January 2016 - Present
I am ADVA’s chief technology officer for Ensemble and an evangelist for network functions virtualization (NFV). I speak at industry events and writes posts and articles to inform, educate and entertain, mostly about network virtualization with plenty of innovation for good measure. I also publish "The Real CTOs of NFV" series, reporting on the experiences of my peers who are innovating in the carrier-class service industry.
- May 25, 2016: ADVA and DartPoints win GTB Award
I am charged with helping Overture anticipate and lead through major industry transitions and market shifts while conveying Overture’s message to its customers and the larger industry. Most recently, I guided Overture’s own transition from a telecom hardware powerhouse to an innovation leader in orchestration solutions for software-defined carrier-class networks. I am an evangelist for network functions virtualization (NFV), helping communication service providers (CSPs) and mobile operators create virtual environments optimized for agility and profit. I speak often at industry events, post to my blog praysons-prate.blogspot.com and share NFV information, ideas and guidance through bylined articles published by industry media. I participate regularly in standards bodies such as the MEF and IETF, and was chosen to be the co-editor of the pseudowire emulation edge-to-edge (PWE3) requirements and architecture documents (RFCs 3916 and 3985).
- Mar 3, 2015: Overture Ensemble Service Intelligence wins NIA Award for Network Intelligence
December 1992 – August 2000
Responsible for development of software for telecom products deployed at tier 1 service providers. Also involved in development of MFR standards at the Frame Relay Forum.
June 1988 – December 1992
Developed hardware and embedded software for Nortel telecommunications peripherals.
June 1983 – August 1986
Developed fiber optic Ethernet and Token Ring products.
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