NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Mar 3, 2016) - Light Reading (, the market-leading online community for the global communications sector, announced today that its groundbreaking Virtuapedia ( project now includes listings and detailed information covering more than 1,000 products and services that will drive the virtualization initiatives of communications service providers (CSPs) around the world.

Launched in December 2015, Virtuapedia is an innovative, web-based 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. Sponsors of the Virtuapedia project include Cisco Systems, Ericsson and Intel.

In less than three months, Virtuapedia's database of products and services has grown to more than 1,000 entries, as CSPs and technology suppliers register to include their offerings in the searchable service. To date, more than 700 companies are engaged with the Virtuapedia project worldwide.

"Industry involvement in building Virtuapedia is exceeding expectations," notes Dennis Mendyk, Virtuapedia director and VP of research for Heavy Reading, Light Reading's research group. "Virtuapedia has quickly established itself as the primary information source for CSP virtualization."

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, are now available on and will be updated on a regular basis, providing all CSPs with concrete and realistic benchmarks to measure their company's progress against peers and competitors.

Another 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. As of March 1, more than 1,700 industry professionals have signed up for the People directory.

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

  • More than 700 different vendors and CSPs that are part of the global virtualization community

  • More than 1,000 products and services that will serve as building blocks for the new virtualization economy

  • 225 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

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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Dennis Mendyk