Product Line Manager, Software Business Unit
Richard has enjoyed a wild ride through more than two and a half decades of the Internet revolution. Currently he has profit and loss responsibility for a set of Fujitsu software solutions focused on service assurance, NFV/SDN, and 5G. His primary task is to steward Fujitsu software solutions to market. Prior to Fujitsu, he held various strategy, leadership, marketing, and technical roles in Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Nortel, among others. A popular, experienced speaker and technology blogger, Richard is frequently on the agenda at industry technology conferences. He is also an active participant in the Telemanagement Forum and other industry-standards bodies, serving as a Board Member, Document Editor, and guiding Technical and Marketing Teams. Outside of work, Richard indulges a passion for computer-based composing, music recording, and digital photography. When unplugged, he enjoys outdoor sports such as soccer, downhill skiing, stand-up paddle, running, and cycling.
The 5G network is virtualized through a complex interlinking of individual components running as Virtual Network Functions (VNFs), and network slicing. While VNFs have been around for a while, network slicing presents itself as the next step in SDN technology—amounting to full virtualization of the network from radio to core. The separation of the network
With the advent of 5G, a much more highly virtualized and dense mobile network infrastructure will place greater demands on management. 5G virtualization presents new challenges, both through individual components running as Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) and through network slicing, chiefly because these factors result in complex networks and consequently, much more complex network management.