virtuapedia is set up to be a crowd-sourced online resource – CSP industry professionals are encouraged to add their insights and information to the Virtuapedia databases.

Individuals can register with the Virtuapedia using this link:

Companies can submit information about their products and services using this link:

For more information about Virtuapedia, please visit

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About Light Reading
Light Reading ( helps the global communications industry make informed decisions. The site is the definitive source for next-generation communications analysis for more than 450,000 users each month, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content, and reputation. Light Reading also produces live events for executives charged with monetizing cable, New IP, optical, Ethernet, mobile, gigabit cities, security, virtualization, components, communications drones, next-gen analytics, Internet of Things, and wireline networks.

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